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Georgia Tech Divers Star in ACC Performers of the Week

Georgia Tech Divers Star in ACC Performers of the Week Georgia Tech divers Ruben Lechuga and Anna Bradescu were named the men’s and co-women’s divers of the week Tuesday in the first ACC Performers of the Week of the season. Bradescu shared the honor with Izzi Mroz of Virginia Tech. Mroz’s fellow Ho...

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Tennessee Sweeps Male Awards at SEC Weekly Honors

Tennessee Sweeps Male Awards at SEC Weekly Honors Tennessee swept the first SEC Weekly Honors of the season on the men’s side, with Jordan Crooks as swimmer of the week, Bryden Hattie as diver of the week and Gui Caribe as freshman of the week. The SEC released its first weekly honors listing on Tue...

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Former Irish Rugby Star Rosie Foley Completes Swimming Triple Crown

Former Irish Rugby Star Rosie Foley Complete Swimming Triple Crown Rosie Foley, a former Irish international rugby player, completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, in memory of her late brother. Foley is just the third Irish swimmer to complete open water’s three most decorated swims. The ...

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Brazil to Send 12 Swimmers, Two Relays to Short-Course Worlds

Brazil to Send 12 Swimmers, Two Relays to Short-Course Worlds Brazil will sent 12 swimmers to represent the country at the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships (25M) in Melbourne, Australia, in December, the Brazilian swimming federation released last week. The team will be coached by Felipe Domin...

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Passages: Joe Bernal, Coach of Olympians Who Was Banned for Life, Dies

Passages: Joe Bernal, Coach of Olympians Banned for Life, Dies Joe Bernal, who coached Olympians and had a successful stint at Harvard University before being banned for life by USA Swimming in 2016, has died. Bernal’s death was confirmed by his family. Bernal founded Bernal’s Gator Swim Club in Bos...

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Katie Grimes, Brennan Gravley Earn USA Swimming Open Water Awards

Katie Grimes, Brennan Gravley Earn USA Swimming Open Water Awards Katie Grimes and Brennan Gravley were among the honorees at USA Swimming’s annual business meeting last week. Grimes was named the female open water swimmer of the year. The 16-year-old had a stellar year in and out of the pool. A Tok...

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Longtime Yale Coach Frank Keefe Wins 2022 USA Swimming Award

Longtime Yale Coach Frank Keefe Wins 2022 USA Swimming Award Frank Keefe, who spent more than 30 years as the head coach at Yale University, is the recipient of the 2022 USA Swimming Award. The award was given by USA Swimming at its annual business meeting last week. Keefe joins a long list of lumin...

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Sport Singapore Adds Teong Tzen Wei to Sanction List over Drug Use

Sport Singapore Adds Teong Tzen Wei to Sanction List over Drug Use Sporting Singapore has found Teong Tzen Wei guilty of “consuming controlled drugs,” making him the third high-profile swimmer to face discipline. Earlier this month, Olympians Joseph Schooling and Amanda Lim admitted to consuming can...

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Allyson Sweeney Named Head Coach of Georgia Southern

Allyson Sweeney Named Head Coach of Georgia Southern Allyson Sweeney has been named the head coach of Georgia Southern, just days before the Eagles begin their season. It’s the first head coaching job for the Texas A&M graduate, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the Universit...

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Michael Phelps Hopes Mental Health Focus Can “Save a Life”

Michael Phelps Hopes Mental Health Focus Can “Save a Life” Michael Phelps has kept busy since his swimming career ended for good after the 2016 Rio Olympics, and one of the most important focuses has been on mental health advocacy. For all the Phelps, 37, accomplished in the water, he views his post...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dmitriy Balandin Announces Retirement

Olympic Gold Medalist Dmitriy Balandin Announces Retirement Dmitriy Balandin, Kazakhstan’s first Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, had announced his retirement from the sport. Balandin made the announcement via social media on Thursday. “We’re not saying goodbye,” he wrote in Russian, “we’re sayin...

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WADA Adds Tramadol to Banned Substances, Takes No Action on Cannabis

WADA Adds Tramadol to Banned Substances, Takes No Action on Cannabis The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Friday published highlights of changes to be made to its 2023 list of banned substances, though which the organization will test for and sanction athletes for. Among the biggest changes are th...

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Boston College Adds Brian Keane as Assistant Coach

Boston College Adds Brian Keane as Assistant Coach Brian Keane has been hired to the coaching staff of Boston College swimming and diving coach Joe Brinkman, the school announced Thursday. Keane will serve as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams. He spent the last two seasons as an assi...

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Josh Liendo, Florida Newcomers Lead Double Dual Win in Opener

Josh Liendo, Florida Newcomers Lead Double Dual Win in Opener Josh Liendo and Florida’s other new faces helped the Gators start the season with three victories Friday, topping Nova Southeastern and Arkansas in Gainesville. Both women’s scores were lopsided: 244-44 over Nova Southeaster, and 219-79 o...

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Maggie MacNeil Starts LSU Career with Pair of Wins in Tri-Meet

Maggie MacNeil Starts LSU Career with Pair of Wins in Tri-Meet Maggie MacNeil won the women’s 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke as LSU started the season with a tri-meet sweep of Vanderbilt and Tulane Friday in Baton Rouge. LSU topped Vanderbilt, 183-79, and Tulane, 205-57. Vandy bested Tulane, 153-1...