PHOENIX, Arizona, June 5. SWIMMING Australia was dealt yet another blow today when major sponsor EnergyAustralia announced it was getting out of its five-year contract just one year into the deal that included being the title sponsor of national championships and about $2 million in annual revenue to Swimming Australia. Media reports did not specify that EnergyAustralia's withdrawal was connected to the recent resignation of Swimming Australia President Barclay Nettlefold after inappropriate comments he made went public, but the timing does suggest that these two events are connected. It's not clear if this will affect the world championship team, particularly funding for the travel and other expenses to be incurred in the leadup to the world championships and during the competition itself.
The Pan American Masters swimming championships began earlier today in Sarasota, Florida, with 1552 swimmers from 25 countries competing in the long course competition. The eight-day meet started with the women's and men's 800 freestyle. You can watch the competition live by going to usms.org.
The USA women's water polo team lost their semifinal match against China at the world league super final tournament, losing 9-7, marking the first time the United States women's team will not appear in the final since 2005. In fact, the Americans have won the world league super final every year since 2005. This comes a year after the United States won the gold medal at the London Olympics and about five weeks before the start of the world championships tournament. China will meet Russia in tomorrow's final.
We'll wrap up today's Streamlined News with a little bit of video featuring a flash mob dance from Barcelona. The song they're dancing to is Planeta Agua, the official theme song of the FINA world championships and the video features Xop, the event's official mascot. The number of dancers is 2,013 and some synchronized swimmers from a local club showed off some moves in the water. We're 44 days from the start of the world championships, and it might take 44 days to get this catchy song out of our heads here in the Swimming World TV studio.