Swimming Australia Sets Official Dates For Pan Pacific Trials

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Fresh off the back of their golden Commonwealth Games performances, the nation’s swimming heroes will be welcomed back into the supporting arms of South Australian’s for the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championship Trials this July.

The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide will host your heroes from June 30 to July 4 as they set the pool alight in their quest for a place on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team bound for Pan Pacs and Para Pan Pacs Championship events.

Don’t miss your chance to see all your favourite swimming stars live, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Mack Horton, Ariarne Titmus, Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm, Lakeisha Patterson, Tim Disken, Cate Campbell and SA locals Kyle Chalmers and Travis Mahoney. Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday May 30.

Plus, South Australian’s will have even more reason to cheer this year with the Marion swim squad securing two more Olympians on the road to Tokyo in Madison Wilson and Brittany Elmslie, plus Commonwealth Games rookie and promising rising star James McKechnie.

The championship races will begin on Saturday June 30 with both the men’s 800m freestyle and the women’s 1500m freestyle, the curtain-raiser events, open FREE to the public.

Get a glimpse of the action and behind the scenes training environment on the 30th and then come back for the edge-of-your-seat action from July 1 to 4.

With exciting sponsor activations, athlete signings, a live DJ and plenty of prizes and giveaways, the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championship Trials will be a treat for fans.

Bring your squad and cheer on your swimming heroes poolside; it’s time to get behind the Aussies once again as we build into the Pan Pacific Championships!

With prices starting from just $5 for kids and $10 for adults, this is your opportunity to witness world class racing on home soil before the Dolphins take on the powerhouse nations of Japan, USA and Canada.

The final night of racing on July 4 will also see both the Pan Pacs and Para Pan Pacs teams selected.

The Pan Pacs Team will head to Cairns and the Japanese city of Nagaoka for a staging camp before taking on the world in Tokyo, where the Australian Dolphins Swim Team will get the chance to familiarise themselves with the Olympic host city ahead of the Games as they compete from August 9-13.

The Para Pan Pacs Team will have the hometown advantage this year as their international rivals head to Cairns for the competition taking place from August 9-13.

Don’t miss out, get your tickets now! Heats will start at 10am and finals from 6:30pm, for more information and to purchase tickets click here: www.swimming.org.au

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Legendary Olympic Diving Coach Betty Perkins-Carpenter Dies at 87

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Legendary Olympic diving coach Betty Perkins-Carpenter passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Perkins-Carpenter had also battled with cancer and was a resident of Penfield, New York.

Perkins-Carpenter became involved with aquatic sports when she entered a swim meet at the age of 6. From there, she went on to become an accomplished diver and attended college at Cortland, joining the Air Force as the Korean War approached.

She remained involved in aquatics by founding the Perkins Swim Club, where she taught children how to swim in her backyard, before becoming a coach at the University of Rochester. She also served as a diving coach for the U.S. Summer Olympic team in 1972, before coaching both the Turkish men’s and women’s diving teams at the 1976 Olympic Games.

Perkins-Carpenter coached Olympic bronze-medalist and 1982 World diving champion Wendy Wyland and also served as a coach for Greg Louganis on international trips.

In addition to her coaching success, Perkins-Carpenter was also an expert on senior fitness. She founded the company Senior Fitness Productions, which provided routines to help seniors avoid falling.

The Democrat & Chronicle and WHEC contributed to this report. 

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A Conversation with an Unlikely Best Friend: The Black Line

By Jamie Kolar, Swimming World College Intern.

Swimming is unlike any other sport. It is the only sport where you cannot talk to any other person or coach during most of the practice or during a race, allowing for a lot of time alone. Being alone for those extended periods of time is not something to be taken lightly. That amount of solitude will drive you crazy, as thoughts run wild without being able to share them with your friend in the lane over.


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However, what most people do not realize is that the black line at the bottom of the pool becomes your best friend throughout your career in the water. There are several reasons why you will have this strange and unique relationship with an inanimate object with such seemingly little significance.

The Black Line Will Always Listen

Natalie Hinds talking with her coach before the finals.

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

When you spend so many hours a day looking at one thing, it is not totally out of the ordinary to start talking to it. It starts to have a personality of its own and a unique way of being involved in your life. Although it seems crazy to an outsider, swimmers know the comfort that the black line can provide.

You can talk about anything with the black line. Topics can range from how much pain you are in from the set to how school went that day or what you thought about the new movie you just watched. It is nice to have someone – or something, rather – who is always there to listen.

The Black Line Offers Great Advice


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The black line really has a mind of its own. It listens to you talk about your day and your problems without expecting anything in return. It is always there for you, unconditionally.

And when we are finished rambling on and in desperate need of a second opinion, it will gladly offer one. It just takes some good listening skills on our end, because the black line is subtle when it offers its advice. Sometimes, it takes its sweet time in answering you, but it eventually will. When you listen closely enough to finally hear what it has to say, it often is some of the best advice you will ever receive.

Do you give up on number six of ten 100s all out? No – stay strong and steady. Do you get out and pretend like you have to go to the bathroom? No – be a dependable teammate and push through. Oh man, the girl next to you looks like she’ll be fast. Maybe you won’t race as hard because you will lose anyway. You’re better than that – give it your all.

The Black Line Will Always Be There For You


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No matter what pool in which you are practicing or what competition you’re racing in, you can always count on the black line at the bottom of the pool. In a sport with so many changing variables, this is factor will always be a constant.

It is comforting to know that the black line will always be there to guide you no matter what. It bears witness to all that happens – the good, the bad and the ugly. No matter how hard the practice or how nervous you are before a race, the black line will direct your path and support you the whole way. And no matter how far you swim, it will always be in the same place where you started. The time the two of you spend apart will seem irrelevant, as the two of you can always pick up where you left off, no matter how much time has passed.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Charlotte Bonnet Smashes French Record In 100 Freestyle

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Charlotte Bonnet for her new French record in the 100 freestyle at the 2018 French National Championships.  

Bonnet became the first French woman to ever swim the 100 freestyle under 53 seconds this week, crashing through that barrier with a 52.74 winning time that eclipses her old national record of 53.36 from just last month.

Bonnet was actually just .01 off of that mark in the prelims of this event, hitting the wall in 53.37 in the morning to lead all qualifiers, before flying by the mark in the finals of the event. Out in 25.41, Bonnet came home in a blistering 27.33 to crash through the 53 second barrier and become the third fastest performer of 2018 behind Australia’s Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell.

Bonnet’s time sits about half a second behind Bronte’s winning time from the Commonwealth Games in April, and notably puts her ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the world rankings. Expect a big showdown between these two later this summer at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Congratulations Charlotte Bonnet on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

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Indiana’s Anze Tavcar Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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Indiana University swimmer Anze Tavcar has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, per an announcement from the NCAA earlier this month.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

Tavcar was a standout both in the pool and in the classroom for the Hoosiers during his four-year career. A five-time All-America honoree and a three-time All-Big Ten selection, the Celje, Slovenia native was also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

In 2016, Tavcar was a member of Team Slovenia in the Rio Summer Olympics, placing 36th in the 100 freestyle and 39th in the 200 freestyle.

Tavcar graduated this month with a degree in Biology, with minors in Animal Behavior and Psychology.

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UNLV Signs 13 for the 2018-19 Men’s Swimming & Diving Season

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The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team has signed an impressive 13-member class for the 2018-19 season, head coach Ben Loorz announced Tuesday.

“This is a very large class for us that is full of some top-ranked talent as well as some guys who are real up-and-comers,” said Loorz. ” We graduated a large senior class, so it was important to fill those gaps, and we feel like we have done that with this recruiting class.  We are very excited to see how they all progress this summer, and are excited to welcome them to campus in the fall.  We expect this class to have huge and immediate impact for us in the WAC, and to have NCAA scoring capability in the future as well.”

Among the highlights of the recruiting class are the three European representatives, as Kamil Kzamierczak (Lodz) and Michael Cukanov ( Aleksandrow Lodzki) are both from Poland, while Ivan Zhukau, a top international breaststroker, hails from Minsk, Belarus.

Kzamierczak was a participant in the 2017 Junior World Championships in the 100m back, and he current ranks fourth in Poland (short course 25m) in the 50m back (23.44), sixth in the 100m back (52.04) and also holds personal best times of 23.42 in the 50m fly, 52.41 in the 100m fly, and 1:49.17 in the 200m free. Cukanow meanwhile competed in the 2017 European  Junior Short Course Championships. His long course times in his specialty event are 54.52 in the 100m fly and 2:01.51 in the 200m fly.

Zhukau, who swam at the 2016 European Junior Championships, holds impressive long course times of 29.07 (50m breast), 1:03.87 (100m breast) and 2:14.19 (200m breast).

The rest of the class comes from the United States, starting with Lebanon, Oregon native
Casey McEuen, who claimed a pair of state titles for Lebanon High School in February, including posting a time of 20.18 in the 50y free, while he also claimed the 100 fly title (49.19).

The Rebel signing class is heavy with athletes from the Golden State, as four are California natives, led by junior college transfer Hayden Hemmens, 2018 CCCAA Co-Swimmer of the Year for Orange Coast College. Hemmens claimed three individual conference titles at this month’s championship meet (200 and 500 free, 200 back). A native of Newport Beach, Hemmens is a very versatile swimmer, and was the 2017 Surf Ironman American champion as well.

Hayden Cornellison of Temecula (Great Oak High School) is a junior national finalist, while both he and Santa Maria native Wyatt Marsalek (Santa Maria Swim Club) are US Open qualifiers as well. Also from California is Bert Phung, native of Campbell from Peak Swimming.

“Joining Zukov in the breaststroke group from the class are Sam Willstrop and Jack Binder from Texas and Utah which is historically fertile recruiting ground for UNLV Swimming,” said Loorz. “Both are 6’4″ rising talents and we expect a lot from them.”

Willstrop (San Antonio) swims for Alamo Area Aquatic Association and won the 200y breast at the NCSA Spring Junior National Champioships in March, while Binder, a native of Cottonwood Heights, was the 2017 Utah 5A state champion in the 100y breast, and won the 2018 title in the 100y fly while helping Brighton High to the state championship title.

The Rebels added a pair of swimmers from Arizona, starting with Michael Klauss (Scottsdale), who has the Rebel coaches excited about his versatility. He has several junior national cuts while earning a winter national championship cut as well, and swims for Scottsdale Aquatic Club. He is joined by another Scottsdale native, Michael Niezgodzki, who represents Phoenix Swim Club.

Diver Tazman Abramowicz is a springboard specialist who is one of the top young male divers in Canada (Calgary), and will join last year’s top WAC freshman diver Jesse Cawley.

2018-19 UNLV Men’s Swimming & Diving Recruiting Class

Kamil Kazmierczak (Lodz, Poland)
(SCM) 50 Back: 23.44, 100 Back: 52.04, 50 Fly: 23.42, 100 Fly: 52.41, 200 Free: 1:49.17

Michal Cukanow (Aleksandrow Lodzki, Poland)
(LCM) 100 Fly: 54.52, 200 Fly: 2:01.51

Ivan Zhukau (Minsk, Belarus)
(LCM): 50 Breast: 29.07, 100 Breast: 1:03.87, 200 Breast: 2:14.19

Hayden Hemmens (Newport Beach, California)
(SCY) 200 Free: 1:37.84, 500 Free: 4:26.34, 200 Back: 1:46.36

Wyatt Marsalek (Santa Maria, California)
(SCY) 500 Free: 4:31.60, 1650 Free: 15.23.46

Hayden Cornellison (Temecula, California)
(LCM) 100 Back: 57.31, 200 Back: 2:04.74

Bert Phung (Campbell. California)
(SCY) 100 Fly: 49.80, 200 Fly: 1:50.79

Casey McEuen (Lebanon, Oregon)
(SCY) 50 Free: 20.18, 100 Free: 45.31, 100 Fly: 49.19

Michael Klauss (Mesa, Arizona)
(SCY) 200 Fly: 1:48.44, 200 Back: 1:49.49, 200 IM: 1:51.86, 400 IM: 4:00.45

Michael Niezgodzki (Scottsdale, Arizona)
200 Free: 1:39.89, 500 Free: 4:33.18, and 200 Fly: 1:50.87

Sam Willstrop (San Antonio, Texas)
(SCY) 100 Breast: 56.28, 200 Breast: 2:03.69, 50 Free: 20.95

Jack Binder (Salt Lake City, Utah)
(SCY) 100 Breast: 56.99, 100 Fly: 51.03

Tazman Abramowicz (Calgary, Alberta)

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USA Swimming to Include Flex Swim Membership Option in September 2018

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USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, announced today that it is launching its most progressive new membership category since 2012. The Flex Swim membership will make entering the sport easier and encourage swimmers to stay involved in life’s other activities.

The Flex Swim membership offers a rate of $20 to create an entry-level experience in the sport and sample some of the great benefits of membership in USA Swimming such as the ability to compete in meets (two meets per year), access to USA Swimming’s digital personalized member account Deck Pass, insurance coverage, education materials and more. When kids fall in love with the sport and want to swim more, they can then apply that to a Premium membership*, which offers unlimited swim meets, Splash magazine and more.

“The Flex Swim membership allows us to introduce the sport to a new generation of athletes, using a product that is more conscious of the current environment and competitive in the youth sports market,” USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III said. “Our goal is to adapt to busy family lifestyles and introduce the sport of swimming with a lower barrier to entry and flexibility to still enjoy the many other available activities. Historical data tells us that if we can get a kid to try team swimming, they will stick with it and enjoy it.”

The Flex Swim membership is designed for kids who want to experience swimming on a team but have not yet taken that next step. According to a State of the Swimming Industry Report[1], nearly 80 percent of parents don’t consider swimming as a competitive sport for their kids after completing swim lessons, largely due to a number of common misconceptions they have about the sport. Similarly, it was noted that 43 percent of kids who stop swimming say it is because it is too much of a time commitment.

It was also noted in that same study that 48 percent of the kids who leave USA Swimming say they do so to play other sports. Given the many recent studies and industry discussions about the pressure and impact of early sport specialization, USA Swimming is embracing the notion and health benefits of multi-sport play and participation, both physical and mental.

In a poll of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, 83 percent of the athletes stated that they were multi-sport athletes growing up, presenting resounding statistical evidence from the upper echelons of the sport of the benefits of being a well-rounded athlete.

“We know multi-sport play builds not just better athletes but healthier children, which is why ‘Encourage Sport Sampling’ is one of the strategies in our Project Play framework that stakeholders across sectors helped build,” said Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. “USA Swimming should be commended for the leadership it is showing in meeting the needs of kids and families.”

The national campaign was designed in-house by the USA Swimming creative team, with inspiration from early versions of the SwimToday campaign developed in conjunction with Minneapolis-based Colle-McVoy. The campaign features several age-group member swimmers as well as four National Team athletes: Haley Anderson, Jacob Pebley, Lia Neal & Kevin Cordes. Photography and videography is by renowned sports photographer Poby.

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

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French Open: Serena Williams wins on return to Grand Slam tennis

Serena Williams

French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

American Serena Williams made a successful return to Grand Slam tennis with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.

It was a tight contest between the two big servers with the 23-time major winner bouncing back from 3-0 down in the tie-break to take the first set.

There were five breaks of serve in the second set, with Williams clinching the crucial fifth before serving out.

The 36-year-old will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the next round.

More to follow.

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USA Women’s Water Polo Beats Canada at FINA World League Super Final

The USA Women’s National Team picked up their second straight win at the FINA World League Super Final with a 12-5 victory over Canada. Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL) matched her output from yesterday’s win over Japan with three more goals today. Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC) did the job in net recording six saves. Team USA returns to play tomorrow against Russia at 3am et/12am pt. The match will stream live on FINA TV (subscription required) and can be accessed by clicking here. For more information on day two of the FINA World League Super Final, click here.

A rematch of the 2017 Super Final title bout, Team USA and Canada were even at 1-1 early on until goals from Fattal and Jamie Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC) secured a 3-1 lead after the first. Neushul finished the day with two goals, five assists and two field blocks. In the second quarter, Team USA went ahead 5-1 before Canada rallied to make it a 5-3 game at intermission.

Things changed in the third period with the United States outscoring Canada 5-0 to take control of the match. Ahead 10-3 going into the fourth quarter, the two sides played a more even match scoring two goals apiece. Canada drew to within 11-5 but would get no closer as the United States went on for the 12-5 victory. Team USA and Canada both went 5/8 on power plays with neither side attempting a penalty.

“It’s not easy playing Canada. Canada is always tough,” said captain Maggie Steffens. “They pushed the counter good and on attack we had trouble finding an opening. We were rushing things a bit, including myself, but we will get better. We had some great plays with Jamie Neushul, Rachel Fattal and Alys Williams.  We have to go more with the movement game and produce smarter plays. It’s not over until the fourth quarter.”

USA 12 (3, 2, 5, 2) R. Fattal 3, P. Hauschild 2, J. Neushul 2, B. Games 1, M. Seidemann 1, K. Gilchrist 1, S. Haralabidis 1, A. Williams 1
CAN 5 (1, 2, 0, 2) S. Fournier 2, E. Wright 1, M. Eggens 1, J. Bekhazi 1
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 6
6 x 5 – USA – 5/8 – CAN – 5/8
Penalties – USA – 0/0 – CAN – 0/0

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Chris Froome’s salbutamol case unlikely to be resolved before Tour de France

“50 per cent or less” chance of case being wrapped up by July, says UCI president.

Newly crowned Giro d’Italia champion Chris Froome looks set to ride the Tour de France without any decision having been made in the investigation into his ongoing salbutamol case.

Having won the Giro in spectacular fashion with an 80km solo break on stage 19 to overturn a three minute deficit in the general classification, Froome will now turn his attention to the Tour and completing a historic Grand Tour double that has not been achieved in 20 years.

And according to UCI president David Lappartient, Froome will likely take part in the Tour, which starts in Noirmoitier-en-l’Ile on July 7, with a conclusion to the investigation into his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol yet to be reached.

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“I do not think a decision will come before the Tour,” Lappartient told Spanish sports newspaper AS. “I think the chances of it being decided by then are 50 per cent or less.

“It is a very complex case with lots of lawyers, a lot of documentation and a lot of money involved. We will make the decision as soon as possible, but there is no time frame.

“The procedure will be extended. Our question must be answered and their studies will have to be evaluated. Both sides have powerful legal representatives and everything is more complicated than usual.”

Froome is currently under investigation by anti-doping authorities after giving a urine sample at the 2017 Vuelta a España which was found to contain twice the permitted concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol.

The 33-year-old has denied breaking anti-doping rules which allow athletes to take a maximum of 800mg of salbutamol per 12 hours, and, with Team Sky‘s backing, has vowed to clear his name.

>>> ‘The biggest fight of my career’: Chris Froome reflects on ‘rollercoaster’ Giro d’Italia win

The four-time Tour de France champion was welcomed by Giro d’Italia organisers, reportedly receiving a large appearance fee for taking part in the race. However he is unlikely to receive such a positive reception by Tour de France organisers ASO.

In fact, ASO are understood to be confident that they could withstand a potential legal challenge if it prevent Froome from racing thanks to a clause in its rules about safeguarding the image of the sport.

If Froome is allowed to race the Tour de France, then he will not only be looking to be the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year, but also to become just the fifth rider in history to win five Tours de France.

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