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Fiona Doyle

By Emily Sampl

BOULDER, Colorado, April 23. THE Irish Long Course National Championships get underway tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, where swimmers will have a chance to solidify their spots for several international meets this summer, including the European Championships, European Junior Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Barry Murphy, a 2012 Olympian for

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Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw

SAVANETA, Aruba, April 23. SURINAME's Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw, 12, is definitely making a mark on the 11-12 age division at the Carifta Games, which features the best age groupers out of the Caribbean. So far, Tjouw has won four individual events in just two days of action.

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Bahamas' Joanna Evans notched a win in the girls 200-meter free with a 2:05.52, while Arbua&#

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2013worldsspeedo Cesar Cielo

SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 23. ANOTHER blazing fast night at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet came to a close as Cesar Cielo and a host of other swimmers put up some sizzling swims in Sao Paulo.

Brazil continued to demonstrate just how fast its sprint group is becoming as Cielo rocketed to the top of the SwimVortex world rankings with a 21.39 and Bruno Fratus took second in the world with a 21.4

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Veera Kivirinta

TURKU, Finland, April 23. THE initial night of swimming took place in Turku, Finland as the Finnish Long Course Nationals came to a close on the first of five days of competition.

Veera Kivirinta posted a 31.89 to win the women's 50-meter breaststroke, a time that hovers outside the top 20 in the SwimVortex world rankings. Anna Makinen touched second in 32.29 with Jenna Laukkanen wi

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Patrick Murphy

BELCONNEN, Australia, April 23. THE swimmers attending this summer's Youth Olympic Games will get two Olympic medalists as mentors, with today's announcement that Patrick Murphy will serve as an Athlete Role Model to the teenage athletes in Nanjing, China.

Murphy will be joined by Olympic champion Chad Le Clos, who is set to be .

Murphy won two bronze medals in the Beijing Oly

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Carifta 2014 Aruba

SAVANETA, Aruba, April 22. THE first night of action at the Carifta Games featured a handful of meet marks taking a tumble as the top age groupers of the Caribbean took to the water.

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Aruba's Jordy Groters and Bahamas' Dustin Tynes battled in the boys 200-meter breast with Groters emerging with the Carifta record, 2:20.18 to 2:22.10. Groters owned the previous ma

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2013worldsspeedo Jeanette Ottesen Gray

SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 22. TODAY'S competition at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet, the main meet for selecting Brazilian swimmers to the Pan Pacific championship team, was overshadowed by two foreigners who posted speedy times in the women's 100 butterfly.

Jeanette Ottesen Gray, one of the top elite swimmers in the world yet to own a European gold medal, posted a 57.22 to beat Holla

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Aya Terakawa

TOKYO, Japan, April 22. LESS than a year after announcing , Japanese backstroke legend Aya Terakawa is set to marry former swimmer Daisuke Hosokawa.

Today's announcement of the application of a marriage license also brought out more news from the happy couple, as Terakawa announced she also was five months pregnant, according to a report on Yahoo Japan. This will be the first child fo

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Cesar Cielo at the 2011 world championships

SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 21. The Maria Lenk Trophy meet, where the majority of athletes for Brazil's team going to the Pan Pacific championships will be picked, opened today with two NCAA champions racing in the 200 free and a sizzling 50 free by Cesar Cielo.

Oliveira and de Lucca both got their qualifying out of the way in prelims today. With the qualifying standard set at 1:48.42, O

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2013worldsspeedo Laszlo Cseh

BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 20. OVER four days at the Budapest Open, some of the Hungary's best put up some crucial in-season racing in preparation for this summer's European championships. Many of the top names won multiple events, some of them getting into the top 10 of the world rankings.

The meet did not feature two of the best the country has to offer: world champions Katinka H

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Sydney Olympic pool

SYDNEY, Australia, April 19. THE future of Australian swimming, in terms of those who should be viewed as prospects for the 2020 Olympic team, was on display this week at the long course age group championships, featuring three swimmers who each collected two national age group records.

Kyle Chalmers, Elijah Winnington and Matthew Wilson took down some tough records in the six-day meet, so

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Ryosuke Irie

By Emily Sampl

BOULDER, Colorado, April 17. LAST weekend featured a busy international meet schedule, with a number of countries holding their long course national championship and trials meets and selecting teams for major meets to come this summer. Not many long course meets had been held thus far in 2014, which gave swimmers the opportunity to move up in the world rankings and qu

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Mireia Belmonte Garcia

MADRID, Spain, April 17. SPAIN won three gold medals at the last outing of the European championships in 2012, where many of Europe's best sat out to prepare for the Olympics or were not in peak form. Spain's top swimmer, Mireia Belmonte, was likely one of those swimmers, but this summer she'll be eyeing multiple gold when the competition begins in Berlin in August.

The Span

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Cameron van der Burgh

JOHANNESBURGH, South Africa, April 16. OLYMPIC champion Cameron van der Burgh will be one of 54 prominent South Africans bestowed with the National Honor later this month by President Jacob Zuma.

The National Order is similar to the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States or the Order of the British Empire honor. It is given annually to South Africans or foreigners with ties to

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Michael Phelps Bob Bowman

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

In every situation, be it a team or a corporation, I believe that loyalty is the basis on which all foundations are built. Just saying you support the decision of those in charge is not enough to completely display loyalty. I have been fortunate to be part of great teams where everyone had the same purposes for the overall good of the team and no hidden

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Robbie Renwick

GLASGOW, Scotland, April 16. SCOTLAND could be at or near the top of the swimming medals table at July's Commonwealth Games, based on the roster released today of 37 athletes who will perform in front of the home crowd in July in Scotland.

Scotland won five medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, including gold by Hannah Miley in the 400 IM and Robbie Renwick in the 200 free. Miley and

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Takeshi Matsuda

TOKYO, Japan, April 15. JAPAN will have a very strong field of 22 men and women racing at this summer's Pan Pacific championships, based on the results of last week's long course nationals that saw several national records and an Asian record fall over four days of racing. Japan is also expected to win multiple medals at this fall's Asian Games, with the roster for that meet fe

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2013worldsspeedo Daniel Fogg

GLASGOW, Scotland, April 15. DISTANCE swimmers put on a show tonight at the Tollcross International Aquatic Center, closing out the British long course nationals with some impressive swims that rank high in the global standings.

Daniel Fogg was looking to join the small club of swimmers who have broken 15 minutes in the 1500 freestyle so far this year, and barely became the fifth man in th

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Glenn Snyders

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 15. NEW Zealand is putting a major focus on the Pan Pacific championships this summer, allowing its small international racing squad to be in peak form to race the best from the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada and other countries in August.

Swimming New Zealand announced that the 16 swimmers competing at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in late July w

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SYDNEY, Australia, April 15. SOUTH Australian Kyle Chalmers is not only the fastest 15-year-old 100m freestyle swimmer in Australia at the moment, but he just happens to be faster than the great Ian Thorpe at the same age, and the fastest of all-time.

Winning his first gold medal of the meet at the 2014 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships in Sydney tonight, Chalm

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Bruno Fratus

SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 14. NEXT week's Maria Lenk Trophy meet is typically the biggest meet of the year in Brazilian swimming, and this edition should be no different with athletes battling for spots on the Pan Pacific championships roster.

Though Brazil does not border the Pacific Ocean, the country is one of several that gets invited to the meet since Brazil does not qualify for t

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Jazmin Carlin

GLASGOW, Scotland, April 14. JAZZ Carlin appears to have put a disappointing summer at the world championships behind her with a personal best in the 800 freestyle tonight at the British long course nationals, vaulting her to the top of the world rankings.

Carlin posted an 8:18.36 to lower her best time, which happens to be the Welsh record, by two tenths of a second. Carlin swam that prev

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Camille Muffat

CHARTRES, France, April 14. THE French swimming federation has named its team of 43 men and women who will compete in the European championships in August after a long course nationals that saw few break into the top 10 of the world rankings.

Olympic champions Yannick Agnel, Florent Manaudou and Camille Muffat headline the roster. The powerful backstroke trio of Camille Lacourt, Jeremy Str

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Siobhan-Marie OConnor

GLASGOW, Scotland, April 13. SIOBHAN Marie-O'Connor is making a name for herself at the British long course nationals, and she put on a show today in the 200 IM final to highlight tonight's competition.

O'Connor, previously known as a top British breaststroker, is branching off into different events, and it showed in the 200 IM. Out under the world record pace of 27.72 after

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2013worldsspeedo Mireia Belmonte Garcia

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, April 13. ONE last night of finals produced two more title for the Spanish star Mireia Belmonte Garcia at the Spanish Long Course Nationals.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia moved to the top of the SwimVortex world rankings in the women's 400-meter freestyle with a 4:03.84 for the win. That time crushed her own meet record of 4:05.63 from last year, and made her the

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Eric Ress

CHARTRES, France, April 13. ERIC Ress put himself in position for a spot on the European championship team, winning the 200 back to put a close to the French long course championships.

Ress, fresh off completing his collegiate swimming career at Indiana University in the United States, looks to have his best chance at international racing in the 200 back, and won that title today with a 1:

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2013worldsspeedo Rikke Moller Pedersen

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, April 13. THE final night of action at the Eindhoven Cup featured plenty of fireworks with a bevy of top-five ranked times going up on the scoreboard, including a world-record attempt.

Rikke Moller Pedersen shot to the top of the world rankings with a sizzling 2:19.61 in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. That's not far off her world record of 2:19.

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2013worldsspeedo Ryosuke Irie

TOKYO, Japan, April 13. ALL sorts of storylines played themselves out during the final night of action at the Japanese Long Course Nationals in Tokyo. Some of the deepest finales in the world occurred tonight as well as a barrier-breaking national record by Shinri Shioura.

In one of the most high-profile battles of the meet, Ryosuke Irie downed Kosuke Hagino in the men's 200-meter b

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