Jessica Parratto and Michael Hixon Top Semifinals at USA Diving Trials

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2016 Olympians Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) lead the women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter fields after preliminary and semifinal competition Friday at USA Diving’s World Championships Trials.

The finals are set for Sunday, with two spots on each event at stake for this summer’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Scores are cumulative, with preliminaries, semifinals and finals all counting in team selection.

Parratto leads the women’s 10-meter standings with 672.90 points after two lists of dives. Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) is in second place with 643.15 points, and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) is third at 634.60.

Hixon scored 841.90 points to top the men’s 3-meter field after two lists of dives. 2016 Olympian Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) scored 833.70 points to sit in second heading into the finals, and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla.) is third with 808.10 points.

Parratto has been working on the difficult back 3 ½ pike, a dive with a degree of difficulty of 3.6 that very few women in the world are doing. She scored 66.60 points on the dive in both the preliminaries and the semifinals. Parratto previously used a back 3 ½ tuck, which has a DD of 3.3.

“It’s a really difficult dive, but I’ve been training it for a few months now and it’s slowly getting there. I’m pretty close to actually getting it down. I was a little over on both of them, but I was really happy with how it went considering it’s pretty hard,” Parratto said.

Parratto had previously competed the dive at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships earlier this year but not in the preliminary or semifinal. With the world trials being cumulative, it was a risk to try to the difficult dive three times.

“We were planning on doing this dive in all three lists from the beginning of the year. It was a big challenge to see if I could do it in all three lists, especially in a 10 a.m. prelim when you’re not as loose. Hopefully in the final I can do an even better job,” said Parratto.

Hixon scored more than 70 points on six of his 12 dives, including 86.70 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in the preliminaries. Johnson closed out his semifinal list with 84.60 points on a front 4 ½ tuck for his best-scoring dive of the day after scoring more than 70 points on five other dives throughout the preliminaries and semifinals.

The World Championship Trials continue Saturday with preliminaries and semifinals in women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m., with semifinals set for 5 p.m.

Standings after women’s 10-meter semifinals

1. Jessica Parratto (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 672.90
2. Tarrin Gilliland (City of Midland), 643.15
3. Delaney Schnell (Unattached), 634.60
4. Olivia Rosendahl (Unattached), 550.45
5. Amy Magana (The Indiana International School of Diving), 519.20
6. Daria Lenz (Unattached), 455.80
7. Johanna Holloway (Moss Farms Diving), 439.85
8. Alessandra Murphy (Club Wolverine Diving), 397.10
9. Alexis Vincent (Purdue University), 378.90

Standings after men’s 3-meter semifinals

1. Michael Hixon (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 841.90
2. Steele Johnson (Purdue University), 833.70
3. Briadam Herrera (University of Miami), 808.10
4. Samuel Dorman (University of Miami), 742.80
5. Grayson Campbell (Longhorn Aquatics), 728.40
6. Joseph Cifelli (Purdue University), 706.65
7. Andrew Capobianco (Duke Diving), 703.40
8. Mark Anderson (Longhorn Aquatics), 700.15
9. Cody Coldren (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 627.05
10. Gregory Duncan (Dominion Dive Club), 624.35
11. Travis Wright (Unattached), 516.30

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Team Sky’s Jon Dibben wins Tour of California time trial as Rafal Majka slips out of yellow

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) the new race leader with just one day to go.

Team Sky‘s Jon Dibben emerged victorious on stage six of the Tour of California as George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) moved into yellow in the 24km time trial with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The penultimate stage of the race saw the riders tackle a flat 24km out-and-back course that included some technical sections, but with the main issues being that it took place at more than 2,000m above sea level along the shores of Big Bear Lake.

Among the early starters, Italian Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) was the fastest, setting a time of 28-48 which stood for nearly an hour until it was beaten by 21 seconds by Jon Dibben (Team Sky), with the 23-year-old neo-pro pulling out a strong ride that would be enough for to give him the stage win.

>>> Tour of California 2017 route guide

Dibben’s time would not be touched by any of the general classification, but Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), sixth in GC going into the stage, put in a strong performance to knock Ganna down the standings, finishing in a time that was just seven seconds slower than Dibben.

Cannondale-Drapac’s Andrew Talansky, winner of Thursday’s summit finish to Mount Baldy, had been expected to perform well, and delivered with a time 16 seconds behind Dibben that would eventually be good enough for third on the stage.

Less expected was the performance of George Bennett, with the New Zealander delivering one of the best time trials of his career to lose just two seconds to Talansky.

However there was no such good news for fans of race leader Rafal Majka, who despite looking smooth throughout his ride, finished in 22nd place, dropping nearly a minute.

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Ian Boswell (Team Sky), third overall coming into the stage, also finished on the same time as Majka, results that meant Majka dropped to second behind Bennett, while Boswell dropped to fifth.

The 2017 Tour of California concludes on Saturday with a 125km stage from Mountain High to Pasadena.

Results

Tour of California 2017, stage six: Big Bear Lake to Bike Bear Lake (24km, ITT)

1. Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky, in 28-27
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing, at 7 secs
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac, at 16 secs
4. George Bennett (NZl) LottoNl-Jumbo, at 18 secs
5. Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, at 21 secs
6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors, at 21 secs
7. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 23 secs
8. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 23 secs
9. Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing, at 25 secs
10. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, at 27 secs

General classification after stage six

1. George Bennett (Nzl) LottoNL-Jumbo, in 20-16-38
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 35 secs
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Drapac, at 36 secs
4. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing, at 45 secs
5. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, at 1-00
6. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates, at 1-54
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky, at 2-12
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-15
9. Lachlan Morton (Aue) Dimension Data, at 2-20
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-14


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Ashley Twichell Wins U.S. Women’s 10k By More Than a Minute, Headed to Budapest

Ashley Twichell pulled away from the field in the women’s 10k at the U.S. Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake, winning by more than a minute over the two most recent Olympic silver medalists in the event.

A tight battle emerged for second-place honors, with Haley AndersonRachele Bruni and Becca Mann all in the mix. Anderson took the silver medal in the event at the 2012 Olympics and was fifth in 2016 in Rio, a rare where Italy’s Bruni got the silver.

Anderson unofficially finished second to claim the other U.S. spot in the 10k for Budapest.

More to come, including full results.

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Kentucky Nabs Verbal Commitment from Florida State Champ Mason Wilby

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The University of Kentucky received a verbal commitment from high school junior Mason Wilby. Wilby swims for Gator Swim Club and attends F.W. Bucholz High School in Gainesville, Florida.

Wilby has dual citizenship with Great Britain. This summer he will represent the nation at European Junior Championships. He swims for Loughborough Swimming when abroad.

Wilby is primarily a backstroker and butterflier. Some of his best SCY times are:

  • 100 Fly 48.80
  • 200 Fly 1:45.94
  • 100 Back 49.60
  • 200 Back 1:48.73
  • 200 IM 1:49.71

At this year’s Florida 4A State Championship Wilby was the 100 backstroke champion and picked up a silver in the 100 butterfly.

At the 2017 SEC Championships Wilby would have finished just tenths outside scoring range in the 200 butterfly. He’ll have one year to train alongside C finalist Matthew Beach.

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

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Camille Lacourt Plans to Retire After World Championships

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French backstroker Camille Lacourt will compete for the final time this summer at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. Lacourt, the World Champion in the 100 back in 2011 and in the 50 back in both 2013 and 2015, announced the news via a Q&A feature on the official website for the World Championships.

Lacourt explained that he plans to swim only the 50 back in Budapest. He had planned on retiring after Rio but did not “want to retire with a bitter aftertaste” after finishing fifth in the 100 back final in Rio. (He was fourth in the event in London in 2012.) Lacourt also explained in the feature on the World Champs website that he took a few months off of training, moved to Paris so that he could spend more time with his daughter and began preparing for a career post-swimming.

The trip to Budapest will actually be a return to the location of Lacourt’s breakout meet in 2010 at the European Championships. He won his first long course international medals at that meet, winning the 50 back, 100 back and 400 medley relay. His 100 back time of 52.11 made him the second-fastest performer in history behind Aaron Peirsol. A year later, he and countryman Jeremy Stravius tied for the World title in the 100 back.

Lacourt described the emotions he would feel if he does qualify for the 50 back final and get a chance to go for his third-straight World title in the event.

“If I can make it to the finals, I will definitely feel content,” he said. I will definitely enjoy the moment to the full and I will thrive to win. I hate failure so I will be a bit disappointed if I don’t win. I have a lot to do till then though. I do not want to rush my last race, and I will try not to be overwhelmed by stress. It is also sure that when leaving the pool for the last time I will think about those people, coaches, family and friends who were always there for me, supported me and contributed to where I am now. Once more, for the last time.”

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Thousands of commuters take to two wheels as part of Bike to Work Day

There are even special places for riders to get food

Thousands of people across the United States have taken to two wheels today as part of Bike to Work Day.

First held in 1956, National Bike to Work Day encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation across the country.

Founded by the Cycle Trade Association of America, Bike to Work Day on May 19 culminates Bike to Work Week, held from May 15-19 and is punctuated by events around the country.

>>> Nine reasons why commuting by bike is surprisingly brilliant

Originally, the purpose of the event was to increase bicycle sales. Today however, National Bike Month, Bike Week, and Bike to Work Day aim to support safe cycling practices and promote cycling as a way of life.

Now sponsored nationally by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated through various initiatives in communities from San Diego, California to the nation’s capital in Washington DC, the initiative has really picked up steam over the last decade.


Watch: Five commuting tips for safer riding


In San Diego, 100 different Bike to Work Day stops are stocked with snacks, mechanics and valet parking are available to bike commuters.

According to a National Household Survey, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making cycling an easy alternative to driving a car. Last month, a study was released regarding the healthy benefits of riding just 30 miles per week, further punctuating the benefits of aerobic riding even short distances.

It’s not surprising that nationwide, the number of bicycle commuters grew by 60 percent over the last decade. Bike commuting is catching on in communities in nearly every city from coast to coast. Portland, Oregon had the highest bicycle-commuting rate increase at 6.1 per cent while Minneapolis, experienced a two-fold increase to 4.1 per cent according to the most recent Census Bureau report released.


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2017 California High School Swimming State Championships: Prelims Live Recap

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The 2017 California High School Swimming and Diving state championship meet takes place this weekend in Fresno at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex. Preliminary swimming will dive in at 2:30 PM local time today.

Everything you need to follow along is available here. Click refresh for the latest coverage.

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Jordan Wilimovsky Wins U.S. Open Water National Title in Men’s 10k, Will Defend World Title

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Jordan Wilimovsky has been the top open water swimmer in the United States over the past several years, winning the World title in the men’s 10k in 2015 before finishing fifth at the Olympics in Rio. He will defend that World title this summer in Budapest after he pulled away to win the U.S. national title in the event Friday at Castaic Lake.

Wilimovsky took over the lead at the halfway point and pulled away to win by a massive margin. Unofficially, Brendan Casey finished second to earn the second spot on the U.S. team in the 10k for Budapest

Great Britain’s Jack Burnell received a red card on the final lap for intentional kicking. Burnell was also disqualified at the Olympic Games in Rio after a physical altercation, losing out on the bronze medal it initially appeared he earned. With Great Britain also using the Castaic Lake race for its World Championship selection, it’s unclear if he will be able to go to Budapest in the event.

More to come, including official results.

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5 Races to Follow at the 2017 Japan Open

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By Shunichi Fujishima, Swimming World College Intern.

Swimmers who have made the finalized roster for the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest will be competing for the first time as a National Team member this year at the annual Japan Open, which will be taking place from May 19-21. The Japan Open is always held a month after Japanese Nationals and is a international meet. This year, the British National Team, as well as the members of the Australian Junior National Team are set to compete at Japan Open. 

Here are the five most exciting races to follow at the 2017 Japan Open:

1. Adam Peaty’s 100 Breaststroke

Adam Peaty Doha 2014

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Swim meets are about racing opponents. But this isn’t true anymore for Adam Peaty…at ANY level of competition. The only swimmer that could potentially come close is Koseki Yasuhiro, with a 59.37. Koseki broke the Japanese record in the 50 breaststroke at nationals, which will definitely help set him up for the 100. On top of that, the British team is coming straight from their training trip in Thailand could mean a worn-out Peaty. The two breaststrokers will go head-to-head on day 1 of the Japan Open.

2. The Race of Up and Comers: 200 Fly

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This event at the Japan Open will be a close race between Masato Sakai, Daiya Seto, and James Guy. Sakai and Seto have the top two times in the world this year with a 1.53.71 and 1:54.28, respectively. With this event open to anybody because of Michael Phelps‘s retirement, it will be interesting to see who steps it up to claim the title at the World Championships this summer. Both prelims and finals for the 200 Fly will take place on Friday.

3. Showdown in the 400 IM

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The Japanese have won the 400 IM at almost every international competition since 2012 Short Course World Championships. With Seto barely out-touching Hagino Kosuke by 0.01 seconds at this year’s Japanese Nationals, it will be a highly competitive event between the two superstars. Their only main competition would be Max Litchfield of Great Britain and Takeharu Fujimori. Ippei Watanabe, who clocked a world record earlier this year, is also entered in the 400 IM.

On the women’s side, all eyes will be on Yui Ohashi, Hannah Miley, and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. Ohashi broke the Japanese National Record by three seconds at Nationals, posting the world’s best time this year. Miley has the second best time with a 4:32.12. You can’t underestimate O’Connor, the defending Olympic silver medalist. The prelims for both the men and women’s 400 IM are scheduled to take place Saturday morning, Pacific Time.

4. The 200 Breaststroke

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You never know what to expect from the Japanese breaststroker Ippei Watanabe. He broke the Olympic Record during the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics. He then broke the 2:07 barrier with a world record of 2:06.67 mid-season in January, which shocked a ton of people in the swimming community. His only rival at this competition would be Yasuhiro, who made a swift comeback on the last 50 to beat Watanabe at Nationals, clocking a best time of 2:07.18. The showdown between the two Japanese men will take place on the final day of Japan Open.

Jocelyn Ulyett of Great Britain is one to watch as well on the women’s side. She started off with a best time of 2:28.40 last season, then dropped down to a 2:22.08 at British Nationals– a significant drop in a year!

5. Teen Phenom Rikako Ikee

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Rikako Ikee will be competing in four events at the Japan Open and is expected to win all of them. She is currently a Japanese record holder in 11 events. She swept the 2017 Japanese Nationals in all five of her events. Ikee is the World Junior record holder in the fly events. It will be interesting to see what she can do in her 100 fly. Ikee will be swimming 200 freestyle on Friday, 50 fly and 100 freestyle on Saturday, and 100 fly on Sunday.

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