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Long-time Swim Coach Jeff Julian Reveals New Battle with Cancer

Jeff Julian, a veteran swim coach currently with Rose Bowl Aquatics and the ISL’s Cali Condors, announced this week via his blog that he’s been hospitalized with adenocarcinoma. Julian first battled cancer in 2015, overcoming long odds to survive Stage 4 lung cancer. He’s broadcast his battle public...

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Toronto Titans Final ISL Roster: Kayla Sanchez, Anastasia Fesikova Out

The Toronto Titans Thursday revealed their final roster for the 2020 International Swimming League season, the first for the expansion side. It involves three changes from the early September league-wide unveiling of rosters. The big changes include the absence of Anastasia Fesikova and Kayla Sanche...

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Cal Grad Catherine Breed Sets Monterey Bay Record in Charity Swim

Catherine Breed completed a crossing of Monterey Bay this week in less than 13 hours, setting a record for the open-water course. Breed’s swim started Monday night at Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. Through water temperatures in the 50s and schools of jellyfish, Breed arrived at San Carlos Bea...

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Konosuke Yanagimoto, 16, Goes 1:47 in 200 Free, 49.4 in 100 Free

Konosuke Yanagimoto has a stellar week at the 2020 Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament, setting a pair of national high school records. Yanagimoto went 1:47.85 in the 200 freestyle. That time is a cut of some two seconds from his previous best, per reports. It would’ve made the A final of the 2019 Wor...

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Hope Floats Foundation Launches Fitz Scholars Fund for Water Safety

The Hope Floats Foundation and the family of the late Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas have launched the Fitz Scholars Fund to expand access to potentially life-saving swimming instruction. The fund is named after Fitz Thomas, a 16-year-old who drowned in the Potomac River in Leesburg, Va., on June 4....

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Wagner College to Add Men’s Swimming and Diving at Varsity Level

Wagner College announced Wednesday that it will add men’s swimming and diving as its 26th intercollegiate varsity sport. The Seahawks will begin competition in the 2021-22 season as a member of the Northeast Conference, which last week announced it will begin sponsoring men’s swimming and diving as ...

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Raena Eldridge, Asia Seidt Among Finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year

Texas A&M swimmer Raena Eldridge and Kentucky’s Asia Seidt were announced Thursday among the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Texas diver Alison Gibson and Washington & Lee swimmer Emily Hageboeck also made the cut of the final 30, selected from a list of 605 school nominees and...

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USA Swimming Giving Meet Sanctioning Controls to LSCs in October

In a letter to members Tuesday, USA Swimming announced that effective Oct. 1, it will allow local swimming committees (LSCs) to resume sanctioning meets. The USA Swimming Board of Directors voted Monday to allow two stipulations to lapse as of Sept. 30: The geographic restrictions on meet sanctionin...

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Todd Conrad Leaves California to Lead Upper Main Line YMCA Age Group

Long-time California coach Todd Conrad announced Monday that he is leaving his job coaching the girls team at Tesoro High School to relocate to Pennsylvania. He’ll take over as the head age-group coach with Upper Main Line YMCA. Conrad spent eight seasons at Tesoro and was the Orange County high sch...

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Dartmouth Alum Does 15-Mile River Swim to Protest Program Cuts

Dartmouth alumnus Jim Bayles swam 15 miles on the Connecticut River Saturday to raise awareness for the campaign to reinstate Dartmouth Swimming and Diving. Bayles, a member of the Class of 1974 who was inducted to the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2009, swam from Orford, New Hampshire to the Le...

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Saint Lucia Channel Swim Set for Eventful Fall Calendar

The Saint Lucia Channel Swim Event in 2020 will include three open-water attempts next month in a scaled back event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three crossings are scheduled for the Saint Lucia Channel, which separates the island from Martinique 21 miles (33 kilometers) to the north. The announcem...

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University of Iowa Record Holder Millie Sansome to Transfer to Georgia

Iowa sophomore Millie Sansome, who starred in her one year at Iowa, announced Friday that she is transferring to the University of Georgia. The decision comes in light of the Hawkeyes’ decision to drop the program after the season. Sansome announced the decision on her Instagram account: The last fe...

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Drexel Hires Nathan Lavery as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving Teams

Drexel Thursday announced the hiring of Nathan Lavery as head coach of the team’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Lavery, a native of South Africa, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. He led the Horned Frogs’ sprint and stroke contingents, helping TCU’s men’s and wo...