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008 USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE –FULL FINALS RECAP
by Andy Ross
The 2017 USA College Challenge between the United States national team and the Pac-12 all star team kicked off in Los Angeles. The Pac-12 had very fast times from Stanford swimmers Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin as they helped give the Pac-12 an early lead heading into the second half of the meet.

014 MUSINGS FROM THE DECK AT USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE
by David Rieder
Before the first session of the USA College Challenge in Los Angeles, Lindsay Mintenko was giddy. The meet was her first in her new position as Managing Director of the U.S. National team, but with nothing really at stake in one of swimming’s most fun formats, she could relax and enjoy herself…

018 AT USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE, THE PAC-12 TEAM UNIFIED AND RALLIED
by David Rieder
In the first edition of the USA College Challenge in 2016, the collegiate all-stars competing against a watered-down version of the U.S. National team had no chance at a victory. This year, the team representing the Pac-12 showed up in Los Angeles knowing they had a shot…

020 USA SWIMMING PROMOTES LINDSAY MINTENKO TO NATIONAL TEAM MANAGING DIRECTOR POSITION
USA Swimming has named two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko as the first female senior executive to lead the organization’s National Team Division
amid a restructuring of the organization’s technical swimming staff.

021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING MADELINE GROVES
Swimming Australia can confirm that the FINA Doping Panel have conducted a hearing regarding Madeline Groves’ alleged whereabouts breaches on Thursday night Australian time…

022 THE 7 SINS OF SWIMMING
By Chandler Brandes
There is no such thing as a perfect swimmer. As swimmers, we sometimes (although rarely) make mistakes. We may DQ, forget our heat and lane, or even accidentally-on-purpose rip our cap at the exact moment a hard set is about to begin…

024 ANALYSIS: SMU CLASSIC WAS EPIC JUMPSTART TO SEASON
by Dan D’Addona
The start of the college swimming season is always a little random. Some teams start earlier than others and it seems like there aren’t too many big meets early on…

030 CAN THE TEXAS MEN WIN ANOTHER NCAA TEAM TITLE?
By Jason Tillotson
We all know the legacy of the University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team. They are a dominant name and force in the swimming world and rightfully so. The UT men have won the NCAA championships each of the past three years and have earned a total of 13 national championships over the course of the program’s history.

032 PAC-12 CONFERENCE FORMS TASK FORCE ADDRESSING ISSUES THREATENING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS’ INTEGRITY
Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced this morning the formation of a Pac-12 Task Force that will propose reforms to protect student-athletes and address certain systemic issues threatening college athletics.

033 LONG-TIME SWIMMING WORLD CONTRIBUTOR BILL BELL PASSES AWAY
by David Rieder
Swimming World has sadly learned that Bill Bell, long-time contributor and super-fan of swimming, recently passed away in Los Angeles.

034 FAN IN THE STANDS: THE PASSION OF POMONA-PITZER FANS
by Michael Randazzo
40 or so family and friends of the Pomona-Pitzer men’s water polo team descended last weekend on Boston from all over the country for a series of matches between their Sagehens and East Coast teams, including Brown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and MIT.

036 “I DO HAVE SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN THE POOL,” CATE CAMPBELL MOVING FORWARD
by Diana Pimer
In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Olympian Cate Campbell discussed her future both in and out of the pool

037 PALO ALTO STANFORD AQUATICS ADOPTS TEAM IN PUERTO RICO
by David Rieder
As Puerto Rico continues its hurricane relief efforts following devastation by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a swim team in the United States has raised over $3000 for one of its Puerto Rican counterparts.

038 WADA LIFTS PARTIAL SUSPENSION OF UCLA LABORATORY
by Taylor Brien
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Sir Craig Reedie, chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee recently approved lifting the partial suspension that was delivered to the UCLA Laboratory as it relates to analyzing four specific prohibited substances.

039 WRIGHT STATE DELIVERS FINAL CUT TO SWIM & DIVE TEAMS
Despite a successful fundraising campaign, Wright State University has announced that it will be cutting the swimming and diving team following the completion of the 2017-18 season.

040 3 TRICKS TO SURVIVING THE OCTOBER COLLEGE GRIND
by Chris Balbo
Every college swimmer knows October is the grinding month. Midterms are piling up and yardage is racking up as the temperature is going down.

041 PARTING SHOT

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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