The Week That Was: Two World Records Bookend 2018 FINA World Cup Stop In Tokyo

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This week saw two short course world records set on the first and third day of the 2018 FINA World Cup in Tokyo, bookending the second stop of the third cluster of the circuit. Read about those records and more of the biggest stories below from the week that was.  

The Week That Was #5 – Filippo Magnini Banned For Four Years For Doping

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Two-time World Champion Filippo Magnini was banned for four years for doping violations on Tuesday. Italy’s anti-doping agency issued the verdict for the retired swimmer and relay teammate Michele Santucci, finding both swimmers guilty of using and attempting to use banned substances. Magnini, who won the 100-meter freestyle at the 2005 and 2007 world championships and a relay bronze at the 2004 Olympics, has never tested positive and maintains that he never use performance-enhancing drugs. Both swimmers have been linked to nutritionist Guido Porcellini, who was banned for 30 years for distributing illegal drugs.

The Week That Was #4 – Justina Kozan Breaks 40-Year-Old Age Group Record

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Justina Kozan of Brea Aquatics broke one of the most storied U.S. National Age Group Records this week, taking down Sippy Woodhead’s 1978 13-14 NAG record in the 200 yard freestyle. Woodhead’s record was a 1:46.40, a mark that stood for 40 years until Kozan clocked a 1:45.77 at the Kevin B. Perry Invite over the weekend. That makes Kozan the youngest swimmer ever under 1:46. Woodhead still holds the long course NAG records in the 200 and 400 freestyles, also from 1978. Kozan also set NAG records in the 200 IM (1:58.57), 100 free (49.05), and 100 fly (52.83).

The Week That Was #3 – Peaty, Murphy Declare Intent To Compete In Energy For Swim Meet

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This week several more swimmers announced their intent to participate in the Energy for Swim Event in Turin this December despite threats of possible suspension from FINA. Adam Peaty and Ryan Murphy were the latest to declare their plans to attend the meet, joining other international swimmers including Tom Shields, Emily Seebohm, and Sarah Sjostrom. The meet, which many athletes are choosing over FINA’s own short course world championships in December, is a non-sanctioned event run by the International Swimming League (ISL). FINA has stated that since the ISL did not get FINA approval six months prior to the meet they may deliver suspensions on those who participate.

The Week That Was #2 – Big Ten Sweeps First ACC-B1G Challenge

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The inaugural ACC – B1G Challenge wrapped up over the weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. The event featured the top stars from both the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Big Ten Conference (B1G), with the Big Ten pulling off wins in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The Big Ten women ran away with the meet, winning 251-102, while the men’s meet came down to the last few events with the Big Ten ultimately winning 179-174. Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson was a standout from the weekend, winning 6 events for the Big Ten and posting four times that rank her #1 in the country. Indiana’s Lilly King also hit two A cuts in winning the 100 (57.85) and 200 (2:06.81) breast, while Michigan freshman Maggie MacNeil broke Michigan’s school record in the 100 fly yet again, winning the event in 50.09 to become the 6th fastest ever in the event. King’s teammate and fellow reigning NCAA champion Ian Finnerty also hit an A cut in the 100 breast, clocking a 51.54. You can see full results, recaps, and interviews from the ACC – B1G Challenge here.

The Week That Was #1 – Two World Records Bookend 2018 FINA World Cup Stop In Tokyo

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The second leg of the third cluster of the 2018 FINA World Cup featured two more world records from Russia’s Vlad Morozov and China’s Xu Jiayu. Morozov continued his excellent run of performances in the 2018 series, tying his own world record of 50.26 from earlier in the World Cup stop in Eindhoven. Xu closed out the meet with his own world record, just sneaking past Russian Kliment Kolesnikov’s 2017 world record of 48.90 with a 48.88. Morozov’s world record helped to distance him from others in the world cup rankings, putting him in the lead by more than 100 points. The women’s leaderboard is much tighter heading into the next meet, with Sarah Sjostrom holding a narrow 15-point lead over Katinka Hosszu. You can see all the updates from the 2018 FINA World Cup circuit 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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