Zoe Skirboll Lowers 11-12 50 Breaststroke NAG Twice in One Day

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Swimming at the Dolfin Elite Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida Zoe Skirboll broke the 11-12 50 breaststroke National Age Group record. Twice.

The 12 year old from Racer X Aquatics stopped the clock in 29.18 this morning. That time took down the National Mark of 29.23 set by Olivia Anderson in 2010.

Skirboll returned at night to chop another four tenths off the mark. She raced to a 28.70 in finals.

The 100 breaststroke National Age Group mark could be on watch later this week as Skirboll enters this meet only a second off the 1:02.86 mark, also held by Anderson. With a half second drop in the 50, a full second in the 100 is a distinct possibility.

Skirboll also won the 50 free tonight, touching in 23.43 in that event.

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World Masters Swimmer Spotlight: Mike Freshley, Lynn Marshall

Photo Courtesy: Mike Freshley/Eric Marshall

2016 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year

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Swimming World Magazine has been recognizing the Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year for the last 13 years. Running from April 4th through April 9th the staff at Swimming World will be shining a spotlight on the accomplishments of our Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year, along with a special spotlight on the runners-up on the 10th.

Mike Freshley, USA (75-79)

In 1995, 29 years after he finished swimming in college, Mike Freshley went to his first Masters meet.

“I met other Masters swimmers there, and they told me about another meet, so I started going to meets,” he said.

Soon, Freshley was hooked. Now, he attends a meet, on average, every other weekend. From his home in the San Diego area, he travels throughout California as well as to Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico for different competitions. “We’re swimming for life, we’re swimming for health, but we’re racing for fun,” he said.

His training routine? He gets to the Rose Bowl pool at 5 a.m. every morning—“And I hate it!” he said of the early mornings, particularly in the winter. In the evenings, Freshley completes 100 sit-ups, 100 lat pull-downs, 100 push-ups and 20 assisted pull-ups.

This past season, that routine paid off with 16 world records in 11 events, primarily in breaststroke. Freshley never fashioned himself a breaststroker—in college, when asked to train breaststroke, he responded, “Coach, I’m an IMer. I’m not a breaststroker”—but after more than 20 years of Masters swimming, he thinks he has finally mastered the stroke.

His records came in the men’s 75-79 division: LC—100-200 breast (1:27.74, 3:13.93), 200-400 IM (2:59.01, 6:34.91); SC—50 free (29.93), 50-100-200 breast (29.93, 1:25.38, 3:06.82); 100-200-400 IM (1:17.58, 2:55.45, 6:29.29).

Freshley believes swimming helps his body stay younger than his chronological age—he turned 76 in March—so he has no plans to reduce his swimming schedule over the next few years. As for breaking more world records, he’s not afraid to set some ambitious goals—even if he fails.

“Failure is just a sign-post that tells you, ‘Hey, I need to modify this, I need to change this and get better,’” Freshley said. “But it’s not the end of the world. It’s just part of the learning process.” —D.R.

Lynn Marshall, Canada (55-59)

For the second time in her career, Lynn Marshall is a Top 12 World Masters Swimmer of the Year. She first received the honor in 2011—the same year she was inducted into the Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.

Marshall has been on the Masters swimming scene since 1986, when she was 25. Since then, she’s broken Masters world records 56 times (as of Nov. 1, 2016) in seven different age groups (25-29 through 55-59). She also holds all-time Top 10 times in six age groups.

Marshall rebounded from a shoulder injury in 2015, which affected her training throughout the end of that year and the beginning of 2016.

Swimming in the 55-59 division for the first time, Marshall set WRs 14 times in 12 events: LC—400-1500 free (4:43.41, 18:46.00), 200 back (2:38.52), 200 fly (2:37.99), 400 IM (5:40.33); SC—200-400-800-1500 free (2:13.58, 4:37.35, 9:33.78, 18:06.01), 200 back (2:33.67), 200-400 IM (2:34.01, 5:23.08).

Marshall usually trains six times a week for about an hour-and-a-half each time—“about five kilometers per workout. I also do strength training—a bit of weights and a lot of shoulder stability exercises— and stretching.”

Her 2016 highlight was being able to meet fellow world record holders Leslie Livingston, Susan Williams and Laura Val. Marshall was particularly impressed by Val, who set four world records in one 1500-meter race. —T.B.

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Dustin Johnson injured in fall at home on eve of Masters

Dustin Johnson

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Venue: Augusta National Dates: 6-9 April
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Pre-tournament favourite Dustin Johnson has suffered a lower-back injury following a fall at his rental home ahead of Thursday’s opening round of the Masters in Augusta.

His agent David Winkle says he still hopes to play tomorrow.

World number one Johnson fell on the stairs on Wednesday and “landed hard on his lower back”.

He is said to be uncomfortable but is resting and doctors have advised him to remain stable.

Johnson is due to tee off in the last group at 19:03 BST on Thursday evening.

“Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” Winkle said in a statement.

“He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably.

“He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.”

The American, 32, won his third successive tournament when he beat Spain’s Jon Rahm in the World Match Play final in late March.

He has won seven of the 17 tournaments he has played since claiming his first major at the US Open at Oakmont in June, racking up another seven top-10 finishes in the process.

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Featured Camp: Carolina Swim Camp In Chapel Hill

Carolina Day Swim Camps are designed to focus solely on starts, turns, relay exchanges, and underwater work. We video and focus on the details that often get glossed over. This is dedicated time to breakdown and review the skills that make your swims faster.

Technical and Training Camps focuses on training swimmers energy systems for success in summer swimming as well as developing and enhancing the training and racing skills of competitive swimmers. This is a combined technique and training camp that will have three main training groups: one for distance oriented swimmers, one for middle distance stroke/IM swimmers and one for sprinters.  Each group will train the needs for the distance of events in that group.

Overnight campers are housed in UNC close to Koury Natatorium, in Hinton James Dorn. The dorm is arranged in suites.

Every camper will receive a Carolina Swim Camp T-Shirt, Carolina Swim Camp Latex swim cap, Carolina Swim Camp Lanyard, Gatorade Water Bottle. Both Technique and Elite campers will be filmed and will be provided feedback from a UNC Swim Coach.

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Rich Deselm – Head Coach

One of the nation’s top collegiate coaches, Rich DeSelm is now in his ninth year as the head swimming coach at the University of North Carolina after serving for one year as the chief assistant and head coach designate under former mentor Frank Comfort.  Every year, DeSelm is leading his alma mater to new heights in the swimming pool and the classroom.  DeSelm was named a U.S. Swimming National Team coach for the calendar year 2014, the highest honor U.S. Swimming can bestow on a coach.

The program has made great strides under DeSelm’s tutelage in the past eight years.  DeSelm had been a highly successful head coach at Davidson College and a long-time assistant at perennial Top 10 program Florida before he assumed the full-time head coaching duties at Carolina on July 1, 2007.

Coaching Staff

Duncan Sherrard – Assistant Coach

Duncan Sherrard, former head swimming coach at Florida Southern College and an All-America swimmer at the University of Florida, joined head coach Rich DeSelm’s staff as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina on June 8, 2015.

“I am excited to join Coach DeSelm’s staff and the UNC community. UNC has a great tradition in the sport of swimming,” says Sherrard.  “I’m looking forward to working with the student-athletes and continuing to build upon the excellence that is already here. My wife Diane, my kids and myself are excited to be a part of the Tar Heel family.”


Christy Garth – Assistant Coach

Christy Garth is now in her eighth season as an assistant coach for the Carolina men’s and women’s swimming teams. Garth was added as the fifth full-time member of the Carolina swimming coaching staff in September 2008.  She is a long-time Tar Heel, having captained Carolina teams that won ACC titles in the 1990s.

As a Tar Heel alumna, she has been a key conduit with UNC’s alumni base and much of the success of the lobby/entrance way area at Koury Natatorium, including the Blue Dolphin Hall of Honor is due to Garth’s efforts.  She worked hand-in-hand with alumnus and donor Greg Sanchez and Sue Walsh of the Educational Foundation to make the project a reality.

Last year, Garth was a key coaching contributor as UNC placed 18th in the NCAA men’s meet and 19th in the women’s meet.  Carolina also set 17 school short course records during the 2014-15 campaign.


Sean Quinn – Assistant Coach

A Tar Heel school record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke, Sean Quinn, in now in seventh official year as a full-time assistant coach for the Carolina swimming program following six years in which he served as one of the program’s volunteer coaches.

Quinn took on added duties in the summer of 2010 when he was named the head coach of North Carolina Aquatic Club, a prestigious U.S. Swimming club team based in Chapel Hill, N.C.  Quinn has worked to build NCAC into one of the top age group programs in the country, boasting multiple Nationals, Junior Nationals and Olympic Trials qualifiers.

In September 2014, he achieved one of the highest coaching honors when U.S. Swimming named him a National Team coach.


Chip Peterson – Assistant Coach

U.S. National Team swimmer, ACC champion and NCAA All-America Chip Peterson was named the volunteer assistant swimming coach at the University of North Carolina on September 11, 2013.

“Chip was a highly accomplished member of the UNC team, excelling in the classroom and pool,” said UNC had coach Rich DeSelm. ”He is currently on the USA Swimming National  Open Water team and earned many accolades both prior to arriving at UNC as a freshman in 2006 and during his highly successful career at UNC. Our swimmers definitely benefit from Chip’s input.”

Peterson, who still actively competes in open water swimming and was named in September 2013 and again in September 2014 to the U.S. Swimming National Team in that discipline, has been coaching with the North Carolina Aquatic Club over the past two years and continues in that role.

2017 Overnight & Day Camps

Camp Details:

These camps are designed to focus solely on starts, turns, relay exchanges, and underwater work.  We video and focus on the details that often get glossed over.  This is dedicated time to breakdown and review the skills that make your swims faster.

These Camps will run two sessions on Saturday and one Session on Sunday.

Overnight & Day Camps
Age: 8 – 18
Cost: $300 – Overnight or $200 – Commuter
June 10th – 11th REGISTER
June 17th – 18th REGISTER
Saturday
11:30am – 1:00pm  Check In
1:00pm – 3:00pm  First Swim Session
3:15pm – 4:50pm  Stroke Talks / Snacks / Games
5:00pm – 7:00pm  Second Session
7:00pm – 7:20pm  Check-Our For Day Campers
7:15pm – 8:00pm  Dinner (Overnight Campers Only)
8:00pm – 9:30pm  Games / Activities
9:30pm  Lights Out
Sunday
7:30am  Wake Up
7:45am – 8:30am  Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am  Check In For Day Campers
9:00am – 11:00am  Third Session
11:00am – 11:20am  Check Out For All Campers

What’s Included:

Each camper will receive a Carolina Swim Camp T-Shirt, Carolina Swim Camp Latex swim cap, Carolina Swim Camp Lanyard, Gatorade Water Bottle.  Both Technique and Elite campers will be filmed and will be provided feedback from a UNC Swim Coach.

2017 Overnight & Day Week Camps

Camp Details:

This is a combined Technical and Training Camp.

The Carolina Swim Camp, Overnight & Day Week Camp, focuses on training swimmers energy systems for success in summer swimming as well as developing and enhancing the training and racing skills of competitive swimmers.  This is a combined technique and training camp that will have three main training groups: one for distance oriented swimmers, one for middle distance stroke/IM swimmers and one for sprinters.  Each group will train the needs for the distance of events in that group.  Each day will focus on one of the four competitive swimming strokes with a technique session in the in the morning and a workout/technique session in the afternoon. Groups will train twice per day for two hours each session.  In addition, campers will have the opportunity to do dryland training sessions, receive take home materials form our nutritionist and weight room coaches (who will provide each camper with a warm up and warm down routine).

Each camper is grouped with campers of similar age and ability.  Each group will receive instruction and practice skills appropriate for that ability.  We do our best to have a 10:1 camper to coach ratio, with highly energetic coaches from the UNC Staff and great coaches from around the United States.

General meters/yards for each workout will consist of:  Distance 5,000-7,000 meters/yards, Middle Distance 4,000-6,000 meters/yards, and Sprint 3,000-4,000 meters/yards.

You must be in swimming shape and have an AAA Time in at least two events to qualify for Elite Camp.
Please see link to USA Swimming HERE.

Overnight & Day Week Camp
Age: 8 – 18
Cost: $690 – Overnight or $590 – Commuter
June 11th – 15th REGISTER
June 18th – 22nd REGISTER
Sunday
11:30am – 2:30pm  Check In
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Camp
5:15pm  Check Out (Commuters)
5:30pm  Dinner (Overnight Campers)
6:30pm  Games (Overnight Campers)
9:30pm  Lights Out
Monday – Wednesday
7:20am  Wake Up (Overnight Campers)
7:45am – 8:45am  Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
8:45am  Check In (Commuters)
9:00am – 11:00am  Session I
11:00am – 11:20am  Change
11:40am – 12:15pm  Lunch
12:15pm – 1:15pm  Down Time @ Dorms
1:30pm – 3:00pm  Session II
4:00pm – 5:00pm  Games / Dry Land
5:10pm  Check Out (Commuters)
5:20pm – 6:00pm  Dinner
6:00pm – 9:00pm  Games
9:30pm  Lights Out
Thursday
7:20am  Wake Up (Overnight Campers)
7:45am – 8:45am  Breakfast
8:45am  Check In (Commuters)
9:00am – 11:00am  Session I
11:00am – 11:30am  Check Out For All Campers

What’s Included:Each camper will receive a Carolina Swim Camp T-Shirt, Carolina Swim Camp Latex swim cap, Carolina Swim Cap Lanyard, Gatorade Water Bottle. Technique Campers will be filmed and will be provided feedback from a UNC Swim Coach.

2017 Elite Training Week Camps

Camp Details:

This is a Training Camp.

The Carolina Swim Camp, Elite Training Camp, focuses on training the swimmers energy systems for success in summer swimming.  This is a workout style camp that will have three main training groups, one for distance oriented swimmers, one for middle distance stroke/IM swimmers and one for sprinters.  Each group will train the needs for the distance of events in that group.  Groups will train twice per day for two hours each session.   In addition, campers will attend a :45 minute dryland training session, receive take home materials from our nutritionists and weight room coaches (who will provide each camper with a warm up and warm down routine).  In addition to water work and dryland work, campers will receive extra programming like getting to speak with a National Team Member.

Each camper is grouped with campers of similar age and ability.  Each group will receive instruction and practice skills appropriate for that ability.  We do our best to have a 10:1 camper to coach ratio, with highly energetic coaches from the UNC Staff and great coaches from around the United States.

General meters/yards for each workout will consist of:  Distance 5,000-7,000 meters/yards, Middle Distance 4,000-6,000 meters/yards, and Sprint 3,000-4,000 meters/yards.

You must be in swimming shape and have an AAA Time in at least two events to qualify for Elite Camp.

Elite Training Week Camp
Age: 12 – 18
Cost: $690 – Overnight or $590 – Commuter
June 11th – 15th REGISTER
June 18th – 22nd REGISTER
Sunday
11:30am – 2:30pm  Check In
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Camp
5:15pm  Check Out (Commuters)
5:30pm  Dinner (Overnight Campers)
6:30pm  Games (Overnight Campers)
9:30pm  Lights Out
Monday – Wednesday
7:20am  Wake Up (Overnight Campers)
7:45am – 8:45am  Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
8:45am  Check In (Commuters)
9:00am – 11:00am  Session I
11:00am – 11:20am  Change
11:40am – 12:15pm  Lunch
12:15pm – 1:15pm  Down Time @ Dorms
1:30pm – 3:00pm  Session II
4:00pm – 5:00pm  Games / Dry Land
5:10pm  Check Out (Commuters)
5:20pm – 6:00pm  Dinner
6:00pm – 9:00pm  Games
9:30pm  Lights Out
Thursday
7:20am  Wake Up (Overnight Campers)
7:45am – 8:45am  Breakfast
8:45am  Check In (Commuters)
9:00am – 11:00am  Session I
11:00am – 11:30am  Check Out For All Campers

What’s Included:
Each camper will receive a Carolina Swim Camp T-Shirt, Carolina Swim Camp Latex swim cap, Carolina Swim Cap Lanyard, Gatorade Water Bottle.  Both Technique and Elite campers will be filmed and will be provided feedback from a UNC Swim Coach.

Please see link to USA Swimming HERE.

Upcoming Events

URL Address: www.carolinaswimcamp.com

Email: dsherrard@unc.edu

Camp Director: Coach Duncan M. Sherrard

Camp Dates:      April 22nd – 23rd Mini Day Camp

June 10th – 11th Overnight & Day Camp

June 11th – 15th Overnight & Day Week Camp

June 11th – 15th Elite Training Week Camp

June 17th – 18th Overnight & Day Camp

June 18th – 22nd Overnight & Day Week Camp

June 18th – 22nd Elite Training Week

                      

Mailing Address: Koury Natatorium, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Age: 7 – 18

Camp Fees: $200 for Mini Camps to $690 For Technical/Training Overnight Camps

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Ryan Lochte Set to Compete at U.S. Masters Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Ryan Lochte has been suspended from competition by USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee since September, but he will compete for the first time in 2017 at the end of the month at U.S. Masters Nationals in Riverside, Calif.

Lochte is entered in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 100 IM, 50 back, 100 back and 200 free. He is the top seed in all of those events in the men’s 30-34 age group and is representing Golden Road Aquatics. The meet is being held in short course yards and runs from April 27-30.

After winning a gold medal on the 800 free relay in Rio and finishing fifth in the 200 IM final, Lochte found himself in trouble when he was involved in an incident outside a gas station. He later admitted to lying about his role in the incident. Since then, he has appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” signed with TYR and gotten engaged.

Also entered to compete is three-time U.S. Olympian Nathan Adrian, who will swim the 100 fly, 100 IM, 50 free and 50 back. Foreign Olympians Mike Alexandrov and Simon Burnett are also entered.

Four of Swimming World’s 2016 World Masters Swimmers of the Year are scheduled to be in Riverside, including Rick ColellaMike FreshleyDiann Uustal and Laura Val.

Entry lists for every event can be accessed here.

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Chad le Clos Claims 200 Free Victory at SA Nationals, Qualifies for World Championships

Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky

Chad le Clos and Myles Brown led the way as the FINA World Championships Qualification short list continued to grow on the third night of swimming action at the 2017 SA National Aquatic Championships taking place in Durban.

Le Clos turned on the power and cruised ahead of Brown to an impressive qualification time of 1:46.84 in the final of the 200m freestyle. Brown ended in 1:47.55, also a FINA World Championships qualification time, while Jarryd Baxter clocked a Junior qualification time of 1:50.45 to claim the bronze.

Le Clos and Brown also finished on top of the 200m butterfly semi-final in 2:00.88 and 2:02.19 respectively, ahead of tomorrow’s final.

Rebecca Meder (14) raced to her second and third FINA Junior World Championships qualification times in the 1500m freestyle when she grabbed the gold medal in 16:49.77 and the 200m freestyle semi-finals in 2:05.66, while Abi Meder (16) made the list with a qualification time of 17:08.15 to take home the bronze in the long distance event.

Dune Coetzee (14), Kate Beavon (16), Gabi Grobler (17) and Jenna Pearse (16) also made the cut in the 200m freestyle in FINA Junior World Championships qualification times of 2:03.69, 2:04.48, 2:05.64 and 2:05.89 respectively.

Mariella Venter (17) was over the moon as she confirmed her FINA Junior World Championships qualification time in the 100m backstroke, clocking a golden 1:01.53 ahead of Seychelles’ Felicity Passon and Alexus Laird in 1:03.11 and 1:04.54, respectively.

The semi-final of the 50m breaststroke saw Cameron van der Burgh in the lead with a time of 27.06, followed by Brad Tandy (28.00) and Jared Pike (28.41), while on the ladies side, Tatjana Schoenmaker touched the wall first in 31.68 ahead of Tara-Lynn Nicholas in 32.20 and Kaylene Corbett in 32.27, with the finals set to take place tomorrow.

Corbett was back in the water for the 100m breaststroke final, winning the silver and confirming her FINA Junior World Championships qualification in a time of 1:09.46, alongside Hanim Abrahams who finished in 1:11.18 to the required 1:11.79. Schoenmaker claimed the gold in the event in 1:08.36.

In the 100m backstroke final, Jacques van Wyk was victorious with a time of 56.52, while the silver and bronze went to Martin Bindell and Neil Fair in 56.58 and 57.42, respectively.

The multi-disability races, saw Cornell Loubser and Mark Roach top the medal podium in the S14-15 100m butterfly events in 1:05.50 and 1:00.38, respectively, while Kaleb van der Merwe won the S1-13 category in 1:13.44.

The day 04 heats will start at 10h00 while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.

The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.

Qualifying Times following Day 03 – 17th FINA World Championships:

  • Cameron van der Burgh – 100m breaststroke – 59.73
  • Chad le Clos – 200m freestyle – 1:46.84
  • Myles Brown – 200m freestyle – 1:47.55

Qualifying Times following Day 03 – 6th FINA Junior World Swimming Championships:

  • Dune Coetzee – 100m butterfly – 1:01.04, 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:03.69
  • Kate Beavon – 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:04.48
  • Jarryd Baxter – 400m freestyle – 3:51.85, 200m freestyle – 1:50.45
  • Timothy Sates – 200m freestyle (SF) – 1:52.94
  • Rebecca Meder – 200m individual medley – 2:16.24, 1500m freestyle – 16.49.77, 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:05.66
  • Jenna Pearse – 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:05.89
  • Abi Meder – 1500m freestyle – 17:08.15
  • Gabi Grobler – 200m individual medley – 2:19.83, 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:05.64
  • Christina Mundell – 200m individual medley (SF) – 2:20.51, 100m breaststroke (SF) – 1:11.56
  • Michael Houlie – 100m breaststroke – 1:03.20
  • Daniel Swanepoel – 100m breaststroke -1:03.07
  • Bryce Skea– 100m breaststroke -1:03.07
  • Duncan Rudolph– 100m breaststroke (SF) -1:03.36
  • Bailey Musgrave– 100m breaststroke (SF) -1:03.56
  • Kaylene Corbett – 100m breaststroke – 1:09.46
  • Hanim Abrahams – 100m breaststroke – 1:11.18
  • Mariella Venter – 100m backstroke – 1:01.53
  • Inge Weidemann – 50m freestyle – 26.26

Press release courtesy of Swimming South Africa

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Masters Par 3 event abandoned for first time in history due to bad weather

Niall Horan (left) with Rory McIlroy

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Venue: Augusta NationalDates:6-9 April
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The traditional Par 3 curtain-raiser to the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been cancelled because of severe weather warnings.

A tornado threat in the area forced officials to close the course for the rest of the day on Wednesday.

The event, held each year on the eve of the opening round, often sees family members or celebrities serving as caddies to the professionals.

Bad weather has affected practice sessions at the course all week.

It is the first time in the history of the Masters that the Par 3 event has been cancelled.

“Augusta is now in a ‘Particularly Dangerous Situation’ tornado watch, which means there is a high probability of tornadoes in the area,” said BBC meteorologist Simon King.

Earlier on Wednesday officials closed the course for two and a half hours because of thunderstorms and weather warnings, and when players returned to the course for the Par 3 tournament, just 55 minutes of play was possible before being abandoned.

The weather is expected to affect the opening round of the 81st Masters on Thursday, with 40mph winds forecast during play.

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Set Of The Week: Sprint Kick Set

Photo Courtesy: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week! This week’s set is a sprint kick set designed to tax the legs while also working on controlling the intensity of the kick. Take a look at the set and it’s description below:

2 Rounds:

200 kick build by 50’son 4:00

3 x 100 kick descend on 2:00

4 x (:15 fast vertical kick, 25 sprint kick w/ extended underwater on :45)

The set starts with a basic 200 kick that builds by 50 to a fast final 50 before going into 3 x 100’s descend 1-3 on 2:00. This is basic kick work to practice bringing in the legs and controlling the intensity of the kick that also will get them warmed up for the last part of the set.

Each round with end with 4 x 25’s sprint kick that start with :15 seconds of vertical kicking next to the wall. Make sure your swimmers are starting :05 seconds apart, and once they have :15 of fast vertical kicking they push off the wall straight into a 25 sprint kick with an extended underwater. These should be all out, with your athletes pushing their legs as much as possible.

The 200 and 3 x 100’s can be done with or without a board depending on your preference, but the 4 x vertical kicks and fast 25’s should be done without a board in a streamline. Backstrokers should work on their underwaters on their back, while butterflyers and freestylers should work on their underwaters on their stomachs. Totaling 1200 yards, this is a great secondary set to end a practice on that works on developing leg endurance for your athletes.

All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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Federica Pellegrini, Nicolo Martinenghi Top Performers on Day Two of Italian Nationals

Federica Pellegrini secured her spot at yet another World Championships after a win in the 100 free at the Italian National Championships in Riccione, while Nicolo Martinenghi continued his strong week with a 100 breast victory and another World Junior Record.

The session began with Silivia Di Pietro capturing the women’s 50 fly national title in 26.03, a quarter-second off her national record of 25.78 set in 2014. Elena Gemo missed the FINA “A” cut of 26.49, but she managed to touch second in 26.54, just ahead of Elena Di Liddo (26.56).

Piero Codia held off Matteo Rivolta to win the men’s 100 fly, 51.92 to 52.12, but both eclipsed the FINA “A” time of 52.29. Third went to Giacomo Carini in 52.29.

Giulia Verona slipped inside the FINA “A” time in the women’s 200 breast. Needing to hit the wall in 2:25.91 or better, she came in in 2:25.81. It was a dominant, wire-to-wire victory, as Ilaria Scarcella finished second in 2:28.77, and Giula De Ascentis grabbed third in 2:29.09.

Federico Turrini was dominant in the men’s 400 IM final, finishing in a time of 4:13.52. Finishing second was Giorgio Gaetani in 4:17.85, just under the FINA “A” cut of 4:17.90. Pier Andrea Matteazzi came in third in 4:20.88.

The top three finishers all beat out the requisite time in the women’s 800 free, but it was Simona Quadarella pulling away from the field and winning easily in 8:25.08. Martina Rita Caramingnoli finished six seconds back in 8:32.16, and Giulia Gabbrielleschi finished third in 8:32.48.

Martinenghi won men’s 100 breast in 59.46 to take down Wang Lizhuo’s World Junior Record of 59.64 set just over one year earlier at China’s National Championships. Martinenghi just missed breaking the Italian record in the event as well, as he was just short of Fabio Scozolli’s national mark of 59.42.

Fabio Scozolli joined Martinenghi under the FINA “A” time standard in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:00.12, and he, too, qualified for Budapest. Andrea Toniato finished third in the race in 1:00.96.

And then in the final individual race of the day, Pellegrini came from behind to win the 100 free. Fourth at the halfway point, she motored home to a final time of 53.92, just ahead of Di Pietro’s 54.11. Erika Ferraioli (55.30) and Aglaia Pezzato (55.37) finished third and fourth, respectively, and they should be included on Italy’s 400 free relay in Budapest.

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Who are the American riders heading to Hong Kong for the Track World Champs?

The US squad was recently announced with seven riders heading to Asia to compete for world titles

Seven USA Cycling track athletes are heading to Hong Kong, April 12-16 to compete in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Vice President of Athletics said, “Our women’s team is very strong and showcases the depth we have in the program. We are ready to challenge the world.”

Seven-time elite world champion and four-time Olympic medallist Sarah Hammer (Performance United – FELT) will captain the six-women strong US squad, competing individually in the omnium, points and scratch races.

She automatically qualified for the omnium by winning silver at the Rio Olympics this past year and for the points and scratch races because she is the highest ranked US rider for both events in the UCI standings.


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Joining Hammer in the team pursuit event are her Rio Olympics silver medal teammates Kelly Catlin (Rally Cycling), Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20) and Jenn Valente (unattached) as well as Kim Geist (PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law), who helped the team win a gold medal in the event at the Track World Cup in Los Angeles this past February.

Individually, reigning continental champion Catlin and national champion Dygert will also race pursuit in Hong Kong while Geist will partner with Kim Zubris (Long Tail Creative) to participate in the first even women’s Madison race at the Track World Championships.

The lone representative on the men’s team, Zak Kovalcik (Toronto Hustle), will compete in the men’s points and scratch races. The 34-year-old from Portland, Oregon earned his automatic nominations because he’s the current UCI points leader in both disciplines.

Complete details, including the full schedule, timing and start lists for the Track World Championships races can be found on the event website.


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