Arizona Head Coaching Job: Who’s Next In The Swim Legacy?

Commentary by Michael J. Stott, Swimming World staff writer. 

Each summer from 2007-2011, I spent one week in June working in Tucson at the Arizona Swim Camp. Hillenbrand Aquatic Center became my home away from home. There I became acquainted with Frank and Augie Busch, Rick DeMont, Greg Rhodenbaugh, Whitney Hite and Roric Fink, each of whom I have since used as sources for stories I have penned for Swimming World.

I read with surprise when Swimming World broke the news that Rick DeMont had elected to retire.  My mind quickly shifted to “who will replace him?” If this were a NFL position we’d have a panel of seven former players and a loquacious moderator beating this subject to death. Lots of names out there, but probably far fewer options for a program that once was a permanent resident in the NCAA top five (and double NCAA champs in 2008) but has slipped a bit (men and women 24th and 16th at NCAAs  2017) since Frank Busch took the USA Swimming National Team Directorship in 2010.

So, who is next? All of the above names, former Wildcat coaches each, may seem like obvious candidates.

Let’s start with them.

Frank Busch relinquishes his position in Colorado Springs as of September 1 – and he’s moving back to Tucson where his roots run deeper than those of his native Northern Kentucky. He could step in and not miss a beat. He doesn’t mind the 323 days of Tucson sun, he can navigate his McKale offices with ease. He knows the administration. What’s not to like? One problem. As Frank has said publically, “I don’t want to be in charge anymore.” And to be honest, he has earned the right to enjoy his family on his own terms.

His return raises one spector. With Frank back and DeMont still in town are they the elephants in the room, looming large over any candidate? Perhaps not if its Frank’s son Augie who, after success with the women at the University of Houston and Virginia, and lesser with the men, could also effect a seamless transition. He recruits well, certainly knows the Arizona traditions, the Wildcat Code (“Honor your team with your effort”) and has proven he can handle a head job. Coming home might have great appeal, especially if he could bring his assistant and former All-Americans Cory Chitwood and his wife Ellyn Baumgardner Chitwood with him.

Greg Rhodenbaugh, head coach at Missouri, was at Arizona for 11 years. He has done an exceptional job growing the Mizzou program. He has the Tigers on an ascendant path. At the 2017 NCAAs the men finished eighth, the women 11th. He is developing domestic recruits quickly, enticing international Olympians (Dominique Bouchard, etc.) and attracting scoring transfers like Fabian Schwingenschlogl. Plus his aquatic venue is state of the art. Columbia has become home to him, his wife and eight children. Greg Rhodenbaugh is an outstanding breaststroke coach but he’s not crazy. Why move?

Whitney Hite just finished his sixth year at the helm with the men and women of Wisconsin. He has the swimming chops. He swam for Eddie Reese at Texas, he was head man at the University of Washington until the school folded the women’s team and spent two years in Tucson. Badger teams have improved since his arrival. He had a NCAA champion in 2013 with Drew teDuits, 2016 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in Matt Hutchins, developed two-time swimmer of the Big Ten Championships in Ivy Martin and recruits well having attracted Beata Nelson and transfer Cierra Runge to Madison. Hite also loves the Colorado Rockies and Denver is closer to Tucson than Madison.

How about Roric Fink, assistant to Frank Busch, head coach of the very successful Tucson Ford USA Swimming juggernaut? For the last five years he has assisted Carol Capitani at Texas, helping boost the Lady Horns to a fourth place NCAA finish this spring. Prior to that he spent two years with Rhodenbaugh at Missouri and 11 years at Arizona. Fink clearly knows the territory and has worked with world class swimmers Gary Hall, Jr., Jeff Rouse and Klete Keller in addition to the decorated athletes at Arizona. Surely he is ready for a top spot. This needs to be a name on Wildcat athletic director Greg Byrne’s list.

That takes care of the home grown. What about the free agent name on everybody’s list — David Marsh. What’s not to like? 12 NCAA men’s and women’s titles at uber-competitive Auburn, 2016 Olympic coach, head Team Elite USA Swimming’s enclave at SwimMAC in Charlotte. He knows everyone in swimming worldwide. Name a better international recruiter (well, maybe not better than Brian Reynolds at Drury). He has an excellent rapport with swimmers, has trained the best in the world and is available. But on what terms?

Question, if Marsh located to Tucson would the collegiate aquatic landscape take a seismic shift westward? You’d have both 2016 head U.S. Olympic swim coaches in Arizona, 112 miles apart. Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps reside in Tempe and are quickly resurrecting a moribund (the men went from 44th to 14th in one year) Sun Devil program. With Marsh in Tucson and one who have a lot of residual knowledge of a returning Busch and resident DeMont. Bring back the recently departed Bob Gillett and Arizona Desert Fox and swimming might displace football and softball as the state’s favorite sport.

Want to shake things up? Bring back Dick Jochums, the former Arizona coach who became the USA’s middle distance guru, placing swimmers on every major USA international team from 1973 through 1988.  He was assistant or head coach of eight major USA National Teams. Among his swimmers are two hall of famers: Tim Shaw and Bruce Furniss. At one time, Shaw simultaneously held the world record in the 200m, 400, 800m and 1500m freestyle.

Just a thought. What’s yours?

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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Here We Go Again – FINA Disregards High Temperature Rule In Open Water

Commentary by Brent Rutemiller

The swimming community should never forget the tragic death of USA Open Water swimmer Fran Crippen who died in 2010 during an Open Water competition due to excessive water temperatures.

A FINA task force was established. Changes were made and new temperature rules were put into place.  Crippen’s tragic death alerted the swimming community that changes needed to be made regarding safety regulations for open water races. Following his death, FINA implemented rule OWS 5.5 stating that the water temperature cannot be below 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 F) and cannot be above 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 F).

But FINA continues to hold competitions that violate temperature rules in ways that are dumbfounding and irresponsible.  Steve Munatones wrote extensively about recent infractions in his latest article on OpenWaterSwimming.com.

Swimming World encourages those who are concerned about the governance of aquatics sports to read the article.   Munatones points the finger at officials and specifically calls out a decision by Ronnie Wong for allowing the recent 2017 Asian Open Water Swimming Championships 10K race to be held in unsafe conditions.  Shockingly, Wong served as chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee during the establishment of FINA OWS 5.5.

The temperatures at race time warmed to a hot 31.9 degrees Celsius (89.42 F) before the start of the 10K race.

Japan complained about the ruling to continue with the race.  Taking safe precautions, Japan pulled its entire team from the event, placing the lives of their athletes ahead of the medals at stake.

Does another life have to be taken before FINA and Officials take responsibility and understand that the safety of athletes must always come first and that the world is closely watching how they govern the sport?

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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Mehdy Metella Among Victors at Day One of 2017 French Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 French National Championships began today in Strasbourg with Mehdy MetellaJordan Pothain, and Anna Santamans each grabbing victories.

Jordan Pothain delivered the top time for finals of the men’s 400 free, stopping the clock at a time of 3:50.06. Joris Bouchaut and Damien Joly completed the podium with close times of 3:50.65 and 3:50.80. All three athletes landed between the FINA ‘A’ and ‘B’ qualifying standards, but with only one swimmer allowed per ‘B’ qualifying time the World Championships land within Pothain’s reach.

Fanny Deberghes led a trio of 1:09s to the podium in finals of the women’s 100 breast. Deberghes claimed gold with a time of 1:09.18, followed by Charlotte Bonnet and her time of 1:09.57. Solene Gallego rounded out the top three with a time of 1:09.69. Similar to the men’s 400 free, all three women on the podium of the women’s 100 breast finished above the ‘A’ cut and below the ‘B’ cut, leaving a spot on the Worlds Champs roster open to Deberghes.

The men’s 200 back was dominated by Geoffrey Mathieu as he rocketed to a first place finish of 1:57.04. His time moves him to 13th in the world rankings for 2017 and beat the competition by over three seconds. Mathieu finished well beneath the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:58.55 earning him a ticket to Budapest.

Picking up second was Paul-Gabriel Bedel with a time of 2:00.46, just ahead of Christophe Brun’s third place finish of 2:00.48.

Fantine Lesaffre unleashed a 4:41.64 on the competition in the women’s 400 individual medley, touching four and a half seconds ahead of the competition. Lesaffre’s time falls under the ‘A’ cut of 4:43.06, earning her a spot on the World Champs roster. Cyrielle Duhamel took second overall with a 4:46.11, while Coralie Codevelle was third with a 4:51.10.

Olympian Mehdy Metella flew to victory in the men’s 50 fly with a top time of 23.61, sitting just off his 2017 best of 23.58. Fellow Olympian Jeremy Stravius settled for second and a time of 23.88, making Metella and Stravius the only two athletes beneath the 24-second mark. Metella just barely squeaked beneath the ‘A’ cut of 23.67, qualifying himself for Worlds, however Stravius missed the ‘A’ cut.

Paul Pijulet rounded out the top three with a time of 24.12.

Anna Santamans sprinted her way up the world rankings with a top showing of 24.71 in finals of the women’s 50 free. Earlier in the day Santamans had clocked a 24.93, tying her for tenth with Italy’s Silvia di Pietro in the world rankings, but now moves to ninth overall. Melanie Henique picked up second overall with a time of 25.11, while Beryl Gastaldello was third with a 25.22.

Both Santamans and Henique stopped the clock below the FINA ‘A’ cut of 25.18, earning tickets to the World Championships in Budapest.

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Friendly Competition: Revelry and Rivalry

Photo Courtesy: Brian Jenkins-UVM Athletics

By Maddie Strasen, Swimming World College Intern.

Although there’s debate on whether or not swimming is the toughest sport out there, there’s no arguing that it’s difficult when your teammates are also your competition. As your team works towards one common goal, we each work towards our own goals, striving to improve ourselves as individuals. This means battling your own teammates and friends throughout a close race, or even a tough practice, but also means pushing each other to the limit, leading to improvement on both ends.

Having teammates who see your potential is uplifting in both training and competition. This means it’s likely that your best friends are those who you’re in the pool with and possibly swimming the same events as. Those who train for the same events every day gives you the people who most understand you, but your best friend being your competition can have its downsides.

Swimmers naturally have a competitive edge, and being plotted against the person you consider your best friend can cause frustration, self-doubt, and jealousy. You might find yourself questioning why you can’t train as hard or race as fast as the same person who have endless movie nights with, cheers you up when you’re sick, and consoles you when all you want to do is cry.

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It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself. Some days, you’ll see others have an amazing practice as you’re left in the dust (or bubbles), just barely making the send-offs. You’ll ask yourself where you went wrong, what’s holding you back, or why you aren’t as strong as your teammates. Keep in mind that they have these days too. You might have forgotten the great practices you’ve had where your teammates might not have been doing so well, but still supported you and were happy for your accomplishments.

Don’t get angry or take your self-loathing out on those who performed better than you did. Although it feels defeating to see your competition get one step closer to their goals, they’re also your teammates and more importantly your friends. No one likes to see themselves fail, but it does happen and doesn’t give you an excuse to feel angry at those who did not fail at the same time you did. Failing sometimes is important for personal and athletic growth. Remembering that it happens to everyone at some point or another can help you move forward.

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Comparing yourself to others comes with the nature of a competitive sport, but can get to a point where it becomes unhealthy. Pushing each other in practice is one thing, but you should never try to one-up your competition. Although you might share similar individual goals, everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, mentalities, and insecurities. Because of the endless differences among two or more people, constant comparison isn’t beneficial and is often invalid.

Over-analyzing and comparing yourself to others can deteriorate mindsets and weaken friendships. It’s always best to think about how you as an individual can improve yourself and get to the next level. Swim for yourself, not anyone else. Use others as support and motivation rather than using them to talk yourself down or up.

Most importantly, be there for each other. Lift each other up when you’re down. Admire them for their hard work. Be happy for each other when you have a good practice or reach a goal. Talk to each other about how you’re feeling—be open and honest if you’re struggling. In the end, no one will remember who had a higher number of good practices or who out touched the other at a meet. They’ll remember the laughs (or tears) during practice, the cheering so loud that you could hear it from under the water, and the support you gave each other both in and out of the pool.

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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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Five talking points from stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia

All the main talking points from a dramatic day in the mountains

Dumoulin holds on… to the maglia rosa

Tom Dumoulin chases on during stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

And that was about all he could hold on to, as nature called at the most inopportune time for Giro d’Italia race leader Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) as the GC group sped on towards and up the final climb of the Umbrail Pass.

It was then down to the big Dutchman (with no teammates left) to chase on to the leaders up the mountain or see his grip on the maglia rosa slip after he’d look so strong in previous stages.

>>> Tom Dumoulin fights to keep Giro d’Italia pink jersey as rivals attack after he takes natural break

Whether or not the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) should have waited (see point two), Dumoulin made a good show of it with around 20km remaining, holding the gap to around a minute for a substantial time before the effort began to bite.

Let’s not forget, the riders had already taken in an ascent of the Mortirolo and the Stelvio Pass from Bormio on the 222km stage, so it was no surprise when Dumoulin began to see his energy stores begin to fail him.

He crested the final climb with around 2-10 to Nibali and Quintana who were out front just behind breakaway rider Mikel Landa, and continued to look tentative on the descent.

Still, it was monumental effort to ride in to the finish with 2-18 lost on Nibali and 2-06 on Quintana to just hold on to the lead by 31 seconds.

Dumoulin looked bitterly disappointed at the end of the stage, but considering the circumstances and still with stages left to make up time in this race, he might reflect that it was a damn sight better than it could have been.

Should they have waited?

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) attacks on the Umbrail Pass on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

The big question.

Dumoulin was commended for waiting for his closest rival Quintana when he crashed on a descent during stage 15, but the courtesy wasn’t reciprocated as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) along with Quintana and Nibali pushed on up the climb while Dumoulin stripped off.

It’s courtesy for the peloton to slow in normal circumstances when the race leader decides to take a natural break on the roadside, but that usually happens early on in the day and with more than one rider taking the opportunity.

The incident will continue to polarise the debate about whether riders should wait for the competitors or not. Cycling is largely about tradition, and a Grand Tour leader’s jersey would in the past command enough respect for overall contenders to wait for the race leader before going mano a mano.

But that tradition appears to be slipping under the weight of the ‘win-at-all-costs’ aspect of modern sport. It is a race after all, but the idea of waiting will be continue to be a hot topic as it has for many years already.

The Italians can finally celebrate

Mikel Landa and Vincenzo Nibali sprint for the line in Bormio on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Vai, Vincenzo!

The 100th Giro really couldn’t go the full three weeks without an Italian win could it?

Of course not, and it was Italian cycling’s favourite son that managed to right that wrong, attacking with Nairo Quintana a few kilometres ahead of the summit of the Umbrail Pass, before using those killer descending skills to slip away from the Colombian and catch lone leader Mikel Landa (Team Sky).

Defending champion Nibali had entered this final week realistic about his chances in the overall after an underwhelming couple of weeks so far for him. But he timed his move perfectly at the top of the climb before another impressive descent, and stuck to Landa’s wheel perfectly to give him the edge in the final sprint for the line.

He only took it by the narrowest of margins on the line after a long and brutal day out in the mountains, but it was enough and a reason for the tifosi to be cheerful going into the final stages, with Nibali now well back in the running for a third career overall win.

Agonisingly close for Landa

Mikel Landa rides solo up the Umbrail Pass on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

The guy can’t quite catch a break.

After seeing his GC hopes shattered in one hit on the foothills of the Blockhaus thanks to that crash, Landa has been extremely active in getting the breakaways for Team Sky in the stages since.

He found himself with three teammates in the 2o-man plus breakaway group on the queen stage, and rode all the remaining stage hopefuls off his wheel as they ascended the Umbrail Pass, including Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Having already been first over the Stelvio to take the Cima Coppi of thus year’s race, the Basque had only around 10 seconds over Umbrail ahead of Nibali and Quintana.

There wasn’t much he could do to hold off the peloton’s best descender in Nibali on the road down to Bormio, but he did well to muster the energy to hold onto the Italian as they descended.

He led through the curves of the final kilometre with Nibali on his wheel, and it was a tired sprint between the pair ahead of the line.

Landa missed out on a third career stage victory at the Giro by half a wheel and banged his handlebars in frustration at the near-miss.

He now leads the King of the Mountains competition, which will be of little consolation, but looks in great form ahead of more stages suited to his strengths in the remaining days.

A great tribute to Michele Scarponi

Luis Leon Sanchez was allowed to take the KOM points atop the Mortirolo which was dedicated to his late team-mate Michele Scarponi (Sunada)

The organisers fittingly paid tribute to the late Michele Scarponi atop the Mortirolo, and it was a true show of sportsmanship that the likes of Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), keen to claim the Giro mountains jersey, let Scarponi’s former Astana team-mate Luis Leon Sanchez take the maximum double points on the summit.

It was a solemn moment in an otherwise brutal day at the Giro d’Italia, and shows that sportsmanship is still alive and well.


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NHSCA Announces Academic All-Americans

The National High School Coaches Association, NHSCA, is proud to announce the 2017 High School Academic All-Americans for the 2016-2017 school year. This marks the 24th year in which the NHSCA has honored those who triumph both in and out of the classroom.

This year’s selection totals 163 Academic All Americans. These student-athletes hail from 30 states. This year’s honorees excel in 12 different sports. The total breakdown is as follows: 4 freshman, 31 sophomores, 42 juniors and 86 seniors.

“This year’s Academic All Americans are the epitome of what a student-athlete is. Not only do they excel on the playing field, mat, court, pool, and track, but they also excel in the classroom”, stated NHSCA CEO Bobby Ferraro. “These student-athletes are leaders in and out of the classroom and are the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to deem them Academic All Americans.”

This year Arizona led the way with 26 Academic All Americans, followed by Virginia with 16. Pennsylvania followed closely with 15 and Massachusetts with 12. The student-athletes averaged a 3.9 GPA, with 50 students coming in with a 4.0 or better.

All honored Academic All Americans will be recognized in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Virtual Museum, which is currently in the planning stage.

Below is a list of all the swimmers and divers that made the list.

Class of 2019

Cora Dupre (Ohio) competes in the sport of swimming at Mariemont High School for coach Kevin Maness. She is a three-time state place winner, finishing 4th in the 200 Freestyle as a freshman, 1st in the 200 Freestyle as a sophomore and 2nd in the 100 Freestyle as a sophomore. She received All State honors in both her freshman and sophomore years. Cora has a current GPA of 3.7.

Kathryn Lyons (California) competes in the sports of Water Polo and Swimming at Miramonte High School for coach Noel Murphy. She finished 7th in the 200 Freestyle and 13th in the 400 Freestyle in her state swimming championships. Kathryn has a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 5th of her class. She hopes to compete in Water Polo at a Division 1 college.

Class of 2018

Olivia Grossklaus (Arizona) competes in the sport of women’s swimming at Red Mountain High School for coach Michael Peterson. She finished 1st in 100 Fly and 3rd in 50 Freestyle this year at her state swimming championships. Olivia has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked #35 in her class of 868 students.

Helen Schawe (Texas) competes in the sport of swimming at Veterans Memorial High School for coach Dee Hargis. She placed 22nd in her state championships this year in the 400 free relay. Helen has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #25 in her class of 500 students. She would like to major in civil engineering in college.

Class of 2017

Faith Anderson (Ohio) competes in the sport of diving at East Palestine High School for coach Ron Navarra.  She is a four-time state place winner, finishing  19th as a freshman, 15th as a sophomore, 9th as a junior and 6th as a senior.  Faith has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #1 in her class.  She will pursue Diving and Honors College at James Madison University.

Peter Baltes (Pennsylvania) competes in the sport of swimming at Central Bucks High School West for coach Zachary Wilson. In his 2016 state swimming championships his 200 Freestyle Relay placed 16th. In 2017 his relay placed 8th in the 200 Freestyle Relay and 10th in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Peter has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked #34 in his class. He will attend the University of Notre Dame.

Dylan Kemp (Oklahoma) competes in the sport of swimming at Guymon High School for coach Hope Kemp. He finished 9th in breaststroke his freshman year, 4th in breaststroke and 6th in butterfly his sophomore year, 2nd in breaststroke and 6th in butterfly his junior year and 2nd in breaststroke and 4th in butterfly his senior year. He was also named to the Oklahoma All State Team. Dylan has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked #1 in his class. He will attend Texas Christian University to study political science and pre-law.

Mykenzie Leehy (Iowa) competes in the sport of swimming at Lewis Central High School for coach Bruce Schomburg. She competes in the freestyle stroke and is a four-time state place winner, finishing 2nd as a freshman, 1st as a sophomore, 2nd as a junior and 1st a senior. Mykenzie has a 4.0 and is ranked #55 in her class. She will attend the University of Houston.

Benjamin Loutzenhiser (Pennsylvania) competes in the sport of swimming at General McLane High School for coach Benjamin Loutzenhiser. He competes in the 400 freestyle relay and the 200 freestyle relay. He is a two-time state place winner, finishing 14th as a junior and 20th as a senior. Benjamin has a 3.8 GPA and will attend SUNY Maritime College.

Greg Reed (Virginia) competes in the sport of swimming at Hidden Valley High School for coach Danielle Dillon. He has multiple state placements, finishing 1st as a freshman, 2nd as a sophomore, and 1st as both a junior and senior. Greg has a 3.8 GPA and will attend the University of Georgia.

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Tom Dumoulin fights to keep Giro d’Italia pink jersey after rivals attack while he takes natural break

Dumoulin holds on to pink jersey by 31 seconds while Vincenzo Nibali wins stage

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) produced a heroic ride to hold on to the pink jersey at the end of a dramatic stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, while Vincenzo Nibali took the stage win.

After a relatively uneventful first 190km of the 222km queen stage, Dumoulin suffered stomach problems on the run-in to the final climb, and was forced to make an emergency stop at the side of the road for a natural break.

While the Dutchman was throwing off his helmet and pink jersey and running down a bank at the side of the road, Ilnur Zakain (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked from the group containing the other GC contenders.

Dumoulin wasn’t off his bike for long, but the pattern had been set in the main group, as Bahrain-Merida and Movistar decided not to wait for the race leader, pushing the pace while the pink jersey fought behind.

The Team Sunweb rider had an advantage of 2-41 at the top of GC at the start of the day, which looked safe for most of the climb, before Nibali and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) attacked near the top of the Umbrailpass.

At the top of the final climb, with 20km remaining, their lead was 2-10, as Nibali pushed on to catch Mikel Landa (Team Sky), the last survivor of a group of early escapees on the descent.

After riding solo for much of the final climb Dumoulin was clearly exhausted, looking lacklustre when pedalling on the descent while Nibali sprinted out of hairpins to catch Landa and drop Quintana.

That meant it was down to Nibali and Landa to contest the stage win, with Nibali proving the fastest in the final 100m to take the stage win.

Quintana crossed the line 12 seconds later, before the clock started ticking for the pink jersey.

Still alone, Dumoulin produced a heroic ride on the lower part of the descent to limit his losses, and eventually finished just over two minutes behind Quintana to hold on to the overall lead by 31 seconds.


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Movistar and Bahrain-Merida up the pace while Tom Dumoulin takes natural break at Giro d’Italia

Should they have waited?

Tom Dumoulin suffered badly-timed stomach trouble on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia as he was forced to stop at the side of the road with just over 30km to go on the race’s queen stage.

The race leader seemed to be in some panic as he pulled over at the side of the road, removing helmet and jersey before running down a bank at the side of the road to relieve himself.

The Dutchman was quickly back on his bike but he was well off the back of the group containing the rest of the GC contenders.

In a controversial move Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) then attacked off the front of the lead group, with Bahrain-Merida and Movistar then moving to the front to up the pace and put Dumoulin’s race lead under threat.

Dumoulin then continued his chase up the Umbrailpass as he tried to hold on to the lead of the Giro d’Italia.


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10 Books to Deepen Your Appreciation of Water Sports

By: Samantha Dammann, Swimming World College Intern.

Contrary to popular belief, not all popular swimming books are biographies about modern Olympians.

Many swimming related books feature events and people who have conquered waves and waters across the world. Read about Lynne Cox’s daring open water swims, big wave surfers like Laird Hamilton, the first man and woman to ever swim across the English Channel, and the man that spread surfing across the world.

Water-related sports have played a huge role in America’s history, and here are ten books that highlight the accomplishments of many swimmers and surfers across time.

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer

By: Lynne Cox

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Lynne Cox is a long-distance open water swimmer from Boston, Massachusetts. In her book Cox tells the stories of her greatest open water swims, including 1.22 mile swim in the icy waters of Antarctica, and her swim across the Bering Strait from Alaska’s Little Diomede to the island of Big Diomede, which was then a part of the Soviet Union.

“Swimming to Antarctica” is a motivational read that also examines the political effects of Cox’s international swims.

Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku

By: David Davis

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“Waterman” covers the life of Duke Kahanamoku, a Native Hawaiian swimmer, surfer, and Olympic gold medalist who popularized both competitive swimming and surfing. Kahanamoku lived during Hawaii’s transition from an independent kingdom to an American state, and Davis captures the importance of this period in history.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

By: Susan Casey

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A detailed and mesmerizing look into the world of giant waves and the community of people that spend their lives chasing after these mountains of water. Casey travels with Laird Hamilton and dives into the world of big wave surfing. She also spends time with scientists who are deeply concerned by what the presence of these giant waves means for the planet.

The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory

By: Julie Checkoway and Alex Chadwick

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The remarkable story of a group of impoverished Japanese-American children living on Maui who became elite competitive swimmers under the guidance of their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto. This story, like “Swimming to Antarctica” and “Waterman,” shows the social and political impacts that swimming has had on the world.

The Crossing: The Curious Story of the First Man to Swim the English Channel

By: Kathy Watson

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“The Crossing” tells the story of Matthew Webb, who, in 1875, became the first person to ever swim the English Channel. The book is wonderfully detailed and shows just how unconventional Webb’s swim was. Watson goes on to recount the remainder of Webb’s life, which became crazier and more recklessly adventurous as the years passed.

Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America

By: Jeff Wiltse

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Wiltse recounts the development of public pools from the nineteenth century to present times, and consequently the development of modern America. As centers of social activity, swimming pools have seen culture transformed.

Fighting the Current: The Rise of American Women’s Swimming, 1870-1926

By: Lisa Bier

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The Pal Effect: A Faroe Islander’s Quest for Swimming Glory

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Gilmour believed that the Faroe Islands had never produced an elite athlete, but Pál Joensen proved him wrong. “The Pal Effect” tells the story of how Joensen became an elite competitive swimmer and inspired his country.

The Great Swim

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Mortimer tells the stories of the four women who strove to become the first woman to cross the English Channel during the summer of 1926. “The Great Swim” is a look into how Gertrude Ederle, Mille Gade, Lillian Cannon, and Clarabelle Barrette changed the way the world viewed women.

Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream

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Becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protection cage had been Nyad’s dream since she was 28 years old. She finally achieved her dream and conquered the swim when she was 64. This book inspired Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, and is sure to inspire anyone else who reads it.

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Sport to conduct security reviews after Manchester attack

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Sporting events and venues in England are conducting major security reviews after 22 people were killed in an attack at Manchester Arena.

The Great City Games, an open and free event for the public, is due to take place in Manchester on Friday.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “We are awaiting advice from the authorities on these events and will provide an update as soon as possible.”

The FA Cup final, EFL play-offs and the PGA Championship are also this week.

An eight-year-old girl was among those killed in Monday’s suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Manchester United cancelled a news conference on Tuesday, due to be held prior to their Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The club said: “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this terribly difficult time.”

United’s players held a minute’s silence at training on Tuesday, and the club closed its megastore, museum, cafe and stadium tours to the public.

A staff event scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Manager Jose Mourinho said: “We are all very sad about the tragic events; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.

“We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.

“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”

Aleksander Ceferin, president of football’s European governing body Uefa, said he was “deeply saddened” and shocked that “so many innocent people lost their lives”.

A Uefa statement said there was “currently no specific intelligence” to suggest Wednesday’s game could be a target for further attacks.

“Uefa has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project,” it said.

“Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.”

‘Fan safety is of paramount importance’

A number of leading athletes are scheduled to participate at the Great City Games, while a public half marathon and 10km run will be staged in Manchester on Sunday.

Wembley hosts Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea, and the League Two and Championship play-off finals on Sunday and Monday respectively.

A Football Association spokesperson said: “Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

“In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events.

“All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.”

The English Football League (EFL) added it “takes security issues extremely seriously” and urged supporters travelling to Wembley to “be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed”.

Golf’s BMW PGA Championship starts at Wentworth on Thursday.

“As with any major event, security is the highest priority,” said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley. “It was before Monday night and it remains so.

“We’re in constant dialogue with the police and security services. We are comfortable we will react in the right way if in fact we need to significantly increase our security.”

Cricket’s Champions Trophy will take place from 1-18 June at venues in Birmingham, London and Cardiff.

A statement from the International Cricket Council read: “The ICC and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.

“We operate on advice from our tournament security directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments.

“We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.”

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said his team had met their security advisers on Tuesday morning before Wednesday’s match against South Africa at Headingley.

Morgan says the team have full confidence in the safety measures in place.

“On behalf of the England cricket team, I’d like to offer our thoughts and prayers to everybody in Manchester affected by the tragic events,” said Morgan.

“I’d also like to give our support to those in and around things and those most affected and those who helped out and continue to help out.”

The domestic rugby union season has finished, but the National Counter Terrorism security office has been in touch with Sale Sharks and every other Aviva Premiership club asking for details of any events planned by them over the next couple of weeks.

Social media reaction

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford, 19, who is from Wythenshawe in the city

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea tweeted: “Much rage, much pain. My condolences to the victims’ family members involved in the atrocious attack to the heart of the city.”

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard said the “beautiful city” of Manchester “will stand together in this dark hour”, captain Wayne Rooney said he was “devastated” by the news and winger Ashley Young said he was “absolutely shocked”.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: “My thoughts & prayers are with all the families & friends affected by last night’s attack in Manchester.”

Former Manchester United player and current Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Lancashire and England cricketer Andrew Flintoff: “In the toughest of times the people of Manchester showing why this is such a great city, standing together in the face of such evil.”

Manchester City players – including captain Vincent Kompany, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, forward Leroy Sane and defender Pablo Zabaleta – also tweeted their support for those affected.

Lucy Bronze, from City’s women’s team, said her “thoughts are with those affected” and urged people to “stick together”.

Britain's three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton posted a message on Instagram

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