PHOENIX, Arizona, July 3. LIBBY Trickett has announced that she is ending her 10-year elite swimming career ... again. This is Trickett's second retirement announcement, with her first coming in December 2009. Trickett's comeback had a degree of success, as she was able to secure a gold medal in the 400 free relay in London as a prelim swimmer. Trickett had a great career, including seven Olympic medals, four of them gold. She is the current world record holder in the short course meters 100 free, and will be forever remembered for her 52.99 in the 100 long course free racing against Michael Phelps at the 2007 Duel in the Pool. The time was initially believed to be a world record, but FINA said the mixed relay in which she swam was not a recognized event, so the time was not ratified. We at Swimming World wish Trickett all the best as she moves on in her life.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July here in the United States, and things will be rather quiet here as the world championship team gets in the last bit of training before heading to Spain, the World University Games team gets packing for their trip to Russia and hundreds others get ready for junior nationals and the US open later this month. But in France, the last big in-season meet of the summer will feature some major names racing head-to-head in what will likely be a great preview of what's to come in less than four weeks in Barcelona. The Paris Open is always a fast meet, and competition gets underway Saturday. Camille Muffat, Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius will be just a few of France's big guns. Also racing there will be James Magnussen as he gets ready to defend his 2011 world title in the 100 free, and Brazil's Cesar Cielo and Thiago Pereira, who could help bring hardware back to Brazil in this leadup to their country hosting the Olympics.
Streamlined News will be enjoying a four-day holiday this week, and we'll be back on Monday with a recap of the top news in aquatic sports from the weekend. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend, and if you are outside the United States, have fun and be safe as well. Be sure to stay with swimmingworld.com throughout the weekend for the latest news in aquatic sports.