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Mar 24 19

NCAA DI women’s swimming and diving championships: Stanford takes home the crown

by ZwemZa

Stanford has won its third Division I Swimming national championship in a row.

Here’s a look at how the Cardinal got to this point, via Stanford Athletics.

Senior Ella Eastin became the first woman in NCAA history to win four straight national titles in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday night at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Freshman Taylor Ruck added another silver and bronze to her collection this week, while sophomore Brooke Forde took home bronze in the 400 IM.

Through three of four days and 14 of 21 events, two-time defending national champion Stanford is in second place with 299.5 points. Cal has taken the lead with 328 points. Michigan is third at 233.

Eastin led from start-to-finish and claimed her fourth consecutive championship in the 400 IM with a time of 3:57.03.

Four other women had won three straight national titles in the 400 IM, but none claimed gold all four years. Only one man has accomplished the feat, USC’s David Wharton from 1988-91.

“I think the biggest thing for me was making sure I did everything I could to get some points for my team and get my hand on the wall first,” Eastin told ESPN. “This team has been one of the consistent things in my life the past couple of years, and I wanted to do this for all of those that I train with for the 400 IM because we work our butt off. I’m just really pleased for the result and to have two of my teammates in there with me doing well, too.” (Eastin Press Conference Audio).

Eastin led off with a split of 54.55 in the butterfly and finished the backstroke in 59.33. She maintained a body-length lead with a split of 1:07.56 in the breaststroke and touched the wall with a finish of 55.59 in the freestyle.

Stanford has won this event 12 times, the most in the nation. Eastin is the sixth Cardinal to win the national title in the 400 IM, a list that includes Julia Smit’s three-peat from 2008-10.

Women’s swimming and diving history

2019 Stanford Greg Meehan 456 California 419 Austin
2018 Stanford Greg Meehan 593 California 373 Columbus
2017 Stanford Greg Meehan 526.5 California 366 Indianapolis
2016 Georgia Jack Bauerle 414 Stanford 395 Georgia Tech
2015 California Teri McKeever 513 Georgia 452 Greensboro
2014 Georgia Jack Bauerle 528 Stanford 402.5 Minneapolis
2013 Georgia Jack Bauerle 477 California 393 Indianapolis
2012 California Teri McKeever 412.5 Georgia 366 Auburn
2011 California Teri McKeever 424 Georgia 394.5 Texas
2010 Florida Gregg Troy 382 Stanford 379.5 Purdue
2009 California Teri McKeever 411.5 Georgia 400.5 Texas A&M
2008 Arizona Frank Busch 484 Auburn 348 Ohio State
2007 Auburn David Marsh/ Doresey Tierney-Walker 535 Arizona 477 Minnesota
2006 Auburn David Marsh/ Doresey Tierney-Walker 518.5 Georgia 515.5 Georgia
2005 Georgia Jack Bauerle 609.5 Auburn 492 Purdue
2004 Auburn David Marsh 569 Georgia 431 Texas A&M
2003 Auburn David Marsh 536 Georgia 373 Auburn
2002 Auburn David Marsh 474 Georgia 386 Texas
2001 Georgia Jack Bauerle 389 Stanford 387.5 Long Island
2000 Georgia Jack Bauerle 490 Arizona 472 Indianapolis
1999 Georgia Jack Bauerle 504.5 Stanford 441 Georgia
1998 Stanford Richard Quick 422 Arizona 378 Minnesota
1997 Southern California Mark Schubert 406 Stanford 395 Indianapolis
1996 Stanford Richard Quick 478 SMU 397 Michigan
1995 Stanford Richard Quick 497.5 Michigan 478.5 Texas
1994 Stanford Richard Quick 512 Texas 421 Indianapolis
1993 Stanford Richard Quick 649.5 Florida 421 Minnesota
1992 Stanford Richard Quick 735.5 Texas 651 Texas
1991 Texas Mark Schubert 746 Stanford 653 Indianapolis
1990 Texas Mark Schubert 632 Stanford 622.5 Texas
1989 Stanford Richard Quick 610.5 Texas 547 Indianapolis
1988 Texas Richard Quick 661 Florida 542.5 Texas
1987 Texas Richard Quick 648.5 Stanford 631.5 Indianapolis
1986 Texas Richard Quick 633 Florida 586 Arkansas
1985 Texas Richard Quick 643 Florida 400 Alabama
1984 Texas Richard Quick 392 Stanford 324 Indianapolis
1983 Stanford George Haines 418.5 Florida 389.5 Nebraska
1982 Florida Randy Reese 505 Stanford 383 Florida
Mar 23 19

Day 04 of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Rebecca Meder Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Aimee Canny and Rebecca Meder led the way as the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships Qualification short list continued to grow on the fourth day of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships in Durban.

Canny was fastest in the 50m freestyle, clocking a FINA Junior Qualification time of 26.15, ahead of Caitlin de Lange in 26.76 and Kirsten de Goede in 27.23, while also winning the 200m individual medley later in the evening with a time of 2:21.09.

De Goede (15) also raced the 50m backstroke and won with a time of 30.04.

Rebecca Meder (16) beat out the competition in the 200m individual medley, finishing with the gold in a FINA Junior Qualification time of 2:17.05, over 6secs ahead of Tailyn Seyffert’s 2:23.54 and Georgia Nel’s 2:24.60, while Hanim Abrahams (17) just missed out on the 2:20.71 FINA requirement when she won the gold in 2:20.75.

Dune Coetzee (16) booked her fifth FINA Junior Qualification time in the 800m freestyle in 8:48.24 to the 9:00.89 requirement, ahead of Kate Beavon (18) in 9:06.12 and Jordan-Jenna Rolfe (17) in 9:10.54, while Ruan Breytenbach (16) and Righardt Muller (16) made the FINA Junior Qualification time in the 1500m freestyle, finishing with the silver and bronze in 15:44.91 and 16:09.53.

There was no stopping Luan Grobbelaar (17) in the 200m individual medley as he won the gold with a FINA Junior Qualification time of 2:03.99, followed by Luke Cillie (18) in 2:07.28 and Namibia’s Ronan Wantenaar (18) in 2:08.04.

Wantenaar also won silver in the 50m backstroke in 27.07 ahead of Chase Rayment in 27.38 and behind Henju Duvenhage in 26.26, while the 16 year old gold medal was claimed by Dylan Wright in 27.80.

Olivia Nel (16) finished with the gold in both the 50m backstroke in 29.71 and the 50m freestyle in 26.43, with Kerryn Herbst (30.09) and Kelsea Munro (27.14) winning the silver medals in the backstroke and freestyle, while Michaela de Villiers claiming both bronze medals in 30.51 and 27.27, respectively.

12 year old Andre van der Heever ended the fourth day of competition with two gold medals in the 50m freestyle in 27.51 and the 200m individual medley in 2:27.53, while Bjorn Mhlanga and Tumelo Mahan claimed the silver and bronze in the freestyle in 27.75 and 27.82 and Connor Reinders and Wilbert Vorster finished second and third in the individual medley in 2:29.14 and 2:32.07, respectively.

Van der Heever also managed a silver medal in the 50m backstroke in 31.63.

Kian Keylock (13) was once again in top form, winning the 200m individual medley in 2:12.74 ahead of Namibia’s Jose Canjulo in 2:14.67 and Juan Boshoff in 2:23.52 and the 50m backstroke in 29.80, followed by Jonathan Adams in 30.10 and Ben-Johan Laubscher in 30.39.

Canjulo went one better in the 50m freestyle, bagging the gold in 25.73, followed by Jonathan Adams in 26.14 and Cameron Thompson in 26.40.

In the 14 year old category races, Pieter Coetze was fastest in the 50m freestyle in 24.72, the 50m backstroke in 27.21 and the 200m individual medley in 2:11.28, while Matthew Sates (15) was victorious in his respective events, clocking 24.25, 27.91 and 2:07.10, respectively.

In the remaining 200m individual medley races, Kairah George (12), Roby Dixon (13) and Dakota Tucker (14) topped the medal podium in 2:35.21, 2:23.95 and 2:22.39, respectively, while the boy’s 16 year old category gold medal was claimed by Giano dos Santos in 2:09.16 ahead of Cameron Casali in 2:10.26 and Jacob Armon in 2:10.63.

Dixon was on top of the medal podium once again in the 50m backstroke in 32.14, while the rest of the winners in the various age groups were Francisca van Rooyen (12) in 32.77, Zimbabwe’s Donata Katai (14) in 31.34 and Megan Tully (17) in 30.89.

In the fast pace 50m freestyle, the winners in the boy’s category were Kobus Groenewald (16) in 23.90 and Gawie Nortje (17) in 23.46, while on the ladies’ side, the victors were Tori Voke (12) in 29.07, Christine Wessels (13) in 28.70, Veronique Rossouw (14) in 26.81 and Toni Rafferty (17) in 26.76.

In the long distance 800m freestyle, the gold medal went to Hannah Robertson (14) in 9:04.92 to Leigh McMorran’s 9:09.91 and Catherine van Rensburg (14) in 9:15.14, while the 1500m title was claimed by Leshen Pillay (14) in 16:58.59 to Thomas Forbes’ 17:29.60 and Ozzy Aromin’s 17:40.62.

The SA National Junior Age Group Championships conclude tomorrow with the heats starting at 07h30 and the finals beginning at 12h30.

Full Results Day 4

SA Qualifying Times – FINA World Junior Swimming Championships – Day 04:

Hannah Robertson (14) – 400m freestyle – 4:23.44

Hannah Robertson (14) – 200m freestyle – 2:05.65

Dune Coetzee (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:15.02

Dune Coetzee (16) – 200m freestyle – 2:02.08

Dune Coetzee (16) – 200m butterfly – 2:12.32

Dune Coetzee (16) – 100m freestyle – 57.38

Dune Coetzee (16) – 800m freestyle – 8:48.24

Rebecca Meder (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:19.48

Rebecca Meder (16) – 200m freestyle – 2:02.01

Rebecca Meder (16) – 400m individual medley – 4:47.88

Rebecca Meder (16) – 200m individual medley – 2:17.05

Ethan du Preez (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:00.73

Ethan de Preez (15) – 200m butterfly – 1:58.66

Matthew Sates (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:03.27

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:01.37

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 200m butterfly – 2:04.37

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 400m individual medley – 4:26.77

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 1500m freestyle – 15:44.91

Gavin Smith (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:04.20

Luan Grobbelaar (17) – 100m backstroke – 57.32

Luan Grobbelaar (17) – 400m individual medley – 4:21.81

Luan Grobbelaar (17) – 200m individual medley – 2:03.99

Olivia Nel (16) – 100m backstroke – 1:04.04

Olivia Nel (16) – 100m freestyle – 57.46

Tailyn Seyffert (16) – 100m backstroke – 1:04.30

Luca Holtzhausen (15) – 200m freestyle – 1:53.02

Ethan Spieker (16) – 200m freestyle – 1:53.71

Ethan Spieker (16) – 100m freestyle – 51.75

Aimee Canny (15) – 200m freestyle – 2:04.87

Aimee Canny (15) – 100m freestyle – 56.56

Aimee Canny (15) – 50m freestyle – 26.15

Gawie Nortje (17) – 100m freestyle – 51.34

Kobe Ndebele (16) – 100m freestyle – 51.91

Matthew Bosch (17) – 100m freestyle – 51.39

Jandre Moll (18) – 100m freestyle – 51.83

Lara van Niekerk (15) – 100m breaststroke – 1:10.21

Hanim Abrahams (17) – 100m breaststroke – 1:11.50

Righardt Muller (16) – 1500m freestyle – 16:09.53

Supplied by Swimming South Africa


Mar 23 19

Banic caps path from suicide attempt to NCAA champion

by ZwemZa

UT senior Maddy Banic, whose life spiraled out of control after her freshman season, competes in the NCAA Championships. She also has become an advocate for mental health. (John Golliher / Tennessee Athletics/Utsports.Com)

Maddy Banic gathered all the medication she could find in her house and wrote goodbye letters to everyone she loved.

She was ready to end her life.

The mental anguish that tormented the Tennessee swimmer for the past few months had pushed Banic to her breaking point.

The once happy-go-lucky freshman had turned angry, bitter and frustrated. She skipped classes, abused alcohol and tried to harm herself.

Banic didn’t want to deal with the pain any longer, and she didn’t want to feel like a burden to others.

Before she began swallowing the pills, Banic sent one last text message to her therapist as a cry for help.

Within minutes, Banic’s roommates were smashing down her door to prevent the suicide attempt.

“That was definitely my lowest point,” says Banic, now 21. “I didn’t want to be here anymore. I don’t even know what really triggered it, but I just decided it was time to go.”

Nearly two years later, Banic can look back on that Sunday with gratitude. She is alive and recovering. She has reconnected with teammates and found a purpose in life beyond the pool.

The senior is preparing to represent Tennessee for the final time at the NCAA Championships on March 20-23 in Austin, Texas.

Watching how far Banic has come since nearly taking her life has been a cathartic blessing for Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich.

“I get emotional when I stop and think about it because I feel like we were probably so close to losing an incredible young woman,” Kredich recalls. “To see her thriving, and I do believe she is thriving now, it’s just an incredible story and really, really inspiring. Her transformation is one of the great highlights of my career. I don’t view it as my accomplishment, but view it as her accomplishment that I got to witness.”

Banic’s struggle and ongoing recovery process didn’t just change her, it changed the entire program.

From the swimming and diving coaches to the athletes, the Vols have developed a better appreciation for mental health. They have become more compassionate and more willing to address their issues.

“I think having to deal with this made our team much more prepared to deal with their own struggles as well as those they might encounter in the future with friends, family and eventually their own children,” Kredich says. “For many of them, this was their first real experience seeing someone struggle with a serious mental illness.”

Banic arrived at Tennessee in 2015 as an outgoing freshman with no burden of expectation. She was eager to learn and get the most out of college life.

But her personality gradually began to change during the summer before her sophomore year. The Virginia native was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

She tried to control it, but struggled to handle the stress of school and swimming.

Banic’s journey to recovery included regaining the trust of her teammates, who she admits had grown weary of her attitude and actions during her darkest days. Less than a year after she rejoined the team, her teammates voted to make her a captain. (John Golliher / Tennessee Athletics/Utsports.Com)

She had trouble sleeping and eating. Despite taking medication and seeing a therapist and psychologist, Banic began having panic attacks.

She resorted to getting drunk repeatedly and cutting herself.

“I would hide it from my friends or show it to my friends and scare them half to death and then get mad they were reacting in a normal human way,” Banic recounts. “I just kept going downhill and had no idea how to stop it.”

The old Maddy flashed briefly at the 2017 SEC Championships. She captured the 50 free title in a school-record time of 21.54 seconds to edge out Olympian Olivia Smoliga of Georgia.

But it was false hope. At the NCAA Championships a month later, Banic suffered a panic attack and had to pull out of the meet.

“I used to give myself a really hard time about it, and still do sometimes that I lost that many points for our team,” Banic acknowledges. “But looking at the bright side, I don’t think I would have let myself get help unless something that drastic happened.”

After her near suicide attempt a short time later, Banic checked into a residential treatment facility for women near Chicago. She spent a month at Timberline Knolls.

“It seemed like more of a relief to be there than a scary thing because I realized how close I came to actually giving everything up,” Banic continues.

“Treatment centers have this type of stigma and are normally terrifying. But I was relieved to be able to leave everything behind for just a little bit and get myself under control without the stress of school and sport.”

Kredich had noticed a change in Banic’s personality during her sophomore season, but figured it was just part of the normal maturation process. He knew she was visiting the university’s sports psychologist, but didn’t realize the severity of her problems until the panic attack at the NCAAs.

“As a coach, it is really difficult. I think your instinct is the same as any other coach in wanting to help this. I don’t think you ever think you can fix it, but you believe you could help her fix it,” Kredich says. “That is humbling to realize she is spiraling out of anybody’s control and she needed another level of help.”

Banic said her parents were “unbelievably supportive” throughout the process.

“I didn’t want them there helping me, and they respected that. But I knew if I ever did, they would immediately be there,” explains Banic, who set the state title in the 100 back for 15- and 16-year-old girls in Virginia.

“I have never really been open with anyone in my family. It’s more like grit your teeth and get through it. I never grew up showing how I actually felt or anything like that. But I don’t think this took them by surprise. Even in high school, I was a little off.”

After leaving the treatment facility, Banic wanted to return to her “normal life” at Tennessee, but ran into a roadblock.

Maddy Banic competes against Georgia during the Senior Day meet against Georgia at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville. (John Golliher / Tennessee Athletics/Utsports.Com)

By NCAA rule, Banic wasn’t allowed to rejoin the team, use the facilities or even communicate with the coaches because she hadn’t been enrolled in school full time.

She had to devise her own training schedule to get back in shape and avoid being isolated.

Banic joined the UT club swim team and swam with the “cutest little old people” in the Masters Swimming program. She ran stadiums, biked and lifted weights at the local YMCA.

Banic was finally allowed to rejoin the team in January 2018, and participated in four meets during her junior season.

But it wasn’t a seamless transition.

“It was a little hard at first because a lot of people were angry at me, and that was completely understandable because I was frankly a bitch when I was going through everything. I really was,” Banic admits.

“My teammates had a whole month now without me, and they saw how much smoother and calmer and almost relieving it was not to have me as a burden anymore.”

Banic worked to show her teammates she had changed, and the relationships slowly began developing again.

Before this season, Banic was voted a team captain.

“It meant the world to me because it wasn’t just the coaches choosing. My team picked me,” Banic adds. “It almost kind of validated that I wasn’t the same person I used to be, and all the things I had been working on since treatment, on building my self-talk and building my self-confidence and being kinder to myself were paying off. I was becoming someone I wanted to be.”

Since returning to school, Banic has become an advocate for mental health. She is willing to share her struggles openly with anybody and wants to help others going through the same issues.

She is working to amend the NCAA rule that prevented her from rejoining her team immediately after leaving treatment.

“If you have extenuating circumstances like a mental health issue or a family member who is ill and you have to drop out of class, you should still be allowed to practice with the team when you come back,” explains Banic, who represented Tennessee at the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Council meetings last month.

“I understand you don’t want them to compete or abuse the rule, but you should at least be able to practice with your team and get back to what is normal for you.”

Because of Banic’s experience, Kredich has re-evaluated how his program deals with mental health. It shocked him to learn how many of his athletes felt burdened with some form of anxiety.

The sport of swimming has been near the forefront of athletes sharing their mental health issues, with Olympians Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt opening up about their battles with depression.

“I was kind of in a panic at first and started calling other people, and what I realized is that it wasn’t just our program. There are a lot of programs dealing with this,” Kredich says.

“That was kind of the leading edge of what is recognized now as a national crisis and it’s not getting any better. It’s getting worse, but I think our ability to handle it is increasing.”

Banic credits the mental health resources at Tennessee for helping her stay alive. She spent many hours talking with Kristen Martin, Tennessee’s director of mental health and wellness.

A former college swimmer, Martin had a plan in place for Banic if she hit rock bottom.

Banic’s teammates and roommates, Carrie Johnson and Christina Paspalas, quickly responded once alerted about her suicide attempt by barging into her room before she tried to overdose.

“They knew I was depressed, but I don’t think they really understood the seriousness of it all until that moment,” Banic says. “But they basically saved my life, so I owe them everything.”

Banic knows her recovery will always be a day-to-day process. She is taking medication, going to therapy and trying to be kinder to herself.

As she prepares for her final NCAA appearance, Banic is a much stronger person than she was two years ago at the same meet when she suffered the panic attack. Her self-worth is no longer defined by any time on the clock or finish in a race.

“I’ve had more fun than ever this season, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to finish my college career with,” Banic says. “This team truly loves each other and would do anything for each other in the water and out of the water. We’ve been through a lot together, and now it’s time for us to finish the mission.”

Rhiannon Potkey | The Ledger

Mar 23 19

FINA’s newest swimming competition to launch next month

by ZwemZa

Next month, from April 27-28, the first meet of the first ever edition of the FINA Champions Swim Series will inaugurate the three-leg 2019 circuit in Guangzhou, China.

As entry lists are being carefully put together on an invite-only basis, many big swimming names have confirmed their participation and a warm welcome was received for the new top-notch Series so far.

Elite athletes from the five continents are ready to compete in thrilling races, not only setting the pace for the 2019 season, but also defining (or reconfirming) the world hierarchy before two important rendezvous, the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR) and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (JPN).

The second leg will be held in Budapest (HUN) from May 11-12, while the third and last meet will be staged in Indianapolis (USA) from May 31-June 1.

These three partners in Asia, Europe and America responded “present” when asked by FINA to support this innovative concept, which will lead to the improvement of Swimming’s image and exposure around the globe.

From the organisers’ side, Guangzhou, Budapest and Indianapolis will largely benefit from this additional opportunity to enhance their position of sports cities on the world map. The three Organisers are doing their utmost to provide optimal condition for all Series’ participants. They are solid and long-time FINA partners and they couldn’t miss this opportunity to make history in the sport of Swimming. FINA is carefully following the respective preparations for the event, and is are quite confident and optimistic for an excellent outcome.

FINA is conscious of the Aquatics attractiveness in the ever growing and challenging current sports environment. FINA’s disciplines generate a huge interest from the spectators on site, but also from fans, remotely connected worldwide. This is due to the fascination for our Stars, who are constantly giving their best to raise the level in their respective disciplines.

FINA is already recognising the athletes effort, by providing financial support to their participation in our major events, by regularly improving the prize money for the best, and by paying a fair tribute to their performance through our annual “FINA World Aquatics Gala – Soirée des Etoiles”.

The new Champions Swim Series is FINA’s latest innovation to jump into an even more spectacular way to display and present our events. This is the philosophy behind the creation of the event which focuses on the sports presentation with ultimate aim to attract the top-stars of our sports in a competition where “sport” and “entertainment” are the key words.

With a new competition format – only four athletes per race, taking par in a final-only race -, an unprecedented level of prize money and very attractive conditions for participation, this circuit will surely create a milestone in the Swimming calendar and will very soon become an unmissable competition for our athletes.

Supplied by Fina

Mar 23 19

Focus on nutrition to boost your winter immune system

by ZwemZa

Winter means hard training and illness for many young swimmers. Any illness is a setback, pulling the swimmer out of the pool for days, a week, or even longer.

Some factors hurt the immune system’s ability to function well, such as lack of sleep, poor nutrition, getting exposed to new germs, mental stress, and even weight loss. When the immune system isn’t working well, the swimmer may be more susceptible to illness.

One area swimmers can focus on is nutrition. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are essential to an immune-boosting, healthy diet. Whole foods offer a complex array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and more, helping to ward off illness year-round.

Add some of these immune-boosting foods in your daily eating routine:

Yogurt: Yogurts that contain probiotics, noted on the label by the phrase “Live and Active Cultures,” may increase the presence of good bacteria in the intestinal tract and bolster the immune system. Some yogurts also contain vitamin D (listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel as a percentage; 20% or more is considered a good source of vitamin D), a nutrient that when deficient is associated with an increased risk of cold and flu.

Dark-colored Berries: Berries that are dark or bright in color, such as blackberries and blueberries, contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin may strengthen the immune system and fight disease.

Almonds:  Many nuts contain vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants slow down the process of cell damage and may boost the immune system.

Oats or Barley: Oats and barley contain a special fiber called beta-glucan, which is an antioxidant and an antimicrobial (a substance that fights harmful micro-organisms).

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, also an antioxidant, which helps to build connective tissue like skin. Skin is the first line of defense for fighting bacterial and other infections.

Grapefruit: Grapefruit contains vitamin C, an antioxidant, and is also loaded with flavonoids (plant pigments), which help to activate the immune system.

Beef: Beef is a good source of zinc for the athlete. Zinc helps white blood cells develop.  Swimmers with even a mild deficiency of zinc have been shown to be more susceptible to infection.


Jill Castle, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian, childhood nutritionist, and youth sports nutrition expert. She is the author of Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete. Learn more about Jill at


Mar 23 19

Fast finals continued friday at the NCAA Championships

by ZwemZa

Lilly King (USA Swimming)

After the second day of the 2019 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships saw record-breaking action in the pool, Friday’s third-day action was nothing short of a tremendous follow-up act. The Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas was once again the site for a nail-biting and record-smashing day of NCAA Championship swimming.

The event began with the women’s 400 IM, featuring a trio of U.S. National Team swimmers competing for the title. In the end, it was Stanford’s Ella Eastin who earned the honors, finishing in 3:57.03. Fellow national team and Stanford teammate Brooke Forde took third in 3:59.26, while South Carolina’s Emma Barksdale rounded out the national team performances in fifth with a 4:03.97 mark. The 400 IM title adds to Eastin’s successful campaign at this year’s NCAA Championships, having won a title as a member of Stanford’s 800 freestyle relay team on Wednesday, and taking a second-place finish in the 200 IM in 1:51.81 on Thursday.

Two events later, national team member and Louisville Cardinal Mallory Comerford took the 200 freestyle title in 1:40.26. The win marks her third-consecutive NCAA title in the 200 freestyle, and her first victory at the 2019 Championships.

Following Comerford’s win in the 200 freestyle, breaststroke phenom and Indiana senior Lilly King stole the show by besting her own American record in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 55.73. King’s sub-56 performance broke her previous record by just over one-tenth of a second and earned her the victory by over two seconds. King’s win completed a four-year NCAA Championship sweep in the 100 breaststroke and earned the Hoosier her seventh breaststroke title of her illustrious career.

Immediately following King’s record-breaking performance, Wisconsin junior Beata Nelson set an American record of her own, winning the 100 backstroke in 49.18, besting the previous record by over half a second. The win gives Nelson two NCAA titles in as many days, with the other coming via her 1:50.79 time in Thursday’s 200 IM.

The night concluded with Tennessee taking the 200 medley relay title with a school-record time of 1:34.10. The Lady Vols sent Meghan Small off the blocks to start the relay, proving well as her 24:05 split gave Tennessee an early lead. The team held through the second and third legs, but Cal anchor and national teamer Abbey Weitzeil rallied the Bears in the final stretch, only to come up three-tenths of a second short. The relay team of Small, Nikol Popov, Madeline Banic and Erika Brown earned Tennessee its second 200 medley relay win in program history.

A competitive third night of action raised an already high bar heading into the final day of the event. Saturday prelims will be followed by the 1650 freestyle finals at 2:45 p.m. ET, with the remainder of finals starting at 5 p.m. ET. ESPNU will be broadcasting finals, and live results are being provided through the meet host.

Kyle Sagendorph | USA Swimming Communications Intern

Mar 23 19

5 Cleveland State University swimmers suspended from competition for drug use, coach resigns

by ZwemZa

Cleveland State University’s swim coach and two associate athletic directors have resigned from their positions following an internal investigation into allegations of drug use by multiple swimmers.

Five swimmers were suspended from competition, according to the university. The swimmers were accused of using cocaine and marijuana.

Coach Paul Graham, head coach of swimming and diving, resigned after the allegations surfaced.

Graham wrote in his resignation letter that “in the best interest of student-athletes, I think the timing of the announcement (his resignation) is crucial. I would like for it to be announced on Feb. 18, 2019 and effective Feb. 28, 2019. This would allow the student-athletes to remain focused on the conclusion of their season and be able to perform to their highest capabilities.”

Associate athletic director Virnette House-Browning also resigned.

House-Browning said in her resignation letter that she is “proud of the contributions I have made to the University and the success of our student-athletes during my tenure.”

Associate athletic director Kathleen Worthington Wilson resigned as well. Her resignation letter didn’t contain a statement to the school. Wilson had been in her position since August 2017, according to the university’s website.

School officials released the following statement:

In early February, allegations of drug use involving members of our men’s swimming and diving program were brought to our attention. Upon learning of these allegations, we conducted an internal review, determined they had merit and acted promptly to address them. Head coach Paul Graham resigned immediately, and two senior athletic department officials resigned from the program following our internal review. Members of the swim team who violated team rules were disciplined in accordance with university policy.

We have begun a thorough review of our policies and intend to reinforce full compliance with these policies. We will not compromise on our commitment to upholding the utmost integrity in our athletics program and the well-being of our student athletes.

Mar 22 19

Day 03 of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa


Ruan Breytenbach (IOL)

The fast times continued on the third day of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban tonight, with 13 new FINA Junior World Championships Qualification times.

The 100m freestyle saw plenty of action with eight swimmers posting FINA Junior Qualification times, Ethan Spieker (16) in 51.75 and Kobe Ndebele (16) in 51.91 as well as Gawie Nortje (17) in 51.34, Matthew Bosch (17) in 51.39 and Jandre Moll (18) in 51.83, while on the ladies’ side, it was Aimee Canny (15) in 56.56, Dune Coetzee (16) in 57.38 and Olivia Nel (16) in 57.46.

Spieker also finished second in the 50m butterfly, clocking 25.94 behind a game Brandon Chapman who claimed the gold in 25.73, while Canny won the bronze in 28.50 and Coetzee bagged the silver in her respective age group event in 28.58.

With a FINA Junior Qualification time of 1:10.21, Lara van Niekerk (15) bagged the gold in the 100m breaststroke ahead of Paige Brombacher in 1:11.91 and Kate Meyer in 1:14.95, while in the 17-18 age group race, it was Hanim Abrahams that added her name to the FINA Junior Qualification list with a golden time of 1:11.50, followed by Bianca Opperman in 1:11.94 and Tahlia Botha in 1:12.17.

Opperman (17) also won two gold medals in the 100m freestyle in 58.42 and the 50m butterfly in 28.67.

Luan Grobbelaar (17) and Ruan Breytenbach (17) claimed the gold and silver in the 400m individual medley, both touching the wall in FINA Junior Qualification times of 4:21.81 and 4:26.77, respectively, while Rebecca Meder (16) booked the gold in her category race with a FINA Junior Qualification time of 4:47.88.

Kian Keylock (13) continued to showcase his talent with an additional four gold medals in the 50m butterfly in 27.65, the 400m individual medley in 4:46.46, the 100m freestyle in 56.69 and the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.83, while Andre van der Heever (12) scooped the gold in the 100m freestyle in 59.85 and the 50m butterfly in 29.22 and the silver in the 100m breaststroke in 1:16.68.

In the 100m freestyle, the 100m breaststroke and the 50m butterfly, Pieter Coetze (14) was fast off the block, topping the medal podium in 54.75, 1:08.11 and 26.22, while Matthew Sates (15) dominated his respective age group races, winning the gold in 52.72, 1:04.78 and 25.45, respectively.

Luan de Waal (16) claimed the gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1:06.27 ahead of Ethan Koekemoer (16) in 1:06.91 and Luke Slabber (16) in 1:07.34, while Michael Deans (17) was the winner in the 17-18 section in 1:04.49 followed by Joshua Hamilton (17) in 1:05.21 and Namibia’s Ronan Wantenaar (18) in 1:05.23.

In the U12 100m breaststroke, Caitlin Ruane, Isabella McColgan and Kairah George made up the medal podium in 1:16.45, 1:18.26 and 1:20.29, respectively, while in the 13 year old category, the winners were Ruby Dixon in 1:15.58, Imke Koch in 1:16.02 and Jessica Gardner in 1:18.26.

George won another bronze, this time in the 100m freestyle in 1:03.27 behind Tori Voke in 1:02.98 and Milla Drakopoulos in 1:03.18, while Drakopoulos managed a second silver in the 50m butterfly in 31.80.

Lisa Kleyn (1:15.03), Dakota Tucker (1:15.48) and Catherine van Rensburg (1:15.76) were victorious in the 14 year old age group 100m breaststroke, with the medalists in the 16 year old event going to Tailyn Seyffert in 1:12.52, Alex Nicholls in 1:14.99 and Taylor Pharoah in 1:16.85.

Tucker went one better in the 400m individual medley, grabbing the gold in 4:58.86 ahead of Dixon in 5:03.64 and Leigh McMorran (14) in 5:04.41, while Dixon took home the 50m butterfly title in 30.08.

In the ladies’ 100m freestyle races, the 13 age group title went to Tazmyn Robson in 1:00.91 with the silver going to Amy Muller in 1:02.03 and the bronze to Christine Wessels in 1:02.27, while in the 14 age group category, it was Hannah Robertson who finished first in 58.04 ahead of Veronique Rossouw in 58.23 and Ambrin Pienaar in 58.64.

Rossouw made her way to the medal podium once again, winning the 50m butterfly in 28.78

Aimee Canny, Kirsten de Goede and Brooklyn Croxon won the 14 year old category freestyle race in 57.31, 59.15 and 59.55, while golden girl Rebecca Meder (15) scooped the gold in her respective age group event in 57.80, followed by Georgia Nel in 58.78 and Herbst and Nel, who both ended in 58.88.

The SA National Junior Age Group Championships will continue tomorrow with the heats starting at 08h30 and the finals beginning at 17h00.

Full Results Day 3

SA Qualifying Times – FINA World Junior Swimming Championships – Day 03:

Hannah Robertson (14) – 400m freestyle – 4:23.44

Hannah Robertson (14) – 200m freestyle – 2:05.65

Dune Coetzee (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:15.02

Dune Coetzee (16) – 200m freestyle – 2:02.08

Dune Coetzee (16) – 200m butterfly – 2:12.32

Dune Coetzee (16) – 100m freestyle – 57.38

Rebecca Meder (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:19.48

Rebecca Meder (16) – 200m freestyle – 2:02.01

Rebecca Meder (16) – 400m individual medley – 4:47.88

Ethan du Preez (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:00.73

Ethan de Preez (15) – 200m butterfly – 1:58.66

Matthew Sates (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:03.27

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:01.37

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 200m butterfly – 2:04.37

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 400m individual medley – 4:26.77

Gavin Smith (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:04.20

Luan Grobbelaar (17) – 100m backstroke – 57.32

Luan Grobbelaar (17) – 400m individual medley – 4:21.81

Olivia Nel (16) – 100m backstroke – 1:04.04

Olivia Nel (16) – 100m freestyle – 57.46

Tailyn Seyffert (16) – 100m backstroke – 1:04.30

Luca Holtzhausen (15) – 200m freestyle – 1:53.02

Ethan Spieker (16) – 200m freestyle – 1:53.71

Ethan Spieker (16) – 100m freestyle – 51.75

Aimee Canny (15) – 200m freestyle – 2:04.87

Aimee Canny (15) – 100m freestyle – 56.56

Gawie Nortje (17) – 100m freestyle – 51.34

Kobe Ndebele (16) – 100m freestyle – 51.91

Matthew Bosch (17) – 100m freestyle – 51.39

Jandre Moll (18) – 100m freestyle – 51.83

Lara van Niekerk (15) – 100m breaststroke – 1:10.21

Hanim Abrahams (17) – 100m breaststroke – 1:11.50

Supplied by Swimming South Africa


Mar 22 19

Record-Breaking Second Day at Women’s NCAA Championships in Austin

by ZwemZa
Mar 22 19

Forde delivers as Stanford women hang on to lead

by ZwemZa

Stanford’s Brooke Forde poses with her first place trophy from the 500 free. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.(

Sophomore Brooke Forde followed her gold medal performance in the 800 free relay with her first career individual NCAA Swimming and Diving championship, highlighting Stanford’s second day at the NCAA Championships with a national title in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday in Austin.

Stanford held on to its lead but just barely. The Cardinal has 173 1/2 points while second-place Cal has 173 points. Michigan is third with 129.

Forde earned her first career individual NCAA title with a finish of 4:31.34. It is the second-fastest time in school history behind only Katie Ledecky (4:24.06) and is a pool record.

Forde took off more than six seconds from her previous career best with a torrid finish. Each of her last three splits were under 27 seconds and she finished the final 50 yards in 53.52.

“I knew I could trust my training to carry me through the back half,” Forde said. “So long as I stayed up with everyone in the front half, I knew I could be good coming home. We have such a great 500 group to train with back at school. It is probably one of the deepest training groups in the country and its something I don’t take for granted. There’s Katie Ledecky in the lane over and there’s Katie Drabot on the other side of me, two of the best 500 freestylers in history. It’s something I think is so special and it has been a huge part of making my freestyle better so I’m just really thankful.”

This is the 10th time Stanford has won the national title in the 500 free, most in the nation. Forde is the sixth Cardinal to do it, joining Marybeth Linzmeier (1982-84), Janet Evans (1990-91), Lisa Jacob (1993), Jessica Foschi (2001) and Ledecky (2017-18).

“I’m part of such a great history of swimming, not just with my family, but with Stanford, too,” Forde added. “We have tons of alumni up in the stands so just being part of that great group is really just an honor for me.”

Senior Ella Eastin added her fourth All-America honor in the 200 individual medley. She was the runner-up with a finish of 1:51.81. In her four-year career, she never finished lower than second in the event at the NCAA meet, winning the title in 2016 and 2018.

Lauren Pitzer also earned All-America accolades with a sixth-place finish in the 500. Moments after swimming the second leg in the 200 free relay, she powered through the 500 with a time of 4:36.67.

Sophomore Katie Drabot finished 11th overall with a time of 4:37.87 and freshman Morgan Tankersley was 14th at 4:38.43, each gaining All-America status.

Freshman Anya Goeders earned her first career individual All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the 50 free. She became the eighth Stanford swimmer to break 22 seconds in the event in the prelims (21.98), and then finished fourth in the B final with a time of 22.07.

Thursday night started with the 200 free relay. Stanford finished third. Taylor Ruck’s leadoff of 21.73 was the fourth-fastest 100 free in school history. She was followed by Pitzer (21.66), Fackenthal (21.45) and Geoders (21.66), who stopped the clock at 1:26.50.

The night ended with a sixth-place finish of 3:28.45 in the 400 medley relay. Eastin led off with a 51.43 in the backstroke, Allie Raab followed with a split of 59.06 in the breaststroke, Fackenthal was home in 52.16 in the fly, and Taylor Ruck finished with the fastest freestyle of the heat at 45.80.

Stanford had three divers qualify on the 1-meter. All three scored and all three earned their first career All-America honor.

Freshmen Carolina Sculti and Daria Lenz and junior Haley Farnsworth all made the consolation finals. The trio made the cut from 50 divers down to the 16 scoring positions with 12th, 13th and 14th-place finishes, respectively, in the preliminary round.

In the consolation final, Lenz was third and placed 11th overall (302.65), Sculti finished fourth and 12th overall (297.80) and Farnsworth was eighth to finish 16th overall (277.85).

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