PHOENIX, Arizona, September 18. KRISTEN Vredeveld didn't waste any time in making her college decision. The senior from The Baylor School announced that she is attending the University of California-Berkeley next fall, telling us that the school had been the right fit for her since taking an unofficial visit last year. Vredeveld was the fastest 50-yard freestyler among high school swimmers last season, and second in the 100 free behind Missy Franklin. Her best times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles would have put her in the top 16 in all three events at last spring's NCAAs. Her announcement leaves Missy Franklin and Lia Neal as the remaining top female seniors set to make college decisions in the coming weeks.
Yesterday a lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dia Rianda alleging that she was wrongfully terminated from the Golden West Swim Club in California after she accused another coach there of sexual misconduct. Mark Schubert is the head coach of Golden West, and Rianda alleges that Schubert wanted to silence her on her accusations of assistant coach Bill Jewell, hence the firing. What also came forward in the lawsuit was another allegation that Schubert was paid to cover up more accusations of sexual misconduct at Fullerton Aquatics, where Jewell had previously worked as coach.
Sun Yang sat out his best event, the 1500 freestyle, at the Chinese University Games, presumably to escape all the media attention given to him at the meet. Sun was able to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles at the meet in the middle of controversy stemming from unusual demands from him and his on-deck team, as well as accusations that his mother threw a water bottle at a cameraman who got too close to her son. A few other Olympians from London also made appearances. Lu Ying, the silver medalist in the 100 fly, posted a 26.30 in the 50 fly today, which was 14th-fastest in the world. Zhang Fenglin won the 200 back in a time two seconds slower than he swam in London, and Tang Yi, the bronze medalist in the 100 free, won that event at the Chinese University Games.