Butterflyer Cristian Twyman Verbally Commits to Providence College

Photo Courtesy: Cristian Twyman

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NEW COMMIT: Providence College has picked up a new verbal commitment for Fall 2019 from butterfly specialist Cristian Twyman.

A native of Lafayette, Calif., Twyman swims year-round for Orinda Aquatics and finished seventh in the 200m fly at Far Westerns over the summer. He raced both fly distances at Carlsbad Speedo Sectionals in March and was a six-time finalist at the Allington Memorial Meet. Also competing for Campolindo High School, Twyman raced the 500 free at CIF-North Sections as a sophomore.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m stoked to announce my verbal commitment to Providence College! Thank you to my family and the coaches at Orinda Aquatics for making this possible and for supporting me every step of the way! I am excited to be a part of the Friar family and to swim for Coaches O’Neill and Howe! Go Friars!!”

His best times include:

  • 100 fly – 53.21
  • 200 fly – 1:56.92
  • 400 IM – 4:21.87

Although he sits just outside of scoring range at the 2018 Big East Championships, he’ll add valuable depth to the Friars’ fly group that includes Andrew Ferrell and Sebastian Melendez. 

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Kremlin Cup: Britain’s Johanna Konta reaches second semi-final of 2018

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta reached just her second WTA semi-final of the year by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Both players had chances in a tight decider before Konta prevailed 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-2) against the world number 31.

The victory takes Konta, who has dropped to 44th in the world rankings, into her first semi-final since June.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or sixth seed Daria Kasatkina await in the last four.

Konta, 27, split with her coach Michael Joyce last week and is working with Dimitri Zavialoff, a former coach of Stan Wawrinka, on a trial basis in Moscow.

She earned an impressive win over world number 16 Elise Mertens in the opening round and followed that by beating Daria Gavrilova in round two.

Against Sasnovich she raced into a one-set lead by winning four consecutive games from 2-2 but lost her opening service game of the second set with the Belarusian clinching it on her ninth break point of the game.

Sasnovich then comfortably levelled at one set apiece before both players failed to take break points early in the deciding set.

In the tie-break, Konta hit a fine backhand winner to move 4-2 in front and won the following three points to seal victory.

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50 Year Lookback of 1968 Mexico City Olympics: Micki King Hits Board – Opens Door For Sue Gossick

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Each day through October 26, Swimming World will take you back 50 years to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, and will re-tell the stories of those Games through archived meet recaps via the Swimming World Vault.

In the diving competition, the United States won both the men’s and women’s springboard events. Bernie Wrightson who had just missed the 1964 team, dove with great consistency. His coolness and byplay with the spectators while awaiting to execute his dives only confirmed his confidence that he was going to win the gold. Italy’s great Klaus Dibiasi moved in ahead of Jim Henry for second. Sue Gossick, who had made the U.S. team by the narrowest margin after striking the board in the Trials, showed her class to win the springboard event with Russia’s Tamara Pogozheva second and Keala O’Sullivan, USA, third.

October 18, 1968

Women’s 3m Diving

After a terrific preliminary round in the women’s 3-meter diving, Micki King, 24, USA, went into the finals leading with 98.17, after hitting an inward one and a half somersault pike for 17.38. Tamara Pogozheva, USSR, 97.50, Sue Gossick, USA, 97.32, and teammate Keala O’Sullivan, 95.58 trailed in order. Keala dropped in a one and a half layout for the prelim’s highest total of 18.46.

The women’s 3-meter diving final was a study in consistency and disappointment as the 20-year old Gossick came from third to win the gold medal with 150.67 points. Her final three optional dives were a forward two and a half somersault, pike position (16.79 points), reverse one and a half, layout position (17.68), and a one and a half somersault with one and a half twists, 2.6 degree of difficulty (18.98 points)

Micki King, who was leading after the 8th dive, hit the board with her forearm on the 9th dive and dropped into 2nd place. The hit, not noticeable from the stands, fractured Micki’s left arm causing her to blow her 10th and final dive. She wound up fourth with 137.38 points.

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Dick Kimball, Micki’s coach, who was at the Games, said, “She was in shock and didn’t have it for the last dive. That’s why she blew it. It’s a shame, but she still made the Olympic team, which is no loss.”

Micki later said, “I was dizzy after the second to the last dive. My arm was numb. I didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t even remember doing my last dive.”

Sue Gossick stated, “I knew something had happened, I heard her hit.”

Second went to 22-year-old Tamara Pogozheva, USSR, with 145.30. Miss Pogozheva was 0.18 ahead of Miss Gossick after seven dives. The Soviet diver scored the highest for any dive as she received 20.28 points including a nine on her final dive, the same Miss Gossick performed. She might have won had not her eighth dive, a forward two and a half pike, received only 10.80. Her ninth dive was awarded 16.72.

It was the highest Soviet springboard finish in the Olympic Games. Miss Gossick said of Miss Pogozheva, “She is an excellent diver. I was afraid of her all the way.”

Gossick, 20, and 5’6″, 115 pounds, said,

“I save my best dives until last like in all national or international competition so I am familiar with the patterns. I use the ones with the highest degree of difficulty. The one and a half sommersault with one and a half twists was not my best dive. I hit it better at the Pan Am Games.”

Sue mentioned she has no plans for the future regarding competition, only that she wants to ski.

Miss Pogozheva remarked, “I was prepared to win, but in the training immediately before the Games, I really didn’t feel I’d win here.”

O’Sullivan, 17, was a gracious bronze medalist. “I was shocked I even got this far. I was walking around congratulating everyone and someone said you’ve got third now’ (after King missed her last dive) and I just couldn’t believe it.”

Sue’s coach and father, Dr. Gustav Gossick, said, “She’s a consistent diver. Maybe she doesn’t get the eight’s or nine’s likesome divers, but she is a steady diver and steadiness certainly won here.”

Third went to Keala, who, with 145.23 points was only a splash behind Miss Pogozheva. Miss O’Sullivan, U.S. National and Olympic Trials Champion improved from fourth with consistent dives worth 14.85, 17.42 and 17.38 points. Miss King, who lead by .85 of a point after the prelims, was still the leader over Miss Gossick 114.50 to 114.11 with two dives to go, and was still second behind Sue b y 2.2 points going into the last dive, but missed the same dive Miss Gossick and Miss Pogozheva attempted and received 7.80 points to drop to fourth.

Micki had her arm in a cast the next day and had the arm treated at home after the Games were over.

1960 and 1964 Olympic Champion Ingrid Kramer Gulbin, East Germany, 135.82, was fifth followed by Vera Baklanova, USSR, 132.31, Beverly Boys, Canada, 130.31; and Elena Anokhina, USSR, 129.17.

The top eight Olympic divers were either from the United States or Iron Curtain countries, with the exception of Miss Boys.

Medalists:

  1. Sue Gossick, USA, 150.77
  2. Tamara Pogosheva, URS, 145.30
  3. Keala O’Sullivan, USA, 145.23

Historical Notes:

  • Gossick’s gold medal marked the ninth gold medal out of a possible eleven in the women’s 3m diving event at the Olympics for Team USA.
  • The Americans won the next two gold medals at the Olympics in this event but have yet to win an Olympic gold medal since 1976.
  • Micki King rebounded four years later to win the gold medal in 1972.
  • Pogosheva’s silver medal was just the third medal won by the Soviet Union in diving and the first silver medal for the country.

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The Best Running Headtorches

It takes a hardy person to not only head out for a run at night, but to do so in a place without street lights. If you are one of those runners, we salute you. Your bravery and commitment to the sport know no bounds.

We also heartily encourage you to get a good headtorch, because running in pitch-black conditions is a recipe for disaster even if you stick to the flattest asphalt. And if you are heading off-road then only the very brightest of headlights will do, if only because tripping over a root in the woods while running in the dark sounds like the start of a horror film.

Avoid unexpected pitfalls on your night runs with one of these hyper-bright headlights.

Best Budget Option: Kalenji ONNIGHT 710

While it’s not as bright and long-lasting as some of our other picks, the ONNIGHT 710 is an excellent cheap option that will more than suffice for runners who aren’t looking to log all-nighters on the trails. The rechargeable battery lasts three hours at the highest 300-lumen light setting, which is bright enough provide around 75m of visibility, and there are two lower lumen settings (120 and 30) when you’re looking to conserve juice.

Buy from Decathlon | £24.99

Best For City Runners: Black Diamond Iota

The Iota is a very lightweight headlamp that’s great for short runs in dark urban areas rather than complete wilderness. The max output is only 150 lumens and the battery powers that level of brightness for just two hours, but the Iota’s very comfortable to wear. The battery is rechargeable and there’s a three-level gauge that shows how much you have left when you turn the light on.

Buy from Amazon | £36.69

Best Budget Smart Headtorch: Petzl Reactik+

This smart headlight is the ideal option for those who hate having to adjust their lamp during a run. The Reactik+ takes in the ambient light around you and automatically adjusts its beam to suit the conditions, although you can override the automatic lighting whenever you like. It also links with an app so you can set up the light profile you want and get details on how much battery life you have left – on the brightest setting of 300 lumens the rechargeable battery will last 2½hours.

Buy from Amazon | £67.74

Best For Ultramarathon Runners: Petzl Nao+

An altogether more extreme option for those who frequently run through the night on technical terrain. The Nao+ has a 750-lumen front light which reacts to ambient light like the Reactik+ does, and also a back light which is often a requirement for entering through-the-night ultramarathons. The rechargeable battery will last 6½ hours on the highest setting, and you can move the battery pack from the headband to a belt accessory to make the Nao+ more comfortable to wear for long periods.

Buy from Amazon | £124.37

Best For Battery Life: Black Diamond Icon

By opting for four AA batteries rather than a rechargeable unit, the Icon offers a monster 70 hours of juice on its highest 500-lumen setting. You might be thinking that strapping four AA batteries to your noggin will make the Icon uncomfortable and you’d be right, but fortunately the pack can be moved to waist pack or pocket easily.

Buy from Amazon | £69.50

European Open: Britain’s Cameron Norrie loses to Diego Schwartman

Cameron Norrie

Britain’s Cameron Norrie narrowly missed out on a place in the European Open quarter-finals after losing in three tight sets to Diego Schwartzman.

The British number two lost 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 in two hours 34 minutes.

Norrie fought back from 4-2 down in the decider to lead 5-4 but world number 17 Schwartzman broke serve again before closing out the match.

British number one Kyle Edmund, the top seed in Antwerp, plays Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas later on Thursday.

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Wilton Wahoos’ Grace Lange, Brenna McLaughlin, Katie Stevenson Announce Verbal Commitments

Photo Courtesy: Joe Bonk

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NEW COMMIT: A trio of Wilton Wahoo swimmers have announced their verbal commitments for the fall of 2019: Grace Lange to Boston University, Brenna McLaughlin to Villanova, and Katie Stevenson to William & Mary. All will join their respective schools as member of the class of 2023.

The Danbury, Conn. native capped off her summer season with a 16th-place showing in the 400m IM at YMCA LCM Nationals after a trio of second swims at CT LCM Seniors. She achieved 100% best times at YMCA Nationals in April and made five finals appearances at NC Seniors in February. Also competing for Danbury High School, Lange is a six-time Connecticut State Championship finalist.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose Boston University for the welcoming team atmosphere and the diversity the city of Boston has to offer.”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:52.23
  • 500 free – 5:00.91
  • 200 back – 2:07.39
  • 200 fly – 2:06.67
  • 400 IM – 4:30.10

When she arrives in Boston next fall, Lange will join a mid-distance group that includes Sydney Lee and Carlyn Soares. She would’ve scored in the 200 free B-final at the 2018 Patriot League Championships where the Terriers finished fifth in the team standings.

Hailing from Milford, Conn., distance ace McLaughlin concluded her long course season at YMCA Nationals by finishing fourth in the mile, sixth in the 800m free and seventh in the 400m free. A Winter Juniors qualifier in the 1500m free, she placed fourth in the mile at NC Seniors and recorded two personal bests at CT Seniors last winter. She is also a four-time Connecticut State Championship finalist for Lauralton High School.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose Villanova for the family-oriented team atmosphere and super supporting coaches.”

Her best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:53.86
  • 500 free – 4:56.65
  • 1000 free – 10:06.06
  • 1650 free – 16:58.22
  • 400 IM – 4:33.95

McLaughlin will add valuable distance depth to the Wildcats’ lineup when she suits up next fall. She would’ve scored in the A-final of the 500 free and mile at the 2018 Big East Championships where Villanova won their fifth-straight conference crown.

A two-time Winter Juniors qualifier, Stevenson placed sixth in the 100m free and seventh in the 100m fly at this past summer’s YMCA Nationals. She notched 100% lifetime bests at both the TYR Pro Swim Series in Columbus and YMCA Nationals in April. The Wilton, Conn. native also swims for Wilton High School and has finaled three times at the Connecticut State Championships.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose William and Mary for the amazing coaching staff and welcoming team. Roll tribe!”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.99
  • 100 free – 50.86
  • 200 free – 1:54.57
  • 100 fly – 58.06

Stevenson will take her sprint talents to a training group led by Emma Herold when she suits up for William & Mary as a member of the class of 2023. Her best 100 free time would’ve scored in the A-final of the 2018 CAA Championships where the Tribe were the runner-ups.

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Expand Your Dinner Repertoire With This Red Pesto Fish Skewers Recipe

Most of us have a few tried and trusted recipes we make on rotation, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Occasionally we’ll attempt to mix things up with something entirely new, but this kind of novelty is usually saved for weekends and holidays, because who wants to tax themselves after a long day at work?

However, with the right recipe it’s perfectly possible to try something entirely new in half an hour or less, especially if you get the ingredients delivered to you with a recipe box service like Mindful Chef, which created this excellent fish skewer recipe.

We’re willing to bet that very few of you have made red pesto ling skewers in the past, but the below recipe takes just 25 minutes to prepare and it makes for an excellent healthy midweek meal. And if you can’t find ling in your local store, we reckon you can sub in cod or pollock instead.

Ingredients (serves two)

  • 2 150g ling fillets
  • 120g cherry tomatoes
  • 30g pitted black olives
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 2tbsp red pesto
  • 80g brown rice
  • Large handful of flat-leaf parsley
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • Coconut oil or olive oil

Also required: 4 skewers

Method

  1. Rinse the brown rice and place in a saucepan with 400ml boiling water and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the yellow pepper and the ling fillets into bite-sized pieces. Thread the ling on to the skewers, alternating with the yellow pepper. Mix the red pesto in a bowl with 1tbsp olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Spread the pesto over the fish skewers and set aside while you make the salad.
  3. To make the cucumber and olive salad, slice the ends off the half cucumber and dice into 1cm cubes, quarter the cherry tomatoes and halve the black olives. Roughly chop the parsley leaves. Place the cucumber, tomatoes, olives and parsley in a bowl with 1tbsp olive oil and half of the juice from the lemon.
  4. Preheat a frying pan or griddle pan on a medium heat and cook the skewers for eight to 12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the fish is cooked through and the peppers have softened slightly.
  5. Place two fish skewers on two warm plates and serve alongside the cucumber and olive salad and the brown rice. Drizzle over the remaining lemon juice.

Sir Bradley Wiggins to host at Six Day London

The British cycling legend will returning to the Lee Valley VeloPark that is home to so many of his achievements

Sir Bradley Wiggins will be making a return to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the Six Day London.

The British Tour de France winner well be co-presenting a night of track racing before heading to the commentary box for the final two nights.

Lee Valley VeloPark has been home to so many of Wiggins’ cycling achievements, including the UCI Hour Record and the 2016 Six Day London when he rode alongside fellow Brit Mark Cavendish.

>>> Six reasons to attend the London Six Day

Wiggins will be attending the London Six Day, which runs from Tuesday, October 23 to Sunday, October 28, for three nights.

After sampling the atmosphere at the London Six Day on Friday night alongside Matt Stephens, Wiggins will join Ned Boulting in the commentary box on Saturday and Sunday night.

Wiggins said: “I grew up with the Six Day.

“I know it’s full on, brilliant for spectators as well as bloody tough to ride.”

The 38-year old will also be honouring grass roots volunteers by presenting a prize at the Cycling Weekly Awards 2018 in December.

You can vote for local heroes here until November 1.

In 2016, Wiggins rode with sprint star Cavendish at the London Six Day.

The duo boasted a Tour de France and 14 Olympic, World and European titles between them.

Cavendish and Wiggins battled with Belgian track pairing Moreno De Pauw and Kenny De Ketele.

Wiggins and Cavendish broke into the lead on the final day of racing but the Belgians came back to take the crown on the last night.

But the tables were turned at the Gent Six Day when the home pairing of De Pauw and De Ketele were bested by the British duo.

Wiggins announced his retirement from cycling later that year.

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Serena Williams’ coach says allowing on-court coaching would improve tennis

Patrick Mouratoglou

The “vast majority” of coaches break on-court coaching rules and allowing it would help “attract new people” to tennis, says Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

On-court coaching is banned in Grand Slams but is allowed in other events.

Mouratoglou admitted coaching Williams during her dramatic US Open final loss last month with Williams later docked a game for calling the umpire a “thief”.

Mouratoglou says on-court coaching “adds to the drama” of the sport.

In a lengthy statement