PHOENIX, Arizona, September 25. BROOKE Taflinger was officially awarded more than $2.5 million yesterday by a judge in Indiana for damages from years of being secretly filmed in the locker room showers by former coach Brian Hindson. This is the largest monetary decision in the recent history of cracking down on sexual misconduct in swimming, though most cases only punish the offender and do not offer damages to the offended.
The independent review of Australia’s subpar swimming performances in the London Olympics will include two Olympic champions on the panel. Kieren Perkins, who won two golds in the 1500 freestyle in 1992 and 1996, will look into why Australia was unable to reach the lofty expectations placed on the country, as will 2004 100 fly champion Petria Thomas. The review will be conducted by the Australian Sports Commission, according to an article published today by Reuters, an organization that determines how much government funding each sport gets in Australia. Much has been made public already about some of the issues facing the team, including pranks by the men’s free relay team and bullying of one of the male swimmers.
Two more high-profile high school seniors made their college decisions yesterday. Celina Li is going to UC-Berkeley, giving Teri McKeever two of the top recruits so far, having already received a verbal commitment from sprinter Kristen Vredeveld. Li placed sixth in the 200 IM at the US Olympic Trials. Clark Smith is keeping the tradition alive in the family, committing to Texas. His mother and father, John Smith and Tori Trees, both attended UT and were All-Americans there. Smith has been steadily improving in recent months, with a lifetime best of 1:58 in the long course 200 fly from junior nationals.