PHOENIX, Arizona, December 29. ON the sixth day of Swimming World Magazine’s end of the year holiday rollout, we present the top 10 news stories on SwimmingWorld.com in July and August of 2013. The following stories were read most often during that time.
The 2013 Barcelona World Championships dominated Swimming World news headlines during the summer months, but the most read story was the shocking disqualification of the US Men’s 400 medley relay after Kevin Cordes jumped the gun leading into his breaststroke relay leg. The disqualification meant that Nathan Adrian — who went into the Championships meet with high expectations — came away without a single gold medal.
Relive the 2013 summer months by clicking the story links below. Enjoy!
1. Gold Eludes Nathan Adrian as Guilt Envelopes Kevin Cordes
Cordes’ false start meant that gold went to France, despite a dominating freestyle anchor leg from Adrian
2. Counsilman Center: Stats Demonstrate Large Bias Favoring Specific Lanes at Worlds
After suspicions were raised regarding the results of the Barcelona World Championships, Doc Counsilman broke down the statistical results lane by lane, proving that there might have been a current.
3. Can Sun Yang Shake off Controversy at Home With 400 Free Victory?
Wondering if a 400-800-1500 freestyle sweep at the Barcelona World Championships would clear closely-scrutinized Yang of all controversy in the post-Olympic year
4. Michael Phelps Continues to Change the Sport With Skill Centers
Debuting the Michael Phelps Skills Center, which uses swimming treadmills and cameras to analyze swimmers’ strokes
5. Virginia Alums Asking for Investigation into Mark Bernadino’s Retirement
Many were calling for an investigation after Bernadino, who had served as head coach of the Cavaliers for 35 years, suddenly stepped down from the position
6. Louis ‘Dewey’ Slater, 65, Dies After 1500 at U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals
The Summer Masters Nationals Championships started in tragedy when avid masters swimmer Slater passed away during the 1500 freestyle
7. Would You Swim the Hudson River for a Sponsor? Ryan Lochte Did
Lochte made “the world’s most epic pizza delivery” when he swam 100 yards across the Hudson River with snack food Combos attached to his back
8. Ken Stopkotte Detained in Guadalajara, Being Extradited to U.S.
Stopkotte, who was integral part of the ABC 20/20 investigation that lead to news of widespread sexual abuse within the ranks of swimming, was detained in Mexico for missing court appearances related to stealing money from churches in Tennessee.
9. Monster Megan Romano Anchor Delivers Title, American Record to Team USA
Romano’s anchor leg sealed the victory for Team USA in the women’s 400 freestyle relay after she dove in nearly a second behind Australia
10. FINA World Championships Predictions: Men’s and Women’s 400 Freestyle
Debates went back and forth prior to the Barcelona World Championships about who would take the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle titles