Arizona High School Champion Shae Nicolaisen Gives Verbal Commitment to Duke

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NEW COMMIT: Duke University has added a verbal commitment from Shae Nicolaisen. Nicolaisen is from Phoenix, Arizona where she swims for Scottsdale Aquatic Club and is a senior at Desert Vista High School. She’s a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American.

At last fall’s Arizona Division 1 High School state championships Desert Vista took home the state crown. En route to that victory Nicolaisen won the 200 freestyle in her lifetime best time, just ahead of Scottsdale teammate McKenzee GordonNicolaisen then touched second in the 100 fly.

She’s pretty versatile, with strengths in free, fly, and IM. Her best times include:

  • 1650 Free 16:50.27
  • 1000 Free 10:03.52
  • 500 Free 4:51.02
  • 200 Free 1:49.76
  • 100 Free 51.89
  • 400 IM 4:21.05
  • 200 Fly 2:01.46

At the 2017 ACC Championships Nicolaisen would have been less than a second from making finals in the 200 freestyle. Alexandra Aitchison (1:48.09) was one of the Blue Devils’ two finalists. She’ll be a senior when Nicolaisen moves to Durham. In the 400 IM it took a 4:21.6 to earn a second swim, a mark that Nicolaisen’s best time is just shy of. With over a year to go until her first Conference Championship she could be scoring for the Blue Devils in her freshman year.

Melissa PishRachel Peroni, and Easop Lee have also verbally committed to the Blue Devils.

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Hawaii Snags Distance Ace McKenzee Gordon of Scottsdale

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NEW COMMIT: McKenzee Gordon of Scottsdale Aquatic Club has given her verbal commitment to swim for the University of Hawaii beginning with the 2018-2019 season.

A distance swimmer, her top times are:

  • 1650 Free 16:22.66
  • 1000 Free 9:47.78
  • 500 Free 4:50.28
  • 200 Free 1:50.01
  • 100 Free 52.52

Gordon is a senior at Hamilton High School where she is a NISCA All-American. Swimming for the school at last fall’s Arizona Division 1 High School state championships, Gordon touched second in the 200 freestyle in her lifetime best time. She also won the 500 freestyle in 4:52.73, three seconds ahead of second place. At Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way this spring Gordon won the 1000, finished fourth in the 500 free, and seventh in the 200 free.

At the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Gordon would have been a significant scorer for Hawaii. Her best 1650 freestyle time would have finished second, behind only Hawaii freshman Phoebe Hines (16:20.89), with whom Gordon will have two years to train. Her top 500 freestyle time would have finished third at last year’s meet. Hines was second. Despite its short nature given Gordon’s distance specialty, she still would have been sixth in the 200 freestyle. In fourth place from Hawaii was Silvja Djelic. She’ll be a senior when Gordon moves west.

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2017 Hong Kong World Cup: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

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The second and final morning of the Hong Kong World Cup will feature another mountain of events as some of the best swimmers in the world will race for places in Sunday night’s finals. This is the fourth stop in the 2017 FINA World Cup stop series and the first in the Asia cluster. Prelims will start at 9:30 AM local time and finals at 6:30 PM local time.

Today’s events:

  • Women’s 100 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 50 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 100 Back
  • Men’s 50 Back
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free
  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 100 IM
  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 50 Fly

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 200 Free

Women’s 50 Breast

Men’s 100 Breast

Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 100 Back

Men’s 50 Back

Men’s 200 IM

Women’s 400 Free

Men’s 50 Free

Women’s 200 Breast

Women’s 100 IM

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 50 Fly

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USC Completes Weekend Sweep of Cal Poly and UCSB

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Senior Dylan Carter and junior Patrick Mulcare captured two events each to lead the USC men’s swimming and diving team to its second road win in 24 hours, a 153-141 victory at Cal Poly on Saturday (Sept. 30).

Carter (20.36) and junior Kyle Grissom (20.99) went 1-2 in the 50y free and Carter won again in the 100y fly with a solid NCAA B cut of 47.10 with senior Ralf Tribuntsov second in 49.86.

Mulcare won the 200y back for the second day in a row with a 1:46.92 with senior Jon Knox second (1:50.30) and freshman Nikita Tretyakov touching third (1:51.26). Mulcare later claimed the 400y IM in 3:57.30.

Freshman Robert Glinta led a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 100y back (48.07) with Mulcare second (48.31), both with B cuts in the process. Knox (50.17) and junior Alex Valente (53.24) followed to the wall.

USC posted another sweep in the 100y free led by senior Santo Condorelli’s 44.44, 0.15 off a B cut. Tribuntsov was second (44.62) and Glinta third (45.27).

Freshman Jake Sannem notched USC’s first win of the meet, winning the 200y free in 1:40.49, edging Cal Poly’s Dominic Dalpiaz by 0.16.

The Trojans captured both relays, taking the 400y medley relay with Tribuntsov, junior Billy Monjay, Carter and Condorelli going 3:16.89 and then finishing the meet with a 1:22.04 to win the 200y free relay with Condorelli, Carter, Grissom and Tribuntsov.


— UCSB Recap —

Junior Patrick Mulcare won a pair of events while USC’s 400y free relay took first to clinch the USC men’s swimming and diving team’s season-opening win at host UC Santa Barbara on Friday (Sept. 29).

The Trojans secured the win as seniors Santo Condorelli, Dylan Carter and Ralf Tribuntsov and freshman Justin Nguyen took first in the 400y free relay (2:58.67), safely almost three seconds ahead of the Gaucho relay.

That complemented USC’s win in the 200y medley relay to open the meet as Tribuntsov, junior Billy Monjay, Carter and Condorelli won the race in 1:30.07.

Carter, the school record in the 200y free, won the race in 1:38.66 while Nguyen was second (1:40.16). Carter later took second in the 100y free (45.14).

Tribuntsov, the school record holder in the 100y back, won the race today in 48.01 in an NCAA B standard time with Romanian freshman Robert Glinta behind him in 49.00.

Monjay claimed the 100y breast in 57.36 with sophomore Mario Koenigsperger taking third (58.34). Monjay later finished second in the 200y breast (2:04.90) with Koenigsperger third (2:06.83).

Mulcare captured his signature event, winning the 200y back in 1:46.63, 0.24 off the NCAA B cut, while Glinta was third in 1:49.73.

Junior Alex Valente (1:50.62) and sophomore Mark Jurek (1:52.05) took second and third, respectively, in the 200y fly while senior Santo Condorelli (20.62) and Tribuntsov (20.95) went 2-3 in the 50y free. Senior Pawel Furtek’s day was capped by a second in the 1000y free (9:33.10).

Freshman Nikita Tretyakov (49.55) and Condorelli (49.55) took second and third in the 100y fly and Mulcare followed with a win in the 100y IM (50.43), leading into the clinching relay.


USC will have its first home meet next week October 6 against Cal State Bakersfield.

The above press release courtesy of USC Swimming and Diving

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Crashes knock Chaves, Yates out of Giro dell’Emilia

UPDATED: Orica-Scott reported that Esteban Chaves broke his right shoulder blade in the Giro dell’Emilia crash on Saturday and will not defend his Il Lombardia title on October 7. Chaves was chasing solo leader Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) when he crashed heavily in a corner. Chaves abandoned the race and was taken to hospital for X-rays, which revealed the fracture.

“Esteban has a fracture of the right shoulder blade (distal portion),” said Orica-Scott race doctor Matteo Beltemacchi. “It’s not necessary for an operation on this type of fracture, but he will require approximately 15 days’ rest with his right arm immobilised before some therapy to re-strengthen the region. It will finish his 2017 early, but will not have an effect on his 2018 preparations.”

Chaves greeted the news with his typically positive attitude.

“This is not how I wanted to finish my 2017 season, especially without the opportunity to return to Lombardia after such special memories last year, but this is the way it is and we now focus on the recovery and next season,” Chaves said from hospital. “It’s just a bone and there are much bigger challenges in life, we are lucky. We will return from this and I’m looking forward to a new year in 2018.

“I want to thank the team and the hospital staff for looking after me so well and to the fans for all of their kind messages and thoughts. It means a lot, thank you. I am good.”

Chaves won Lombardia last year when he outsprinted Diego Rosa (Astana), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R).

Haig finishes ninth

Orica-Scott was in with numbers and a chance in the final 20km of the Giro dell’Emila on Saturday, but crashes from Adam Yates and the defending champion Esteban Chaves left Jack Haig to soldier on alone in the lead group and eventually finish ninth.

The team said later that Yates was OK and Chaves also appeared to have avoided serious injuries, although the Colombian went to hospital for X-rays.

Yates, Chaves and Haig all made the select lead group after the reduced peloton brought back the day’s breakaway, but disaster struck when Yates slipped out in a sharp descent and was forced to abandon.

Chaves crashed out in the final 10km while chasing solo leader and eventual winner Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), leaving Tour of Poland winner Haig as the last-man standing in the lead group for the Australian team.

“The race was going really well for us up until the last couple of circuits,” said sport director Dave McPartland. “We had good numbers within the favourites group, and it’s unfortunate that we lost our two leaders, Adam and Esteban, to crashes. It is bad luck, but also a part of cycling.”

The 223km race started in Bologna and finished in San Luca after several hilly closing circuits that suited the pure climbers. The breakaway, which had been allowed an ultimate gap of eight minutes, was finally brought back with two laps remaining as attacks in the field behind steadily whittled the field down to a handful of contenders.

“All of the guys had ridden a controlled race, and we knew that it would intensify once the break had been brought back going into the first ascents of the San Luca climb,” McPartland said.

Chaves and Haig were in the group chasing Visconti with less than 10km remaining, but as Chaves tried to pick up the pace on the descent from the San Luca climb, he skidded out in a corner, crashing heavily and out of the race.

Haig continued as part of the chasing group, but Visconti held his advantage over the final climb to take the race win by 12 seconds over teammate Vincenzo Nibali and 15 seconds over Cannondale-Drapac’s Rigoberto Uran. Haig came in 33 seconds back for ninth behind Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

“Jack did a great job and showed that he is in strong form at the moment,” McPartland said. “His focus did not waiver, and finishing in the top 10 against that field is a very good result for a young rider.”

The team will have to wait on word about Chaves’ condition as the final Monument of the year, Il Lombardia, approaches, and whether the Colombian will be in condition to defend his 2016 title. Nevertheless, McPartland was excited about Haig’s condition as the season winds down.

“Often this race works very well as a gauge for a rider’s form ahead of the last monument of the season, the Giro di Lombardia, and it’s great to see that Jack is not only in great physical shape, but that he is also well motivated,” McPartland said.

“At the end of a long season it can be quite difficult to assess a rider’s form and motivation, but after strong performances at both the Vuelta a Espana and the World Championships, Jack showed today that he is not lacking in either department and he deserved his excellent result.”

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Ashley Mennenga, Olivia Schmelzer Add to Cincinnati’s Verbal Commitments

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NEW COMMITS: The University of Cincinnati has received verbal commitments from Ashley Mennenga and Olivia Schmelzer for the 2018-2019 season. Academy Bullets teammates Kenzie Arens and Camryn Streid will also be Bearcats next fall.

Ashley Mennenga

Mennenga is from Medina, Ohio where she is a senior at Highland High School. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American, Mennenga swims for Medina Recreation Swim Team.

She wrote,

“I am super excited to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Cincinnati! I knew when I stepped on campus that I wanted to be a part of the amazing environment that the coaches and team have created. I can’t wait to be a Bearcat!”

Mennenga is primarily a backstroker with best times of:

  • 50 Back 26.72
  • 100 Back 54.71
  • 200 Back 2:01.87
  • 100 Fly 55.59

Olivia Schmelzer

Schmelzer is from Lancaster, Ohio. She’s a senior at Lancaster High School and swims for the Lancaster YMCA. At YMCA Nationals last spring Schmelzer finished second in the 50 free.

A sprinter, her best times are:

  • 100 Free 49.52
  • 50 Free 22.78
  • 100 Back 56.82
  • 50 Back 26.65
  • 50 Fly 25.29

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Jim Harbaugh Cannonballs in Michigan Water Carnival With Oakland and Calvin College

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The University of Michigan men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs brought the fun to Canham Natatorium on Saturday (Sept. 30), hosting the Michigan Water Carnival alongside Oakland and Calvin College.

“The whole point of this meet is to have fun, and show how enjoyable these sports can be,” said head swimming and diving coach Mike Bottom. “Our team was looking forward to this all week, and I think they’ll be begging to bring it back next year.”

Kicking off the competition was the cannonball contest featuring Bottom, head baseball coach Erik Bakich and even a surprise attempt from head football coach Jim Harbaugh, who upped both of them by doing a jackknife off the five-meter platform.

Opposing coaches from Oakland and Calvin College also participated, getting rousing cheers from their own teams, while Harbaugh, head women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico and new head women’s lacrosse coach Hannah Nielsen were on the judging panel.

Longtime former diving coach Dick Kimball took over from there and stole the show as he always does. Alongside current members of the team and current diving coach Mike Hilde, the 81-year old Kimball put on his patented clown diving show, utilizing costumes and props (including a bicycle) off both springboard and platform.

There were eight swimming events going on concurrently in the competition pool. Individual winners included Jacqui Schafer in the 300-yard butterfly with fins (2:57.03), Alexis Margett in the 50-yard freestyle underwater with fins (21.17), Siobhán Haughey in the 100-yard IM (55.24) and Rose Bi in the 300-yard IM (3:14.86). Catie DeLoof also outlasted Becca Postoll in the 50-yard freestyle knockout, winning by two tenths-of-a-second (10.86/11.16).

On the men’s side, individual winners included Will Roberts in the 300-yard butterfly with fins (2:43.60), Jon Burkett in the 50-yard freestyle underwater with fins (17.89), Jacob Montague in the 100-yard IM (51.83) and Charlie Swanson in the 300-yard IM (2:56.76). Paul Powers got the last laugh in the 50-yard freestyle knockout, outlasting James Peek (9.17/9.58).

Seven women’s swimmer and one diver will represent Michigan at the SMU Classic, held Oct.13-14 in Dallas, Texas. The next competition for the full team comes a week later, Oct. 20-21, in a road dual meet at Louisville.

The above press release courtesy of Michigan Swimming and Diving

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British Masters: Rory McIlroy in contention as Robert Karlsson leads

Rory McIlroy

British Masters, third-round leaderboard
-12 R Karlsson (Swe); -11 I Poulter, G Storm, T Hatton (all Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), P Dunne (Ire); -10 R McIlroy (NI), C Hanson (Eng), D Lingmerth (Swe), G Coetzee (SA), S Lowry (Ire)
Selected others: -9 L Westwood, M Fitzpatrick, C Wood (all Eng); -4 G McDowell (NI); -2 D Willett (Eng)

Rory McIlroy moved into contention at the British Masters as a six-under-par 64 in the third round left him two strokes behind leader Robert Karlsson.

Northern Irishman McIlroy is part of a five-strong group on 10 under.

That includes Karlsson’s fellow Swede David Lingmerth, who shot an eight-under-par 62 in Newcastle on Saturday.

England’s Ian Poulter, Graeme Storm and Tyrrell Hatton are one off the lead in a five-way tie with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Ireland’s Paul Dunne.

“You get yourself into contention and you start to think about things and it would be nice to get a win,” said McIlroy.

The four-time major winner was a late entry at Close House after failing to qualify for the Tour Championship.

“The crowds have been fantastic,” added the 28-year-old, who made six birdies without a blemish on his card in the third round.

“The last couple of tournaments I’ve been off pretty early on the weekends and had 50 people following me, where there’s thousands out there so it’s nice to get into that sort of environment again.”

McIlroy is on course for only the second winless season of his career.

Poulter furious at ‘uneducated’ fans

Ian Poulter

Poulter remains in contention for a first victory in five years, despite a double bogey on the par-three fifth.

The 41-year-old found the water with his tee shot and said he was distracted by spectators taking pictures on their mobile phones.

“What are we doing?” he said. “We’ve allowed them all to take pictures and videos and tell them to put them on silent, and it doesn’t work does it?”

Asked if mobile phones should be banned, Poulter added: “No, I just think people need to educate themselves and understand it’s an issue for us and them.

“They don’t realise they distract us as much as they do – 99% of them are on silent and unfortunately there’s a couple which are not.

“You’re not expecting it because you think they’ve got it on silent. I’m angry and am going to continue to be angry until I wake up tomorrow morning.

“Throwing shots away for no reason is really annoying.”

Poulter recovered to card a two-under-par 68 and move one stroke behind Karlsson, who eagled the par-four ninth as he finished on 12 under.

Scotland’s Ramsay was another to eagle the ninth, while overnight leader Hatton bogeyed the 18th to drop out of a share of top spot.

Tournament host Lee Westwood was in contention at the halfway point in his round, before three bogeys on the back nine dropped the former world number one to nine under par.

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Gold Team Wins In Iowa Intrasquad Meet

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The Gold squad came away with a 104-86 victory over the Black squad at the University of Iowa swimming and diving annual intrasquad meet Saturday morning at the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

“They’ve been working hard in the pool,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It’s great to see them race and have some fun. They really love it and there is a long tradition with this. It also allows them to get introduced to the scoring system and things like that. We really enjoyed it and it’s always a lot of fun.”

The Black team jumped off to an early lead winning both the women’s and men’s 200-medley relay. Seniors Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Mekenna Scheitlin, and Junior Kelly McNamara posted a 1:44.13 victory. The men’s team comprised of juniors Kenneth Mende, Michal Brzus and sophomores Weston Credit and Will Scott touched in at 1:30.66 to solidify their win.

However, the Gold squad fought back winning a total of 12 events on the day. Sophomore Allyssa Fluit notched multiple individual victories on the day, first winning the 200-freestyle (1:51.80), followed by a victory in the 100-free (51.45).

The highlights of Saturday for the Gold team included a first place finish from senior Will Brenner in the men’s 50-diver freestyle touching in at 21:34.

The Gold squad closed out the meet winning the women’s and men’s 200-freestyle relay. Fluit, along with senior Tereysa Lehnertz, freshman Sarah Schemmel, and sophomore Hannah Burvill clocked 1:34.76, while sophomore Joseph Myhre, junior Matt Kamin, and seniors Jerzy Twarowski, and R.J. Hemmingsen touched in at 1:23.96.

The Hawkeyes return to the UI CRWC Natatorium for the 100th anniversary of Iowa swimming and diving hosting Michigan State and Northern Iowa on Oct. 5-6.

Press release courtesy of Iowa Athletics. 

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USC Women Top San Diego In Season Opener

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Junior Riley Scott won three races while sophomores Louise Hansson and Becca Mann and freshman Marta Ciesla won twice each as the USC women’s swimming and diving team won its season-opener, 136-106, at host San Diego on Friday (Sept. 29).

Scott swept the breaststroke events with a 1:02.44 in the 100 and a 2:03.02 in the 200, both NCAA ‘B’ cuts, two of four the Trojans would post in the meet. Scott also won the 200y IM in 2:03.02.

Hansson, USC’s most decorated swimmer last year, claimed the 100y back with an NCAA B cut of 54.97 and came back to win the 200y back in 1:54.39, just 0.30 off of the NCAA B standard.

Junior Maddie Wright dominated her specialty, the 200y fly, taking it in an NCAA B time of 1:58.61.

Sprinting specialist Ciesla swept the 50y (23.86) and the 100y free (51.92) in her Trojan debut.

USC kicked off the meet with a win in the 200y medley relay as sophomore Abby Miller, Scott, Hansson and sophomore Tatum Wade won in 1:44.28.

Mann led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1000y free with a 10:02.92 as junior Elizabeth Stinson was second (10:12.90) and freshman Isabella Rongione was third (10:16.62). Mann came back to touch first in the 500y free in 4:57.50 with Stinson and Rongione second and third again.

Wade won her first event of the year in the 200y free in 1:51.81 with junior Allie Wooden second (1:53.24). Sophomore Catherine Sanchez hit the wall first in the 100y fly (55.84) with freshman Caitlin Tycz second (56.06).

Freshman Maggie Aroesty was second in both the 100y (1:03.66) and 200y breast (2:18.13).

USC closed the meet with a first in the 400y free relay as Hansson, Sanchez, Wooden and junior Victoria Toris won in 3:28.26.

Press release courtesy of USC Athletics. 

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