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Oct 6 15

USC head coach believes in the science behind swimming

by ZwemZa

While studying exercise science as a master’s student at California State University, Long Beach, USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo PhD ’91 took a class in exercise physiology that changed the course of his career.

“I learned theories that were intriguing — and completely contrary to what I knew as an athlete,” Salo said. “It piqued my interest in human performance.”

For example, rather than encourage students to spin the wheels longer on a stationary bicycle, he discovered that if they instead rode for shorter amounts of time and pedaled faster, they could increase their endurance.

Salo, who earned a doctorate in exercise physiology from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, built his career on that premise (originally put forth by a Cal State Long Beach professor), coaching many Olympic swimmers to victory.

Testing the waters

Salo worked as an assistant coach under the late Peter Daland for the USC swim team while earning his doctorate in exercise physiology at USC Dornsife and accepted a full-time coaching job in Irvine following graduation.

The job became a true test bed for Salo’s philosophy.

Dave Salo at work

“On the first day of practice, I gave all the swimmers a lecture on human performance and exercise physiology,” he said. “I told them things were going to be very different.”

While some of his swimmers quit after learning about the changes, others put their trust in Salo’s scientific approach. Many who stayed excelled.

Salo led members of his team to a number of Junior National Team Championships and the United States Swimming National Championships. It was at the latter competition where he coached Amanda Beard, Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, Gabrielle Rose and Staciana Stitts, who won a combined five medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

“From 1990 to 2006, we had more athletes make the Olympic team than any other club in the country,” Salo said. As a result of that success, he was recruited back to serve as head coach of the USC swim team.

“I was grateful to get this position because traditionally to become head coach at a school like USC, one would have to coach another Division 1 college team first.”

When he arrived, the USC athletes were largely receptive to his unique methodology — with the exception of some distance swimmers who were skeptical about how swimming less would lead them to victory in long races.

“They assumed that I was just a ‘sprint coach,’ so they were apprehensive,” Salo recalled. “But my first year, they were the ones who did the best. After that, they understood.”

Peak performance

Salo is the author of two books, Complete Conditioning for Swimming (Human Kinetics, 2008), co-authored with Scott Riewald, and SprintSalo: A Cerebral Approach to Training for Peak Swimming Performance (Evanston, IL: Swimming Support Syndicate, 1989).

He makes sure never to stray from his roots as a scientist of human performance.

“There are the basic precepts that I employ that don’t change unless I see something that forces me to ask the question, ‘How can I make this better?’” Salo explained.

Sometimes his athletes challenge a component of his methodologies, and he makes sure to prove to them logically why it makes sense.

“It’s the lesson of a Ph.D.,” he said. “You have to justify what you tell your athletes to do. You have to be analytical and not spout out ideas you can’t defend.”

In addition to having the opportunity to coach some of the world’s most talented athletes, Salo appreciates USC for its wealth of intellectual capital.

“We are always looking for professors on campus who are doing work relevant to athletics — maybe it’s a sociology professor studying the dynamics of group structure or a psychologist who studies the mental aspects of sports,” he said. “My philosophy is always to take advantage of what’s available so that as we move forward, the team will just get better and better.”

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Oct 5 15

20 Reasons you should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning

by ZwemZa

lemonwaterAdding lemon to water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements which we absolutely need. Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster. When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells. In other words, this homemade “lemonade” helps eliminate internal toxins, regulating proper kidney and digestive tract functions by forcing them to work as smoothly as possible.

20 Unbelievable Reasons To Start Your Day With Water and Lemon

  1. Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. As lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  2. Water with lemon is good for the joints, reducing pain in the joints and muscles.
  3. Warm water with lemon helps digestion as lemon contains citric acid. It interacts with other enzymes and acids which easily stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and digestion.
  4. The liver produces more enzymes from water with lemon than from any other food.
  5. Water with lemon cleanses the liver. Lemon juice stimulates the liver to release toxins.
  6. Water with Lemon helps fight infections of the respiratory tract, sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon.
  7. Warm water with lemon helps regulate natural bowel movement.
  8. Water with lemon is indispensable for the normal work of metabolism. Since lemon is a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals and strengthens the immune system.
  9. Water with lemon aids in proper functioning of the nervous system (as lemon  has a high content of potassium). Depression and anxiety are often the result of low levels of potassium in the blood. The nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart.
  10. Water with lemon cleanses blood, blood vessels and arteries.
  11. Water with lemon can help lower blood pressure.  A daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10%.
  12. Water with lemon creates an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it immediately before a meal,  it can help your body maintain a higher level of pH. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases.
  13. Water with lemon is good for the skin. Vitamin C in lemon, improves our skin by rejuvenating the body.  Drinking water with lemon regularly (every morning) will improve the condition of your skin.
  14. Water with lemon  helps to dilute uric acid, the built up of which leads to pain in the joints and gout.
  15. Water with lemon is beneficial for pregnant women. Since lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, it acts as an adaptogen helping the body cope with viruses such as colds.  Furthermore, vitamin C helps the formation of bone tissue of the unborn baby. At the same time, due to the high content of potassium, a mixture of water with lemon helps forming cells of the brain and nervous system of the baby.
  16. Water with lemon relieves heartburn. For this, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water.
  17. Water with lemon helps dissolve gallstones,  kidney stones, pancreatic stones, and calcium deposits.
  18. Water with lemon helps with weight loss.  Lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps suppress hunger cravings. Studies have proven  people with a better alkaline diet have lost weight faster.
  19. Water with lemon helps with tooth pain and gingivitis.
  20. Water with lemon prevents cancer. This is due to the fact that lemons are a highly alkaline food. Multiple studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.

 How and when to drink water with lemon:

For this purpose, use warm purified or spring water. Take half a Cup of warm water without sugar and squeeze in there at least half of lemon or lime. Better to use a special juicer (to get the most juice with minimal effort). You can also use lemon essential oil.

You need to drink water with lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Some recommend a drink of water one hour before meals for maximum results.

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Oct 5 15

British Swimming celebrates 2015 achievements

by ZwemZa
Tom Daley is eager to enter the Hollywood acting scene [PA]

Tom Daley is eager to enter the Hollywood acting scene [PA]

British Swimming celebrated the incredible performances of British athletes over the 2014/15 season at this weekend’s inaugural British Swimming Awards.

Swimming and Diving celebrated their best ever performance at a FINA World Championships this year while the British Para-swimming team won an impressive 10 gold medals the IPC World Championships in Glasgow.

Each discipline nominated three athletes who have excelled on the World stage in 2015 for the Athlete of the Year Award with the winner being decided by a public vote.

There was double celebration for Tom Daley as he was crowned Diving Athlete of the Year as well as Overall British Swimming Athlete of the Year.

At the FINA World Championships, Daley won a historic gold medal alongside Rebecca Gallantree in the first Mixed Team event and then secured bronze in the 10m Platform.

It has been a year of hat-tricks for Swimming Athlete of the Year, Adam Peaty, with three world records set, three British titles won and three World Championship victories.

Jessica-Jane Applegate, who was crowned IPC World Champion in the 100m Backstroke in July, won Para-swimming Athlete of the Year.

Alongside the Athlete of the Year awards each sport also honoured their Coach and Emerging Athlete of the Year at the ceremony in Manchester.

City of Leeds’ Adrian Hinchliffe, who was instrumental in Jack Laugher’s podium success over the past year, won the Diving Coach of the Year award, while Mel Marshall (City of Derby) and Glenn Smith (Nova Centurion) were named Swimming and Para-swimming Coach of the Year respectively.

Tully Kearney, who was also nominated in the Athlete of the Year category, was crowned Para-swimming Emerging Athlete of the Year after claiming an incredible four world titles at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow.

Lois Toulson won City of Leeds’ second award of the night as she was named Diving Emerging Athlete of the Year after her gold medal winning performance in the 10m Platform at the inaugural European Games in Baku.

The ASA now looks ahead to the 2015 ASA Aquatics Awards in Leamington Spa on 14 November 2015 which will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, facilities and schools involved in aquatics.


Oct 5 15

Robbie Renwick named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2015

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Swimmer Robbie Renwick named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2015

Swimmer Robbie Renwick named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2015

Swimmer Robbie Renwick has been named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2015.

Following an outstanding season, which saw him become World Champion for the first time in his career, swimmer, Robbie Renwick was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2015 and awarded the Emirates Lonsdale Trophy, at the Commonwealth Games Scotland Awards Dinner in Glasgow last night.

Fellow swimmer, 18-year-old Duncan Scott, then collected the Sir Peter Heatly Trophy for the Young Sportsperson of the Year, to make it a clean sweep of the main awards for swimming.

The dinner, organised by Commonwealth Games Scotland, is one of the highlights of the Scottish sporting calendar and recognises the achievements of Scotland’s athletes in Commonwealth Games Federation member sports over the past 12 months.

This year was a celebration of the achievements of Youth Team Scotland, recently returned from the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa and of the senior Scottish athletes vying for selection for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.

Renwick scooped the top award for playing a key part of Great Britain’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team at the 2015 Swimming World Championships in Kazan. At age 27, his split of 1:45.98 to win gold in Kazan was the fastest of his long career.

His career for Scotland started with the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2004. Medal success followed in the next three Commonwealth Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014 where he anchored Team Scotland to three successive team silvers in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay and won individual gold in the 200m Freestyle in 2010.

Training in Scotland throughout his career, initially in Aberdeen and then in Glasgow, Robbie is now based with the successful University of Stirling squad, leading by example to the next generation of Scottish swimmers.

He received two Business Class flights to Dubai, courtesy of Lonsdale Trophy sponsor Emirates and becomes the third swimmer to win the title following in the footsteps of Gregor Tait (2006) and Hannah Miley (2010).

A delighted Robbie Renwick said: “It’s absolutely amazing to win, just seeing the people who have won this award in the past few years, it’s stunning to be up there with the best in Scotland. It really means a lot to me.

“This year has been the highlight of my swimming career. From being at the point after the Commonwealth Games last year, not sure if I wanted to keep swimming to turning that around and being World Champion a year later is hugely exciting.
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“Changing my training base from Glasgow to Stirling has had a huge benefit and everything has all come together really nicely. I’ve got another year to Rio 2016 and it is exciting knowing that we could be even faster next year and it’s now about turning that World Championship gold into an Olympic gold medal.”

Robbie saw off stiff competition from the three other incredible finalists; Rower, Heather Stanning and Para-sport athletes Neil Fachie (Cycling) and Gordon Reid (Wheelchair Tennis).

Oct 5 15

Chad Le Clos & Katinka Hosszu return to UAE for final round of World Cup

by ZwemZa
Chad le Clos

Chad le Clos

World class swimming competition returns to Dubai next month as an impressive line-up of world and Olympic champions head to the UAE for the final round of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu head the list of big names who will compete for glory in the 50m pool at the Hamdan Sports Complex from 6-7 November.

It is the first time that Dubai will host the final deciding leg of the eight-stage event, which will also see both male and female athletes scoop the US $100,000 prize money on offer.

With qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics on the line for every athlete, the last round of the World Cup is set to become one of the most competitive sporting contests ever staged in Dubai, with over 30 nations competing.

Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu defended both her 200m and 400m Individual Medley World Championship crowns in Kazan.

Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu defended both her 200m and 400m Individual Medley World Championship crowns in Kazan.

Commenting on the return of the swimming extravaganza to the UAE, Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Association, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the world’s best swimmers to Dubai again next month. This is the fifth time this event has been held in Dubai, and we are honoured to be hosting the final and deciding leg of the Swimming World Cup this year.

“With the overall World Cup title and Olympic qualification on the line, the competition is guaranteed to be exciting and we encourage sports fans to come and witness the World and Olympic champions in action.”

The Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai will once again stage the event.

The Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai will once again stage the event.

The competition is held over eight legs and staged in three clusters:

Cluster 1: Moscow and Paris-Chartres in August
Cluster 2: Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore in September and October
Cluster 3: Tokyo and Doha in October, Dubai in November


Oct 5 15

Swimming NZ to stick with current coaching set-up through to Rio Olympics

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Clive Power will continue in his role as national head swimming coach through

Clive Power will continue in his role as national head swimming coach through

Swimming New Zealand will stick with Clive Power as national head coach until next year’s Rio Olympics.

The organisation had been seeking a top-class international coach to oversee their programme full-time but it’s understood a likely appointment had to turn down the role due to health concerns.

Power has been acting as head coach for the past six months after former head coach David Lyles lost his job in an organisation restructure, while high performance boss Luis Villanueva resigned in May.

Power, who has coached a number of swimmers to Olympics and world championships and previously headed the New Zealand Para-Swimming programme, will be head coach as the country’s top swimmers chase spots in the team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

However, it appears he will deal chiefly with NZ-based swimmers, while the likes of potential Rio medallist Lauren Boyle and leading men’s breaststroker Glenn Snyders set to continue with their current overseas coaching set-ups. Freestyler Boyle, who captured two silver medals at this year’s world champs, has been working for the past year with Denis Cotterell in Australia while Snyders has been under the guidance of Dave Salo in the US for a number of years.

“We are pleased with the work Clive has done and he is prepared to commit through to Rio,” said Swimming NZ chief executive Christian Renford.

“Therefore it makes sense to continue with a stable coaching environment through to Rio and at the same time we will continue the recruitment process with the aim to have a suitable head national coach in place to lead the high performance programme beyond Rio.”

“He [Power] has been very well received by the swimmers at the High Performance Centre and in the main, they have performed up to and exceeded goals in the relatively short time that Clive has been in the role.”

Former Olympian Katie Sadleir will continue in her contract role as High Performance director while the organisation will re-evaluate the needs for the long-term leadership of the HP programme.

The Swimming NZ high performance programme has moved to the new Sir Owen G Glenn Aquatic Centre at AUT Millennium, which will be the core training venue for swimmers based in New Zealand.

Those New Zealand-based swimmers not training at the centre fulltime will utilise the facilities and sports science resources for preparation and testing camps with their personal coaches on a regular basis.”


Oct 4 15

Tricia Smith appointed interim Canadian Olympic Committee President to replace Aubut

by ZwemZa
Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith

Olympic medallist and International Rowing Federation (FISA) vice-president Tricia Smith will serve as interim President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) following the resignation of Marcel Aubut, it has been announced.

Aubut, who had led the body on a permanent basis since 2010, formally resigned yesterday following the emergence of several sexual harrassment allegations against him, including from figures involved in Canadian sport.

This followed a vow last week to stand-down on a temporary base for the duration of an initial investigation.

Smith, a silver medallist in the coxless pairs at Los Angeles 1984, will take over with immediate effect, and will seek to play a key role in sustaining the running of the body ahead of next year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

She was elected as one of two COC vice-presidents in 2009 after earlier serving as the North American nation’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2007 Pan American Games.

A lawyer and businesswoman, the 58-year-old from Vancouver also won seven World Championship medals and a gold at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games in a 12-year stint within the Canadian national rowing team.

She was selected for four Olympics, although did not ultimately compete at Moscow 1980 due to the Canadian boycott.

In 2013, she became a FISA vice-president and also serves as a member of the Board of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“I live the values embodied in sport and take very seriously my role in helping spearhead change for the betterment of the Olympic movement in this country,”  she said in a statement.

“Along with my Board, our priority is to institute changes to ensure a safe environment for our athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and all those in the Olympic family.

“I am personally committed to making that family safer and healthier.”

Coming barely two months after he played such a high-profile role during the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, before which he invited International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to Montreal for a COC Excellence Day, the allegations surrounding Aubut has taken the Olympic world by surprise.

Although the original allegation against him has reportedly been withdrawn because the complainent no longer wants to pursue it, another one has been opened as several other women have come forward.

Montreal lawyer Amelia Salehabadi-Fouques is among several women to have given interviews documenting alleged harrassment, including of a “forced kiss” during their first meeting as well as “sexually charged” comments, in addition to the cases being explored by the COC.

Former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court, Francois Rolland, was hired to lead an initial investigation, with an independent third-party now being sought to help with the COC inquiry.

insidethegames understands Aubut will now automatically lose his place on the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees, where he is a representative for the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), as a result of his resignation.

It also ends any ambitions he had of standing as a PASO Presidential candidate next year.

It is not yet clear how long Smith will serve in an interim sense, or at what point permanent COC Presidential Elections will be held.

Oct 4 15

Ledecky steals the show in Kansas City

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Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky

For the third consecutive year, Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and claimed the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fourth straight year after a record-breaking swim in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2015 FINA World Championships. 

The awards were among the 17 presented at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention at the Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ledecky continued to stake her place among swimming’s all-time greats with five gold medals, four in individual events, at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. With victories in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events, Ledecky became the first swimmer to win gold in those four events at the same FINA World Championships.

She opened her meet in Kazan with a meet record in the 400m free (3:59.13) on Aug. 2 and followed with back-to-back world records in the 1500m free on Aug. 3 and 4, eclipsing her own world mark in the prelims followed by a world-record time of 15:25.48 and a 15-second victory in the 1500m final. Just one night later, she stepped down to the 200m free to take gold in 1:55.16 and wrapped up her meet Aug. 8 with a third world-record swim with gold in the 800m free in 8:07.39, a 10-second victory. Ledecky also anchored the Team USA women to a come-from-behind gold in the 4x200m free relay. She now has nine career World Championships medals – all gold.

“I am honored to receive the Athlete of the Year award and Phillips 66 Performance Award. I would also like to express my appreciation to Phillips 66 as well as all of the sponsors and fans who back Team USA,” Ledecky said. “This would not be possible without the incredible support from everyone at USA Swimming and the USOC, my coach Bruce Gemmell, National Team Director Frank Busch and staff, Tom Ugast and coaches at Nation’s Capital Swim Club and all of my teammates there, and my trainer Lee Sommers. Many thanks to all of them and especially my family and to my great USA Swimming teammates for all of their support.”

Ledecky joins Ryan Lochte (2009-11) and Mike Barrowman (1989-91) as the only athletes to win three consecutive USA Swimming Athlete of the Year awards. Michael Phelps is a five-time winner of the honor. She is also only the second-ever athlete to win the Phillips 66 Performance Award in four straight years, after Phelps earned the honor from 2006-09.

The 2015 USA Swimming Award was presented to Rowdy Gaines to recognize him for the most outstanding contribution to the sport. The USA Swimming Award is the highest honor in the sport of swimming.

“I am incredibly humbled by this award, mainly because I think swimming has given me so much more than I could ever imagine delivering to it,” Gaines said. “We are a family and I always have been and always will be a proud part of the greatest sport in the world.”

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, International Swimming Hall of Fame member and prominent television analyst on NBC, Gaines is one of swimming’s foremost ambassadors. His longtime work with the USA Swimming Foundation has been key in spreading the learn-to-swim message nationwide. Gaines currently serves as a USA Swimming Foundation

Ambassador and works as the vice president of aquatics for the YMCA of Central Florida where his work building the sport of swimming at the grassroots level is immeasurable. Earlier this summer, Gaines was named one of the

For the third straight year, Ledecky’s coach, Bruce Gemmell, was honored as the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year last month. Tim O’Brien of Nitro Swim Club (Austin, Texas) was named the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year.

In open water swimming, three awards were presented. Men’s 10-kilometer world champion and Team USA qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica) was named the Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year, while fellow FINA World Championships gold medalist and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team qualifier Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) was named the Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year. The Open Water coaching and support staff of the 2015 FINA World Championship team was presented with the Glen S. Hummer Award, given to the individuals making the greatest contribution to open water swimming for the year.

In disability swimming, 12-time Paralympic gold medalist (17 total medals) Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) earned the Trischa L. Zorn Award. The award is presented for the outstanding performance of the year by an adapted swimmer.

The Adolph Kiefer Safety Award was presented to Lana Whitehead, who has made a significant contribution to safe swimming through her development of the SWIMkids USA program and method. Her education, leadership, training and research are impactful, informative and have created an awareness of drowning prevention throughout the United States.

Longtime coach, former USA Swimming Junior National Team Director and current athlete relations manager Jack Roach was awarded the Athletes’ Appreciation Award. The award recognizes the individual or organization perceived by the committee to have contributed most significantly to the Athletes’ Movement.

A complete list of winners:

Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Haley Anderson
Fran Crippen Memorial Male Swimmer of the Year: Jordan Wilimovsky
Glen S. Hummer Award: Catherine Vogt, Dave Kelsheimer, Dr. Josh White, Eric Posegay, Laurel Liberty, Bryce Elser
Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation Award: Lana Whitehead, SWIMkids USA (Mesa, Ariz.)
Trischa L. Zorn Award: Jessica Long
James Raymond “Jimi” Flowers Disability Coach of the Year: Queenie Nichols
Outstanding Disability Service Award: Aiken-Augusta Swim League
Make a Splash Hero Award: Liquid Lifesavers (Danville, Ill.)
Safe Sport Impact Award: Paul Stockett
Diversity Inclusion Award: Sue Anderson
Kenneth J. Pettigrew Award: Clark Hammond
ASCA Coach of the Year (Presented at the ASCA Convention): Bruce Gemmell
Developmental Coach of the Year: Tim O’Brien
Athletes’ Appreciation Award: Jack Roach
Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award: Katie Ledecky, 800m Free – 2015 FINA World Championships
USA Swimming Athlete of the Year: Katie Ledecky
USA Swimming Award: Rowdy Gaines

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Oct 4 15

SWC 2015: Hosszu and Van Der Burgh remain leaders after Singapore

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Cameron van der Burgh

Cameron van der Burgh

Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu and Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa remain the provisional overall leaders of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 circuit. At the fifth meet of the event in Singapore (SIN) on October 3-4, Hosszu kept consistent by winning the longest events, the 400m free and medley. These two wins largely contributed to her 45 points collected in Singapore, the best among women in front of Emily Seebohm (AUS, 36 points) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN, 30 points).

Van Der Burgh topped the 100m breast and totalled 36 points in Singapore. Kevin Cordes (USA) and Masato Sakai (JPN) followed him, in this order,

Australia pocketed four gold medals on Day 2 while Japanese men stepped three times on the first step of the podium with Katsumi Nakamura winning the 50m free, Shirai Yuki the 200m back and Masato Sakai the 100m fly. Hungary also took three golds with Hosszu and Jakabos.

Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) collected her ninth total World Cup gold in the 50m fly. In this year’s circuit, she won this event in  Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu

Points in Singapore were only recorded on Day 2 as Day 1 finals had to be cancelled due to the high level of haze measured in the swimming complex. As FINA stated in a release yesterday, the world governing body’s top priority being the athletes, officials and spectators health, only the heats took place on October 3.

All results can be found here

The sixth meet of the 2015 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup will take place in Tokyo (JPN) on October 28-29, opening the third and last cluster of this yearly circuit.

Winners in Singapore (SIN):

50m free: Men – Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) 22.47€“; Women €“ – cancelled
100m free: Men – cancelled ; Women -€“ Cate Campbell (AUS) 53.09
200m free: Men – Daniel Smith (AUS) 1:48.15; Women -€“ cancelled
400m free: Men – cancelled; Women -“ Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:12.00
50m back: Men – Ashley Delaney (AUS) 25.30; Women – cancelled
100m back: Men -€“ cancelled; Women -€“ Emily Seebohm (AUS) 58.72
200m back: Men – Shirai  Yuki (JPN) 1:57.96; Women -€“ cancelled
50m breast: Men – cancelled; Women -€“ Alia Atkinson (JAM) 30.74
100m breast: Men – Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 59.38; Women -€“ cancelled
200m breast: Men – cancelled; Women -€“ Micah Lawrence (USA) 2:25.89
50m fly: Men – cancelled; Women – Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 25.84
100m fly: Men – Masato Sakai (JPN) 53.53; Women -€“ cancelled
200m fly: Men – cancelled; Women -€“ Zsusanna Jakabos (HUN) 2:08.65
200m IM: Men – Semen Makovich (RUS) 2:01.76; Women -€“ cancelled
400m IM: Men – cancelled; Women -“ Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:37.30

The top-3 athletes with more points in Singapore were (points on Day 2 only):

1. Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 36 points
2. Kevin Cordes (USA) 27 points
3. Masato Sakai (JPN) 21 points

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 45 points
2. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 36 points
3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 30 points

Cluster #2 winners

1. Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 141 points
2. Masato Sakai (JPN) 105 points
3. Ashley Delaney (AUS) 72 points

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 240 points
2. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 150 points
3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 108 points

Overall leaders of the SWC 2015 so far:

1. Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 237 points
2. Masato Sakai (JPN) 105 points
3. Ashley Delaney (AUS) 105

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 402 points
2. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 261 points
3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 141 points

Oct 4 15

Australian Olympic swimming great Liesel Jones has released a book called Body Lengths

by ZwemZa

Bursting onto the Australian swimming scene as a 15-year-old at the Sydney Olympic Games, Liesel Jones soon became a household name.

The blonde bombshell, with the winning smile, won the hearts of the Australian public, as she picked up medal-after-medal over four Olympic Games, and she grew up before our eyes.

But being a teenager and thrust into the limelight isn’t easy, as Jones soon found out.

Australian swimmer Liesel Jones competed in four Olympic Games.

She discovered that being famous doesn’t make you immune from experiencing the highs and lows of everyday life, and that adoring fans are fickle and are prone to setting unrealistic expectations.

Along with Ian Thorpe, Jones holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by any Australian, as well as winning seven world championships.

Leisel Jones’ new book is called Body Lengths.

But, despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered, like Thorpe, from depression, and at one time planned to take her own life.

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