The Morning Swim Show News, July 15, 2009: Elizabeth Pelton Drops an Event at Worlds; Memorial Service Information for Jimi Flowers

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 15. AN American swimmer drops an event from her schedule and one of the greatest figures in swimming is remembered on today's news segment on The Morning Swim Show. Following is the complete transcript of the segment, hosted by Peter Busch.

We have some news to report from the USA Swimming world championship team. Elizabeth Pelton, the 15-year-old who qualified for the big meet in three events, is dropping one of those swim. Pelton will not swim the 200 IM in Rome, saying her swim at trials "was everything I had for this season." This means Ariana Kukors, who finished four-hundredths behind Pelton, will take her place. Kukors was already on the plane to Rome as a member of the 800 free relay. Pelton is still swimming both backstrokes at worlds. (Click the button on the right to watch the news segment.)

Universal Sports is preparing to bring you round-the-clock coverage of all four aquatic sports at the world championships starting Friday with the men's 1-meter springboard final. To watch the events live or to see the schedule, go to

The U.S. Nationals meet is over but the summer's championship season still rolls on. Sectionals begin this week in 3 different locations…Houston, Knoxville, Tennessee and Gainesville, Florida, with more to come in the following weeks. We'll have recaps of each meet on

A memorial service for Jimi Flowers will be held tomorrow in Colorado Springs. Flowers died Friday in a rock climbing accident and was the head coach of the Paralympic swim team in Beijing. If you would like to make a donation to the Sam and Lauren Flowers Fund in honor of Jimi's two children, please send it to the Sam and Lauren Flowers Fund, c/o Chase Bank, 60 East Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. The fund's account number is 637564863.

That's our news segment for today. We would like to thank our loyal viewers for following our coverage of the USA Swimming national championships last week. You were one of more than 100,000 viewers who came to our site each day.

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