The Week That Was: NCAA Woman of the Year: Brooke Forde, Emma Nordin Lead Swimming Finalists


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The Week That Was #1: NCAA Woman of the Year: Brooke Forde, Emma Nordin Lead Swimming Finalists; Ivy League Does Not Nominate Lia Thomas


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By Dan D’Addona

The path for Penn swimmer Lia Thomas to become the NCAA Woman of the Year has ended. Thomas, a transgender swimmer who was nominated by Penn to be the Quakers’ Woman of the Year, was not selected by the Ivy League as conferences narrowed down the finalists from each school.

The Week That Was #2: U.S. Nationals: Natalie Hinds Delivers Composed Swim for 100 Free Crown (VIDEO)


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By Matthew De George

If you had to describe what a veteran swim in the women’s 100 freestyle might look like, Natalie Hinds delivered the blueprint Tuesday night.

Focused on her own race. Executing her own plan, regardless of a speedy, outside-lane challenge. And a personal-best time to boot.

The Week That Was #3: Nope! Adam Peaty Will Not Go To Doha Worlds In 2024; Tom Dean Calls For Review Of Schedule

ADam Peaty 2021 Europeans

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By Liz Byrnes 

Adam Peaty won’t be going to the 2024 World Championships in Doha and believes the meet will be poorly attended weeks before the Olympic Trials season gets under way.

There has been growing criticism of FINA’s decision to stage the 2024 Worlds from 2-18 February and to also make it a relay qualification meet for the Paris Games to be held from July that year.

The Week That Was #4: Commonwealth Games: Australia Dominates Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay Again

Australia Gold 400 FRelay

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By Matthew De George 

There is simply no stopping the Australian freestyle relay machine, not at this Commonwealth Games at least.

The Aussies did what the Aussies have come to be expected to do, routing the field in the women’s 400 freestyle relay Saturday in Birmingham. The team of Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon blistered the field in a time of 3:30.64, besting England by a margin of nearly six seconds.

The Week That Was #5: U.S. Nationals: Katie Ledecky Surges Ahead of Leah Smith for 400 IM Victory, Swims Personal-Best Time (VIDEO)


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By David Rieder

Katie Ledecky came to U.S. Nationals with hopes of swimming a best time. Ledecky’s standard in her signature events is ridiculously high, as she is the world-record holder in the 800 and 1500 freestyle, the second-fastest swimmer in history in the 400 free and fourth all-time in the 200 free. But with Ledecky taking on a handful of off-events this week, she was understandably excited about the opportunity to swim faster than ever before.

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