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Summer Season is Heating Up
July 11, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, July 11. SOME thoughts from the deck as the summer shifts into high gear with the Janet Evans Invitational, Pan American Games, U.S. Summer Nationals, World University Games and Japanese International Meet. En...
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Beard Can Boost U.S. Breaststroke; Big East Suffers Another Blow
June 4, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, June 4. ALTHOUGH the summer won't feature any major international competitions, we've reached a point on the calendar in which several events will feature some of the top names in the sport. The Mare N...
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Thoughts from the Deck
May 21, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, May 21. LET's make this clear right off the start. When the International Olympic Committee decided to go with morning finals for the 2008 Games in Beijing, it certainly bowed down to the power of NBC Tele...
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Exclusive: Interview with Former USC Coach Peter Daland on Dual Meet Strategy
May 15, 2007

By Brian Savard

PHOENIX, Arizona, May 15. RECENTLY, Swimming World Magazine sat down with Peter Daland, former head coach of the University of Southern California men's team, to talk about dual meet strategies since current active co...
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Great Field Set for Meet Honoring Great Swimmer
May 14, 2007

By John Lohn

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, May 14. TOO often, good people are taken from the earth prematurely. In January of last year, the swimming community sadly experienced that scenario when Eric Namesnik, a two-time Olympian, passed away days aft...
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He Said/She Said: Amanda Beard Nude in Playboy. Good or Bad?
May 4, 2007

By John Lohn and Dana Lawrence Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, May 4. TODAY marks the first installment of a He Said/She Said feature that will periodically appear on SwimmingWorldMagazine.com. Since we met through swimming, leading to a Janu...
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World Championships: Day Eight Notebook
April 1, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, April 1. WELL, we've come to the end, and what a great week it was for the sport – with the exception of the doping allegations surrounding Ian Thorpe. The 12th edition of the World Championships produced ...
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World Championships: Day Seven Notebook
March 31, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 31. WHEN will the record-breaking assault end? Hopefully, it won't. The wrecking ball that has been taken to the sport's record book continues to swing with force, as another global standard was ...
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World Championships: Day Six Notebook
March 30, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 30. WE'RE getting close to the end of the 12th edition of the FINA World Championships. Just two days remain in the competition, a blazing-hot affair that has produced 12 world records over the past ...
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World Championships: Day Five Notebook
March 29, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 28. WHAT was going on those first two days, nothing more than sub-par action? Just kidding. But, in light of the 10 world records that have been set over the past three nights, the first 48 hours of the ...
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World Championships: Day Four Notebook
March 28, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 28. THE first two days here at the 12th edition of the FINA World Championships were solid, paced by quality performances. But, what's unfolded the last two nights has been downright unbelievable, th...
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World Championships: Day Three Notebook
March 27, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 27. THE 12th edition of the FINA World Championships at Rod Laver Arena entered its third day of pool competition, and the performances continued to be superb as four world records were set. Be sure to c...
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World Championships: Day Two Notebook
March 26, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 25. THE second day of the FINA World Championships wrapped up not long ago and the spectators at Rod Laver Arena were once again treated to quality action. Here's the second installment of the World ...
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World Championships: Day One Notebook
March 25, 2007

By John Lohn

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 24. THE 12th edition of the FINA World Championships kicked off today with a jam-packed schedule of eight events. Each day during the competition, we'll produce a World Championships Notebook that ta...
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Plenty of Action to Watch at World Champs
March 23, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, March 22. MY plane leaves late tonight and the excitement level is rising by the second. Soon, the World Championships will begin and the best athletes in the sport will make major statements they hope will s...
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The NCAA Championships in Review
March 19, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, March 19. THE collegiate season officially went into the books over the weekend, with the University of Minnesota serving as the host to a competition that generated some serious speed. Such were the times pro...
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SwimmingWorldMagazine.com's Complete Men's NCAA Division I Championships Resource Package
March 11, 2007

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PHOENIX, Arizona, March 11. IN a simi...
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Hiring of Quick as Good as it Gets
March 9, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, N.J., March 9. WHEN David Marsh announced in October that he was walking away from his coaching duties at Auburn University, the speculation immediately started. Who would take the reins from the longtime coach, who is se...
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SwimmingWorldMagazine.com's Complete Women's NCAA Division I Championships Resource Package
March 4, 2007

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PHOENIX, Arizona, March 4. FOR al...
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Random Thoughts from the Deck
March 1, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, March 1. STARTING today, we'll be referring to the upcoming World Championships in Melbourne as later this month. Yes, the biggest event before the next Olympiad is only a few short weeks away and the exci...
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The Weekend in Review
February 26, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, February 26. ANOTHER weekend of quality swimming just wrapped up, and there was something for everyone. The national scene featured several impressive performances at the American Short Course Championships. M...
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"Fast Swimming Isn't a Lottery Ticket"
February 13, 2007

By Rick Whittlesey, Head Coach Cleure Stampede in San Antonio, Texas
This article is for that immense number of swimmers across our country who could be so much better! Unbelievable things can happen in the pool with a commitment to train...
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Random Thoughts from the Deck
February 8, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, February 8. IT'S a good time to be a fan of the sport. Starting this weekend, the college scene moves into the postseason with several conference-championship events. Consequently, some lightning-quick sho...
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Looking Back at Stanford/Cal Women's Dual Meet
February 7, 2007

By Erin Greene

COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 7. HEADING into conference and national championship season, swimmers across the country are enjoying practices with minimal yardage, packing razors and trying on fast suits in preparation for the best sw...
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Gould Off the Mark with Olympic Age-Limit Comments
February 3, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, February 3. OH, Shane. You couldn't have kept quiet? Couldn't have bit your bottom lip? Couldn't have kept yourself from sounding foolish? Instead, you had to use your experiences to make an absurd...
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Five that Could Go Down in the New Year
January 3, 2007

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, January 3. STILL welcoming in the New Year, it seemed an appropriate time to take a glance at the world-record ledger and make a call as to which five records seemed to be at the greatest risk in 2007. With th...
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Exclusive: This Week in Swimming History: 1965 The First ISHOF Dedication & Honoree Class
December 29, 2006

By Chuck Kroll

The swimming and diving pools at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida were officially dedicated and the first class of ISHOF inductees were honored on Monday, December 27, 1965.

The Dedi...
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Some More Thoughts from the Deck
December 22, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 22. YESTERDAY, we took a look at some of the leading developments in our sport over the past year. Today, we'll go through a few more of the top storylines from 2006 and will glance ahead to 2007,...
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Another Exciting Year Almost in the Books
December 21, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 21. THE year is winding down and we'll soon flip the calendar to 2007 and begin taking note of standout achievements for the next 12-month period. But, before we move forward, why not take a look ...
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Accusations Against Jones and Lenton are a Joke
December 14, 2006

By John Lohn


CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 14. WHAT a joke. There's no other way to say it.

During last week's Australian World Championship Trials in Brisbane, one of the main stories that emerged from the competition was specul...
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Ziegler's Star Shining Brightly
December 13, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 13. ONE of the great things about sports is debate, the chance to argue a point with documented support and passion. Rarely is there ever a consensus opinion, which allows the merry-go-round of disput...
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Australia Searching for Answers on Male Side
December 6, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 6. CAN the news get much worse for the Australian male contingent? First, the Aussie women have excelled to such a degree that the men have become an afterthought in a swimming-crazed country. Second,...
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Kitajima Fading Quickly on the Global Stage
December 5, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, December 5. LAST week, just before the Asian Games started in Qatar, Norimasa Hirai made a bold prediction. Speaking of his Japanese pupil, Kosuke Kitajima, the veteran coach suggested that the two-time Olympi...
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How The Aussies Are Shaping Up for Worlds
December 2, 2006

By Stephen J. Thomas

BRISBANE, Australia, December 2. WITH the Australian World Championships selection trials due to get underway Sunday evening U.S. time at the Chandler pool in Brisbane, it's an ideal opportunity to take stock of the Aus...
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What Coaches, Swimmers and Parents Do and Want?
November 24, 2006

By Chuck Slaght

NAPLES, Florida, November 24. SWIM coaches are a different breed: a tough breed. Of course there are some bad coaches, many good coaches, and less than 10 percent of great coaches. Swimmers have a job description and an expectat...
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SwimmingWorldMagazine.com Spotlight: Leah Gingrich
November 23, 2006

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 23. ANOTHER of the recent crop of distance freestylers making an impact in open water swimming, Leah Gingrich of West Shore YMCA Swimming will b...
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Farewell to a Champion
November 21, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, November 21. IN essence, he retired a little more than two years ago, when the Athens Olympics came to a close. It was in Greece in 2004 that Australia's Ian Thorpe won gold in the 200 and 400 freestyles, ...
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SwimmingWorldMagazine.com Spotlight: Olympic Water Polo Player Ericka Lorenz
November 16, 2006

Water Polo player Ericka Lorenz By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 16. HEADING into what could probably be her final run at an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, USA water polo veteran Ericka Lorenz talks about her d...
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Tierneys in Thailand; First Brother-Sister Act
November 9, 2006

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 9. WHEN USA Swimming announced its international team coaching staffs in late September, an unprecedented move occurred. For the first time in m...
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Future Looks Bright for South Korean Park
October 30, 2006

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, October 30. BACK in 2004, one of the most publicized false starts in men's swimming history was that of Ian Thorpe in the 400-meter freestyle prelims at the Aussie Olympic Trials. It has been well doc...
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Thoughts from the Pool Deck
October 23, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, October 23. SOME random thoughts covering the international and collegiate scenes, along with the Red Carpet.

**When Amanda Weir established an American record in the 100-meter freestyle at the United Stat...
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The Making of an Olympic Diver: Cassandra Cardinell
October 19, 2006

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 19. 2004 Olympic Diver Cassandra Cardinell sat down with SwimmingWorldMagazine.com to discuss what brought her into the dangerous, but awe-inspiri...
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Adjusting to College Life
October 12, 2006

By Erin Greene

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 12. ADJUSTING to college is often a difficult transition for swimmers. It is generally the first time students have lived away from home, trained under a new coach and discovered new-found freedom. These n...
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Leverenz a Bright Spot among Rising U.S. Stars
October 11, 2006

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 11. AFTER a breakout summer that included three medals at the FINA World Youth Championships in Brazil, Caitlin Leverenz proved herself to be one of the brightest future stars in the breaststroke an...
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Swimmers Participate in Box Office Hit
October 4, 2006

By Erin Greene

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 4. BEING a great swimmer requires intense training, overcoming obstacles, and a mastery of skills while balancing personal lives. These same requisites are the very foundation for this weekend’s No. 2 box ...
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Swimming World Magazine Spotlight on Ian Rowe
October 3, 2006

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 3. COMING off a solid performance at the initial FINA World Youth Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ian Rowe has a solid future ahead of him. Earlier this month, Rowe earned a spot on the U...
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Thorpe's Future in His Own Hands
October 2, 2006

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia. October 2. NEWS broke late last week that five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe had not maintained the consistent training program under men’s head coach Dave Salo at the University of Southern Cal...
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Some Views from the Deck
September 26, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, September 26. TOSSING about some thoughts concerning the swimming world – international and collegiate.

**Taking a glance at the Auburn University roster suggests that Auburn could claim a fifth consecutive...
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Swimming World Magazine Spotlight on Leila Vaziri
September 21, 2006

Leila Vaziri reacts to winning her first national title with a win in the 100 back at 2006 Nationals. By Jason Marsteller

Most newcomers to the elite level of swimming tend to be on the younger side as evidenced by fresh-faced stars like 13-year-old Elizabeth Beisel and 14-year-old Chloe Sutton. For Leila Vaziri, this year’s 100 backstroke win...
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American Women in Strong Position
September 19, 2006

Natalie Coughlin smiles after winning a race at 2006 Nationals. By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, September 19. AMID the excellence of the Australian women and the top-notch performances of the German women during the summer, much discussion arose as to the status of the American ladies. Where do they rank...
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Thoughts from the Pool Deck
September 12, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, September 12. EVEN without much in the way of major competition, last week was filled with excitement for our sport, as the United States Olympic Team began to take shape for the 2008 Games in Beijing. Here ar...
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This and That from the Pool Deck
September 5, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, September 5. ANYONE yearning for some big-time competition? After a hot summer of action, the lull we are now experiencing is somewhat difficult to accept. Then again, the college season is creeping closer and...
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Hansen Storming Toward Beijing
August 31, 2006

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, August 31. THE two-year countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing began earlier this month, quietly and without fanfare from the majority of the world. The Chinese proclaimed a smooth preparation process,...
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Exclusive: Interview With Japanese Coach Takao Tanaka at Pan Pacs
August 24, 2006

By Takahisa Ide

VICTORIA, British Columbia, August 24. Swimming World Magazine’s Takahisa Ide had the chance to interview Japan’s Takao Tanaka, who coaches Ai Shibata, Takami Igarashi and Ken Takakuwa. All three of his athletes medaled ...
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Today in Swim/Aquatic History: 50th Anniversary Bell Strait of Juan de Fuca Swim
August 23, 2006

By Chuck Kroll

On August 23, 1956, 50 years ago today, 18-year old Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Ontario became the first female and first Canadian to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca US/Juan de Fuca Strait CA between Port Angeles, Washington ...
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Swimming World Magazine Projects Team USA for World Championships
August 23, 2006

Michael Phelps at 2006 Nationals. By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 23. WITH both the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships put to bed, Swimming World Magazine and SwimmingWorldMagazine.com can now pr...
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Scanning the Swimming Scene
August 22, 2006

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, August 22. NOW that the Pan Pacific Championships have concluded, the countdown to next year’s World Championships in Melbourne will begin. So, it seems fitting to take a moment and dissect some of the storylin...
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Exclusive: Interview with Kosuke Kitajima
August 21, 2006

By Takahisa Ide

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 21. NOT too long ago, Kosuke Kitajima was the world's premier breaststroker. Not only did the Japanese star hold world records in the 100 and 200 distances, he was the world champ in 2003 in ...
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Exclusive: Interview with Yoji Suzuki, Japan’s National Swim Team Head Coach
August 18, 2006

By Takahisa Ide

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 18. TAKAHISA Ide of Swimming World Magazine caught up with Japan’s National Swim Team head coach Yoji Suzuki at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia. ...
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Lafontaine Pleased with Start to Pan Pacs
August 18, 2006

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, August 18. THE first night of the Pan Pacific Championships went into the books Thursday night, but not before a flurry of fireworks went off at the Saanich Commonwealth Place. Of course, the evening was highli...
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Aussies No Match for USA at Pan Pacs this Time Around
August 16, 2006

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 16. AT the previous three Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, the Aussies and Yanks have played out some great battles in the pool.

Way back in 1997 in Fukuoka, the USA took 18 gold to the Aussie...
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A New Appreciation for the Specialist
August 14, 2006

Brendan Hansen breaks WR in 200 breastroke at 2005 worlds. By Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 14. IN this unprecedented age of versatility, it is refreshing to see that the swimmer who made the biggest impact at the recent 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships was a specialist...
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Jones is Breaking Through in Impressive Fashion
August 8, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 8. HE stands out in a crowd – at least in the swimming world. Not just because he’s one of the fastest freestylers on the planet, a distinction he earned with sensational showings in the 50 and 100 events...
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Some More Observations from the Deck at the William Woollett Aquatic Center
August 5, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 5. WELL, the final day of the United States National Championships has arrived. Through the first four days, the action has been nothing short of sensational and the American unit shaping up for the Pan P...
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Exclusive: SwimmingWorld.TV: Gary Hall Interview
August 4, 2006

SwimmingWorld.TV interviews Gary Hall Jr. at the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 4 SWIMMINGWORLD.TV scored an exclusive interview with multiple Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. at the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Friday.

SwimmingWorld.TV also spoke with Hal...
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Breaking Down Nationals a Little Further
August 4, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 4. THE fast times keep rolling in from the United States Nationals, being held at the William Woollett Aquatic Center. Here’s another look at some of the developments that have come out of Southern Califo...
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American Team Taking Form for Pan Pacific Championships
August 3, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 3. AFTER two days of competition at the National Championships, the team the United States will send to the Pan Pacific Championships is taking shape. For now, only the winners of each event are guarantee...
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The Early Stages of Nationals: An Analysis
August 2, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 2. WELL, the first night of the United States Summer Nationals is in the books, and the second-day preliminaries are being conducted as this piece is being written. If the remainder of the meet resembles ...
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Aemisegger Continuing Germantown Academy's Medley Tradition
August 1, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, August 1. SHE knows about the history. It’s the type of knowledge that easily filters into the mind when you train on a daily basis at a club that has produced numerous Olympians in your prime event. But, rather...
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Hansen Ready to Shine at United States Nationals
July 31, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, July 31. AS a veteran member of Team USA, Brendan Hansen has established an identity as a good-natured and humorous individual. Over the years, he has been an enthusiastic cheerleader of his teammates, a guy big...
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Analyzing Nationals: Part III
July 31, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, July 31. THIS is the final part of a series that looks at the individual races at the United States Nationals. The meet will be held at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, California.

Women’s 8...
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Breaking Down Nationals: Part II
July 30, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, July 30. THIS is the second part in a series that takes a look at the individual races at the United States Nationals, which begin Tuesday at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, California. The meet w...
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Taking a Glance at U.S. Nationals: Part I
July 29, 2006

By John Lohn

IRVINE, California, July 29. JUST days remain before the United States Nationals begin at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in California. With the meet determining the U.S. qualifiers for next month’s Pan Pacific Championships a...
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A Swimming Wish List
June 29, 2006

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, June 29. IT'S human nature to hope for certain outcomes in life. So, why not do the same with our sport. Here's a swimming wish list with a handful requests that could be fulfilled this summer.

5. ...
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Some Observations as the Summer Season Heats Up
June 28, 2006

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, June 28. PASSING along some thoughts concerning the Swimming World.

**Better than ever? Is that really possible? If Michael Phelps walked away from the sport today, an argument could be made proclaiming him...
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Hansen Continues to Look for More
June 21, 2006

Brendan Hansen breaks WR in 200 breastroke at 2005 worlds. By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, June 21. THE wiring of a world-class athlete isn’t something always understood by Joe Everyday. The small percentage who compete at the highest level in their chosen sport arrive at that point, in part, because...
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A Summer to Answer Questions
June 1, 2006

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, JUNE 1. WITH the Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix already in the bag and the summer season in full swing, it won’t be long before the clock begins to dazzle. Around the globe, we’re hitting that point of the y...
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Motivational Monday: Youthful Change
May 22, 2006

Dave Denniston in Water By Dave Denniston

LOVELAND, Colo. May 22. Everyone knows her as the superstar sprinter who would stare down her competition or spit in their lane before a race. When the cap and goggles were on, Amy Van Dyken had no friends, and was focused on...
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Farewell, Old Friend
May 19, 2006

By Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 19. A dear friend moved away last week.

She’d lived with us for a long, long time. There were hints over the years that she might one day leave, this devoted companion. But at the end of each summer...
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Dare to be Different
May 18, 2006

By Rick Whittlesey

SAN ANTONIO, Tex., May 18. IF you want to do the time, you have to do the time.

The requirements to compete at the elite level are intense, and they are much more difficult than most people think. Everything, positive or ...
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Motivational Monday: The Encourager
May 15, 2006

Dave Denniston in Water By Dave Denniston

IRVINE, California. May 13. "WHO is that kid?" several people asked throughout the day. "He doesn't stop!" They would continue on. "He's just incredible!"

There were many highlights fro...
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Motivational Monday: Giving Back
May 8, 2006

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California. May 8. THIS weekend, on Saturday the 13th at 9 am, will be the second-annual Dave Denniston Relay Across America. This year it will be extremely special and an amazing event because it isn't all about...
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An Exclusive Interview with New US National Team Director, Mark Schubert
May 4, 2006

PHOENIX, Ariz. May 3.

Recently, Mark Schubert shocked the American swimming community when it was announced he would be leaving the University of Southern California, where he has been coaching successfully for 14 years, to take the newly-re...
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Motivational Monday: What's Next?
May 1, 2006

Dave Denniston TAMPA BAY, Florida. April 29. "HI, my name is Joey. I have Spina Bifida", were the first words out of his mouth. It isn't very often you meet someone that way. I was extremely nervous. He was obviously very excited.

I was at a ...
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ISHOF: This Day in Swimming History
April 25, 2006

By Chuck Kroll

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 25. ONE hundred years ago today on April 25th, C.M. "Charlie" Daniels won the finals of the 100-meter freestyle at the 1906 ‘Interim’ or 'Intercalated' Olympics held in Athens. His ...
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Taking a Look at the Swimming Scene
April 25, 2006

By John Lohn

NEW YORK, April 26. WE’RE a little more than a quarter into 2006 and already there have been some notable performances in our sport, primarily by Australia’s Leisel Jones and American Ryan Lochte, a tandem that has rewritten a hand...
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This Week in Aquatic Swim History - ALFRED HAJOS … Ever Heard of Him?
April 6, 2006

By Chuck Kroll
Sponsored by The International Swimming Hall of Fame

SEATTLE, Wash., April 6. THE year was 1896. For ten days from April 6-15, a total of 311 athletes competed in the first moder...
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Some Observations During a Busy Time
March 27, 2006

By John Lohn

NEW YORK, March 27. THE past two weeks have been nothing short of phenomenal for our sport, what with a slew of fast times emerging from the NCAA Championships. Oh, and there were two pretty good team races, both won by Auburn. Now...
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Go North, Young Women
March 21, 2006

BORED with those endless sunny days in California, Florida, Hawaii or Arizona? Had it with white, sandy beaches and warm, inviting ocean waters? Need more options than simply walking, biking or driving to practice.

Are you an adventurous youn...
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An Interview with Jenny Thompson: Jenny Speaks Out on Why She Refused a Prestigious Award from the University of New Hampshire
March 13, 2006

BY Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, March 12. LAST Monday, Jenny Thompson, America’s most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, courageously took a public stand after the University of New Hampshire decided to axe its men’s swimming program along wit...
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USA Loses Influence, Prestige as Americans Voted Off the IOC Executive Board
February 27, 2006

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, February 27. BY now it’s no longer a surprise to most Americans to hear that the US of A is not beloved on the streets of Baghdad, Damascus, Teheran or Paris, for that matter. But it may come as a shock that Americ...
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The Worst Way to Pick the US Olympic Team
February 15, 2006

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Arizona, February 15. NEARLY sixty years ago, Winston Churchill remarked that “democracy is the worst form of government…except for all the others that have been tried.”

The same might be said about the way USA S...
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Phelps Looking Sharp in Early Part of 2006
February 14, 2006

Michael Phelps wins 200 Free at 2005 World Championships. By John Lohn

EAST MEADOW, New York, February 14. FLASH back to last summer in Montreal. The World Championships were coming to an end and Michael Phelps, partaking in his final press conference, went on the attack — against himself.

There h...
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Motivational Monday: Tenacity
February 13, 2006

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California, February 13. AT last week's Commonwealth Games Trials in Australia, one race in particular stood out for me: the 100-meter freestyle. Oh sure, Ian Thorpe won, as to be expected, but very little was wr...
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How Much Is a Dolphin Kick Worth? Or, Much Ado About Nothing?
February 6, 2006

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, February 6. LAST year, when FINA changed the breaststroke rule to allow one dolphin kick after the start and each turn of a race, critics charged that it would devalue all the former records, especially the short co...
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Exclusive: Aussie Nationals Preview: The Women Will Surely Shine but What Fate for the Men?
January 29, 2006

By Stephen J. Thomas

MELBOURNE, Australia, January 28. THE 2006 Australian championships, which will also act as the Commonwealth Games selection trials, commence Monday morning (that’s Sunday evening in the USA) at the newly constructed 50-met...
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Motivational Monday: Persistence
January 23, 2006

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California. January 23. MOST people don’t know who Carter Hull is. After all, he wasn’t as fast as Ian Crocker or Michael Phelps. He never stood out on any relays as the hammer leg. But he is one of the few swimme...
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IOC: US Olympic Bid for 2016 in Jeopardy if Cuba Banned from Baseball Classic
January 20, 2006

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, January 20. IT didn’t take long. Two weeks ago, in “Bush League,” we argued that the Bush Administration’s ill-considered decision to bar Cuba from the strangely named “World Baseball Classic,” scheduled to take p...
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Exclusive: Ohio Swimming Charges Former Treasurer with Fraud, Absconding with Funds
January 13, 2006

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, January 12. OHIO Swimming, Inc. (OSI), has filed a six-count Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County, Ohio, against its former long-time treasurer, Tom Burt. The Complaint, filed on December 6, 20...
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Motivational Monday: Optimism
January 9, 2006

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

Just as most of you, I was devastated to find out that Olympian Eric Namesnik was in a car accident on Saturday that has left him in critical condition. Before Michael Phelps, Eric Vendt and Tom Dolan, there was Eric Namesnik...
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Motivational Monday: Resolutions
January 2, 2006

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California. January 2. HAVE you broken it yet? It’s already day two of millions of New Year’s resolutions, and millions of New Year’s resolutions have already been broken or forgotten about.

New Year’s Resolution...
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Jumping in Feet First
January 1, 2006

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

PHOENIX, Ariz. January, 1. TOMORROW is the day, day one of back to full training. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever make it to this point, the point of missing the water. It has been a long time since I felt the same love and same des...
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Hopes for the New Year: Part II
December 31, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, December 31. A little less than a week ago, we revealed a few hopes for what will unfold during the upcoming year. Here is the second part of that feature. Also, to all of our readers at SwimmingWorldMagazin...
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Bush League
December 29, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Ariz., December 29. THE recent decision by the Bush administration to bar the powerful Cuban national baseball team from competing at the inaugural World Baseball Classic is foolish, clumsy and certain to be counter-...
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Coaching Paralysis Through Analysis
December 28, 2005

By Zack Bridger

Good technique is vital to the swimmer if they are going to realise their full potential and achieve the pinnacle of their intrinsic physical ability. Intrinsic physical ability relates specifically to the individual swimmer and...
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Hopes for the New Year
December 27, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, December 27. WHAT can we hope for in 2006? Well, fast swimming would obviously be great. But, let’s get a little more specific. So, here are a few things this writer would like to see occur beginning with the N...
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The Year in Review
December 24, 2005

By John Lohn

NEW YORK, December 24. JUST a week remains in 2005, so let’s continue with our analysis of the past year. And, let’s hope that next year is filled with as many highlights as the last 12 months, which brought numerous top-flight mom...
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Some Observations on the Chinese Swimming Scene
December 21, 2005

BEIJING, China, December 21. A former collegiate swimmer at Villanova University, Ryan Costella has been reading for a master’s degree in Chinese Economics from the University of Cambridge. While performing research in Beijing, Costella had the op...
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Track and Field Gets Tough on Dopsters, Swimming Should Follow
December 18, 2005

BY Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 18. FINA, the international swimming federation, should follow the lead of the IAAF, the international governing body for athletics (track and field).

These are words I never thought I would w...
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Motivational Monday
December 12, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California, December 13. WINTER break is upon us. Kids are going to be out of school starting this week, if they aren’t already. College kids are coming home, many of them for the first time in months. And if ther...
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Some Additional Thoughts on Tulane’s Decision to Drop Women’s Swimming
December 11, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

December 11. THERE is no question that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, cuts had to be made in the Tulane University athletic budget. In fact, cuts were made in several academic departments as well. No doubt, making ...
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A Look Back: The Year in Review
December 7, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, December 7. ONLY three weeks remain before the calendar flips over and we start documenting the highlight achievements of 2006. So, let’s continue to take a look at some of the prime moments of this year with t...
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Motivational Monday: Determination
December 5, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, California, December 5. WHEN she walks on any pool deck, within minutes kids are screaming with excitement, “Coach Beeee!” Nobody calls her Belinda Eschenwald or Coach Belinda. She is known in the swimming communit...
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Sport and Politics: Part II: Let Kirsty Swim!
December 4, 2005

Kirsty Coventry Thumbnail By Phillip Whitten

Without question, Kirsty Coventry is one of the greatest female swimmers competing today. She won three individual medals – one of each color -- at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In 2005 she did even better, taking two g...
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Motivational Monday: Encouragement
November 28, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, Calfiornia, November 28. THIRTY years ago, Jim L. Jones started helping young athletes realize their own potential by helping them set and achieve goals. He saw a need for the kids that “fell through the cracks” to ...
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Arizona Men to Take It All
November 28, 2005

By Emily Mason

PHOENIX, Ariz. November 28. NOW before the criticism comes, I AM BIASED. I went to Arizona and swam for four years, training with most of the current team members. But before any readers say my opinion is a waste of time, let m...
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Year in Review: Taking a Glance at the Major Moments of 2005
November 27, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, November 27. AS the final days of 2005 tick away, it seems an appropriate time to look back at the year in the pool. After all, the past 11 months have been sensational and there’s no reason to believe December...
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Sports and Politics: Part I: The Background
November 26, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

Politics and sport always makes for a volatile mixture. In general, international sport is a powerful force for bringing people together, for emphasizing their commonalities rather than their supposed differences. That’s wh...
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Motivational Mondays: 76 Steps!
November 21, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

I promised I wouldn’t make all of these things about me, but I had a huge breakthrough last week! As many of you may have read, I took 76 steps at a fundraiser for Project Walk (www.projectwalk.org) last Wednesday in six minu...
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Role Model
November 19, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

This is not a story about swimming.

But it is a tale about sportsmanship and what it means to be a role model. So read on.

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard of Latrell Sprewell. You’ve probably also...
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Motivational Monday: Enthusiasm
November 14, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

After flying to Kansas then Connecticut and back again this weekend, I have to admit my enthusiasm for “Motivational Mondays” is waning. (Yeah, already!). I don’t know what it is about a crying baby and a big fat slob leaning...
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They're Against Doping... Sort Of
November 11, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

Dick Pound, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been outspoken in his denunciation of doping in sport. So, too, have US Senators John McCain (R., Ari...
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Bowman has Michigan Smelling Lofty NCAA Finish
November 9, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, November 9. THE finest swimmer walking around the University of Michigan campus doesn’t wear the Maize and Blue of the Wolverines. Well, at least not in competitive fashion. As a professional, Michael Phelps lo...
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Motivational Mondays
November 7, 2005

Dave Denniston By Dave Denniston

CARLSBAD, Calif., November 7. MONDAYS are notorious for being awful. Most of us are coming off of the high of a football victory, or still stewing over the loss. Many of us just left the swimming pool last night at 9 o’clock ...
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Exclusive: Changing Swimming Nationalities: Part III. To Switch, or Not to Switch?
November 3, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

In Part I of this series of articles, we noted that increasingly, world-class athletes – including swimmers – are changing their sports nationalities. Reasons vary from the purely personal to a desire for fame and fortune...
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Intriguing Look for U.S. World Short Course Squad
October 28, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, October 28. WHEN the United States travels to Shanghai, China for next year’s World Short Course Championships, the squad representing the Red, White and Blue will have a different look than the team that compe...
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Exclusive: Changing Swimming Nationalities: Part II. Pro Athletes Do It. Why not Olympic Athletes?
October 25, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

In Part I of this series of articles, we documented the fact that increasingly, world-class athletes – including swimmers – are changing their sports nationalities. Recently, the oil-rich emirate of Qatar has injected a ...
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Time for FINA to Take the Technology Plunge
October 21, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

Earlier this week, professional tennis announced that it plans to institute instant replay into its tournaments when the International Tennis Federation (ITA) approved use of the Hawk-Eye Officiating systems following extensi...
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Exclusive: Changing Swimming Nationalities: Part I. Trends and Temptations
October 13, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

Swimmers changing nationalities. It seems to be happening more and more frequently these days.

One month Sarah Poewe was swimming for South Africa, the next for Germany. New Zealand’s up-and-coming young flyer, Corney Sw...
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Exclusive: Van Pool’s State of USA Swimming
October 6, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 6. LAST month, USA Swimming President Ron Van Pool gave his annual assessment of the “state of USA Swimming” at the organization’s annual convention held, this year, in North Carolina. Not surpri...
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Hackett has Been the Best to This Point in the Year
September 23, 2005

SW Cover - September 2005 By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, September 23. LAST week, we featured the women. This week, it’s the guys’ turn. Since the year is only weeks away from entering its final quarter, we’ve put together a ranking of the top swimmers for 2005. Of c...
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A Look at the Top Female Swimmers for 2005...So Far
September 16, 2005

Kirsty Coventry By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, September 16. SINCE the year is only weeks away from entering its final quarter, why not put together a ranking of the top swimmers for 2005. Of course, some things can change in the next few months, and the fo...
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When Water Goes Whacko
September 6, 2005

By Barbara Hummel

PHOENIX, Ariz., USA, September 6. IF you are reading this, it’s a pretty good bet that you love the water. In fact, if you were to calculate all the hours you spend each week either swimming, showering, dishwashing, toothbrus...
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Poland has Used Summer to Showcase Growing Arsenal
August 16, 2005

By John Lohn

ASTON, Pennsylvania, USA, August 16. DURING the past month, the swimming world has been treated to some high-quality performances, the majority of which were uncorked at the World Championships in Montreal. Of course, the United St...
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The Warm-up Pool War Zone
August 10, 2005

Emily Mason - Head Shot B/W By Emily Mason

PHOENIX, Ariz., August 10. IT’S early in the morning and the warm-down pool is already swarming. Etiquette is often forgotten or is simply unknown to various teams, not to mention the different styles of utilizing pool space. For...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 30, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

MONTREAL, Canada, July 30. TODAY I hit the souvenir stand with some of my teammates to pick up stuff for friends and family. We took the long way around the pool, through the park and ran into a little creature. A furry little cr...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 28, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

MONTREAL, Canada, July 28. I'M done. It went by that fast. I really wanted to make finals (of the 200 butterfly), to be that swimmer I know I am, but again I missed my mark.

I am at the point in my career where I want to k...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 26, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

MONTREAL, Canada, July 26. (MONDAY) night was amazing, two world records and some individual gold for Team USA. Roland Schoeman started off the night by breaking the world record again in the 50 fly going just under 23 seconds. I...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 25, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

MONTREAL, Canada, July 25. FINALLY, we are off! Our first day went pretty well, we were strong in most events. The women’s 100 fly and 200 I.M. were great. Rachel Komisarz and Mary DeScenza are both in the big final tomorrow n...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 23, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

Finally, we are in Montreal! This morning was my first look at the facility and I think it is beautiful. The pools are in the middle of a perfectly green park. There are trees everywhere, a rollercoaster, and a greenhouse nearb...
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Phelps and Hackett Suit Up for Massive Programs: Who Has the Tougher Schedule in Montreal?
July 22, 2005

By Stephen J. Thomas

MONTREAL, Canada. July 22. IN just a couple of days, the standout male swimmers coming into this World Championships, American all-around superstar Michael Phelps and Aussie distance king Grant Hackett, will begin their res...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 21, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail BALTIMORE, Md., USA, July 21. TAPER isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. Sure the yardage and intensity of workouts go down, but emotions tend to rise. For me, I always wonder am I doing too much on the long days, or am I doing to little o...
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Emily Mason's World Championships Diary
July 20, 2005

Emily Mason - Thumbnail By Emily Mason

BALTIMORE, July 19. TODAY was Media Day for the team. There were photographers all over the deck taking pictures for our whole practice. A few swimmers even got to talk to NBC for TV interviews. I guess a few kids heard Team USA ...
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World Champs Preview: Hansen Feeling Fresh Headed to Montreal
July 15, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., USA, July 15. HE had a choice, like the majority of his Olympic teammates. He could ease off the gas and put his high-performance piece of machinery in the garage, only to take it out for the occasional spin. O...
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Camp Race Club: A Family Affair
July 13, 2005

By Dr. Gary Hall

PHOENIX, Ariz., July 13. I’VE always thought that a family-run business would be the best kind of business to have. Not that our family always gets along. The fact is, when you raise a bunch of strong-willed athletic children, ...
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World Champs Preview: Lochte Looking at Monster Showing in Montreal
July 8, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., USA, July 8. HE doesn’t require an introduction, not with a resume that includes Olympic hardware and American-record status. In major competition, he has routinely produced primetime performances. But, even wi...
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Go Long, Go Strong: Stretching for Swimming
July 5, 2005

By Wayne Goldsmith

Most swimmers stretch. But why?

It may play a role in injury prevention or minimization. It may help you recover from injury. It may increase your range of motion.

However, the critical issue for swimming, where the bod...
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Training for Fly: Seven Special Secrets and Sets
July 3, 2005

By Wayne Goldsmith

This is the first in a series of four articles of special training sets designed to improve your swimming strokes.

1. BK – SK – FK – SK (Kick drill)

The trick to a great fly kick is to learn to kick with s...
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World Champs: United States Medley Relay Poses Interesting Possibilities
July 1, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., USA, July 1. THE invincibility of the United States men in the 400-meter medley relay is unquestionable. In Olympic action, the Stars and Stripes has never been beaten, with the only gold not won by America goi...
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Olympian Mark Henderson, Head of Athletes' Council, Outlines an Ambitious Agenda
June 30, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Arizona, June 30. RECENTLY, Mark Henderson, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and world record-setter in the 400 meter medley relay, was elected Chairman of the Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC) to the U.S. Olympic Com...
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World Champs: Italians Could Leave Montreal with Stash of Medals
June 30, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., USA, June 30. FOR good reason, much of the discussion heading into the World Championships has centered on the United States and Australia, the globe’s power nations in our sport. After all, the Americans and A...
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World Champs Preview: Coughlin Will Carry Banner for the Stars and Stripes
June 24, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, June 24. THE last time she competed at the World Championships, little went right. Not that it was her fault, just bad timing. Really bad timing. Two years ago, Natalie Coughlin was expected to tear it up in Barcelona...
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World Champs Preview: Peirsol is in Commanding Position in Backstroke Events
June 17, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., USA, June 17. LET’S be honest here. No one is going to beat Aaron Peirsol. Well, barring any sort of disaster. If Peirsol climbs the blocks, focused and in prime shape, just escort him to the medal podium. Simp...
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World Champs Preview: Hungarian Youngster is on a Tear With World Champs Beckoning
June 10, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., June 10. IT’S Friday, which means the next installment of our World Championships Preview. This week, we thought a look at Laszlo Cseh would be a good idea. After all, he’s been the hottest swimmer in the world...
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World Champs Preview: Can the Aussie Women Sweep the Relays in Montreal?
June 8, 2005

Story & Photos by Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, June 8. IT’S a very exciting time for women’s swimming Down Under. The Aussies are rapidly developing their most powerful women’s team of any era.

Generally any talk of the possibility o...
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World Champs Preview: Wide-Open Race in Men's 200 Butterfly
June 3, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., June 3. THE latest installment of our World Championship previews revolves around the men’s 200 butterfly, probably the most wide-open event on the male slate. No clear-cut favorites - not for gold, nor for the...
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World Championships Will be Missing Several Defending Titlists
June 2, 2005

By John Lohn

MONTREAL, June 2. ONE of the most difficult tasks in sports is the defense of a championship. After the first title is collected, the target grows larger. The opposition grows hungrier. On occasion, the reigning king finds a way to...
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World Champs Preview: How van den Hoogenband's Absence Changes the Freestyle Landscape
May 31, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., May 31. ORIGINALLY, the plan was to run these World Championship previews each Friday. But, as the event approaches and the anticipation grows, we’re going to amp it up a notch. So, here’s the latest installmen...
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World Championships Preview: Katie Hoff's Party Platform
May 27, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., May 27. CONTINUING with our World Championships preview package, it’s time for a look at Katie Hoff, the latest standout from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Hoff will be featured in the July issue of Swim...
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Exclusive: Up Close and Personal; An Interview with Bruce Wigo, New President of International Swimming Hall of Fame
May 23, 2005

By Chuck Kroll

Editor’s Note: This interview with Bruce Wigo, former Executive Director of USA Water Polo, who was named last week as the new President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is an opportunity for the swimming and great...
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World Championships Preview: A Breaststroke Rivalry Rekindled
May 20, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., May 20. THE fourth installment of our World Championships preview series peers at the intrigue surrounding the men’s breaststroke events, particularly the impending 100-meter faceoff between the United States’ ...
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Television Coverage Didn't Emphasize Significance of Monumental Swim
May 19, 2005

By Sean Tedesco

MINNEAPOLIS, May 19. LAST year, the United States Merchant Marine Academy proudly hosted the Men’s NCAA Division I Championships in short-course meters at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, NY.

The meet was exci...
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Jones in Search of World Championship Gold
May 13, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., May 13. THE third installment of our ongoing World Championship Preview takes a look at Leisel Jones, one of the top female breaststrokers in the world.

Can Lethal Leisel Finally Win Major International ...
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Michelle Engelsman: Her Olympic Experience
May 13, 2005

Sixth in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Australia’s Michelle Engelsman packaged a piece that discusses her experiences from the event, both in a competitive nature and as a fan.


ATHENS, May 13. People say t...
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Breaking Down the World Championships
May 6, 2005

By John Lohn

PHILADELPHIA, Penn., May 6. LAST week, we started a weekly series that will take a look at a major storyline expected to unfold at this summer’s World Championships in Montreal. For the second installment of the package, we present...
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EXCLUSIVE: Janet Evans on Fighting the Good Fight
May 3, 2005

By Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 3. JANET Evans is on a mission.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist is convinced that competitive swimming is winning the war against performance-enhancing drugs, and she wants to keep it that way. ...
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How Fatigued is Fatigued? Fatigue Factors and Measuring Your Fatigue Level
May 2, 2005

By Wayne Goldsmith

PHOENIX, May 2. HOW fatigued is fatigued? How do you know how much training to do? How do you know when your body and mind are tired and need time to rest and recover?

Feeling fatigued after training is normal…but excessiv...
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Technique Tips for Swimmers of All Abilities
April 28, 2005

By Wayne Goldsmith

The Top Ten Technique Tips for Every swimmer

1. Effective Propulsive Movements are Slow to Fast

In Fly, you reach long, feel the water, catch then accelerate through the stroke to recovery. Same in back. S...
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Doug Frost Appointed to AIS Coaching Staff; Barry Prime Turns Down Irish Coaching Role to Stay Down Under
April 27, 2005

Story & Photo by Stephen J. Thomas

CANBERRA, Australia, April 27. IT was announced today that the vastly experienced campaigner Doug Frost has be appointed to a position of senior coach at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). He fills the v...
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In His Own Words: Anthony Ervin Explains Why He's Auctioning His Olympic Gold Medal to Aid Tsunami Victims
April 21, 2005

Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin explains, in his own words, why he is making a comeback and why he decided to auction his gold medal to raise funds for tsunami relief.

By Anthony Ervin

A week prior to Christmas I was in Japan doin...
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Designing a Training Program
April 20, 2005

Designing a Training Program – Simple Steps to Success.

By Wayne Goldsmith

BRISBANE, Qld, Australia, April 20. DESIGNING a training program is simple – simple if you can answer these three questions:

1. What am I trying to achieve?

2. ...
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Masters Training: Too Slow, Too Fast
April 15, 2005

By Wayne Goldsmith

BRISBANE, Qld, Australia, April 15. ONE of the most important decisions to make about training is how fast/how hard the training needs to be. The intensity level of the session is the key to achieving the goal of the session...
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World Champs Trials: An Analysis
April 7, 2005

By John Lohn

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 7. WHEN the U.S. World Championship Trials opened last week, a number of questions surrounded the competition: How would the collegians react to a lengthy season? What schedule would Michael Phelps embrace...
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Flippers and Flukes, or Did the Flying Frenchman Really Do It? (Some Thoughts on Bousquet's 18.74)
March 29, 2005

By Tito Morales

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., March 28. IT’S been several days now, and I’m still trying to make sense of it.

18.74…

What Auburn’s Fred Bousquet pulled off in Minneapolis last Thursday at the NCAA Division I Championships defies pr...
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Distance King Grant Hackett Aims to Keep Grip on 1500-meter Crown
March 12, 2005

SwimInfo's Craig Lord met up with Aussie distance king Grant Hackett recently when the world record-holder passed through London. Here's Craig's report:

By Craig Lord

LONDON, March 11. I was ready for him this tim...
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Aussies Set to Kick Off World Championship Trials
March 11, 2005

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, March 11. YOU might be forgiven for thinking that the Aussie Nationals this year will be a female-only competition, if you caught the initial burst of Sydney television advertising promoting the eight-day...
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The East German Doping Program: An Overview
March 3, 2005

By Craig Lord

EDITOR'S Note: The following is a synopsis of the key figures, events and developments associated with the systematic doping program of East Germany. Victims of the system have filed a lawsuit against Jenapharm, which develope...
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Former East German Athletes Sue Drug Companies
March 2, 2005

By Craig Lord

March 2. VICTIMS of East Germany's state-run doping program are fighting for 3.2 million euros in compensation from the drug company whose steroids fueled the former communist state's Olympic medals factory until the colla...
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Aussies Gain Another Class Distance Swimmer – Kurtis MacGillivary Now Calls Australia Home.
February 25, 2005

By Stephen J. Thomas

GOLD COAST, Australia, February 24. JUST in case the Aussies were feeling a little short of quality male distance swimmers, Toronto born Canadian Kurtis MacGillivary has formally decided that his training base of the past ...
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Exclusive: Actress Alexandra Paul Conquers the Bonaire Ecoswim
February 24, 2005

By Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, Calif. February 24. ALEXANDRA Paul is not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood actor.

She’s an ardent environmental and political activist whose opinions on such hot button issues as nuclear disarmament and the war i...
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Facts and Fears: Presence of East German Doping Criminal Raises Fears About China's Intentions
February 18, 2005

By John Leonard

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., February 17. THE recent revelation that the East German sport doping criminal Helge Pfieffer is working in China raises a number of issues. Among them are things that we can consider to be facts, and no...
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Editorial: "China Takes a "Great Leap Backward"
February 9, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, February 9. THE story in Monday’s Shanghai Daily News seemed benign enough.

“China’s First Flume Opens,” the headline announced. The story went on to say, “previously, flume technology has been monopoli...
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Junior Pan Pacifics 2005 – Who Won?
February 3, 2005

By Duncan Scott

MAUI, Hawaii, February 2. IN looking back on the Junior Pan Pacific Championships last month in Hawaii, SwimInfo clearly sees that a good time was had by all, but there was much confusion about who had the best time and by how ...
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Popov Feted at Retirement Party; Thorpe, Inky Among the Guests
January 30, 2005

By Oene Rusticus

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland, January 30. LAST month, when the French sports newspaper L'Equipe proclaimed that Russian sprinting great Alex Popov was retiring, the Czar denied the report, saying he had nothing to say on ...
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Exclusive: Luck of the Irish Skips Olympic Rookie Eamon Sullivan. Aussie Men’s 400m Freestyle Relay in Need of Speed in 2005.
January 18, 2005

Story & Photo by Stephen J. Thomas

PERTH, Australia, January 18. FOUR months ago, the then 18-year-old West Aussie rookie Eamon Sullivan found himself taking his place on the Aussie men’s 400m freestyle relay team in Athens for the Olympic fina...
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Picotte's National Masters Record Performances Promising
January 1, 2005

By Duncan Scott

ANNAPOLIS, MD, December 31. SWIMINFO has previously reported on the star turn by 2004 Olympian Katie Hoff in the 2004 North Baltimore Christmas Invitational at the Naval Academy, where the youngster smashed national age group r...
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USA vs. Europe Dual Meet May Become Reality By '06
December 23, 2004

By Craig Lord

LONDON, December 23. SWIMMING will have its own version of the Ryder Cup by 2006 if talks between USA Swimming (USS) and the Ligue Europeenne de Natation (LEN) succeed in forming what would be the first arena in which the continen...
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Exclusive: Teri McKeever’s Historic Summer
December 20, 2004

By Tito Morales

BERKELEY, Calif. December 20. THIS past summer in Athens, before the Olympic Games had even gotten underway, Natalie Coughlin and her longtime mentor, Teri McKeever, quietly slipped away from the rest of the U.S. Team to do a l...
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Miffed, French Olympic Champion Laure Manaudou Threatens to Quit the Short Course Euro Champs
December 7, 2004

PARIS, December 7. LAURE Manaudou, the 17-year-old Olympic 400 meters freestyle champion, has withdrawn from the European short-course championships, in Vienna this week, and is threatening to abandon France for the Netherlands after the worth of...
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A Champion’s Commitment
November 27, 2004

By Tito Morales

November 27. SOMETIMES it’s the stories that don’t reach the front pages that inspire the most.

On Tuesday, July 13, 2004, Chris Thompson, the defending Olympic Games bronze medalist in the 1500 meter freestyle, mounted the ...
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Brendan Hansen, Returning Home, Is Treated Like a Rock Star
November 4, 2004

By John Lohn

HAVERFORD, Penn., November 4. HE was mobbed by autograph seekers and honored through a video presentation. There was plenty of applause, and a handful of whistles from the females in the audience.

In true rock-star fashion, Bre...
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Jim McConica Recounts His Toughest Swim: From Catalina to the US Mainland
November 1, 2004

Less than a month ago, Masters great Jim McConica overcame incredible challenges to complete a swim from Catalina Island to the US Mainland. Catalina is the island immortalized as "the isle of romance" in the 1950s hit, "26 Mile...
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 Exclusive: A Lesson in Fortitude
September 24, 2004

by Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, September 24. DIANA MUNZ was in a funk.

The United States’ most successful female distance swimmer over the past several years was two-thirds of the way through her Olympic Trials program, and she had little or ...
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Gary Hall Endorses Guiness Beer, Moves Swim Champs Into the Wider Society; Michael Phelps Hits the Jackpot, Lands on Wheaties Box
September 23, 2004

By Duncan Scott

PHOENIX, Ariz. September 23. RECENT announcements of endorsements by prominent swimmers are almost humorous in their conformity to the self-images apparently chosen by the athletes and their representatives. We see great new p...
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You Think You’ve Got Pressure? Consider Australia’s Leisel Jones and Her Supporters
September 7, 2004

By M. Duncan Scott

BRISBANE, AUS, September 7. LIESEL Jones seemed ready to roll. Just a few weeks out from the Athens Olympics she was the world record holder in both breaststrokes and seemed poised to be Australia’s golden girl from these g...
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Athens 2004: A View from the Pool Deck
August 31, 2004

Reporting on the Olympic Games has, quite naturally, focused on the athletes. In swimming, there were records galore, memorable match-ups and, of course, dominating performances by Michael Phelps.

But there's another point of view that
...
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The State of the Sport
August 23, 2004

by Tito Morales

ATHENS, August 23. SO what have we learned about the state of the sport at the conclusion of yet another memorable Olympic Games swimming competition? Plenty.

Michael Phelps is everything he’s been billed to be. The U.S. w...
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The Feat of the Meet
August 22, 2004

By Tito Morales

ATHENS, August 22. IT doesn’t seem possible that this guy is for real.

I mean, yes, he came, he swam and he conquered… But he also -- relinquished?

What the world witnessed on Friday night when Michael Phelps pull...
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When Galaxies Collide
August 16, 2004

by Tito Morales

ATHENS, August 17. THE 100-meter freestyle.

This is one of those races where it all collides -- the past and the future, the champions and the unknowns, East versus West, North versus South, youth against experience, big aga...
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Dutch Hopes Rest with Inky, Hoogie
August 13, 2004

By Oene Rusticus

AMSTERDAM, August 13. IN Sydney 2000, the Dutch swimmers Pieter van den Hoogenband and Inge de Bruijn ruled the Olympics. They won five individual events and were elected as Swimming World’s "World Swimmers of the ...
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Japan Looks Toward Five Medals (or More) in Athens
August 11, 2004

By Hideki Mochizuki

TOKYO, August 10. JAPAN is sending a team of 20 swimmers to Athens -- nine men and 11 women -- with high expectations.

At last year's World Championships, Japan earned six medals, including two gold -- the best resul...
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Versatility Like None Other
August 10, 2004

by Tito Morales

ATHENS, August 10. IT’S one of those events that makes even the most seasoned of swimmers shudder.

Alternately described as the sport’s most physically demanding event and its most mentally challenging, the 400 I.M. is a rac...
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Byron Davis - No Regrets
August 5, 2004

By Sarah Tolar

LONG BEACH, August 4. IT was the evening of March 10, 1996, inside the IUPUI Natatorium and history was about to be made. Twenty-six year old Byron Davis stepped up to lane four, for the final of the 100 butterfly, poised to beco...
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Misty Speaks About Her 2000 Gold Medal Experience and Plans for the Future
July 30, 2004

By Sarah Tolar

PHOENIX, July 30. IN 2000, Misty Hyman pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, winning the 200 fly in Olympic record time, and defeating Australia's "Madame Butterfly," Susie O'Neill -- invinc...
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Lea Maurer Reflects on Four Different Olympic Trials Experiences
July 29, 2004

By Sarah Tolar

In 1986, an unknown 15-year-old, named Lea Loveless, broke onto the national scene, qualifying for her first final at the US Nationals. Fourteen years later, in 2000, she climbed back into the water to participate in her fourth O...
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Exclusive: Neuburger Resigns as Hall of Fame Chairman; Turmoil Continues
July 29, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 29. IN a surprise move last Monday, Dale Neuburger resigned as Chairman of the Board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), citing “an erosion of confidence in the Chief Executive Of...
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Exclusive: John Naber Looks Back
July 27, 2004

By Tito Morales

LOS ANGELES, July 27. THE comparisons started trickling in even before the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials had concluded.

As Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Aaron Piersol, Ian Crocker and company were putting the finishing touches o...
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An Olympic Forecast from Down Under: Aussie Women Potentially the Best-Ever Olympic Swim Team
July 26, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYdNEY, Australia, July 26. THERE is considerable expectation building Down Under that the Aussie women’s swim team has the potential to produce their best ever result at an Olympic Games.

Four years ago in Sydney, it w...
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Exclusive: Germany Looks to the Women to Bring Back the Medals in Athens - Antje Buschschulte Gives Her Thoughts Preparing for her Third Olympics
July 22, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, July 22. AT the World Championships in Barcelona last year, Germany’s Antje Buschschulte won her first individual Championship gold, taking the 100m backstroke. However, the quietly spoken science student...
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When Lightning Strikes at Olympic Trials: An Exclusive Interview with the Rocket Man, Roque Santos
July 20, 2004

By Phillip Whitten


At the 1992 Olympic Trials, Roque Santos pulled off one of the great upsets in US Olympic Trials history, upsetting Curl-Burke teammate Mike Barrowman, the world record-holder. Mike went on to win in Barcelona, setting w
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Dara on Deck—A New View of Swimming: An Interview with Four-Time Olympian Dara Torres
July 19, 2004

By Nicole Leffer

IT has been four years since Dara Torres made a high profile comeback to the sport of swimming after taking seven years of retirement.

It has been four years since Dara Torres made history at 33 as the oldest female US Swi...
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With Poseidon As My Witness
July 15, 2004

by Tito Morales

I did let up.

With Poseidon as my witness, I did back off…

For eight days now, I’ve been sitting in the stands of this mammoth temporary swimming facility watching the greatest swimmers in the United States notch so...
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Exclusive: A View From the Other Side
July 14, 2004

by Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 13 - HER name is Amanda and she’s a very talented swimmer, but she’s not a breaststroke specialist.

Over the course of the past several days, she competed, and competed well, but she didn’t make the t...
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Exclusive: Behind Every Champion Swimmer
July 12, 2004

By Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 10 IN just a few short days, it’s already become a magnificent little tradition here at the Charter All Digital Aquatics Centre.

Each evening, as the many thousands of eager spectators settle into th...
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The Most Circuitous of Routes
July 11, 2004

by Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 10. EACH athlete who competes at these U.S. Olympic Trials has a unique story to share, but the universal theme is triumph over adversity. These swimmers, quite simply, are experts at defying the odds....
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Final Countdown for Aussie Big Guns: Thorpe, Hackett, Jones and Thomas finish Grand Prix Meet in Style
July 10, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

BRISBANE, Australia, July 11. AUSTRALIA'S best put on an impressive show on the final night of the Grand Prix event, which marked the end of a weeklong team camp for the Olympic team. Bear in mind the times you are seei...
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Brendan Hansen's World Record Journey
July 9, 2004

By John Lohn

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 9. THE journey, 1,400-plus days in the making, came to a close Thursday night, with the clock reading 5:40 p.m. In just over 59 seconds, Brendan Hansen changed history - his history.

Early in the aftern...
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 Exclusive: Let The Evolution Continue
July 9, 2004

by Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 9. MAYBE Michael Phelps CAN change the face of competitive swimming. Heck, at the rate he’s going maybe he can even save the world…

From the start of this Olympic cycle, Phelps has laid claim...
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It's Not About Time; It's About Space
July 9, 2004

By Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 8. NO matter the price. No matter the pain. No matter the time. It's all about space. Space for only two swimmers per event to make the US Olympic Swim Team. Space for only twenty-six men and 26 wom...
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Man...or Suit?
July 8, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 8. HOW much do swim suits really matter?

Apparently, not as much as many swimmers believe.

In this morning's prelims of the men's 100m backstroke, top qualifiers Lenny Krayzelbur...
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Let The Good Times Roll
July 7, 2004

By Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, July 7. AS you stand atop the highest bleacher at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach, California and gaze west at the shimmering Pacific Ocean, it’s only natural to reflect upon how far competitive...
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FLASH Thorpe Loses First Major Race in 200m Free in Four Years
July 6, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

BRISBANE, Australia. July 6. IAN Thorpe’s first defeat in the 200 free in a major competition since Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband took the gold ahead of him in the Olympic final in Sydney almost four years ago was infl...
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Aussies Watch with Interest as the Yanks Prepare for their Olympic Destiny at Long Beach
July 4, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, July 4. ALMOST half the Aussie team had a good look at many of the top contenders for the US Olympic team in Long Beach last month following a three-week stint of altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona. ...
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For Dara Torres, Four Times Was A Charm
June 29, 2004

By Tito Morales

DARA Torres is going to yet another Olympic Games! This time, though, the swimming legend will leave the record-chasing to others.

Torres, 37, will be in Athens covering the Games for NBC’s High Definition broadcast, and she...
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Exclusive: Hall of Fame Controversy Continues
June 28, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 28. ABOUT seven weeks ago, during the annual International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) induction ceremony and amid the pomp and pageantry of the Hall’s fortieth anniversary celebration, we repor...
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Michael Klim, Petria Thomas Get Naked for "The Athens Dream”
June 28, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, June 28. AUSTRALIAN Olympic stars Michael Klim and Petria Thomas take it all off in a photo shoot for a special Olympic edition of leading art magazine Black+White, which features tasteful nude pho...
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Top US Coach Goes Down Under: The Rest of the Story
June 25, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25. THREE days ago, our chief Australian correspondent, Steve Thomas, reported the surprising news that Rick Curl, head of the famed Curl-Burke Swim Club in suburban Washington, D.C., had been spirited...
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Exclusive: Long Distance Legend Lynne Cox Tells of Her Struggle to Get Her Story Told.
June 20, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, June 19. IN January this year, 47-year-old Lynne Cox released her first book “Swimming to Antarctica,” which chronicled her simply amazing progression of distance swims that began at the age of fourteen, when she s...
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USA Swimming Executive Director, Chuck Wielgus, Speaks Out About the Crisis in Collegiate Olympic Sports: An Exclusive SwimInfo Interview
June 18, 2004

An interview by Phillip Whitten

SwimInfo: This is Phil Whitten of swiminfo.com and I’m here with Chuck Wielgus the Executive Director of USA Swimming, to discuss an issue that is vital to the future o...
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Exclusive: Natalie Decides What Events She Will Swim in Athens
June 16, 2004

By Tito Morales

THE verdict is in...

In one of the most eagerly-awaited decisions of the year, superstar Natalie Coughlin’s coach revealed over the weekend that Natalie will focus on the 100 meter backstroke and the 100 meter freestyle event...
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Exclusive: Poolside with Janet Evans
June 15, 2004

By Tito Morales

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 15. SHE still looks so trim and fit that one can easily envision her climbing back onto the blocks and knocking out an eye-popping half mile or mile. But these days, Janet Evans, 32, is more than conte...
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June 15, 2004

PHOENIX, Ariz., June 14. DOWNLOAD June Swimming World to read tips on the backstroke start and the breaststroke body position. Read “What Makes a Champion?” by Dr. Gary Hall and Beth Botsford’s thoughts on the effects of puberty on adolesce...
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Swimming Loses A Great Friend with Passing of Ronald Reagan
June 9, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 9. WHEN Ronald Reagan passed away last Saturday at the age of 93, the sport of swimming lost one of its greatest friends.

The 40th president, connected affectionately with the sport of football b...
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Writer P.H. Mullen Has Lung Tumor Removed
May 30, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 30. SWIMMING writer P.H. Mullen is spending this Memorial Day weekend recuperating from surgery that removed a large, carcinoid tumor from his lung.

Mullen, 38, writes frequently for Swimming Worl...
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Aussies Petria Thomas and Brooke Hanson Trim Olympic Program in Search of Gold
May 25, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, Australia, May 26. TWO of Australia’s top Olympic medal prospects -- the three-time Olympian Petria Thomas and Brooke Hanson -- have dropped individual swims in Athens to give themselves more time for recovery betwe...
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Secret of Dolphin's Speed Uncovered
May 24, 2004

TOKYO, May 24. DOLPHINS are among the fastest swimmers in the ocean, capable of swimming over 30 miles per hour. Now Japanese scientists at the Kyoto Institute of Technology believe they have uncovered at least one of the secrets of the animal...
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Hansen Moves to Professional Ranks
May 21, 2004

By John Lohn

AUSTIN, Texas, May 20. A little more than a month after wrapping up an illustrious collegiate career at the University of Texas, Brendan Hansen has moved on to swimming's professional ranks.

Hansen, a graduate of Haverford ...
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Exclusive: A Steady Course for Popov with Touretski at the Helm as the Dynamic Duo Prepare for their Final Challenge
May 18, 2004

By Stephen J. Thomas

SOLOTHURN, Switzerland, May 17. LAST weekend the czar of sprint freestyle, Alexander Popov and his coach of fourteen years Gennadi Touretski, made a lightening strike on the European Championships in Madrid, just a short fl...
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Gary Hall Jr.'s Vision: The Future of the Olympic Athlete
May 14, 2004

By Gary Hall, Jr. with David Arluck

ISLAMORADA, Florida, May 14. SWIMMING is my line of work - only it really doesn’t pay very well.

In 1999 I was told I would never compete at an elite level again because of the diabetes I was diagnosed w...
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Mike Collins' Personal Account of World Tri Champs; NOVA Coach and SwimInfo Correspondent Takes 5th in 35-39 Age group
May 12, 2004

The following is Mike Collins' personal account of his experience at the Triathlon World Championships in Madeira. Mike is Masters coach at the Irvine NOVA swim team, a top 35-39 competitor, and a regular contributor to SwimInfo.com
...
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Flash! Hall of Fame Board of Directors Votes Unanimously to Keep President Sam Freas
May 8, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, May 8. THE Board of Directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) voted unanimously this afternoon to retain President and CEO Dr. Sam Freas.

The decision came after a marathon, se...
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Exclusive: Swimming Hall of Fame Members Move to Oust President
May 8, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 7. A group of more than two dozen swimmers, divers and coaches enshrined in the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale has issued a call for the resignation of Dr. Sam Frea...
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Britain Will Not Compete in Euro Champs, but Mark Foster Will... If He Is Given a Final Chance to Make the Olympic Team
May 6, 2004

By Craig Lord

LONDON, May 7. BRITISH Swimming will not send a team to the European Championships in Madrid, which begin in three days, and will only enter Mark Foster in the 50 metres freestyle if the sprinter wins his second appeal against ex...
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Exclusive: Corrie Clark Stripped of Pan Am Medal by Mistake
April 28, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, April 28. LATE last week, an American swimmer was stripped of the silver medal she had won at last summer’s Pan American Games. Corrie Clark, a 22 year-old junior at Southern Methodist University, was one of seven ...
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