The Week That Was: Domestic Swimmers Highlight TYR Pro Swim Series at Mesa

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The TYR Pro Swim Series continued at Mesa this week, with plenty of U.S. swimmers taking the opportunity to race as we inch closer toward U.S. Nationals this summer. Read about the biggest stories from that meet and the biggest stories of the week in the week that was!

The Week That Was #5 – Northwestern Sees Both Head Coaches Resign

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Northwestern saw both it’s men’s and women’s head coach step down last week. Abby Steketee was the first to announce she would be stepping away from the women’s swimming and diving program, just a few days before Jarod Schroeder made a similar announcement regarding his role as head coach of the men’s swimming and diving program. Schroeder will be pursuing graduate school full-time after working with the program for the last 16 years, while no specific reason was given for Steketee’s resignation. A national search will be conducted by Northwestern to find a replacement for both programs.

The Week That Was #4 – USA Water Polo Claims Double Gold In New Zealand

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The USA men’s and women’s water polo teams both came away with victories at the Intercontinental Cups of the FINA Water Polo World League. The United States men capped off an undefeated run through the tournament with a 9-6 win over Australia in the final, adding to their titles from 2014 and 2016. The United States women overcame an opening loss to continue on an undefeated run through the rest of the tournament, earning gold in the final match against Australia 10-7. This is also the US women’s third gold medal, adding to titles in 2015 and 2016.

The Week That Was #3 – Simone Manuel Wins 2018 Honda Sport Award

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Stanford Senior Simone Manuel was named the winner of the 2018 Honda Sport Award for Swimming & Diving today by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). Manuel was one of four swimmers nominated for the award, which included teammates Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin as well as Indiana junior Lilly King. A three-time nominee for the award, Manuel ended her college career last month as a 14-time NCAA Champion and member of two NCAA Championship teams for Stanford. Ledecky was the 2017 winner of the award, giving Stanford back-to-back wins. Manuel’s win now makes her a finalist for the 2018 Honda Cup, which will be presented in Los Angeles on June 25th.

The Week That Was #2 – Swimming Comes To A Close At The Commonwealth Games

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games came to a close in Australia this past week, with the Aussies dominating the medal table in swimming with 73 medals, 28 of them gold. Aussie Mitch Larkin left the Games with four individual gold medals, the most of any athlete, including a new meet record in the 200 IM on the last day of the meet to add to his sweep of the backstroke events. But it was Canadian Taylor Ruck who left the meet with the most hardware, winning 8 medals (one gold, five silver, and two bronze), the most ever won by a single athlete at the Commonwealth Games. Other highlights from the last two days of competition included Bronte Campbell’s win in the 100 free (52.27), a new Australian record for Ariarne Titmus in the 400 free (4:00.93), and Chad le Clos blasting a 50.65 in the 100 fly to go with his third straight gold in the 200. You can see all updates from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #1 – 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Continues In Mesa

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Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

The 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series continued on with a stop in Mesa as the countdown towards this summer’s qualifying meets for the United States continues. Probably the biggest story leading into the meet was the return of Olympian Allison Schmitt, who made her first appearance in competition since the 2016 Rio Olympics. With just over 3 months of training under her belt Schmitt had an impressive return, posting a close second place finish in the 200 free (1:59.57) and a sixth place finish in the 100 free (55.32). The rest of the meet was highlighted with competitive swims from many U.S. National Team members, including wins by Molly Hannis in the 100 breast, Leah Smith’s wins in the 200-400-800 freestyles, Chase Kalisz in the 400 IM-200 fly-200 IM, and Olivia Smoliga’s backstroke sweep that included a new American record in the 50 backstroke. You can see full recaps of all of the sessions from the TYR Pro Swim Series on our Event Landing Page.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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