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Opening ceremony at the 1984 Summer Olympics

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 28. THIRTY years ago, most of the world's best athletes gathered in the Los Angeles Coliseum to open the 23rd edition of the Summer Olympic Games. It would be marked by the absence of the Eastern bloc countries that were boycotting the competition, partly in response to the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow.

One of the primary changes in the look of t

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Justin Plaschka, 2014 LC Sectionals Buffalo

By Erin Quinn

BUFFALO, New York, July 27. THEY came, they swam, they broke records, made national and junior national cut times and said goodbye to Super Speedo Sectionals in Buffalo, until the next time they meet again at some pool, somewhere, chasing the black line and a dream.

Team Pittsburgh, whose average swimmer height must not be any less than 6'2'', dominat

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FRESNO, California, July 27. CROW Canyon took home the combined team title, while several other swimmers picked up another individual win as the California/Nevada Speedo Champions Series sectional meet came to a close tonight.

Finals of the women's and men's 100 back kicked off the last night of racing at the Clovis North Aquatics Complex in Fresno. Rebecca Baxley, competing una

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Ethan Dang

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 27. A number of national age group records have taken a tumble over the past few days; here's a complete roundup of the record-breaking swims.

Destin Lasco, 11-12 Boys
Pleasantville Aquatics
200m backstroke, 2:11.59
Previous record: 2:13.91 by Ryan Murphy

400m individual medley, 4:51.03
Previous record: 4:52.24 by Yezan Alsader

Ethan Dang, 11

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Destin Lasco

SEWELL, New Jersey, July 27. DESTIN Lasco, 12, of Pleasantville Aquatics was at it again today at the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics. A day after smashing the 400-meter IM 11-12 U.S. National Age Group mark, Lasco crushed the 200-meter backstroke record.

Lasco charged to a time of 2:11.59 in the finale, obliterating Ryan Murphy's 2008 record of 2:13.91 in the event.

Yesterday, La

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Team Pittsburgh 800 FR 2014 LC Sectionals Buffalo

By Erin Quinn

BUFFALO, New York, July 26. KYLE Higgins picked up another win, while star of the meet Kathryn Rowe finished second twice on the third night of swimming at the Buffalo sectional meet.

All the big guns showed up at finals on night three of Super Speedo Sectionals in Buffalo, N.Y. Schenectady Shark's Kathryn Rowe (of Penn State) lost her first race of the meet,

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CLOVIS, California, July 26. CHELSEA Bailey won her second event of the meet while the Crow Canyon Sharks extended their lead in the team standings with one day to go at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Clovis.

Alexa Skorus-Neely of the Canyons Aquatic Club topped the women's 200 IM final in 2:21.93 to start the night, just over half a second ahead of San Diego State

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SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 26. CLAIRE Brandt won her third event of the meet and Alamo Area Aquatic Association took home the combined team title during the final night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet hosted by The Woodlands Swim Team in Shenandoah, Texas.

Jaden Bellina of Pearland Aquatics picked up the first win of the final night of racing, touching first in the wo

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Destin Lasco

SEWELL, New Jersey, July 26. DESTIN Lasco, 12 of Pleasantville Aquatics, has made a run at quite a few 11-12 national age group records here at the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics. Tonight, he finally took down the 400-meter IM mark.

Lasco raced his way to a phenomenal time of 4:51.03 in the 400-meter IM, crushing the previous record of 4:52.24 set by Yezan Alsader back in 2013.

Lasco

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Kathryn Rowe and teammates at 2014 Buffalo Sectionals

By Erin Quinn

BUFFALO, New York, July 25. KATHRYN Rowe won her third event of the meet tonight as top seeds were toppled at finals on day two of Super Speedo Sectionals in Buffalo, N.Y. this Friday.

The only exception was in the 200-meter freestyle where Jessica Hespeler, 19, of CAC-CT and Virginia Tech defended her top seed status with a 2:02.92 just ahead of second place finish

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CLOVIS, California, July 25. MADELYN Murphy of the Crow Canyon Sharks picked up her second win of the meet as the third night of finals came to a close at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Clovis.

Murphy started the evening just as she did last night, with another individual title. Murphy posted a 2:04.36 in the women's 200 free to edge San Diego State's Savannah Mil

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SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 25. SARAH Gibson of Aggie Swim Club picked up double victories in the women's 400 free and 100 fly to headline the fourth night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet hosted by The Woodlands Swim Team in Shenandoah, Texas.

Claire Brandt of the Dallas Mustangs kicked off tonight's finals session with a dominating performance in the women&#

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 25. REPRESENTATIVES from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., joined the leadership of the United States Olympic Committee this week in Colorado for a bid city briefing. The briefing marks the next step in the USOC's domestic process as it considers a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I'd like to thank ea

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Caeleb Dressel

IRVINE, California, July 24. THE psych sheet has been released for the 2014 Speedo Junior National Championships, which will take place July 30-August 3 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine.

Psych Sheet: Speedo Junior Nati

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Kathryn Rowe and Quinn Smith

By Erin Quinn

BUFFALO, New York, July 24. SUPER Sectional Speedos in Buffalo, NY got off to a fast start Thursday morning with an eclectic mix of age-group up-and-comer, seasoned NCAA Division 1 swimmers and their soon-to-be freshman teammates. There was a large contingent from University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and the University of Buffalo as well as a handful of swimmers from A

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Darian Townsend takes Citizenship Oath

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 24. DARIAN Townsend joined 20 other foreigners from 10 other countries in taking the U.S. Citizenship oath today at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Phoenix, officially becoming an American citizen.

Townsend, dressed sharply in a dark blue suit, recited the Oath of Allegiance proudly and held a small American flag in his hands during the hour-

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Steven Stumph

CLOVIS, California, July 24. A couple of podium finishes by Madelyn Murphy, Sidney Cooke and Forrest White pushed the Crow Canyon Sharks into the lead in the combined team standings tonight during the first full night of finals at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Clovis.

The night started in exciting fashion with a very close finish in the women's 200 fly. The top five s

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Chelsie Miller

SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 24. CYPRESS Fairbanks' Chelsie Miller won her second event of the meet tonight to highlight the third night of finals at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Shenandoah.

Alexandra Buscher of Dads Club Swim Team picked up the first win of the night, posting the top time in the women's 200 free at 2:02.55. Rachel Grooms of Cypress Fairbanks sliced

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OXFORD, Ohio, July 24. WITH victories from the women's and men's 200 free relay, Christopher Depietro, Aliena Schmidtke, Steffen Hillmer, Lindsey Clary and the women's 400 medley relay tonight, Ohio State Swim Club sealed the deal on the combined, men's and women's team titles at the Speedo Champions Series Central Zone Section 3 meet at Miami University.

Ohio Sta

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Darian Townsend at Arena Grand Prix 2014

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 24. DARIAN Townsend officially became a United States citizen today, opening the door for the South Africa-born Olympic champion to represent Team USA in international swimming competition.

This has been a long process, Townsend said in an interview with Swimming World. You don't think this day will ever come, and now it has arrived.

Townsend is now eligible

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CLOVIS, California, July 23. EMILY Niles and Jacob Struckmeyer took home the distance freestyle titles to kick off the first night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Clovis.

Emily Niles of Clovis Swim Club got the meet off to an exciting start with a win in the women's 800 free. Niles dropped 22 seconds off her seed time, moving from 10th to first with an 8:58

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Breeja Larson

SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 23. BREEJA Larson swam away with the women's 200 breast title in a swift 2:26.71 to highlight the second night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Shenandoah.

The second night of racing in Texas began with finals of the women's and men's 100 free. In the women's event, First Colony's Madeline Locus swam away with the w

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OXFORD, Ohio, July 23. OHIO State Swim Club swimmers won eight of the nine events contested tonight during a dominating performance on the third night of finals at the Central Zone Section 3 Championships at Miami University.

Night three opened in exciting fashion with a tight finish in the women's 100 back, as five swimmers touched within .65 of one another. Ohio State Swim Club

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By Elizabeth Beisel, 2008 and 2012 Olympian

1. Excuse me, what are stairs?



2. Shouldn't we be going best times in practice at this point?



3. We sleep more than we do during Christmas training. How is this possible?

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Caeleb Dressel

IRVINE, California, July 23. WITH the junior nationals and senior nationals both taking place in Irvine -- separated by just two days -- many of the top swimmers will use the junior nationals as a tune-up for the senior national meet.

No international racing squads will be picked from the junior national meet that starts next Wednesday, diluting the importance of the competition a bit for

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Steven Stumph

CLOVIS, California, July 22. CLOVIS Swim Club will play host to the California/Nevada stop of the Speedo Champions Series, beginning tomorrow and concluding next Monday.

Psych Sheet: Clovis Sectionals

It's a rather small meet this year, with less than 30 competitors in several e

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Chelsie Miller

SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 22. CHELSIE Miller and Cory Loria brought home the first two titles of the meet in the women's and men's 800 freestyle tonight during the opening session of the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Shenandoah.
Miller, who trains with Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club, dropped 15 seconds from her seed time to take the win in the women's final in 8:47.10.

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OXFORD, Ohio, July 22. OHIO State Swim Club swept all four relays tonight to extend its lead in the combined team standings at the Speedo Champions Series Sectional meet in Oxford.

A pair of relays opened up tonight's action at Miami University, with timed finals of the women's and men's 200 medley relay. On the women's side, Ohio State Swim Club's Halime Zulal Ze

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Josh Schneider

OXFORD, Ohio, July 21. JOSH Schneider nearly set a season-best in the men's 50 free as the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Oxford, Ohio got underway tonight at Miami University.

Halime Zulal Zeren of Ohio State Swim Club claimed the first individual title up for grabs tonight, with a win in the women's 200 back. Zulal Zeren swam a 2:14.98 to top Club Wolverine's A

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Kendyl Stewart

LOS ANGELES, California, July 20. THE Los Angeles Invite came to a close with quite a few stellar swims on the campus of the University of Southern California.

North Coast's Kendyl Stewart nearly posted a lifetime best in the women's 100-meter fly with a winning time of 58.60. That swim fell just short of the 58.52 she clocked at the Fran Crippen Memorial TYR Swim Meet of Champ

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Brad Craig

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, July 20. BRAD Craig and Molly Hannis swept the breaststroke events, while Faith Johnson and Hannah Moore also picked up wins during the last night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Greensboro. Moore came away with four victories, the most of any swimmer at the meet.

Tennessee Aquatics' Faith Johnson, who already won the 50 free ear

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Ivy Martin

IOWA CITY, Iowa, July 20. IVY Martin posted the third-best 50 free time by an American this year, while her Wisconsin Aquatics team ran away with the combined team title as the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center wrapped up tonight.

Katherine Drabot of Ozaukee Aquatics picked up right where she left off last night -- with another top three finis

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Robert Finke

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 20. ST. Petersburg's Robert Finke and Central Florida's Katelyn Kilpatrick shared the final Florida Swim Network Swim of the Night at the Florida Age Group State Championships this evening in Gainesville.

St. Petersburg's Robert Finke, who earned the Swim of the Night honor on the first night with a meet record 8:25.20 in the 800-meter freestyle di

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OXFORD, Ohio, July 20. IT has been an intense weekend of swimming at the Ohio State Junior Olympics at Miami University. As previously reported, the Ohio State Swim Club lowered the 10-and-under national age group record in the girls 200-meter free relay before losing the 11-12 400-meter medley relay record to a disqualification.

Additionally, the Cincinnati Marlins downed the boys 13-14

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Reece Whitley

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 20. JUST two days after obliterating the boys 13-14 200-meter breaststroke national age group record at the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships, 14-year-old Reece Whitley was at it again in the 100-meter breast.

Whitley raced his way to a 1:03.82 (30.46, 33.36), for the open title in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. That performance undercut Michael An

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Reece Whitley

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 20. CONTINUING to show amazing potential in the 200 long course breaststroke as a 14-year-old, Reece Whitley lowered his own 13-14 national age group record in the event at the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships to an unfathomable 2:16.48.

Whitley's time won the event against 19-year-old Michael McBryan and his 2:18.36. Whitley already owned the mark w

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Anton McKee

LOS ANGELES, California, July 19. THE Los Angeles Invitational featured some incredible swims tonight, including a pair of top 20 efforts. Meanwhile, the Australian women stepped it up a notch with a handful of wins in their events.

Anton McKee ripped through the men's 200-meter breaststroke finale with a 2:10.72. That swim vaulted him to 15th in the world rankings in the event.

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GRESHAM, Oregon, July 19. TUALATIN Hills edged the University of Denver Hilltoppers for the combined team title tonight at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, as the Speedo Western Section meet came to a close after five days of racing.

Tri City Channel Cat Lisa Bratton picked up her second win of the meet in the opening event, taking the women's 200 IM victory in 2:18.37.

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Ivy Martin

IOWA CITY, Iowa, July 19. WISCONSIN Aquatics extended its lead in the team standings to almost 800 points, while Ashlyn Schoof swept the backstroke events during the third night of finals at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center. Collegiate standouts Emily McClellan and Ivy Martin also recorded wins on the second to last day of the meet.

After

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Florida Age Group States

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 19. CLEARWATER 14-year-old Vance Sanders grabbed the Florida Swim Network Swim of the Night at the Florida Age Group State Championships this evening in Gainesville.

With Olympic Silver Medalist Elizabeth Beisel on the mic doing commentary, Sanders ripped off a 2:04.03 in the boys 13-14 200-meter fly event. That's one of the fastest swims Sanders has poste

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Paul Le

COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 19. PAUL Le won his third individual event of the meet and the University of Missouri wrapped up the team title tonight in Columbia as the Speedo Champions Series Region VIII sectional meet came to a close at the Mizzou Aquatics Center.

Springfield Aquatics' Bailee Nunn left the rest of the field in her wake in the opening event, taking the women's 200 I

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Hannah Moore

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, July 19. HANNAH Moore of YMCA of the Triangle Area picked up her third individual win of the meet during the third night of finals at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Moore kicked off the third night of finals with her third individual title of the meet, adding a victory in the 400 free to her earlier wins in the 800

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Leah Smith

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 18. A day after Katie Ledecky lit up the 200 free, Leah Smith turned in a world-class effort in the 400 free at the Potomac Valley Senior Championships.

Leah Smith set a lifetime best in the women's 400-meter free with a sizzling time of 4:06.93. Not only did it beat the 4:07.01 she set at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, it also vaulted her t

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Ohio State Pool

OXFORD, Ohio, July 19. AT the Ohio Long Course Junior Olympics, the Ohio State Swim Club produced a pair of National Age Group relay records. The squad downed the 10-and-under National Age Group record in the girls 200-meter free relay, and the 11-12 400-meter medley relay before having the 400-meter medley swim be disqualified.

The foursome of Riley Huddleston (30.72), Ava Lachey (30.40)

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Katie Ledecky

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 18. SUPERSTAR Katie Ledecky keeps turning heads, and she did it again tonight at the Potomac Valley Long Course State Championships in Maryland.

Ledecky blasted her way to a sterling time of 1:55.79 in the women's 200-meter free. That swim moved her from sixth in the world with a 1:56.27 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Grand Prix to fourth in the world. O

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Carter Griffin

GRESHAM, Oregon, July 18. TAYLOR Ruck, Carter Griffin, Michelle Cefal and Andrew Torres each won their second event of the meet during the fourth night of finals at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.

After finishing on the podium a couple of times already, Lisa Bratton of the Tri City Channel Cats claimed her first win of the meet with a 1:03.12 in the women's

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Missy Franklin

LOS ANGELES, California, July 18. THE stars were definitely out in numbers at the Los Angeles Invite this evening, with Missy Franklin shining the brightest with a stellar double victory.

Franklin almost moved into the top 20 in the world in the women's 100-meter freestyle with a 54.52. Australia's Yolane Kukla, who stands 19th in the world with a 54.30 from the Australian Age C

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Missouri breaststroker

COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 18. MISSOURI Aquatics continues to lead the Speedo Champions Series Region VIII sectional meet after three days of competition at its home pool, thanks to a couple more top-three finishes tonight. Missouri leads the team standings with 659 points, while the Kansas City Blazers are second with 501 points.

Night three of the Columbia sectional meet kicked off with f

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Christin Rockway

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 19. TWO swims stood out so much that Florida Swim Network just couldn't break the tie for Swim of the Night at the Florida Age Group State Championships.

Christin Rockway, a 14-year-old from Tampa Bay Aquatics, powered her way to a 4:52.42 in the 400-meter IM, winning the 13-14 finale by more than 15 seconds.



Meanwhile, 13-year-old Lucas Kravchenko

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2013mncaaMichael Weiss places first in the prelims of the 400 IM.

IOWA CITY, Iowa, July 18. MICHAEL Weiss and Katherine Drabot each picked up two wins in back-to-back events, while David Plummer posted an impressive win in the 100 back during the second night of finals at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center.

After finishing third in the women's 100 free last night, Ozaukee Aquatics' Katherine Dra

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Joao De Lucca

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, July 18. JOAO De Lucca won the men's 200 free, while Hannah Moore and Brandon Flynn each picked up their second win of the meet during the second night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Kendal Casey of the University of Kentucky took home the first individual title of the evening, moving up three spot

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Katie Ledecky Mesa 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 18. SUPERSTAR Katie Ledecky keeps turning heads, and she did it again tonight at the Potomac Valley Long Course State Championships in Maryland.

Ledecky blasted her way to a sterling time of 1:55.79 in the women's 200-meter free. That swim moved her from sixth in the world with a 1:56.27 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Grand Prix to fourth in the world.

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Reece Whitley

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18. JUST two days after obliterating the boys 13-14 200-meter breaststroke national age group record at the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships, 14-year-old Reece Whitley was at it again in the 100-meter breast.

Tonight, Whitley raced his way to a 1:03.82 (30.46, 33.36), for the open title in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. That performance undercut M

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Missy Franklin

By Emily Sampl

BOULDER, Colorado, July 18. THIS weekend's Los Angeles Invitational may be the top American meet on the schedule this weekend, but there are plenty of other meets to follow as well, as four different sectional meets are going on across the country and three different national championships are taking place internationally.

1. Los Angeles Invitational

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Reece Whitley

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18. JUST two days after obliterating the boys 13-14 200-meter breaststroke national age group record at the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships, 14-year-old Reece Whitley was at it again in the 100-meter breast.

Tonight, Whitley raced his way to a 1:03.82 (30.46, 33.36), for the open title in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. That performance undercut M

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LAUREL, Maryland, July 18. THE founder and former coach of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club was added to the list of permanently suspended from USA Swimming today, in the same week that he has stated his intent to issue a guilty plea on the charge of abusing a former swimmer in the 1980s,

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Robert Finke

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 18. WITH a new meet record and a Junior National cut, St. Petersburg's Robert Finke claimed the Florida Swim Network Swim of the Night at the Florida Age Group State Championships yesterday.

Finke raced his way to an 8:25.20 in the 800-meter freestyle for the win.

Here's video courtesy of Florida Swim Network:



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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 18. USA Swimming banned Joseph Michael Diaz for life today as he was added to the organization's Banned for Life list.

Diaz, who was a part-time coach with the Makos Aquatic Club in Gainesville, Fla., was arrested in April for allegedly se

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