The Week That Was: Second World Cup Cluster Begins This Week

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This week the second cluster of the 2017 FINA World Cup kicked off in Hong Kong with a revamped prize system that includes more money up for grabs. Read about that meet below and all of the biggest stories of the week in The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Olympian Katrina Radke Competes On Survivor

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Katrina Radke has joined the cast of Season 35 of “Survivor,” the long running reality TV show on CBS. Radke, who competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, is one of 18 castaways who will be competing for $1 million. The season is titled Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, with each contestant being split into one of the three teams, with Radke as a member of the Heroes tribe. Radke currently works as a therapist and provides sport psychology consulting. Radke had initially sent in an audition tape when the series first premiered but never heard back. You can read about Radke’s process auditioning for the show here.

The Week That Was #4 – Tennessee and Duke Add to Coaching Staff

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This week was full of coaching news for the Tennessee Vols, as Matt Kredich received a contract extension through the 2022 season and the team added Christian Hanselmann as an assistant coach for the program. Kredich’s contract renewal increases a salary increase to just under $200,000. He has been the head coach of the women’s program since 2005 and the head coach of both programs since 2011-12. Hanselmann is returning as an assistant coach for the Vols after previously working as a graduate assistant and assistant coach of Tennessee aquatics two years ago. He is the second new coaching addition this season, with Rich Murphy joining the staff earlier this year. In other coaching news, Duke announced Alex Henderson and Matt Ventura as additions to the swimming and diving coaching staff as volunteer assistants this week.

The Week That Was #3 – USA Swimming Announces Golden Goggle Nominees

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USA Swimming announced the 2017 Golden Goggle Awards Nominees this week. World Champions Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel led the way with six nominations each following incredibly successful summers at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Both are nominated for their respective Athlete of the Year awards. Actor, comedian and former swimmer Anders Holm will return as the emcee for the event. Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 10, with a percentage of the fan vote counting towards the final ballot. The 2017 Golden Goggle Awards are set to go off on Sunday, Nov. 19, in Los Angeles. Full details of the event can be found at GoldenGoggles.com.

The Week That Was #2 – Misty Hyman Announced Birth Of First Child

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Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman announced the birth of her first child on her Instagram this week. Hyman gave birth to a daughter, Margaret Eileen Hovey, on Sept. 23 and announced the birth on her Instagram page. Hyman was a gold medalist in the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, upsetting Australian Susie O’Neill in front of a home crowd. Hyman had announced last March that she would not be returning to the Arizona State Sun Devil coaching staff, following it up shortly thereafter with a pregnancy announcement in June.

The Week That Was #1 – Hong Kong World Cup Kicks Off Second Cluster

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The second cluster of the FINA World Cup kicked off this week in Hong Kong, the same week that FINA announced they would be increasing the prize money of the competition. Changes to the prize distribution include awarding the top eight men and women at the end of the competition and prize increase for first, second and third place finishers. The first World Cup meet in the second cluster happened over the weekend, with several fast swims highlighting the return to competition. Notable performances included Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom missing her own world record in the 200 free after staying under through the 150 mark (1:51.77) and Katinka Hosszu just missing her own world record in the 100 IM (56.97) in a much anticipated showdown with Sjostrom. You can see all the highlights from the Hong Kong World Cup stop here and here.

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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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