Featured Swim Camp: Bolles School

Under the direction of Jon Sakovich, swim coach of The Bolles School swimming program, The Bolles School Swim Camps are developmental camps designed to provide quality instruction and training to swimmers of all abilities.  All training and instruction will take place on The Bolles School’s San Jose Campus, located on the St. Johns River in Florida.  Campers will reside in The Bolles School’s air conditioned dormitory rooms with 24-hour supervision and meals provided three times a day.

The Bolles Sharks is very proud of it’s team’s accomplishments since its inception in 1977. In its 39 years of existence, the Bolles Sharks has proven itself as the top team in the state of Florida by winning District, State, Southeastern, Regional, and National competitions as well as setting National Age Group. Junior National, Senior National, International and World Records. The Bolles Sharks program has developed individual and relay champions at every level of competitive swimming.

The Bolles Sharks has also made a significant impact on the national and international swimming scene. The Bolles Sharks had its first national finalist in 1980. Since that time the Bolles Sharks swimmers have captured 23 individual national championships and 16 relay championships as well as 34 team championships. Bolles Sharks swimmers have won at the World Championships, Asian games, Pam Am Games, Southeast Asian Games, World University Games, and the Olympic Games, as well as many other international meets. Over 100 members of the Bolles Sharks family have represented the United States and other countries in international competition traveling to Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Canada,China, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, East Germany, France, Guam, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Holland, Israel, Laos, Mexico, The Philippines, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Thailand and West Germany. The Bolles Sharks tradition in excellance serves as a foundation upon which to build for even greater success in the future. We look forward to seeing our swimmers continue their dominance at the local level and further their achievements at the regional, national and international levels.  

The Bolles Sharks is also very proud of the academic achievements of our swimmers. The club has sent swimmers to most of the major college programs in the country including the Ivy League, Pac 12, Big East, SEC, ACC, A-10, Big 12, Big 10, CAA, MAAC, Sun Belt, and WAC Conferences as well as many other independents. 

In addition to the success of our swimmers, the club has also developed a tradition of hosting great swim meets throughout the years. The Bolles Sharks hosted their first meet in 1979. We currently hold 4 major invitationals a year. Our June invitational has attracted many Olympians from all over the world to compete over the years.  

May the continued success of the past with Tradition in Excellence continue through the future…  

One week camps are intended for swimmers ages nine to thirteen, representing all ability levels.  The typical daily schedule will include 50-meter and 25-yard training, stroke technique and classroom lecture sessions, video taping, starts and turns, and a fun daytime activity.  One week camps will be limited to 25 swimmers per week.

  • The Bolles One Week Camp is a technique oriented camp that incorporates the Bolles training method and philosophy. At the One Week Camp swimmers will be challenged physically while learning to improve both their technical and mental approaches to swimming.
    • Work with the World Class Bolles Coaching Staff and swimmers
    • Designed for competitive swimmers age 9 – 13 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
  • Session 1: June 11 – 16, 2017 (Sunday – Friday)
  • Session 2: June 17 – 22, 2017 (Saturday – Thursday)


Ages 9-13 | Female | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 11-16, Camp Tuition $800.00


Ages 9-13 | Male | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 11-16



Ages 9-13 | Male | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 17-22, Camp Deposit $800.00


Ages 9-13 | Female | Grades 3rd to 8th

One Week Swim Camp, June 17-22


One Week Camp Expectations 

This is a brief overview of what to expect from our One Week Swim Camp.

The Evening Practice

What to expect:

Each practice will last 90 minutes. The practices are instructional with the emphasis on stroke mechanics. We will focus on one stroke per day with starts, turns, and finishes on Thursday evening. This practice is usually about 1500 to 1700 yards and is swum in our 25 yard pool.


This session is designed to work on proper body position and stroke mechanics for each stroke. The distances are short the rest is plentiful and a lot of time and energy is spent on learning the most efficient way to swim each stroke. We use drills to help the swimmers to learn each component of the stroke and then tie it all together to swim in the most efficient manner possible.


What to expect

Each morning after breakfast we will have a 30-40 minute dry land session. This will consist of running laps on the track, running the stadium steps, pull ups, dips, pushups, and other body weight exercises, and abdominal work. Proper running shoes and work out clothes are needed.


To teach the swimmers the importance of dryland training and how a strong regimen will help the swimmers achieve their goals. We will put them through a routine similar to what we do with our own swimmers. This will help improve their strength, fitness, athleticism, and core body strength.

The Morning Practice

What to expect

This practice session will be swum in our 50 meter pool. This work out is 2,700m to 5,000m in length. The distance of the practice will depend on the age and ability of the swimmer and also the emphasis of the workout. The practice will place emphasis on the stroke they worked on the previous evening.


This practice session has two purposes. The first is to challenge the swimmer in an actual training session to think about stroke changes and techniques that were made the night before. Anyone can swim an easy 25yards and hold good stroke technique, to do so for an entire race or set in practice is a challenge. The practice will start off with a review of all the drills they worked on the night before and give them a chance to refresh their memories. Then we will proceed into the main set. The second purpose is to maintain the level of conditioning they have when coming into our camp so they are ready to continue their training when they get back home.

Lecture sessions

 These sessions will cover a variety of topics from nutrition to goal setting. We will help the swimmers in learn how to set goals for their meets, seasons, and even day to day practices. They will also learn about nutrition and the importance of proper hydration, as well as tips on mental preparations for hard practices and swim meets. The swimmers will also have an opportunity to talk to and hear about Sergio Lopez’s (Bronze Medalist) quest for Olympic medals as well as hear from some of our swimmers here at Bolles and their experiences at Olympic Trials, being on National Record Relays, and their day to day experiences with swimming what is has done for them.


Each day swimmers will watch a video pertaining to the stroke of the day. This video will have a famous American swimmer performing the stroke. The swimmers themselves will be video taped on each of their strokes with voice over analysis from our professional coaching staff. These videos will be provided to each swimmer upon leaving camp.


Photo Courtesy: Wayne Joseph

The elite camp is designed for experienced swimmers ages 13 years or older.  Elite campers will train similar to the Bolles Sharks swimming program that produced national high school champions, Florida high school state champions, high school All-Americans, and Olympians.

  • Highest Level of swim camp offered at Bolles, The Elite Camp will challenge swimmers mentally and physically as they train like the Bolles School Sharks swimmers in an intense, competitive team atmosphere.
    • Choose to stay for 1 to 6 weeks
    • Train like the Bolles School Sharks Team
    • For swimmers age 13 – 18 (Age as of June 1, 2017)
  • Dates – June 11 – July 22, 2017 (Campers can stay 1-6 weeks)


Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 11-17



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 11-17



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 25 – July 1



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, June 25-July 1



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 2 – July 8



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 2 – July 8



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 9-15



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 9-15



Ages 13-18 | Male | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 16-22



Ages 13-18 | Female | Grades 8th to 12th

Elite Training Camp, July 16-22


Elite Swim Camp Expectations  

What to expect:

The type of training that has propelled the Bolles School High School Team and The Bolles School Sharks to one of the top High Schools and USS Swim Programs in the Nation. The training is intense and demanding as we prepare all our athletes to perform at their best.

Be prepared to work hard at every training session. Each practice has a purpose, whether it is working on endurance, speed, power, or your best stroke. You will be asked each day to challenge and push yourself beyond your normal limitations.


The practices will average between 6,500 – 8,500 meters per practice depending on the emphasis of the session. We will have 11 practices a week having Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday off. Thursday  practices will be recovery with a technical focus.

The Elite Campers will train like our year round swimmers each day. The swimmers are broken into 2 groups based on age and ability. The total amount of meters swum per session will vary depending on the emphasis of the day and the training group they swim with. Each week we will work on technique, starts, turns, endurance, speed, IM’s, and main strokes.


Each day we will do 45 minutes to an hour of dry-land training. This will consist of body weight exercises, running, stadiums, medicine balls, plyometrics, abdominals, as well as dry-land tubing. Running shoes and workout clothes are a must.


The purpose of our Elite swim camp is to provide an opportunity for swimmers to train with one of the top swim programs in the nation. They will have the opportunity to experience the type of training that has propelled Bolles to its success’. Bolles has continually been at the top of the swimming charts for over 20 years on the National and International scene.

The campers will experience first hand what it takes by training side by side with our own swimmers here at Bolles. They will see first hand the swimming and dry-land training that we have designed to improve the strength, speed and endurance of the swimmer both in and out of the water. The practices sessions have been created to utilize strength and power gained through dry-land training an implement it into the swimming practices.

The Bolles School Swimming:


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Ryan Murphy USA Gustavo Borges Brazil
Joseph Schooling Singapore Greg Burgess USA
Caeleb Dressel USA Anthony Nesty Suriname
George Bovell Trinidad & Tobago David Larson USA
Ashley Whitney USA Fred Tyler USA
Trina Jackson USA

Bolles Swimming is synonymous with tradition, excellence, and passion. Our coaching staff is committed to helping every swimmer realize his or her dreams. Whether your child is new to competitive swimming or is one of the country’s elite athletes we have the drive and ability to take them where they want to go.

Contact Address: 7400 San Jose Blvd.
FL,  32217
Name of School Coach: Jon Sakovich
Phone Number: 904-256-5216

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Sam Bennett beats top sprint stars to win Paris-Nice stage three

Irish sprinter beats Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb to claim a major victory in Paris-Nice

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the biggest win of his career to date on Tuesday, beating an array of top sprint names to secure stage three of Paris-Nice.

Bennett topped the top 10 of the stage that read like a who’s who of sprint stars, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) in second, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in third, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) in fourth and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in seventh.

Overall race leader Arnaud Démare (FDJ) finished in sixth place to retain the yellow jersey going into Wednesday’s stage four time trial.

The day started as Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Ben King (Dimension Data) launched an early attack. After two tough days featuring poor weather conditions and often chaotic racing, calmer weather enticed the peloton to take it a bit easier and the escape swiftly built up a lead of over seven minutes.

By the time the trio hit the last of the day’s two categorised climbs – the second category Côte de Charrecey inside 30km to go – their advantage was just above 40 seconds. Latour attacked over the top to take the maximum king of the mountain points and was followed by Combaud as King dropped back to the bunch.

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Both riders really pushed on, adopting a low position on their bikes and taking big turns at the front and they held a half-minute lead in a game of cat-and-mouse with the bunch.

Just inside 4km to go, LottoNL-Jumbo suffered misfortune when their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen crashed on a roundabout, but the incident did not disrupt the pack’s chase.

Despite the best efforts of Combaud and Latour, the combined strength of the sprinters’ teams at the front of the peloton meant that were caught with just one kilometre to go.

All of the top fastmen then massed to the front and launched their sprints, but Bennett appeared to have a gear higher than his rivals, and cross the line with enough time to celebrate his landmark win with style.

“I was confident in myself. I felt good,” said Bennett. “I was just waiting for the right opportunity. I stayed focused all day for this final sprint. I’m very fortunate to have won today in Chalon-sur-Saône. We are experiencing a really tough Paris-Nice edition, so the victory is that more beautiful today.”

Démare continues to lead fellow Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) by six seconds overall, with Kristoff moving up to third overall at 13 seconds.

Groenewegen was not the only rider to fall foul of a crash. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) crashed heavily during the stage with around 30km to go. He appeared to be the only rider to hit the floor in the incident, and abandoned the race.

After three road stages, the riders now face a crucial individual time trial on Wednesday. The 14.5-kilometre test against the clock runs from Beaujeu to the second category climb of Mont Brouilly, with the latter featuring a tough ramp up to the line over the final 3km.


Paris-Nice 2017, stage three:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 4-31-14
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
3. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
5. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
6. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ
7. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal
8. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
9. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
10. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott, all same time

General classification after stage three
1. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ, in 12-14-42
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors, at 6 secs
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin, at 13 secs
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 17 secs
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal, at 19 secs
6. Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept, at 21 secs
7. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, at 23 secs
8. Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ, at 23 secs
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors, at 23 secs
10. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac, at 31 secs

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Lee Labrada Fitness 360: Bodybuilding's Perfect Man – Training

Lee Labrada’s professional body dominated an era in bodybuilding before giants ruled the stage. He won contests through definition and balance rather than mind-blowing mass. At 5-foot-6, maybe 185 pounds, Lee’s body had to approach toned perfection to compete with larger men.

His trick? Old-fashioned hard work. He trains hard whenever he’s in the gym. There’s no jovial exchanges, no lollygagging and very little rest. He lifts heavy weights with rapid movements. Rest is allowed only until the body stabilizes itself and your heart stops pounding on the inside of your ribs. Then, you go again, again and again.

Lee Labrada Fitness 360
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He asks that you listen to your body, take rest when you need it, especially of you are new to weightlifting. There is no rush to go from flab to flex. Go at your own pace and eventually you will get stronger and be able to work faster, more intensely.

Engage in active rest, blast through rigorous cardio routines on your days off. But, get plenty of sleep and recover properly before you go back into the gym.

Your body will adapt to whatever you do, so keep changing your plans, adapt to your adaptations. Different stressors kickstart gains.

Lee Labrada’s Training Regime

3 days on/1 day off/2 days on/1 day off
Rotate Workouts 1, 2, 3.

For example:

  • Monday – Workout ONE: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
  • Tuesday – Workout TWO: Back/Biceps
  • Wednesday – Workout THREE: Legs/Abs
  • Thursday – Rest
  • Friday – Workout ONE: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
  • Saturday – Workout TWO: Back/Biceps
  • Sunday – Rest

For back and legs (large body parts) I choose 4 exercises and do 3-to-4 sets, 8-to-12 reps of each – total of 12-16 sets.

For chest and shoulders (medium body parts) I choose 3 exercises and do 3-to-4 sets, 8-to-12 reps of each – total of 9-12 sets.

For biceps, triceps and calves, I do a total of 6-to-9 sets, 8-to-12 reps each.

Workout 1: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Workout 2: Back/Biceps/Forearms

Workout 3: Quads/Hamstrings/Calves/Abs

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Morning Splash Special: Did the NCAA Swimming Bubble Burst?

By David Rieder.

It’s March, and in the American sports scene, that means a lot of talk about bubbles. No, not going underwater and blowing bubbles. This kind of bubble refers to an individual or team right on the edge of making it into the field for various college sports championships.

In men’s basketball, experts say this year’s NCAA tournament bubble is unusually weak, meaning that the last few teams earning at-large bids don’t have a résumé as strong as what it normally takes to make the cut.

In women’s swimming, this season is quite the opposite.

Last week, top Division I female swimmers across the country had their eyes glued to the internet, eagerly awaiting the release of the psych sheets for the NCAA championships. The handful at the top knew they’d get into the meet safely, but for those who had swum right around the times that were invited to last year’s NCAA championships—the ones squarely on the bubble of getting in or being left out—those waiting moments were some nervous ones.

But when the pre-cut lists came out, most of those women who thought they were on the bubble were in for some disappointing news—and another chunk of swimmers who might have figured they were safely qualified had a surprise in store. One day later, the release of the official psych sheet would only confirm those disappointments

Since the cut-off line for the women’s NCAA championships usually falls somewhere between the places 38 through 41 on the pre-selection entry list, plenty of swimmers didn’t need to wait 24 hours for the official psych sheet. Those lists would only confirm what was already inevitable.

For the first time since 2009, the invited time was faster in all 13 individual events, and, in fact, the mark required to get to Indianapolis was the fastest in history for each event. Some of the drops were extraordinary. Check out the chart below.

A quick note about 2009: that was the only year polyurethane bodysuits were allowed in college competition. The NCAA had disallowed their use in 2008 since they had only been introduced a month earlier, and the suits had been banned internationally before the 2010 season. Hence, the drops in the invited times that season make plenty of sense.

The invited time in the 50 free went from 22.35 in 2016 to 22.23 in 2017, the largest drop since—you guessed it—2009, and after hovering between 1:00.66 and 1:00.78 in the 100 breast for six years, it took a 1:00.34 to make the meet this season. The time in the 100 fly dropped a quarter-second, from 52.77 to 52.52.

Why did that happen? Some might hypothesize it has to do with the influx of high-profile redshirts and deferrals after the Olympic year—and that makes sense. For instance, neither of the top two seeds in the 50 free, Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil, swam collegiately last season.

But it’s not as though 22.35, the 2016 invited time, placed 42nd or 43rd on the entry list. Actually, Notre Dame’s Catherine Mulquin, William & Mary’s Jaimie Miller and Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff all had a season-best time of 22.35, and that left them in a three-way tie for 55th on the pre-cut entry list.

The talent-at-the-top theory completely falls apart in the 100 fly, where American record-holder Kelsi Worrell graduated, and a hypothetical swimmer who recorded the 2016 invited time of 52.77 would have been 51st this time around.

So what’s our explanation? Women were excited to train harder after watching the Olympics? Swimmers rested more for their conference meets this year than they had been in the past? Certainly, this year’s freshmen can’t be that much better than last year’s seniors.

Obviously, we have no way of knowing the answer without talking to a swimmer or coach from each one of the 62 schools that have an invited swimmer. But it’s evident that Division I women’s swimming made an impressive leap from last season to this one, and that’s why anyone who thought they were right on the border of getting into the NCAA championships saw their bubble burst.

And now it’s the men’s turn to find out their fates. Not including relay-only athletes, the men’s NCAA championships is capped at175 swimmers, compared to 205 for the women. That usually leaves the invited line around the 29th or 30th-ranked swimmers in each event.

When the pre-cut psych sheets come out in a few hours, we’ll see if a few unsuspecting men find themselves on the wrong side of that bubble.

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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Steve Abraham starts new Year Record attempt two years after being hit by moped on first attempt

Abraham starts a new attempt after breaking ankle in first attempt

Steve Abraham has embarked on another attempt at the highest annual mileage record two years after he was forced to stop his first attempt after being hit by a moped.

Abraham will be attempting to break the mark of 76,076 miles (122,432km) set by American Kurt Searvogel in January 2016, who surpassed the long-standing record of 75,065 miles (120,805km) set by Tommy Godwin in 1939.

>>> Amazing Strava heat map produced of where Steve Abraham rode on his Year Record attempt

The rider from Milton Keynes began his new attempt on March 4, starting near Huntingdon and heading north easy towards The Wash before heading back towards his home-town on a 163.8 mile (263.6km) ride.

This was followed up by two rides longer rides on Sunday and Monday up to Goole and back, to bring his total so far to 612.9 miles (986.4km), and you can follow his efforts on Strava.

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Abraham will be hoping for better luck than he endured on his initial attempt in 2015 when he fractured his ankle in a collision with a moped three months into the record.

Since then Abraham has broken the record for the highest distance ridden in a month, riding 7104.3 miles (11,433.3km) in September 2016.

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Peter Sagan sends message to eight-year-old cyclist who recreates his Haribo moment

Ruby Isaac tweets a video of her eating Haribo Gold Bears after a bike ride just like Peter Sagan after Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – and the world champion replies

Eight-year-old British cyclist Ruby Isaac got a pleasant surprise on Monday when she received a personal message from road race world champion Peter Sagan.

A video of keen young cyclist Isaac was posted on her Twitter account showing her grabbing a handful of Haribo Gold Bear sweets after her ride, emulating Sagan’s consumption of a handful of the sweets after winning Belgian race Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

“I was a bit tired after a long ride this evening….Luckily I got a tip from @petosagan”, said Isaac, who lives in Kettering.

Sagan replied within two hours, saying: “You could even become a world champion in a few years… So, remember never give up!”

The Bora-Hansgrohe pro then followed Isaac on Twitter, putting her into a very elite category as the Slovakian star only follows 66 people – much to her continued delight.

The original video of Sagan scoffing down Haribo after the Belgian cobbled classic has become something of a hit.

After dropping out of Strade Bianche on Saturday citing poor health, Sagan is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Wednesday.

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Swimming World Presents “American Swimming Team: The Core and Base of the Team”

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

American Swimming Team: Present – The Core and Base of the Team

Beginning with the December 2016 issue and running through May 2017, Swimming World takes a look at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future. This month: Part IV.

In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

To read more about the American Swimming Team series, check out the March 2017 issue, available now!



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by Chuck Warner
In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

by Dan D’Addona
After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!

by Dan D’Addona
Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.

by Annie Grevers
Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.

by Michael J. Stott
University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Slusser talk taper

by Michael J. Stott

by Rod Havriluk
Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.

by Michael J. Stott
This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

by Michael J. Stott

by Michael J. Stott

by J.R. Rosania

by Taylor Brien


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Elizabeth Larkam – Mat Workout (35 mins) – Level 2/3

What You’ll Need:

Mat, Foam Roller

Challenge your whole-body coordination, strength, and motor control with these double Foam Roller exercises with Elizabeth Larkam. You will discover new strategies for the stability and mobility relationships of your pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle. Practicing these two roller exercises will create more precision and power in all your movements.

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Bellew beats injured Haye in the 11th round of epic battle

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WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) scored an 11th round TKO over former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) in a upset win on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

Haye bravely battled on through a Achilles injury but fellow Brit Bellew floored him in the sixth and 11th rounds of the non-title heavyweight bout, before Haye’s corner threw in the towel.

Both came out firing in the opening round but Haye missed with a lot of punches and Bellew was more accurate.

Haye started to land some hard shots in the following rounds, but the fight turned in the sixth when Haye slipped and damaged his right Achilles, and was left limping around the ring.

After twice falling to the canvas, which were ruled no knockdowns, Haye was knocked down from a barrage of punches.

From then on, Haye could hardly move away from any shots as Bellew teed off on him.

Bellew sent Haye through the ropes with a combination in the 11th and as Haye was climbing back into the ring, his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to the stop the fight and end Haye’s punishment at 2:16 of the round.

Bellew said: “I wanted to really beat him more than anything in the world.
“I have got so much respect for David as a fighter, we can do it again.”

Haye said: “I trained good going into the fight. I wanted to do a demolition job. I hit him hard on the chin tonight. I did not expect him to have the chin and the durability that he has. Bellew, by far, was the better fighter tonight.”

Also on the card, IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) stopped Adoni Gago (16-3-2, 5 KOs) in the ninth round of a non-title fight.

British contender Sam Eggington (20-3, 12 KOs) halted former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi  (36-8, 7 KOs) by a body shot in the eighth round for the WBC international welterweight title.

Ohara Davies (15-0, 12 KOs) floored British rival Derry Mathews (38-12-2, 20 KOs) twice en route to a third round stoppage win for the WBC silver light welterweight title.

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On The Rise: Arizona State Men’s Swimming

Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

By Jason Tillotson, Swimming World College Intern

Since 2010, the Arizona State University Men’s Swimming and Diving team hadn’t placed higher than fifth at the Pac-12 conference championship meet. That is, until this past weekend, when the Sun Devils placed fourth, ahead of in-state rival Arizona. ASU men’s swimming has been on the rise for the past few years, but their success has catapulted since legendary coach Bob Bowman took the driver’s seat in Tempe. With Bowman’s expertise, ASU has quickly gone from absent at NCAA’s to setting up some great scoring swims for this year’s championship.


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Before Bowman was announced as head coach, ASU had some trouble with keeping coaches and performance. The program suffered and was cut temporarily due to budgetary constraints in May of 2008, before being reinstated that July. More than 450 individuals donated and pledged to help the cause, ultimately raising $1 million – enough to cover the cost of four seasons.

Thanks to large efforts on behalf of the Sun Devil Swimming Association (SDSA) the men’s swimming team quickly rebounded and stabilized on financial ground within the first few years. The SDSA was later able to create a permanent endowment for the men’s and women’s swimming teams in the spring of 2014, helping to secure scholarships for their student-athletes.

ASU had never placed higher than 16th at an NCAA championship and, beyond that, the Sun Devils have been either absent or scoreless among recent NCAA appearances. At last year’s NCAA championships ASU scored only two points, placing 46th out of 50 teams. After some heavy recruiting done by their seasoned staff, the Sun Devils have placed themselves in a perfect position to contend for a top-ten finish in Indianapolis.

Their recent success has been largely due to their loaded freshman class. Twelve swimmers out of their entire roster are freshman and among those talented twelve, is now two-time Pac-12 champion Cameron Craig. Craig won the 100 and 200 freestyles this past weekend, going 41.95 and 1:31.71, those times rank him sixth and second in the nation, respectively. The latter of the two races is probably Craig’s and ASU’s best shot at a top-eight individual finish. In addition, ASU now has several NCAA automatic qualifying standards, and even more B-cut swims that will likely be invited.


ASU’s Patrick Park – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

Craig isn’t the only star Bowman and his gifted staff have developed this season, though. Junior Patrick Park has played a tremendous role in the Sun Devil’s recent success, especially in duel meets. In the dual meet season, ASU held a record of 4-2-1, thier best record in quite a while, with notable wins over Utah and USC. The tie came with in-state rival University of Arizona, where the Sun Devils proved they could go toe-to-toe with the Wildcats, one of the best programs in the country.

ASU hasn’t just crafted a few strong swimmers here and there, they have become extremely deep across all events, which has set them up to have great relay performances. ASU showed their great versatility both in their suited-up duel meet with Arizona in early February and at the Pac-12 championships this past weekend. In both meets, ASU won the 400 freestyle relay. In their victory at the conference championships, ASU would hold off top-tier teams such as Cal and Stanford to take the win. In terms of the other relays ASU was no slouch there either. In the 400 medley relay ASU dropped nearly four seconds from their seed time to place 2nd behind the Cal Bears, a team which will likely contend for the NCAA team title in a few short weeks. ASU could very well have all five relays at the NCAA championships this year.

It has been a very long time since ASU has been in the hunt with the likes of Cal, Stanford and USC. Perhaps this season will be the best season ASU has ever had. With big name recruits such Grant House and Will Brenton, ASU’s momentum does not seem to be slowing down. Could the Sun Devils make history this year? Only time will tell where Bob Bowman and his staff take this program.

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