PHOENIX, Arizona, May 7. THE U.S. Olympic Trials format will be changed this year -- at least for prelims. With about 1,700 swimmers expected to race in Omaha, USA Swimming announced on Friday that all 10 lanes of the pool would be used in prelims, and that flyover starts would be used, meaning each heat will start just a few seconds after the previous heat has finished. Semifinals and finals, however, will still use eight lanes, with the two outside lanes remaining open.
Details emerged over the weekend about John Trembley's termination as head men's coach at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Trembley had sent sexually-graphic emails, and Trembley came out later and admitted to suffering from depression and substance abuse as a result. Assistant coach Lars Jorgensen replaced Trembley in the interim after he was fired before Matt Kredich took the reigns of the newly-combined Tennessee program last month.
The VISA Water Polo International in London this weekend served as the test event for the Olympic water polo venue, which you can see here. The Aussies beat the Americans in the final 6-5. The U.S. team rolled over Hungary 11-6 before edging host Great Britain 7-6 in the semifinal. During the competition, FINA announced the draw for the Olympic water polo competition. All four teams will return to the arena, as the Americans and Hungarians will both start from group A, while the Aussies and Brits will be in group B.
Argentine marathon swimming legend Alfredo Camarero Guzman died on Friday. Camarero is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame after a career that included crossing the English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar. Camarero won races over a span of almost a half century, from the 1950s up until 2002.
David Rieder contributed to today's Streamlined News.