This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Hannah Stevens, a rising senior at the University of Missouri. Stevens posted the fifth fastest time in the world this year in the 100 backstroke, touching in 59.40 at the UMiz Invite to win the event and make her the fastest American so far this year.
The rising senior split the race well, going out in 29.14 and coming back in 30.26. Her time was a personal best, knocking a few tenths off of her old best time of 59.67 from just under a year ago. While the time itself is impressive, what may be more remarkable is the fact that Stevens was likely unrested for her swim. That vaults her among the contenders qualify for this summer’s World Championship team in what is quickly becoming a loaded United States women’s backstroke field.
Ali DeLoof is now the second-fastest American so far this year with her 59.43 from the Arena Pro Series in Mesa, also her best time, while Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker and rising senior Ally Howe are coming off of record breaking NCAA seasons. Both women went under Natalie Coughlin’s historic 100-yard backstroke record this season, with Baker claiming the NCAA title and Howe finishing the season with the NCAA and American record (49.69). Olivia Smoliga finished just behind at 50.04. Stevens, for her part, was third at NCAA’s this year in what was the most competitive 100 back final in recent memory.
Congratulations Hannah Stevens on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!
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The NCAA released it’s seeding for the 2017 tournament, to be held May 12 – 14 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. There were almost no surprises—though the seeding committee may have underestimated how well the California Golden Bears are playing at the moment.
#1 UCLA; the Bruins are 22-1, newly crowned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champs and are playing at a championship level. #2 Stanford (20-3) dropped the MPSF title game to UCLA but—led by two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens—are a dangerous opponent. #3 USC (28-3) are the defending NCAA champs and can never be counted out.
The choice of UC Irvine (23-6), the Big West champion, as the 4th seed over Cal (15-8) of the MPSF may cause some grumbling. The Anteaters are on a 14-match win streak, but only one of their opponents over that stretch—#7 Michigan—was ranked in the top ten. During the MPSF Tournament, Cal beat #4 Arizona State, was leading #1 UCLA 8-7 midway through the fourth period until falling 9-8 and was leading #3 USC 6-5 in the fourth before losing 8-6.
UC Irvine and Cal will play in the first round on Friday, May 12; Michigan (28-8), coming off a tense 5-4 win over Princeton, will likely be relieved not to face the Tigers’ Ashleigh Johnson again, but getting the Trojans, who three weeks ago were riding the longest winning streak in NCAA WWP history (52 matches) is little consolation.
Wagner (25-10), which beat Marist 11-7 to win its fourth-straight MAAC title, will face UC San Diego (19-14), a 15-4 winner over Sonoma State for their fifth-straight WWPA crown. The winner of this play-in match on Saturday May 6 gets the privilege of facing UCLA in the first round on May 12.
In the other play-in game, Pacific (20-8)—a mild upset winner over San Diego State for the GCC title—on Saturday will face Pomona-Pitzer (14-16), which beat Whittier in the SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Championship. The winner gets #2 Stanford in Friday’s first round.
Two semifinal matches will be held on Saturday May 13 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The 2017 NCAA Championship Match will be at 3 p.m. May 14. All times are EST.
Although the collegiate swimming & diving season ended in March, Gator fans can still take a peek inside the Florida championship program through a special television feature debuting this week.
Eye on the Gators: Swimming & Diving is set to premiere Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Sun. The 30-minute show is the latest in the Eye on the Gators series, having chronicled various Gator teams in the past, and will explore Florida’s successes both in the pool and the classroom.
Viewers will hear from Florida coaches, alumni and current student-athletes; learn how the post-meet alma mater tradition started; and see a day in the life of Olympic and NCAA champion Caeleb Dressel, among other show highlights.
Eye on the Gators: Swimming & Diving will air 11 more times throughout the month on the Fox Sports family of networks. The list of dates includes:
Thursday, May 4 at 10:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports Atlantic)
Friday, May 5 at 1:30 a.m. (Fox College Sports Atlantic)
Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Sunday, May 7 at noon (Fox Sports Sun)
Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. (Fox College Sports Atlantic)
Saturday, May 13 at 4 p.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Thursday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Sun)
Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports Atlantic)
Press release courtesy of Florida Swimming & Diving
This time around, though, Strava has used the idea itself. The site wants users to share ride details, race reports, gear tips, recommendations and workouts with other cyclists.
It’s clear that Strava hopes to become a genuine hub for all things cycling. According to Aaron Firth, Strava’s chief product offer, “Strava is a place where athletes come to connect with each other, share their experiences and learn from one another”.
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He continues: “until now, those connections have been based entirely on athletic activities. Our opportunity is to help athletes have conversations beyond their daily activities, sharing everything from favourite gear to injury recovery tips to travel recommendations.
“To open up those conversations, we are introducing the ability for members to post new types of content. Ultimately, when you want to engage with friends who share your passion for all things running, cycling, swimming, hiking, or any other sport, Strava is the place to do it.”
For now, 36 Strava athletes are testing the new feature out, but you can expect to be able to use it late in the summer.
From May 2-6, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Kazakhstan and the USA will play each other once in a round-robin format, in the hope to secure a spot in the World League Super Final to be held in Shanghai, China from June 6-11.
The tournament concludes on May 7, after a full day of playoffs and only the top-four teams (plus China, as the host country) will advance to the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final.
Olympic and World champions USA are the World League title holders too, and will battle it out for a possible fourth consecutive crown (undefeated since 2014).
The Intercontinental Tournament’s schedule unfolds as follows:
Day 1 Tuesday, May 2
Day 2 Wednesday, May 3
Day 3 Thursday, May 4
Day 4 Friday, May 5
Day 5 Saturday, May 6
Day 6 Sunday, May 7
10:00 5th – 6th
11:30 3rd – 4th
13:00 1st – 2nd
For Team USA the action marks their first competition since winning an unprecedented second straight Olympic gold medal last summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic gold medalists Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) pilot Team USA into action which opens against Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 7:30pm pt. Australia, Canada, China, and Japan round out the rest of the competitors.
Tickets are available at the entrance to the Schaal Aquatics Center for the entirety of the tournament with no advance or online sales. The final three days of competition will be streamed live at Facebook.com/USAWP. For more information on the event including team rosters, click here.
Press releases courtesy of FINA and USA Water Polo.
The La Salle University Swimming and Diving Program is excited to announce that American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Famer and United States Olympic Coach Frank Keefe has agreed to join the program as an assistant coach. Frank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to La Salle and will be a great benefit for the entire program.
“There are very few, if any, coaches whom possess Frank’s knowledge, experience, and love for coaching,” said La Salle Head Coach Jamie Platt, “So when he told me he wants to work with our staff and our swimmers, I didn’t hesitate. It’s rare to have a true swimming legend join your swimming program, but I’m proud to say we have one now in Frank Keefe.”
Photo Courtesy: Swimming World Archive
Keefe is a 1960 graduate of Villanova. He’s a member of both the Villanova Athletics Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame. A native of East Haven, Conn., Keefe began his 32-year coaching career at Yale University in 1978. In 2001, the Ivy League named the annual women’s swimming championship trophy in his honor. Three years later, he was named to the ASCA Hall of Fame.
Keefe, who earned a 2009 American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence, is a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League Coach of the Year. During his tenure at Yale, he guided the women’s team to five Ivy League championships and the men’s team to one. His women’s teams had undefeated seasons in 1992-93 and 1996-97. He finished his Yale coaching career in 2009 with 488 wins combined between men’s and women’s teams.
“I still have the passion to work with coaches and athletes dedicated to reaching their potential,” said Keefe. “It also helps keep me active, so it’s a plus plus. Needless to say, half of La Salle’s colors are BLUE!”
Since retiring from Yale, Keefe has coached at Villanova, Swathmore, the Shipley School.
In addition to a successful collegiate background, Keefe boasts an extensive coaching career in the international ranks. He served as an assistant coach for the 1984 United States Olympic team at Los Angeles and was the head manager for the 1988 Olympic team at Seoul. He also served as the U.S. coach for the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games and as an assistant coach at the 1978 World Championships.
Keefe coached nine Olympic swimmers including gold medalist Carl Robie, silver medalist Tim McKee; and George Gleason and Stephen Fahy from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Take a video tour of the current issue of Swimming World Magazine…
010 NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY by Peter H. Bick
018 STANFORD’S JUST BEGINNING by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers It took Stanford 19 years to return as NCAA Division I swimming and diving champions, but it looks like the Cardinal is ready to stay at the top for a few more years to come.
026 TOTALLY TEXAS by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Annie Grevers Coach Eddie Reese’s Longhorns simply did what they’ve been doing so well for the last three years: dominate the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
035 BRING OUT THE BROOMS! by James Sica, Diana Pimer, Chandler Brandes and Taylor Brien That’s what the swimming and diving teams from Queens, Emory, Olivet Nazarene and Indian River did last March as they swept the women’s and men’s team titles at their respective NCAA-II, NCAA-III, NAIA and NJCAA Championships.
046 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part VI): FUTURE—THE TOP OF THE TEAM by Chuck Warner If the American Swimming Team is going to maintain its superior position in the future, it must continue to look for ways to improve.
038 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: SAM FREAS by Michael J. Stott
041 STARTS AND BREAKOUTS by Michael J. Stott This is the first of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming. When applied to starts and breakouts, some of the nation’s best practitioners have developed methods of their own to produce successful outcomes that span seasons of competition and even careers.
044 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BREASTSTROKE HAND RECOVERY by Rod Havriluk The above-surface hand recovery in breaststroke is very common and used by many elite swimmers. It is a misconception, however, that the above-surface recovery is more effective or faster than a below surface recovery.
048 SPECIAL SETS: TENNESSEE MID-SEASON SETS by Matt Kredich with Michael J. Stott
053 Q&A WITH COACH JON SAKOVICH by Michael J. Stott
054 HOW THEY TRAIN ARIEL SPEKTOR by Michael J. Stott
052 DRYSIDE TRAINING: GOT BODY POSITION? by J.R. Rosania
050 GOLDMINDS: SEEING IS BELIEVING by Wayne Goldsmith To be the swimmer you want to be, you must see the swimmer you want to see.
056 UP & COMERS by Taylor Brien
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT 057 GUTTER TALK 058 PARTING SHOT
ON THE COVER
The University of Texas men won this year’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships by more than 200 points. The victory was their third three-peat, having won the team titles in 1988-91 (a four-peat), 2000-02 and now 2015-17. It was also Coach Eddie Reese’s record 13th men’s NCAA D1 national championships since taking on the job at Texas in 1978. (See feature, page 26).
Photos posted online show what appear show similarities with new Dura-Ace groupset
Photos of what looks to be the upcoming Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset have been leaked online, showing what appear to be plenty of trickle-down features from the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 groupset.
Posted on Instagram, the photos show parts of the mechanical, electronic, and disc brake versions of the new groupset, which the Japanese company had been expected to launch this summer, one year after the new Dura-Ace and in line with its usual product cycle.
If it is the new Ultegra groupset (and similar leaks of the new Dura-Ace groupset proved reliable) then it borrows its aesthetics from Dura-Ace, with a bulky crank arm, and an angled, slimmed down rear derailleur.
The rims brake calipers also use a similar design to Dura-Ace, with the lever used to release the brakes positioned in line with main body of the caliper, rather than pointing downwards.
The shifter hoods also appear to have the same textured finish as Dura-Ace R9100, while the disc brake rotors are filled in unlike those at Ultegra level in the existing Shimano line.