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Oct 17 17

Olympic Champ Roland Schoeman teams up with Scholarship Agency Athletes USA

by ZwemZa
Roland Schoeman

Roland Schoeman

Founded in 2008, Athletes USA is comprised of former college athletes, coaches, and scouts working together to market and manage scholarships to some of the world’s best-known universities. With their network of over 3,000+ schools and 20,000 American college coaches, Athletes USA has helped deliver scholarships to athletes in over 54 countries — and counting — globally.

Athletes USA recently announced a partnership with four-time South African Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist Roland Schoeman.

Athletes USA CEO & Founder, Chris Vidal:

“Athletes USA is excited to announce our new partnership with Roland Schoeman. We are extremely honored to have the pleasure to work with Roland. His experience and extremely successful swimming career will be hugely valuable for our swim athletes during their college recruiting process. At Athletes USA, we want to help athletes become champions. In order to achieve that goal, you need to build a team of former champions and that’s why we are very excited to have a four-time Olympian, 10x World record holder, and Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman part of our team.”

Roland Schoeman on the partnership:

“I am excited and proud to announce that I have partnered with Athletes USA. I was blessed to have been awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Arizona where I went on the win the NCAA Championship and become a 24-time All-American. I wish that Athletes USA had been around while I was being recruited. While I fortunately made a good decision, there are thousands of athletes that aren’t afforded the opportunity to attend the college of their dreams. There are unfortunately too many people out there giving the wrong advice to prospective college athletes. That’s why I am excited to be partnering with Athletes USA; they are a world-leading sports scholarship agency that takes the time and effort to ensure that you’re not only properly prepared to attend a U.S. college, but that you are able to go to a college that will help you fulfill your dreams. Allow us the opportunity to help you get the scholarship you deserve.”

Contacts

Chris Vidal, Athletes USA LLC — chris@athletes-usa.com
Roland Schoeman – roland@athletes-usa.com

Press release courtesy of Athletes USA

Oct 16 17

Terence Parkin becomes global brand ambassador for Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation

by ZwemZa

South African ace Terence Parkin is to take to the world stage as a Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation Ambassador

Renowned South African athlete Terence Parkin, has recently been honoured by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, who have recognised him as Global Brand Ambassador for the Deaf and Blind.

Parkin is the most decorated Deaflympic athlete in the world. He won 33 Deaflympic medals and brought home a silver medal for South Africa in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

As an Ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Parkin travels across the world, giving talks at various events on issues such as water safety and coaching children on how to swim to prevent drowning fatalities. This something which is personally meaningful to him given that in 2011 he saved a seven year old boy from drowning by rescuing him and resuscitating him.

Terence Parkin. Credit: ANA

The Foundation works throughout the world to raise public awareness about the dangers of drowning and teaching children and caregivers how to swim and prevent water-related fatalities.

According to Princess Charlene, “Terence is an incredible athlete who has shown dedication and passion for his sport, and has never let any obstacles stand in his way on his path to achieve great things. We welcome him to the Foundation, where we know that he will continue to do excellent work.”

Fellow Olympian and celebrated SA swimmer, Ryk Neethling, who is the CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, is excited to be working with Parkin, “He is such a powerful role model for children everywhere, and an inspiration for anyone who is struggling to overcome the odds. I admire his sporting achievements and his subsequent work and look forward to seeing what’s next for him and the Foundation, which does such invaluable work.”

African News Agency

Oct 16 17

Disgraced para-swimming coach Rob Greenwood loses new job over bullying scandal

by ZwemZa
Edmonton’s Keyano Swim Club reversed its decision to hire Greenwood (onEdition)

Edmonton’s Keyano Swim Club reversed its decision to hire Greenwood (onEdition)

The former Paralympic swimming coach at the centre of a bullying scandal has lost his new job in Canada.

Rob Greenwood presided over a “climate of fear” in British para-swimming according to an independent investigation, but left British Swimming before the inquiry was launched.

Now Edmonton’s Keyano Swim Club, which runs one of the most successful swimming programmes in Canada, has announced that it has reversed its decision to hire Greenwood, who came with “immaculate references”.

It is understood that British Swimming had not provided any references for Greenwood.

The Times

Oct 16 17

Rasouszut and Cunha clinch narrow victories in China

by ZwemZa
Kristof Rasouszut (Tong Lianjie)

Kristof Rasouszut (Tong Lianjie)

Kristof Rasouszut of Hungary and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won hard battles thanks for video replay at the 2017 FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Chun’an Qiandao Lake held on Sunday October 15 and just repeated the feat they did at the last stop at Lac Megantic in Quebec, Canada in August.

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun’an County, Zhejiang Province. There are 1,078 islands on the lake. It covers an area of 573 km2 and has a storage capacity of 17.8 km3. The total area of the islands in the lake is about 86 km2.

Qiandao Lake, the sixth leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, attracted 79 swimmers from 19 countries and regions.

The competitions were so close that about 10 swimmers packed in the leading position from the start to the end.

Kristof Rasouszut of Hungary and Allan Do Carmo touched the finish pad at the same time in one hour 31 minutes 52.4 seconds. Rasouszut was judged the champion with the help of video replay.

Fernando Ponte of Brazil took the bronze medal in 1:31.54.9 while Olympic and world champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands came fourth 1:31.56.9.

“It was a very good but hard race. I was really happy with my result. I tried to be at the first position in the first three laps and tried to beat Do Carmo at the end. In fact, I was always bad at the finish because of the bad position at the last 300, 400m. But today I was at the good position and won it. I like Qiandao Lake very much for the water and good temperature.” said Rasouszut who finished fifth at the FINA World Championships in Budapest last July.

As the pre-meet top favourite, Rio Olympic and Budapest World champion Weertman said he was happy for the place.

“It was my first race of the season, so I was happy with the place though I did not stand on the podium. I do feel pressure coming into the race that many people expect me to win and every swimmer wants to beat me.”

“For me, it is a great preparation for the European Short Course Championships to be held in December. I like the mixed training between open water and indoor pool,” said the member of 4X200m freestyle relay team of the Netherlands.

In the women’s race, Ana Marcela Cunha and Arianna Bridi of Italy also clocked the same time 1:31.37.29.2. Cunha was confirmed the champion only after referees watched the video replay.

Viviane Jungblut of Brazil placed third in front of Esmee Vermeulen of the Netherlands in 1:37.30.8 while Rachele Bruni of Italy came fifth before Finnia Wunram of Germany sixth in 1:37.58.4, respectively.

“The competitions in the recent years became more and more close, I was ready for that. My coach told me to swim as fast as I can in the last 200 meters. Though it was a rainy day but I like the water and temperature cold, the colder the better to be honest,” Cunha smiled.

The seventh and last stop of 2017 FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup will be held in Hong Kong on October 21.

Zhou Xin | FINA Media Committee

Oct 16 17

What to eat AFTER training and why

by ZwemZa

after_training_nutrition1Let’s find out what you should EAT after training to replenish your energy resources as effectively as possible!

You have just finished a morning/afternoon/evening training session. You have probably got two things on your mind. The first could be summed up by the exclamation “I’m so tired!”, but that would depend on the kind of training you have just done. The second thing (and in this case it does not matter what kind of training you have been doing) can be summed up by “I’m so hungry!”.

Having said all that, let’s take a look at what to eat AFTER training.

Just as you need to be careful about what you eat before training to get the most out of it, likewise you need to be just as careful about the food you take in after training to replenish your energy resources.

It is worth pointing something out straight away: post-training nutrition does not just mean the main meal after training, for example lunch after a morning session. That is because anything from 1 hour to 2-3 hours might go by from the moment you leave the water to when you sit down to eat.

That is why a post-training snack is so important.

After a relatively hard session, your body needs replenishing and a snack can certainly help restore, for example, your glycogen levels or help along the muscle-repair process (your muscles are actually damaged during training and need to be repaired!). Another big thing in favour of a snack is that it takes the edge off that ancestral appetite that makes you eat more during your main meal than you actually need in order to recuperate properly.

So when should I eat my snack?

There is a timeframe (anabolic window) of approximately 30 minutes after the end of training when your body is particularly predisposed to assimilate what it takes in to repair your muscles. In theory, you should finish swimming, leave the pool, go to the changing room, take a quick shower and then eat something before you get dressed. If, on the other hand, you plan to take a particularly long shower, then eat before you get washed.

What should a post-training snack contain?

Mainly carbohydrates and proteins that are quickly assimilated. Here are a few suggestions:

  • 20g of hard cheese + 1 banana
  • 100g of yoghurt + 20/30 g of cereals
  • 200ml of milk + 1 apple
  • 50g of ham/dried salted beef + 1 piece of fruit
  • 1 small ham and (not cream) cheese sandwich
  • 1 small jam/honey sandwich + 5 nuts

The only advice about your main meal after training is to make sure it contains the right balance of carbohydrates (more at lunchtime, less in the evening), proteins (this time the other way round, less at lunch and more at dinner) and fats.

An important thing to note about both main meals and post-training snacks is to drink a lot (water or sports drinks, but with no artificial colourants), because even swimmers lose plenty of liquids. But we’ll talk about that in a forthcoming article!

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Oct 16 17

Nigerian National Stadium comes alive for African Zone 2 Junior Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa
Rachael Tonjor (The Nation)

Rachael Tonjor (The Nation)

The refurbished swimming pool of the National Stadium in Lagos will come alive again after over two decades of inactivity as Nigeria and 13 countries from the West and Central regions will compete at the African Zone Two Junior Swimming Championships.

According to the President, Nigeria Aquatics Federation, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams the three-day tournament is aimed at grooming top swimmers for the regions in readiness for major competitions across the globe.

Teams expected to compete at the tournament are expected in Nigeria on October 26 for the competition that will begin on October 27 to 29 at the National Stadium.

“This tournament is unique because the refurbished swimming pool of the National Stadium which has not been in use in over two decades will be put to use for the championships. The aim of this tournament is engender healthy competition in the region particularly for swimmer below 16-year-old. Also, we are going to screen all the participants to ensure that the right athletes compete. We intend to sue their birth certificate to ascertain their age and we are sure we will do a thorough at ensuring that the right athletes compete in the tournament,” he said.

For the tournament, the swimmers would compete in two categories of 13-14 years of age as well as 15-16 years of age.

Fatayi-Williams also assured that Nigerian swimmers would be made up of athletes that have distinguished themselves in various national competitions while a trial is ongoing to select the best swimmers for Nigeria.

However, he lauded the organisers of the maiden Dolphin Inter-School Swimming League while urging schools within Lagos State to identify with the tournament.

“I must commend the organisers of the Dolphin league for their efforts to take the sport to schools which is what we believe in and I am confidence that with tournaments like this, we can have more swimmers coming through for this country. We will surely support the tournament through the Lagos State Swimming Association particularly in the area of technical. We are also going to collaborate with the organisers that we have the data base of the swimmers to be able to keep table of them. We are hopeful that with more people coming on board to stage tournament like this, I am sure we can have more swimmers emerging from schools, which is what obtained globally,” he added.

Oct 16 17

British Para-swimming: New details emerge from confidential report into ‘climate of fear’

by ZwemZa

New details have emerged of the “climate of fear” GB Para-swimmers were subjected to by their former head coach.

Among the findings of a confidential final report obtained by BBC Sport, investigators found Rob Greenwood inappropriately disclosed an athlete’s medical information, and banned swimmers from leaving hotels “as punishment”.

Paralympians were left “visibly distressed” when recounting their experiences to the safeguarding experts looking into allegations of bullying.

It was also concluded that “there was a lack of nurturing, empathy and appreciation for athletes’ general well-being”.

British Swimming last week apologised to athletes and their families for “unacceptable behaviours”.

The governing body released a statement summarising the findings of the investigation, but the BBC can now reveal the full details of the heavily redacted final report.

Greenwood left his job before the investigation began, and it is not known whether he disputes the allegations.

When contacted by the BBC, he declined to comment.

The report is heavily redacted to protect individuals’ identities, but the BBC can reveal one member of staff – understood to be Greenwood – was said to have:

  • “acted in an intimidating manner towards athletes”
  • “used derogatory terms to describe athletes owing to their disability”
  • “inappropriately disclosed medical information of a Para-swimmer”
  • “asked an athlete to perform a task they were unable to do due to their disability”
  • banned athletes from leaving hotels and confined them to a resort “as a punishment… leaving them unsupervised and unattended whilst abroad or on a training camp”.
    Copy of report into allegations around British Swimming's para-swimming programme
British Swimming last week apologised to athletes and their families for “unacceptable behaviours”

This, despite investigators highlighting the young age of some athletes, and a “wide range of often complex medical conditions and disabilities”. The report notes many athletes had no experience of living or travelling independently.

It added that “when recounting their experiences… in the squad under the tutelage” of an unnamed member of staff – understood to be Greenwood – “a number of athletes became visibly distressed. Their recollection was vivid and the impact on them palpable”.

According to the report, “there is evidence to show that [Greenwood] used inappropriate language to describe the physical disabilities of athletes which at best is unprofessional. Treating individuals with dignity is the very least skill/quality that you would expect to find in an elite level Paralympic coach”.

It also noted that the British Athletes’ Commission, which was representing the swimmers, advised that some of the complainants would only talk to a female investigator.

Greenwood has not responded to a request for comment in light of the latest revelations.

British Swimming said last week that a second unnamed member of staff – understood to be National Performance Director Chris Furber – had been disciplined after his management and communication was criticised and found to have showed a “lack of empathy”.

British Swimming said he “acknowledged mistakes had been made” and he remains in post at the Manchester-based organisation.

He is not accused of abuse or discrimination, and when contacted by the BBC he also declined to comment.

According to the final report, Furber;

  • “had the benefit of previous experience in managing individuals with disability. He may have felt more accomplished in pushing the boundaries of challenging athletes and encouraged [Greenwood] to do so. Whilst that was a wholly appropriate objective the methodology was flawed”
  • “demonstrated a lack of empathy towards athletes, particularly if they did not perform well or were unwell”
  • “failed to ensure enough management control was exercised over methods of training particularly the use of ‘pressure sets'”

Furber has not responded to a request for comment in light of the latest revelations.

According to the investigators, it was suggested to them by members of staff that “the complaints made by athletes have been motivated by retribution for de-selection. In addition it is intimated that because the athletes have complained ‘en masse’ there has been an element of collusion prior to reporting their concerns”.

However the experts say they are “not minded to conclude that either of these assertions were the simple driving factor for athletes making a complaint”, making the point that several complainants remained part of the squad.

The investigators said the timing of the complaints after the Rio 2016 Paralympics “seems logical and wholly understandable”. They believed that before a Games “an athlete will mentally put aside and be prepared to endure any level of negative treatment to focus on achieving their dream”.

In March, BBC Sport revealed Britain’s Para-swimming squad – which includes some of the country’s youngest and most vulnerable athletes – had become embroiled in a bullying controversy after multiple complaints against a coach.

In February, an independent investigation into the allegations began, and 13 athletes and 10 members of staff were interviewed.

British Swimming says it has committed to a robust action plan in a bid to overhaul its culture.

Athlete welfare in the spotlight

With a third of governing bodies having been drawn into athlete welfare complaints in recent months, this latest scandal will heighten fears that medal success and UK Sport’s ‘no-compromise’ funding strategy has come at the expense of duty of care.

  • In June, a report into claims of bullying at British Cycling found a lack of good governance, heard there was “a culture of fear” and criticised UK Sport for missing crucial warning signs.
  • BBC Sport revealed a senior coach working with Great Britain’s Winter Olympic bobsleigh squad has been accused of racism amid multiple complaints over a “toxic atmosphere” in the sport.
  • The BBC also revealed that police had reopened an investigation into a senior Archery GB coach having been suspended following a complaint to police over an alleged incident involving a young female Para-athlete.
  • An independent investigation has been launched into “failings” at British Canoeing following claims of abuse.
  • UK Sport meanwhile has promised a “root and branch review” of culture in high-performance programmes, and appointed a new head of integrity, with chair Dame Katherine Grainger saying that athlete welfare is “a huge concern”.

Dan Roan | BBC Sports

Oct 15 17

Roundup from NCAA weekend action

by ZwemZa
(Floswimming)

(Floswimming)

The college swimming season is entering its fourth week, and the nation’s top contenders are slowly emerging into their competition schedules. It takes time before each team’s strength fully shows in the rankings, but until then, there is no shortage of early-season ranked matchups to enjoy.

After last week saw Georgia beating North Carolina, Louisville battling Notre Dame, and a split meet between Minnesota and Florida State, this weekend’s lineup of ranked teams shouldn’t disappoint.

Auburn vs. Tennessee vs. Wisconsin

Auburn opened its season Friday by hosting SEC rival Tennessee and Wisconsin from the Big Ten in a two-day double dual meet that features every event with the exception of the 1650 freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay.

The Tigers struck first in claiming both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relays. The women, consisting of Aly Tetzloff, Breanna Roman, Haley Black, and Julie Meynen, won in a 3:38.74. On the men’s side, Hugo Gonzalez de Oliveira, Tommy Brewer, Luis Martinez, and Peter Holoda convincingly took first for Auburn with a 3:13.51, the fastest time this season in the NCAA to date.

Tennessee’s distance duo of David Heron and Taylor Abbott each went 9:10 in the 1000 to pick up the one-two finish. The Vols won a total of five events Friday night.

Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson and Tennessee’s Meghan Small battled to sub-two-minute 200 IMs. Nelson emerged with the victory in a 1:59.24. She would also top Small in the 200 backstroke later in the evening.

The 200 freestyle relay capped off the night. Auburn took the women’s race and Tennessee claimed the men’s event by 0.03 of a second, as Kyle Decoursey swam the Vols’ anchor leg to a victory. The Tigers lead in both genders over the Badgers and Volunteers.

Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M vs. Michigan State vs. TCU

Another meet that features an SEC power is taking place in South Bend, Indiana, this weekend. Notre Dame is hosting Texas A&M, Michigan State, and TCU in a two-day season-opening meet, which kicked off Friday.

TAMU is dominating the women’s side, claiming all but one swimming event on the first night and missing the win the 500 freestyle by 0.06 of a second. Bethany Galat doubled with wins in the 200 IM and the 200 butterfly. Lisa Bratton narrowly took the 200 backstroke, and Beryl Gastaldello won the 100 freestyle with a 48.68.

The Aggies women also won both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The men were only able to claim the 400 medley relay.

The Texas A&M men had nearly as much success, only falling in two events. Mauro Castillo Luna led the way for the Aggies with wins in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, including a 54.96 swim to start the year.

SMU Women’s Classic

The swim of the night came at the women’s-only SMU Classic. Defending NCAA champion Mallory Comerford of Louisville opened the season with 1:41.70 win in the 200 freestyle. She edged out a packed field that included Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey.

Southern California’s Riley Scott took the 100 breaststroke in a 59.56, making her the first to go under the one-minute mark this season.

USC leads Louisville by 4 1/2 points and is ahead of Michigan by seven.

There will be much more to come on this meet — and the other two previously mentioned — as the weekend progresses.

Ben Colin

Oct 15 17

Texas A&M Swimming & Diving sweeps Irish

by ZwemZa

Texas A&M

The Texas A&M swimming and diving teams both improved to 2-0 with dual meet victories over Notre Dame on Saturday at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on the Notre Dame campus.

The No. 5 Texas A&M women’s team downed the No. 25 Irish, 211-136, while the No. 15 Aggie men tallied a 193.5-159.5 victory over the No. 17 Notre Dame men’s squad.

The Aggie women were dominant on day two against the Irish with victories in six of the first seven of the day. Texas A&M swept at least the top two spots in five events and the top four spots in the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke.

The Aggie women opened the day by taking the top two spots in the 200 medley with the foursome of senior Lisa Bratton, senior Jorie Caneta, senior Beryl Gastaldello and sophomore Amy Miller leading the way with a time of 1:39.34.

The lone Aggie posting multiple individual wins was Gastaldello, who was victorious in the 100 butterfly and the 50 free. Gastaldello led a 1-2 finish in the 100 fly with a time of 53.43 and another 1-2 finish in the 50 free with a time of 22.40

Other Aggies grabbing race victories for the women’s team were senior Bethany Galat in the 400 IM in 4:13.81, Caneta in the 200 breast in 2:12.08 and Bratton in the 100 backstroke in 55.23.

On the men’s side, the Aggies grabbed the top spot in four of nine events. The Aggies swept the top three spots in the 200 breaststroke and the three-meter dive.

Leading the way in the 200 breaststroke was senior Mauro Castillo, who touched first in 1:58.56. Castillo was trailed by senior Jonathan Tybur and freshman Tanner Olson. Junior Sam Thornton paced the Aggie dive crew in the three-meter dive with a 370.95 point total with senior Tyler Henschel and junior Skylar Lake rounding out the top-three.

The Aggie men opened the day with a victory in the 200 medley relay with the foursome of senior Brock Bonetti, Castillo, junior Angel Martinez and sophomore Adam Koster leading a 1-2 finish in a time of 1:29.08.

Coming through with a big win was sophomore Ben Walker, who out-classed the field in the 400 IM with a time of 3:53.10.

Both Texas A&M squads return to action next Saturday (Oct. 21) with a 1 p.m. dual meet against the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, Ala.

Texas A&M Sports Information

 

Oct 15 17

Breaststroke: it’s all about the leg kick

by ZwemZa
Ruta Meilutyte (PENTAPHOTO)

Ruta Meilutyte (PENTAPHOTO)

The breaststroke is one of the most complicated strokes to learn. Technically speaking, it is completely different from all the others, even in terms of where your forward thrust comes from, which, in the case of the breaststroke, is mainly from the legs (70% legs and 30% arms)

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The breaststroke is believed to be the oldest stroke and the first to be swum competitively. Captain Matthew Webb was the first man to swim across the English Channel – from Dover to Calais – swimming the breaststroke for 21 hours 45 minutes without stopping on 24th-25th August 1875.

BODY POSITION

Keep your body horizontal, in line with the surface of the water; your head should cut through the water to allow you to breathe frontwards.

LEGS

The leg action is a backwards kick with both legs simultaneously after drawing your heels up towards your buttocks by bending your knees. Your feet should face outwards during the kick phase to that you can sweep them outwards and then back together again at the end of the kick. The right time to perform the leg kick is at the end of the breathing cycle.

ARMS

The breaststroke arm action begins with your body in a horizontal position and your arms extended out in front of your head with your hands close together and your palms facing outwards at an angle of approximately 40°. At the beginning of the pull phase keep your arms extended and pull almost exclusively outwards with your hands until they reach shoulder level, then bend your elbows and simultaneously rotate your arms so that your hands no longer sweep out in a circular movement but are turned inwards until they come together beneath your chest. Keep your elbows tucked in during the hand recovery phase, which should take place underwater.

BREATHING

Breathe frontwards: raise your chest while you are pulling with your arms and then finish by pushing downwards with your chest until you are back in a perfectly horizontal position, so as to exploit the forward thrust coming from the leg kick that then follows.

TURN

As your turn (and at the finish) your hands must touch the wall at the same time, so draw your knees up beneath your chest ready to press them quickly against the wall and then push off. During the underwater phase you can perform one complete arm stroke until your hands are along your sides, making one breaststroke leg kick and one butterfly leg kick.

The fact that the breaststroke is so different from the other strokes means that a breaststroker is very often an unusual kind of swimmer and sometimes not particularly talented at the other strokes. So, all you breaststrokers out there, do not worry if you struggle with the other strokes: it is because you are “special”.

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