The Week That Was: World Record Tumble In Budapest

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The highlight of this week was undoubtedly the swimming competition of the 2017 FINA World Championships, which saw Team USA lead the medal table with 18 golds and 38 total medals and several world records fall throughout the competition. Take a look below to see the recap of that event and the rest of the news in the week that was.  

The Week That Was #5 – Madisyn Cox Signs With arena

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American National Team member and recent World Championship medalist Madisyn Cox signed with arena this week, following a recent bevy of recently graduated Americans to sign with a major suit maker. The 22-year old former University of Texas swimmer has had steady improvement over her last four years to work her way into a major force on both the collegiate, national, and now international scene that has included two finals swims at the 2016 Olympic Trials and numerous All-American Titles. Cox has been a member of the US National Team since 2014 and went on to compete internationally at the 2015 World University Games.

The Week That Was #4 – Olympian Milorad Cavic Set To Join LSU Coaching Staff

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Olympians and World Champ Milorad Cavic will be joining the coaching staff at Louisiana State University. Head Coach Dave Geyer announced the selection on Tuesday, noting the once-rival to Michael Phelps “will bring a great level of elite experience to our deck as well as international connections through the swimming world. We are excited to welcome Milo, his wife, and his son to the Tiger family.” While Cavic has worked with the Partizan Swimming Club in Serbia and has also coordinated and consulted several swimming clinics, this will be his first foray into college coaching. Cavic himself competed for UC Berkeley, winning four NCAA relay championships during his time with the Golden Bears. Internationally, Cavic competed at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 100 butterfly in Beijing, .01 behind Phelps.

The Week That Was #3 – Croatia Beats Home Team Hungary For Water Polo Title

23-07-2017: Waterpolo: Servie v Kroatie: Boedapest (L-R) during the waterpolomatch between men Serbia and Croatia at the 17th FINA World Championships 2017 in Budapest, Hungary Photo / Foto: Gertjan Kooij

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The Croatian men defeated host team Hungary to close the water polo competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Hungary’s position in the final was unexpected, as the team’s last international competition came in 2014 when they hosted the European Championships. But the Hungarian squad’s unexpected run this year was buoyed by their home crowd, with more than 7,000 spectators on hand for the final match between the two teams. Hungary’s inexperience showed in the opening period, with four unanswered goals putting the Hungarians in a deep hole that ultimately contributed to their 8-6 loss. You can read a full recap of the game between the two teams here.

The Week That Was #2 – Lochte Set For Return At 2017 U.S. Open

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The psych sheets for the 2017 U.S. Open Championships were released this week, confirming that Ryan Lochte will be making his return to long course competition following the recent completion of his suspension. Lochte was originally set to make his return to competition last month at the LA Invite, but scratched right before the start of the meet. Lochte is entered in just two events, the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, and will be joining other US stars such as Madison Kennedy, Cullen Jones, and Michael Andrew. The meet is set to begin August 2 in East Meadow, NY at the Nassau Aquatics Center. You can see the full psych sheets for the 2017 U.S. Open Championships here.

 

The Week That Was #1 – World Records Tumble In Budapest

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The swimming did not fail to disappoint at the 2017 FINA World Championships, with world record seemingly broken or challenged in every session. Among those world record beaters was British gold medalist Adam Peaty became the first man under 26 seconds in the 50 breast after breaking his own record in prelims and then semi-finals. The much hyped rematch between Russian Yulia Efimova and American Lilly King resulted in a world record for the American, her first individual world mark. She added another in the 50 breaststroke on the last day of the meet. Canada’s Kylie Masse added her name to the record books when she broke the 100 backstroke record in the finals, at the time the oldest women’s record on the books. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom also broke through after many near misses this year in the 50 free, breaking the world record in semis. The US team was dominant across the relay events, including two world records in the mixed relays and a new mark in the women’s 400 medley relay to close the meet. While he came close to several world records, Caeleb Dressel earned Male Swimmer of the Meet, with Sarah Sjostrom earning Female Swimmer of the Meet. Head over to our Event Landing Page for full highlights, including all results, session recaps, and athlete interviews.

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    J. Schwarz

    Did you really mean to say “did not fail to disappoint” ?
    Triple negatives are hard to parse. How about “did not disappoint”?

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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