The Week That Was: 2016 FINA World Cup Comes To A Close

Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

This week saw the end of the 2016 FINA World Cup, with Katinka Hosszu and Vlad Morozov grabbing the third and final cluster of the series. Read about the last two stops in Hong Kong and Tokyo and catch up on all the stories of the week below in this edition of The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Paul Yetter Returning To North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Paul Yetter joking with Erika Erndl.

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Paul Yetter will be returning to Baltimore, Maryland to take over as Head Senior Coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC). Yetter will be taking over for Erik Posegay, who left after a year at the helm to take a job at Penn State. Posegay was the successor to Bob Bowman, who left NBAC to take over as head coach at Arizona State University. Yetter had previously coached for the club team from 2001 to 2009, mentoring Katie Hoff to two Olympic teams, three Olympic medals, and six World Championship titles that also included two world records in the 400 IM in 2007 and 2008. Yetter also worked with such high profile athletes such as Elizabeth Pelton, Felicia Lee, and Dan Madwed during his time at NBAC, and was the Head Coach for the 2007 U.S. Pan American Team and an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Yetter left for a brief stint at Auburn in 2009 before heading to T2 Aquatics down in Florida, where he has been since 2010. Yetter will begin his duties as Senior Head Coach beginning the week of November 14th.

The Week That Was #4 – Michigan Women, Indiana Men Top CSCAA Poll

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Photo Courtesy: David Wegiel

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released their first Swimming & Diving polls for the 2016-2017 NCAA season across all divisions. Voted on by CSCAA-member coaches, these regular polls show the Top 25 teams across the country and give fans a better sense of who will challenge for the tops spots at NCAA’s at the end of the year. For Division I, the University of Michigan women and the Indiana University men were chosen as the top teams in the country. For Division II, the Drury women and Nova Southeastern men claimed the top spots, with defending National Champions Queens University of Charlotte just behind in the second spot on both sides. Defending NCAA Champions Denison (men) and Emory (women) were voted the top teams in Division III.

The Week That Was #3 – Therese Alshammar Announces Retirement

Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 18-08-2014 Berlino sport 32mi Campionati Europei LEN di nuoto nella foto: Therese Alshammar SWE Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 18-08-2014 Berlin 32rd LEN European Swimming In the photo: Therese Alshammar SWE

Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar announced that she will retire following the Swedish Short Course Championships next week in Stockholm. Alshammar has had an incredible career that includes six Olympic appearances with multiple Olympic, World Championship, and European Championships medals. The 39 year old has been a staple on the international scene since 1993 (save for a period in 2013 when she took time off to have her first child), when she competed at the European Short Course Championships in the 100 backstroke. A strong competitor in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events over the years, Alshammar made her Olympic debut in Atlanta and has competed at every Olympic Games since, including Rio de Janeiro this summer. That puts her in exclusive company of competing in six Olympic Games (fellow Swedish swimmer Lars Frolander and Turkey’s Derya Buyukuncu both appeared in six Games).

Overall, Alshammar will conclude her career with three Olympic medals (two silver, one bronze), eight World Championship medals, seventeen Short Course World Championship medals, and a staggering twenty-five combined European short and long course titles. Alshammar was the flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony for Sweden at the Olympic Games this summer and finished 15th in the semi-finals of the 50 freestyle.

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The Week That Was #2 – Phelps And Johnson Tie The Knot

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Photo Courtesy: Michael Phelps’ Instagram, @m_phelps00

This week recently re-retired Olympic legend Michael Phelps and Miss California Nicole Johnson were married in a private ceremony in Cabo San Lucas. The two were surrounded by family and friends and announced the ceremony the day after the event on social media. The ceremony did not make it official, however, as we also learned this week that the couple had already tired the knot well before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The two were officially married back in June according to a marriage license that was published in several news outlets. The initial ceremony took place in Arizona and was officiated by Peter Carlisle, Phelps’ long-time agent. The couple famously welcomed Boomer Phelps to their family back in May, and the couple had been engaged since February of 2015.

The Week That Was #1 – 2016 FINA World Cup Comes To A Close

Vlad Morozov Arena

Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

The 2016 FINA World Cup Series came to close this week, with the final two stops of the third cluster taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Russian Vladimir Morozov both ended the series winning their third straight cluster and finishing as high point earners for the entire series. The final stop was Hong Kong, where Morozov was just hundredths away from adding another world record to his resume. Securing the win in the 100 IM in 50.33, the Russian was only .03 away from the world record he set earlier in the series, a 50.30 from Berlin. On the women’s side, Hosszu hauled in 10 more gold medals to move event farther away in the points total. 

In other notable swims, Alia Atkinson snuck under Jessica Hardy’s world record in the 50 breastroke at the Tokyo stop, stopping the clock at 28.64 to take .16 off of the existing standard. Rikako Ikee also downed a trio of world junior records at the Tokyo stop of the meet in the 100 butterfly (56.42), 50 butterfly (25.73), and 100 IM (58.24). Kyle Chalmers re-broke his new 100 freestyle world junior record from the Singapore stop with a 46.12 in Tokyo.

Tokyo Day One Results               Tokyo Day Two Results

Hong Kong Day One Results       Hong Kong Day Two Results

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Author: James Sica

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

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