The Week That Was: Dana Vollmer Announces Return To Competition in Austin

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The first week into 2018 saw a major U.S. National Team veteran announce her return to competition next week at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin. Catch up on her return to swimming and all the news from the week in The Week That Was.

The Week That Was #5 – Team England Swimming Announces 2018 Commonwealth Games Team

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The final selection for the Team England swimming team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was announced yesterday after the initial roster was released last October. Team England had seventeen spots available on its roster after their initial announcement in the fall, awarding additional spots based on the results from the England Winter Championships in Sheffield in December. Notable additions include Commonwealth Games Champion James Wilby, Commonwealth Games silver medalist Aimee Willmott and Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist Ollie Hynd. You can see the full roster for Team England here.

The Week That Was #4 – Water Polo Coach Luis Nicolao Leaves Princeton For Navy

Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao celebrates winning the CWPA Final in the pool with his players on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

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Luis Nicolao stepped down as the head coach of Princeton’s men’s and women’s water polo teams this week, opting to leave to take the recently vacated head coach position at the U.S. Naval Academy, his alma mater. Nicolao had coached at Princeton for over 20 years, compiling more than 800 wins while coaching the program, and established Princeton as one of the strongest men’s and women’s programs in the east. He was also responsible for developing one of the greatest players ever to come from the east coast: Ashleigh Johnson, who was a key member of the U.S. Women’s Team gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Week That Was #3 – ICARUS On Short List For An Academy Award Nomination

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ICARUS, the critically acclaimed documentary by Bryan Fogel that shed light on Russia’s widespread institutionalized doping scandal, has been placed on the short list for an Academy Award nomination for “Best Documentary.” Russian Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov was interviewed in the film and admitted to being one of the primary architect’s of Russia’s doping program. Rodchenkov has since fled Russia, saying he has feared for his life since revealing details of the program. Of the fifteen films on the short list, five will be chosen on January 23 as the final nominees for the Academy Awards. Swimming World reviewed the film last year, and the film is available to watch on Netflix.

The Week That Was #2 – Harvard Takes Down ASU As College Teams Return To Competition

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Plenty of college teams were back in the pool this week as teams across the country are underway with their winter training periods. Kentucky’s men and women fell to Ohio State, although Asia Seidt did pick up three wins for the Wildcats. In the ACC, Virginia split a dual meet with Tennessee while Florida swept FSU. One of the most notable meets was an upset in Arizona, where the Harvard men took down the Arizona State Sun Devils in both teams’ first dual meets of 2018. Harvard won the meet 155-143 in a back and forth meet with the No. 10 Sun Devils, clinching the meet with a win in the 400 free relay. You can check out recaps from this weeks college dual meets in our college news page.

The Week That Was #1 – Dana Vollmer Announces Return To Competition

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Three-time Olympian Dana Vollmer announced on her Instagram account this week that she was be swimming at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin on January 13, returning to competition for the first time since giving birth to her second child, Ryker, six months ago. Vollmer said in her Instagram post that she was “feeling speedy” in the water and will be racing the 50 free and 50 fly at the Pro Swim Series meet in Austin. Vollmer stated she is shooting for a fourth Olympic berth when she swam at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa while six months pregnant. If Should Vollmer make the 2020 team she will be the fourth American female swimmer to make four Olympic teams.

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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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