Quickly Improving Backstroker Shannon Kearney Verbally Commits to NC State

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NEW COMMIT: The NC State Wolfpack have added a verbal commitment from Shannon Kearney for the Class of 2022. Kearney is a backstroker at New Trier Swim Club in Illinois.

Kearney said in the announcement on her Instagram,

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to pursue both my academic and athletic careers at North Carolina State University! This is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to be a part of the family! Go Pack!!”

Kearney will be a senior at Wilmette, Illinois’ Loyola Academy this fall. Swimming for her school, she was the 100 backstroke third place finisher at the 2016 Illinois High School state championship last fall.

Some of her best times are:

  • 50 Back 25.24
  • 100 Back 54.47
  • 200 Back 1:57.68
  • 50 Free 24.33
  • 100 Free 52.20

Kearney has seen significant improvement in the past year. Her best backstroke times were swum at NCSAs this March. Since 2017 she has knocked nearly eight tenths from her best 50 backstroke time. That’s small change compared to the full second that has come off her 100 time, and more remarkably the six seconds she has dropped from her best 200 backstroke a year ago. With that upward trajectory, Kearney could be a real difference maker for the Wolfpack. As her lifetime bests stand now, Kearney would have been a 200 backstroke B finalist and a 100 backstroke C finalist at the 2017 ACC Championships.

Emma Muzzy has also verbally committed to the Class of 2022.

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Tour de France: Dan Martin climbs to 15th overall in Longwy

Quick-Step FloorsDan Martin made the most of the punchy, Classics-like finish of stage 3 at the Tour de France on Monday, finishing third on the stage ahead of the other general classification contenders and moving from 52nd to 15th overall.

Martin finished on the same time as stage winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), runner-up Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and fourth-placed Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), while the rest of the main peloton came in two seconds later. Combined with his four-second time bonus for the podium result, Martin catapulted past all but Chris Froome (Team Sky) among the GC contenders.

“That’s what I tried today and I’m really happy with how it went,” Martin said after the stage. “I found the first part of the climb not so hard, but things changed once Richie attacked and lined out the peloton.”

“Richie,” of course, is Richie Porte of BMC Racing. Porte launched an aggressive attack at the bottom of the Côte de Religieuses, the final climb of the day, and looked for a moment to be leaving his fellow competitors in the dust. It was not be, however, as Sagan and crew eventually pulled even with and then passed Porte.

Martin was in that group, waiting patiently during the early fireworks and then choosing his own moment.

“The sprint was very long, and I knew it was very important to bide your time,” he said. “So I sat on Matthews’ wheel and launched my sprint when I sensed everybody was in the red.”

The gambit worked, and although Martin wasn’t able to seize the stage win and the 10-second time bonus for the winner, he gave his general classification hopes a serious boost as the race approaches the first day in the real mountains during stage 5 on Wednesday.

“I never thought I would sprint against those guys, so to get this result at the end of such a hard day makes me very happy and confident,” Martin said. “A big shout-out to my teammates, who did everything to bring me in the best position for this finish.”

Martin is now 43 seconds behind race leader Geraint Thomas, while Thomas’ teammate and defending Tour champion Froome is second overall, only 12 second back. The next-best pre-race-favourite GC men are Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) at 45 seconds and Porte at 47. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is 48 seconds back in 21st place.

Tuesday’s 207km stage 4 from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel looks like another straightforward opportunity for the sprinters, but Martin and the other riders with GC ambitions will face a tough test on Wednesday when the stage finishes on the first-category climb of Planche des Belles Filles.

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Ohio HS Champ David Madej Gives Stanford His Verbal Commitment

Photo Courtesy: David Madej (Twitter)

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NEW COMMIT: Ohio high school state champion David Madej has given his verbal commitment to swim for Stanford University.

Madej swims for SwimStrongsville where he is a versatile sprinter. Among his best SCY times are:

  • 50 Back 22.53
  • 100 Back 48.88
  • 50 Fly 21.85
  • 100 Fly 48.39
  • 50 Free 20.41
  • 100 Free 44.17
  • 200 Free 20.41

At the 2017 Ohio High School Division 1 Championships Madej led off Brecksville’s third place 200 medley relay. He was later runner up in the 50 freestyle (20.56) before capturing the 100 freestyle state title in 44.17. The team’s 400 freestyle relay also finished fourth with Madej taking the second leg.

Madej shared in his Twitter announcement,

“I’m honored and humbled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academics at Stanford University.”

At the 2017 Pac 12 Conference Championship Madej would have been a C finalist in the 100 freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly as well as the 50 free.

Jack LeVant will also head to Stanford in the fall of 2018.

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Katie Ledecky Posts Fastest 800 Free of 2017 (Race Video)

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Katie Ledecky posted another quick 800 free to once again win a national title and lead the world rankings. Ledecky posted an 8:11.50 to win the race ahead of Virginia’s Leah Smith, who finished second at 8:20.46. Smith is now second in the world rankings this year to go just ahead of China’s Li Bingjie (8:20.89).

Ledecky makes her third straight World Championships team while Smith makes her second. Ledecky is the two-time defending World Champion in the 800 and it doesn’t look like anyone will stop her moving forward.

NC State’s Hannah Moore had a really good swim to finish second at 8:27.58. Wisconsin’s Cierra Runge (8:32.16), Magnolia’s Joy Field (8:33.95), Purdue’s Kaersten Meitz (8:34.30), Saint Petersburg’s Summer Finke (8:34.63) and Stanford’s Leah Stevens (8:34.78) rounded out the top eight.

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Stanford Snags Verbal Commit From Indiana Sprinter Anya Goeders

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NEW COMMIT: Anya Goeders has verbally committed to swim for Stanford University, according to her CollegeSwimming.com profile. The Lowell, Indiana native has turned heads for a while, not just for repeatedly being one of the youngest sprint freestylers on swimming’s largest stages, but for dropping big times without a kneeskin.

At last week’s World Championship Trials she won the C final of the 50 freestyle. At the 2014 US Nationals meet Goeders was the youngest competitor, then just 13 years old. Last summer she raced her way into the semifinals of the 50 freestyle at Olympic Trials. Ultimately her results at that meet earned her a trip to Junior Pan Pacs in Maui where she won the 50 freestyle, just .05 shy of Simone Manuel’s National Age Group record.

Goeders trains with Mako Swim Team and doesn’t swim for her high school.

Her best times are (SCY/LCM):

  • 50 Free (22.44/24.85)
  • 100 Free (49.39/56.32)
  • 100 Back (55.49/1:02.76)
  • 100 Fly (54.63/1:03.14)

Goeders will get a year to train alongside Manuel. At the 2017 Pac-12 Championships Goeders would have been a 50 and 100 freestyle B finalist with her best times. She’d be a C finalist in the 100 butterfly and would sit just outside scoring range with her best 100 backstroke time.

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Swimming World Splashback One Year Ago Today: Last Group of USA Swimmers Named to 2016 Olympic Team

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One year ago today, the 2016 Olympic Team was named for USA Swimming. On the final day of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Connor Jaeger and Jordan Wilimovsky were added to the team after stellar performances in the 1500 freestyle.

Between veterans like Michael Phelps and Elizabeth Beisel and up-and-coming Olympic rookies Maya Dirado and Simone Manuel, team USA set themselves up for a successful trip to Rio.

The American 2016 Olympic Team was ready to take on the world.

Swimming World is recounting all the highlights from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials through a series of Splashbacks. Memories from day 1day 2day 3day 4day 5day 6 and day 7 are also available.

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Woods completes 'intensive programme' to help manage medication

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Former world number one Tiger Woods says he has completed an “intensive” programme to help him manage his medication for pain and sleep loss.

The 41-year-old, who has won 14 major titles, is recovering from a fourth back operation since April 2014.

He was breathalysed in Florida in May after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

“I am so very thankful for all of the support I’ve received,” said Woods in a statement published on social media.