PHOENIX, Arizona, December 26. THE calendar is ready to flip over to 2013, but before it does, we at Streamlined News would like to take a final look back on the biggest stories of 2012. On today's show, as well as Thursday's and Friday's shows, we'll count down the top 10 stories of the year, based on the top articles read on swimmingworld.com from January 1 to today. Some of the headlines on this list may surprise you, especially given that only four of the top 10 headlines deal with the Olympics.
We'll start at number 10, with Missy Franklin's decision to participate in college swimming, and eventually choose the University of California-Berkeley. Shortly before the Olympics, Franklin announced that her top three schools had been whittled down to Cal, Georgia and Southern Cal, though she would also take a recruiting trip to Texas last fall. Franklin made her college decision on October 20, ending what she would later call an exhausting but fun recruiting process. Franklin will compete collegiately for the Bears through 2015, when she will become a professional swimmer.
Coming in at number nine is the drama surrounding the men's 200 individual medley semifinals at the Olympic Games. While definitely not one of memorable races of the meet, our readers were drawn to the events surrounding those semifinals, when Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte set up for their final race together. It also included a controversial disqualification for Austria's Markus Rogan, who was told he had improperly done the dolphin kick during his breaststroke underwater pull. Rogan had finished ninth in the semis, but a scratch by Chad Le Clos would have put him in eighth place if the DQ had been overturned. As it was, the swim marked Rogan's final race, ending a career that included two silver medals in the backstrokes at the 2004 Olympics and a slew of NCAA titles for Stanford.
Our number eight headline is Katinka Hosszu's $170,000 haul at the end of the FINA World Cup series. The Hungarian raced more than 50 times across Asia and Europe, earning the most points among all female swimmers for the $100,000 check. Hosszu not only won the lion's share of the butterfly and individual medley events, but also won several freestyle races, a decision that was part of the plan to diversify her racing program.
At number seven is the news from January 5 that longtime University of Tennessee men's head coach John Trembley was terminated after being charged with gross misconduct, a charge that was never fully disclosed to the public. Trembley had coached the Volunteers for 23 years, leading such swimmers as Mel Stewart and Jeremy Linn to the Olympics. A few months after Trembley's firing, Tennessee's men's and women's programs were merged, with Matt Kredich becoming head coach of both.