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2010 Commonwealth Games on brink of cancellation [Sep. 22nd, 2010|11:47 am]
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LOCHTE NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR; KIEFER HONORED WITH USA SWIMMING AWARD [Sep. 20th, 2010|07:55 pm]
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Ryan Lochte was named USA Swimming’s Swimmer of the Year at the annual U.S. Aquatic Sports Awards Banquet Saturday.Collapse )
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USA National Team Now Welcomes Josh Schneider [Sep. 17th, 2010|05:53 pm]
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A look at the appeal decision to allow Schneider on the USA National Team.Collapse )
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Ten Year Anniversary of Sydney 2000 Games [Sep. 15th, 2010|10:36 pm]
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myriadolust
It's the ten year anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Games this week and the great swimming we saw there. Australian Swim Team's FB posted my favorite moment (the 4x100m relay):

10 years ago to the day Ian Thorpe won our first GOLD of the Sydney Olympics when he took out the 400m Free, he later teamed up with Michael Klim, Ash Callus and Chris Fydler to win our second GOLD of the games, when they broke the Yanks strangle hold on the 4x100m free relay, to win in world record time!!



caption from 'australianswimming''s YouTube page: Often considered Australia's greatest sporting moment of all time, Australia wins the Mens 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics | Australia's team of Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus and 17 year old Ian Thorpe out swim the mighty USA to claim the gold in a new world record time of 3.13.67.


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Phelps’ coach says Lochte is better—for now [Sep. 14th, 2010|05:35 pm]
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The longtime coach of Michael Phelps acknowledged Monday that the 14-time Olympic gold medalist currently isn’t the finest swimmer in the world.Collapse )
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At 43, Torres starts training for 2012 Olympics [Sep. 10th, 2010|04:32 pm]
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NEW YORK — Dara Torres is back in the pool and training for what she hopes will be her sixth Olympics.

The 43-year-old swimmer made the announcement Friday on the morning TV show "Live with Regis and Kelly."

Torres decided to try for the 2012 London Games following reconstructive knee surgery. She says she's still recovering from the surgery and started swimming again five weeks ago. Torres says her "heart and head are like 'Yeah, let's go for it.'"

Competing against athletes half her age, Torres won three silver medals at 41 in the Beijing Olympics. She became the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics when she made the team for Beijing after giving birth to her first child.

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Cesar Cielo considers not returning to Auburn after less than stellar Pan Pac performance [Sep. 10th, 2010|04:30 pm]
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myriadolust
After Craig Lord's report in www.swimnews.com, tongues are wagging in the swimming world.

Cesar Cielo, the beloved sprinting hero from Brazil, is not happy about his performance at the Pan Pacific Championships in August. For years Cesar has trained in Auburn, Alabama, first under Coach David Marsh, and, later, under David's assistant, Brett Hawke, who now helms the Tigers.

With three training seasons left before the 2012 Olympics in London, Cesar is considering a change. Here is Cesar quote from the swim news report:

"I didn't like it one bit [his results at Pan Pacs] but it came at the right moment, before Olympic year comes round again. In the next three seasons, I can't make any more mistakes. Things are not what they were in Auburn. Where everything was right before, that's not the case today."

The Olympic champion will participate in the 2010 FINA World Cup beginning this weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

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FINA Swimming World Cup series starts this weekend [Sep. 9th, 2010|04:52 pm]
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 9. THE World Cup starts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10-12, at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, with the confirmed presence of 194 swimmers from 13 countries to compete in the 34 individual events of the meet.

Among the swimming greats expected to shine at the first leg are local hero Cesar Cielo, backstroke ace Randall Bal (USA), Swedish queen Therese Alshammar and Russia's star Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS).

In a time-span of two months, participating swimmers will square-off in 25m pools for seven meets on three continents, beginning with the Americas, followed by Asia and then Europe.


A total of US$360,000 will be distributed to the winners, while an additional maximum of US$50,000 is reserved for world record breakers. The overall men's and women's SWC winners receive US$100,000, while those placing second and third receive US$50,000 and US$30,000 respectively. Sums ranging from US$500 to US$1,500 are also distributed to the winners of each of the 34 races at all seven meets.

Full FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010 calendar:

Rio de Janeiro (BRA) September 10-12
Beijing (CHN) October 12-13
Singapore (SIN) October 16-17
Tokyo (JPN) October 20-21
Berlin (GER) October 30-31
Moscow (RUS) November 2-3
Stockholm (SWE) November 6-7

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NOTE: According to www.UniversalSports.com viewers will be able to watch both days of the Rio finals this up-coming weekend online. I was excited until I realized they wanted to charge me $3.99.
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USOC Rejects USA Swimming Athlete Partnership Plan; Open To Altered Plan [Sep. 9th, 2010|12:46 pm]
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, September 8. ACCORDING to an internal USA Swimming memo acquired by Swimming World, the United States Olympic Committee has rejected the USA Swimming Athlete Partnership Plan proposal.

The Plan, as reported previously, would have doubled the stipend for post-graduate and professional National Team swimmers in the U.S.

As detailed in the memo, a USOC representative explained that the USOC would not support funding the program now that the Athlete Partnership Plan no longer includes a contractual requirement for those taking the increased stipend.

Initial iterations of the Athlete Partnership Plan called for a contract between National Teamers taking the stipend and USA Swimming requirement specific support of the national governing body and the sport of swimming overall in the U.S. in exchange for the extra funds. The most recent proposal eliminated this requirement.

The USOC representative did state after a subsequent request by USA Swimming that if a contract was included in a future proposal, the USOC would likely welcome the change and fund the Plan.

The ball is back in USA Swimming's court now, and the Board of Directors will likely discuss the Plan at its next meeting taking place next week.

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Rice says "sorry" [Sep. 8th, 2010|09:42 am]
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