The Week That Was: Hosszu and Morozov Continue To Lead 2016 FINA World Cup

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The second cluster of the 2016 FINA World Cup came to a close this week, with the familiar names Katinka Hosszu and Vladimir Morozov winning for the men and women respectively while still sitting on top of the overall leaderboard. Catch up on World Cup news, college swimming news, coaching changes and more in this edition of The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Mark Schubert Returning To Mission Viejo

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This week it was announced that long-time coach Mark Schubert has accepted a position as Associate Head Coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores. That is a full circle move for Schubert, who had great success with the club in the 1970’s and 1980’s, coaching a group that went on to win 17 Olympic medals, set 88 American Records, and set 21 World Records. His athletes at that time included swim legends such as Shirley Babashoff, Tiffany Cohen, Brian Goodell, Sippy Woodhead, and Dara Torres. The coach left the club in 1985 for a short stint with the Mission Bay Makos before heading to college swimming, where he had decorated careers at the University of Texas and USC. He left USC in 2007 to become the National Team Director of USA Swimming, but left that post in 2010. Schubert has most recently been the head coach of the Golden West Swim Club and Golden West Community College since 2011. Schubert will coach with Bill Rose, who announced his retirement earlier this year, until his retirement in December of next year.

The Week That Was #4 – USA Swimming Supports Move To Remove FINA From Drug Testing

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This weekend the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) convened in Lausanne, Switzerland to put forth a set of new recommendations to increase the independence and sanctioning power of the organization in drug testing. This move would essentially eliminate FINA’s power in drug testing. USA Swimming’s President Jim Sheehan and Executive Director Chuck Wielgus showed their support for this move with an open letter on September 29th to the USADA, backing the recommendations that would give more support to WADA. The current procedures dictate that WADA conducts drug testing for each sport’s federations, but it is the federations that ultimately decide what to test for and what to release. In light of the doping controversies surrounding the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, including the controversial McLaren Report, changes to the current system of anti-doping measures were initially proposed back in August by many National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO’s) during a meeting in Copenhagen. They were then pushed by WADA stakeholders on September 20th, with WADA’s Executive Committee endorsing the suggestion the following day. While the details of the recommendation will continue to be discussed, the International Olympic Committee will ultimately need to confirm any changes that will be made.

The Week That Was #3 – NCAA Action Heats Up Across The Country

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While it is still early October, college programs across the country began their return to competition this week, setting the tone for who to watch as we head into the 2016-2017 NCAA season. The Cal women opened with a victory over Pac-12 competitor Oregon State, winning every event for a dominant win. Other notable match-ups included Georgia’s sweep of UNC, Auburn’s close wins over Wisconsin, and the Cal men opening their season against Pacific. In one of the more innovative match-ups of the week, the Michigan Wolverines competed against Louisville in an unusual “tripleheader” dual meet format, with the Michigan men and women coming away with the win across a three session contest. The two day meet was scored separately as three sessions, with the winner of 2 out of the 3 taking the overall meet win. To make matters more interesting, races and distances were decided right before the meet, with swimmers given little notice to what or even when they would be swimming. To see more recaps of this week’s meets, head over to our College Landing Page.

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The Week That Was #2 – 13th Annual Golden Goggles Nominees Announced

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This week USA Swimming released the nominees for the 2016 Golden Goggle awards, which will be held on Monday, November 21st at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. This marks the 13th year that the Golden Goggles have been held, with Bob Costas serving as the host for the fourth time in the event’s history. Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps will likely be favorites in multiple categories, as both are nominated for respective Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Female and Male Performances of the Year, and Relay Performance of the Year. Ledecky has won Female Athlete of the Year the last three years and has won Female Performance of the Year since 2012. Simone Manuel, Maya DiRado, Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian and Ryan Murphy are the other nominees for Athlete of the Year. Fans can vote online to have a say in who will win the awards and also check out all of the athletes who were nominated for awards. Proceeds from the event will also benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, an organization that supports developmental and learn to swim programs through the U.S. National Team.

The Week That Was #1 – 2016 FINA World Cup Stops in Dubai, Doha Close Second Cluster

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The second cluster of the 2016 FINA World Cup Circuit came to a close this week, with Dubai and Doha serving as hosts following last week’s meet in Beijing. Hosszu and Morozov ended up as cluster winners again while also continuing to lead the overall standings. Notably, during this circuit Chad le Clos has become the first male athlete to win more than 100 world cup gold medals, which he continued to extend with wins in the 50 (22.08), 100 (49.12), and 200 (1:49.71) butterfly in Dubai

The two leaders of the circuit, Katinka Hosszu and Vladimir Morozov, continued to rack up more wins in Dubai to further distance themselves from the pack. Morozov racked up four more wins throughout the two day meet, winning the 100 free (46.71), 100 IM (51.05), 50 free (20.88), and 100 breast (56.52). Hosszu, swimming her usual marathon slate of events, totaled a staggering nine wins throughout the meet, with wins in the 200 free (1:54.37), 200 IM (2:05.87), 50 back (26.35), 800 free (8:27.45), 100 back (56.56), 100 IM (58.09), 400 free (4:03.14), 400 IM (4:33.84), and 200 fly (2:05.62).

It was much of the same story in Doha, as Hosszu came away with another nine wins on the women’s side and Morozov another four wins as well. Notably, Chad le Clos also came away with three gold medals to stay within striking distance of Morozov in the overall standings. Le Clos was only 15 points back from Morozov this cluster (195 to 210), and sits in second with 387 points, just behind the Russian’s 436 points. Hosszu is far and away the leader on the women’s side, with 783 total points. Jeanette Ottesen sits in second overall, over 400 points back with 309.

You can check out all of the results from both meets, including full recaps of each session, below:

Dubai Day One Results                              Doha Day One Results

Dubai Day Two Results                              Doha Day Two Results

The Week That Was BONUS – Ryan Lochte Announces Engagement

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Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte announced Sunday night that he is engaged. Lochte, currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, proposed to girlfriend Kayla Reid at Malibu Canyon. Lochte, 32, met Reid, 25, at a Los Angeles-area nightclub in January. Reid works as a model and recently accompanied Lochte to the Olympic Games in Rio.

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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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