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Mar 29 15

Meyer, Peacock claim 2015 Crippen Cup titles

by ZwemZa
Alex Meyer (USA Swimming)

Alex Meyer (USA Swimming)

Olympian Alex Meyer and Stephanie Peacock were victorious Saturday at the second-annual Crippen Cup 10-kilometer Marathon Invitational at Miromar Lake.

Meyer outlasted fellow National Team members Sean Ryan and Chip Peterson to earn the Crippen Cup title for the second straight year in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 20.90.

Ryan was second in 1:33:24.77, followed by Peterson in 1:33:27.46 to round out the top three men’s finishers.

On the women’s side, Peacock was victorious in 1:43:23.64, followed by Tristin Baxter in 1:43:30.80 and Japan’s Yumi Kida in 1:43:32.49. Complete results can be found here.

Stephanie Peacock (USA Swimming)

Stephanie Peacock (USA Swimming)

Contested at the Florida Gulf Coast University Waterfront and hosted by Gulf Coast Swim Team, the Crippen Cup featured a prize purse of $22,000 split among the top five male and female finishers.

Swimmers from Canada, Australia, Japan and Poland were among the international competitors.

The Crippen Cup honors the life and legacy of U.S. open water standout Fran Crippen, who tragically passed away during a 2010 FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

USA Swimming

Mar 29 15

Australia appoints swim coaches for Gold Coast 2018

by ZwemZa

Australia have appointed Glenn Beringen and Brendan Keogh as the coaches for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, they have announced.

They have been tasked with fast-tracking the development of potential young athletes in the lead up to the Games, which will take on added significance as they will be in home water.

Keogh has already started his role, while Beringen will officially begin on Wednesday (April 1).

Their appointments are part of a joint initiative between Swimming Australia and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

The “Gold Coast GOLD Program” has been launched to ensure the host county perform as well as possible in 2018.

Australia finished top of the swimming medals table at Glasgow 2014 with a total of 57 medals, including 19 gold.

The next nation was England with 28 medals, 10 of them gold.

Swimming Australia plans to promote a group of youngsters as part of an accelerated development initiative for Gold Coast 2018.

Beringen, an Olympic silver medallist in the 200 metres breaststroke at Los Angeles 1984, has been head coach at a number of junior international events, including the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships and 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

“Glenn has an in depth knowledge of swimming in Australia and having been an Olympic medallist in 1984 and Commonwealth medallist at the 1982 Games in Queensland he has first-hand experience with the sport,” said Michael Scott, Swimming Australia’s performance director.

“Having coached at the highest level in Australia delivering multiple Olympic Gold, World Championship and Commonwealth Games medals, we believe Glenn has the necessary skills to work with our current and emerging coaches and athletes to maximise performances in 2018.”

Olympic silver medallist Glenn Beringen has worked with many of Australia's top young swimmers ©Wikipedia

Olympic silver medallist Glenn Beringen has worked with many of Australia’s top young swimmers ©Wikipedia

Keogh will work with Para-swimmers preparing for Gold Coast 2018.

He has led the Australian Paralympic swim team for 10 years, including at London 2012 where Australia finished second in the medals table with a total of 37 medals, 18 of them gold.

He stepped down following that outstanding performance.

“Brendan’s skills and expertise as a Paralympic coach are second to none,” said Adam Pine, Swimming Australia’s Paralympic performance manager.

“His commitment to the sport and ability to support coaches and athletes with high performance planning and leadership is superb.

“He also has the necessary skills, knowledge and relationships to guide and support athletes and coaches towards podium performances in 2018.”

Perry Crosswhite, chief executive of the ACGA, welcomed the appointments.

“We are pleased to fund the employment of Glenn and Brendan through the ACGA’s Gold Coast GOLD 2018 team preparation programme,” he said.

“This will ensure that our swimmers continue to keep the 2018 Commonwealth Games firmly in their sights aiming for success in front of their family and friends at home.”

Duncan Mackay

Mar 29 15

AP Interview: Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro

by ZwemZa
As she planned, Missy Franklin is leaving Cal after two years to prepare for the 2016 Olympics, but she is determined to earn her degree. (AP)

As she planned, Missy Franklin is leaving Cal after two years to prepare for the 2016 Olympics, but she is determined to earn her degree. (AP)

Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend.

Now, Franklin can start competing for money and endorsement deals, and she’s signed with a sports agent connected to Hollywood.

Franklin told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she’s chosen Mark Ervin of WME-IMG to represent her. She will be the first swimmer in his client stable that includes Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn. Ervin used to work with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.

“I am so confident in my choice,” she said. “I felt this incredible connection with him. I feel like 100 percent we stand for the same things.”

The swimmer, who turns 20 in May, had help in making the decision. Her parents vetted a slew of potential representatives and narrowed down the field, allowing Franklin to enjoy her second — and last — year as a collegiate athlete.

“There’s no one that knows me better than my parents,” said Franklin, an only child.

WME-IMG is based in Beverly Hills, California, and some of its other athletes include tennis player Maria Sharapova and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Besides sports, the mega-agency has ties to entertainment, fashion and event management.

“This is a new chapter of my life,” Franklin told the AP. “The most important thing about this transition is I’m going to be able to reach more people. I can create a platform where I can inspire, reach out and help and encourage. Being a pro athlete gives me a lot of opportunities.”

After winning four golds at the 2012 London Olympics, Franklin left millions of dollars on the table and announced she would swim for two years at Cal. She closed out her career by winning NCAA titles in the 200-yard individual medley, 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle last weekend in North Carolina. She swam on the winning 800 free relay and the second-place 400 free relay while helping the Cal Golden Bears win the NCAA championship.

“I felt it was just written in the stars with the way everything happened,” she said by phone from New York. “It meant so much to me and I think everyone knows that. It was the perfect way to end it.”

Franklin isn’t giving up on college yet. She’ll finish out the school year and hopes to continue taking a few classes while she intensifies training for this summer’s world championships in Russia and next year’s Olympics.

“I love learning. If I just had swimming I might go insane,” she said, laughing. “Going into these next 13-14 months, swimming needs to be pretty high on my priority list.”

Franklin has yet to decide where she will base her training leading up to the Rio Games. Once she returns to the Berkeley campus in a week, she’ll sit down with college coach Teri McKeever and make a plan. Among her options are training with her former college teammates under McKeever or returning to longtime coach Todd Schmitz in Colorado, where Franklin is from.

Franklin’s goal is to keep swimming for “a long, long time,” calling the sport her passion that she wants to share with the world.

Even though she can start cashing in on her fame and achievements, little has changed for the upbeat teenager.

“What’s still special about it is I get to still stay me,” Franklin said. “Just because this one chapter is ending, I’m still going to be dancing every time I get behind the blocks to race. I’m going to stay true to myself.”

AP

Mar 29 15

Texas wins 11th NCAA men’s swimming title

by ZwemZa
Eddie Reese ( SwimSwam)

Eddie Reese ( SwimSwam)

Joseph Schooling won the 200-yard butterfly and Will Licon took the 200 breaststroke Saturday night to help Texas run away with its 11th NCAA men’s swimming title.

The Longhorns finished with 528 points. California was second 399, followed by Michigan with 312 and Southern California with 278.

“I have never had a goal of being an Olympic coach or an NCAA champion coach,” Texas coach Eddie Reese said. “I just want a group of people who trust me and we’ll see how fast we go.”

In the 200 butterfly, Schooling beat defending champion Dylan Bosch of Michigan and Jack Conger of Texas, the American record holder. Schooling finished in 1:39.62.

“I’m happy with where I am right now,” Schooling said. “It was a great meet.”

Licon beat defending champion Kevin Cordes of Arizona in the 200 breaststroke to claim his second individual event victory of the championships.

Licon finished in 1:49.48.

“I don’t think it’s really set in yet,” Licon said. “I was just trying to get my hand on the wall first.”

Purdue’s Steele Johnson  won the platform diving with 532.70 points

Southern California claimed another relay title in the 400 freestyle relay, touching out in 2:47.10. Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev won the 100 freestyle with in 41.54.

California’s Ryan Murphy won the 200 backstroke in 1:36.77 for his second title of the championships. In the 1,650 freestyle, Georgia’s Matias Koski won in 14.32.68.

1650 Free

Some people may say that the mile is boring.  Well tonight’s final might have changed that feeling for many swim fans.  PJ Ransford from Michigan, a freshman, came out and made a statement after the 500.  Ransford bringing the Michigan distance legacy out for all to see pulled 4 body lengths away from the field out of lane 8.  Matias Koski of Georgia never backed down and with 500 left began to chip away at Ransford’s lead.  With 150 to go Koski caught Ransford and pulled away for the win.  Koski (14:32.38) Ransford (14:34.36)

200 Back

With the most impressive swim of evening Ryan Murphy of Cal not only won but dominated.  With 100 to go Murphy continued to build on his lead out of every turn and looked stronger as the race went on.  The result:  a new American record (1:36.77).  Sean Lehane of Tennessee (1:39.20) was 2nd and David Nolan of Stanford (1:39.59) was 3rd.  It is fair to say that Murphy will most likely win swimmer of the meet with 2 new American records and dominating performances in the backstroke events.

100 Free

Crimson Tide rolled as Kris Gkolomeev of Alabama took the 100 FR final (41.56).  Gkolomeev touched out Simonas Bilis of NC State (41.78).  Crist Quintero of USC was third (42.18).   The biggest difference from this morning was having at least two swimmers in the field go 41 where this morning the fastest time was 42.18 from Bilis.  Look for the 400 FR Relay to provide some fireworks with NC State looking to capture their first relay title of the meet.

200 Breast

In a race that featured the top three performers of all time, the showdown between the three did not fail to excite. Chuck Katis of California entered the race as 3rd all time with his time from prelims of 1:50.71. Will Licon of Texas became the second swimmer to ever swim faster than 1:50 this morning with his time of 1:49.54. Kevin Cordes of Arizona came into the meet as the American record holder, the NCAA record holder, and the U.S. Open record holder with his time of 1:48.66 from NCAAs last year. Tonight, with Will Licon in lane 4, Cordes in lane 5, and Katis in lane 3 the pool exploded with fireworks. Cordes would take it out fast early with his 24.3 first 50 and Katis was right there with him at 24.7. At the 100 mark it was still Cordes at 52.04 but Licon moved in front of Katis with his 52.17. Cordes would maintain his lead to the 150 mark but that was when Licon made his move. With a 25 left in the race, Licon came out of his underwater breakout ahead of Cordes and went on to out touch Cordes at the finish. Licon’s finishing time of 1:49.48 wouldn’t be a new record, but it would give Licon his second victory against an American record holder in two nights. Cordes would finish with a time of 1:49.53 and Katis took 3rd with a time of 1:50.54.

200 Fly

Some of the “Texas 6 Shooters” were out to show that if you are going to swim fly then you are going to have to mess with Texas this weekend.  Jose Schooling and Jack Conger went 1-2 in the 200 fly, (1:39.62) and (1:39.74).  Dylan Bosch of Michigan was third (1:40.12).  The race heated up at the 100 as Bosch went out ahead (48.03).  But with the NCAA record holder Bosch, and the American record holder Conger in the mix, Schooling came out of the last turn determined to make his own history.  Schooling, only a freshman has emerged this weekend a future star for years to come.  Texas leaves this meet with one of the most dominant performances for one single stroke that has ever been seen in NCAA history and may never be repeated.

400 Free Relay

NC State went for it one last time but USC had just a little bit more in the end.  Similar to last night’s finish in the 800 FR Relay, USC caught NC State on the last 50 and just touched out the Wolfpack for the win.  USC (2:47.06) NC State (2:47.14).  Cal finished 3rd (2:48.15) with a huge anchor leg by Ryan Murphy (41.14) who was named Swimmer of the Year.

From start to finish this year’s NCAA Championships didn’t disappoint and the 400 FR Relay was no different.  Next year look for Texas to be fighting it out again at the top and NC State to continue to build on what they started this year.

NCAA 1 Results

AP

 

Mar 29 15

Another feat in Schooling’s cap

by ZwemZa
Joseph Schooling

Joseph Schooling

Asian Games gold medallist Joseph Schooling has made history on the first day of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Iowa.

The 19-year-old was part of the Texas Longhorns quartet – that also included Kip Darmody, Will Licon and Jack Conger – which clocked 3min 01.23 sec to win the men’s 400-yard medley relay.

The time was better than the NCAA record of 3:01.39, as well as the American record of 3:01.91, but the Texas’ feat will not count as a new national mark, as Schooling is not an American.

Instead, the California Golden Bears – who finished second with 3:01.60 – will claim the American record.

California were more than two seconds ahead of Texas at the halfway mark, but Schooling – swimming the fly in the third leg – clawed back the deficit with 43.95 seconds.

Jack Conger then led Texas to victory in the anchor freestyle leg.

In addition, Texas also won two other titles – men’s 200-yard free relay and the men’s 500m free – on the first day of the three-day meet.

DETAILED PERSON

Schooling, who won the 200 IM ‘B’ final in 1:42.86, was scheduled to swim in the men’s 100 yard fly heats last night and his results were not known at press time.

On the team’s results on the first day, Texas coach Eddie Reese said: “I’m a detailed person.

“I want good strokes, break outs, finishes, breathing at the right time and not breathing at the right time. Everyone coming into this meet said, ‘Good luck’. We don’t want to be lucky, we just want to win the close races.

“The last two years, I’ve thought that this meet has been so fast that nobody would be able to go any faster, but we get here and everybody goes faster, so luckily I don’t make any predictions.”

 

Mar 28 15

What parents should say as their kids perform

by ZwemZa

pushy parents sports1In my work at Growing Leaders, we enjoy the privilege of serving numerous NCAA and professional sports teams each year. After meeting with hundreds of coaches and athletes, I noticed an issue kept surfacing in our conversations. Both the student-athlete and the coach were trying to solve the same problem.  What was that problem?

The parents of the student-athletes.

You may or may not believe this, but even in Division One athletics, parents stay engaged with their child’s sport, often at the same level they did through their growing up years. Moms will call coaches and advise them on how to encourage their daughter or son. Dads will call coaches and ask why their kid isn’t getting more playing time. Parents will call strength and conditioning coaches and inquire what they’re doing about their child’s torn ligament. Each of these calls is understandable. After all, no one has more at stake than the parent of a performer. They love their child, they’ve invested in their child and they want to see a “return on their investment.” Some athletes refer to their mom as their P.A. (personal assistant) or their agent. I know a mother who watches her collegiate daughter’s gymnastics practice behind the glass, all the while, calling and leaving voicemails for the coach on what should be done for her little girl. I even know sets of parents who moved into a condo across the street from their freshman athlete’s university. They didn’t want to miss a thing, and they certainly didn’t want to neglect to provide direction. I understand this. I am a father of two kids myself.

What we parents may not recognize is the pressure and angst this kind of involvement applies. May I tell you what student-athletes are telling me?

  1. I love my mom, but when she does this, I get the feeling she doesn’t trust me.
  2. My parents are great, but I feel like I have multiple coaches telling me what to do and I get stressed out over it.
  3. I’m getting blackballed by my teammates because my mother keeps texting me and my coach, to give suggestions. I wish she would chill.
  4. I feel like I’m never quite good enough; I can never fully please my parents.

Moving From Supervisor to Consultant

According to years of research on athletes, I believe parents have a more productive impact on their kids by making a change in their style. When our kids were younger, we played the role of supervisor. We were right there on top of the issues. And we should be—they were young and needed our support. As they age, parents must move to the role of consultant. We’re still involved, still supportive, but we allow our kids to grow up and self-regulate. When we fail to do this—we can actually stunt their growth. It’s a bit like teaching our kids to ride a bike. Remember this process?  First, we gave them a tricycle. The three wheels made it almost impossible for them to fall off, and they got used to pedaling a vehicle. Then, they moved to a bicycle. It was bigger and had only two wheels. A little more scary. So we initiated them on that bike with training wheels. That prevented bad accidents. Eventually, however, we took the training wheels off, and our involvement became a tender balance of two ingredients: support and letting go. Did you catch that? Support and letting go.

What We Should Say When Our Kids Perform

The most liberating words parents can speak to their student-athletes are quite simple. Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as they perform are:

Before the Competition:                                    After the competition:

  1. Have fun.                                                    1. Did you have fun?
  2. Play hard.                                                    2. I’m proud of you.
  3. I love you.                                                    3. I love you.

Six Simple Words…

For years, I wondered what the student-athlete would say about this issue. After decades of work with athletes, Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller found out. They suggest six simple words parents can express that produce the most positive results in their performing children. After interacting with students, they report:

College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response:

“I love to watch you play.”

That’s it. Those six words. How interesting. How liberating to the parent. How empowering to the student-athlete. No pressure. No correction. No judgment. (That’s the coach’s job). Just pure love of their child using their gift in competition.

When I learned this, I reflected on the years my own kids competed in sports, recitals, theatrical plays, and practices. Far too often, I wanted to play a role that added more stress to their life. Instead, I now realize—I just need to love them. And to love watching them play.

From a parent’s view—this is the best way to cultivate an emotionally healthy kid.

Tim  Elmore

Mar 28 15

Australia’s swimmers losing faith in international drug testing

by ZwemZa
Sun Yang celebrates after winning the men's 1500m freestyle final swimming competition at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 26, 2014. (Reuters)

Sun Yang celebrates after winning the men’s 1500m freestyle final swimming competition at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 26, 2014. (Reuters)

Australia’s elite swimmers are losing faith in the international anti-doping program after three recent cases in which Olympic and world champions were given reduced sentences for offences.

The Australian Swimmers Association has officially expressed concerns about the program to both Swimming Australia and Australia’s International Swimming Federation (FINA) bureau member Matt Dunn.

ASA general manager Daniel Kowalski said recent anti-doping decisions by FINA had eroded the swimmers’ confidence in the effectiveness and fairness of the anti-doping program.

“We’re concerned about the high number of positive tests in Russia and why there are rules for some and not for others,’’ he said.

Kowalski said the absence of any recent drug-testing statistics on the FINA website was adding to the disquiet. FINA usually publishes an up-to-date list of which swimmers it has tested and when, but there are currently no statistics on the website beyond the end of 2013.

“One reason that there is a lack of confidence is that the drug-testing is not being published,’’ Kowalski said.

“Our swimmers are being tested a lot, some are getting a knock on the door at 11 o’clock at night, but they don’t know if swimmers in other countries are being tested the same way. They don’t know if foreign swimmers who train in Australia are being tested while they’re here.’’

FINA responded yesterday to inquiries about the most recent statistics by saying they would be published “within days’’.

However, that does not address the distrust that has developed in the sport after three champion swimmers from different countries were seen to get off lightly after giving positive tests.

Olympic 400m and 1500m freestyle champion Sun Yang tested positive to a stimulant, Trimetazidine, last May (which he claimed a doctor gave him for a heart condition) and was banned for three months. But, the case did not become public until after Sun had served his ban and returned in triumph at the Asian Games last September.

The team doctor Ba Zhen, who gave him the drug, was banned for a year but a photo published on the swimvortex website shows him working with the Chinese team at the Asian Games just four months later.

Last week, Russian world breaststroke champion Yuliya Efimova returned to competition after serving a 16-month ban for use of the anabolic drug DHEA (which she said she unknowingly consumed in a supplement) and instantly returned to the top of the world rankings.

She clocked 1min 05.89sec for 100m breaststroke, sparking suspicion that she had been training in a formal program for longer than the last two months of her suspension, in contravention of the anti-doping rules.

The usual suspension for anabolic substance use is two years. Efimova’s reduced ban has allowed her to return in time to defend her world titles at home.

Last week, South Korea’s 2008 Olympic 400m freestyle champion Park Tae-Hwan was banned for 18 months, backdated to last September when he tested positive for testosterone (he said he was assured by the doctor who injected him that it did not contain a banned substance).

Again the standard penalty for testosterone use is a two-year ban which would have ruled him out of next year’s Olympics. The 18-month ban will allow him to compete in Rio.

The World Swimming Coaches Association is also up in arms over FINA’s recent decision-making and has called for FINA to submit to an independent review of its operations.

The Australian coaches association is supporting its international counterpart.

Nicole Jeffery

Mar 28 15

Hackett will be welcomed back to Australian swim team: Jacco Verhaeren

by ZwemZa
Jacco VerhaerenJacco Verhaeren will head to the national titles looking for answers over the form of Australia’s three world champions. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Returning swimming great Grant Hackett would be welcomed into the Australian team in any capacity despite his personal struggles since his 2008 retirement, head coach Jacco Verhaeren has said.

And Hackett, who will swim in the national trials that begin in Sydney on Friday, said he would be keen to support the team team even if he did not qualify for this year’s world titles in Kazan, Russia.

Verhaeren will head to the national titles looking for answers over the form of three world champions. James Magnussen’s performance will be heavily scrutinised following his shock decision to leave his long-time coach Brant Best for the inexperienced duo of Lachlan and Mitch Falvey, while Cate Campbell and Christian Sprenger will be returning from shoulder injuries.

But on Hackett, who returned to the pool in November last year with former coach Denis Cotterell, Verhaeren was emphatic that the Olympic champion would be invaluable to the team, which is rebuilding from its shambolic London Olympics performance, which was marred by the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay squad’s infamous Stilnox bonding session.

Hackett has been involved in several highly publicised incidents since his retirement, involving his bitter divorce with Candice Alley and battles with Stilnox addiction, which led to a stint in a US rehabilitation centre last year.

“Life is difficult as it is, I believe for everyone … and sometimes people do have struggles,” Verhaeren said. “But I always think that whatever happens, happens but if people can overcome their issues that’s a win for them and there’s always respect for that.”

Hackett said he would be keen to act as a mentor for the swimmers.

“The sport has been heading in the right direction, both from a cultural and performance point of view, and if I can do anything just to support to help the team continue to move forward,” Hackett said.

“I’d do anything for the guys down at the pool or if anyone ever calls me or if Australian swimming asks me to do anything I’d certainly help and support anyway I could.”

Sprenger said Hackett’s standing among swimmers had not been affected.

“He’s remembered for being an incredible leader for the team and just an outstanding performer,” Sprenger said. “He just knows what to say and how to say and he just knows how to go about being a good athlete.”

Hackett said he would focus on the 200 freestyle, but he has studiously avoided labelling his return as a comeback and does not expect to make the team for this year’s world championships. However, his recent times indicate he could be a chance of earning a relay berth.

Verhaeren said he would be thrilled if Hackett could earn selection.

“It would be amazing of course,” he said. “I really enjoy seeing the passion with which he swims and trains again. He looks very fit to me.

“He’s a great support for the younger athletes and the other athletes in the team so it would be amazing if he could make the team but as he says himself he doesn’t want to load himself up with too many expectations.”

As for Magnussen, Verhaeren said he was not sure what to expect from the dual 100 freestyle world champion, who has swum slower times this year compared to the lead-up to last year’s national titles.

“We first have to see the trials where he is fully tapered and fully prepared before we can actually say this was a great process or this needs further evaluation and look for improvement,” he said.

Stathi Paxinos

Mar 28 15

Texas march on at NCAA 1 Championships

by ZwemZa

Cover blocksThe Longhorns will take a huge, 124-point lead into Saturday’s final day of racing. It’s difficult to envision a scenario where Texas doesn’t win the program’s 11th national championship.

If UT does win, coach Eddie Reese will tie Ohio State’s Mike Peppe for the most team titles in NCAA men’s swimming history.

Texas, threatening to run away with the NCAA team title, swept the first four spots in the 100-yard butterfly Friday night. It’s the first time in meet history a school has swept one through four.

Longhorn freshman Joseph Schooling edged teammate Jack Conger, a sophomore.

UT had a record six finalists in the event. They scored a record 92 points.

“Coming in, we knew we had phenomenal group of guys,” Schooling told ESPN. “Going one-through-four means so much to us. ”

Throughout the night, Texas continued to add to its lead over second-place Cal, the defending national champions.

Longhorn Clay Youngquist placed third in the 200 freestyle, giving Texas a 337-211 advantage over the Golden Bears.

Then Conger and Clark Smith finished seventh and ninth in the 100 backstroke, allowing the Longhorns a 362-249 cushion into the 3-meter diving event.

Will Chandler was fifth in the 3-meter springboard, giving the Longhorns a 377-249 margin over the Golden Bears.

200 Medley

California came out of the gate strong tonight with a victory in the 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:22.74).  After breaking the American record this morning Cal sat back on their starts to guarantee the point with victory.  Kritian Gkolomeev of Alabama anchored in (18.24) to give Alabama 2nd place (1:23.35).  Texas was 3rd with (1:23.46).

400 IM

The night kicked off with a fantastic race between defending champion Chase Kalisz of Georgia and Texas’ Wil Licon. After missing to make the A final in the 200 IM, expectations were high for Chase going into the race.

It was Wil Licon who managed to take advantage of a 59.8 breastroke split to take the lead over Chase and touch the wall 1st, in a 3:36.37 – the 4th fastest 400 IM of all time. Chase was 2nd, touching in 3:39.51, 5.1 seconds off his American record he set at last year’s Champs.

Fell bulldog Gunnar Bentz faught his way to a 3rd-place finish in 3:39.87. Josh Prenot of Cal swam 3:41.42 for fourth, getting in just a tick ahead of Michigan’s Dylan Bosch, 3:41.50.

Gators Dan Wallace, 3:42.15, and Mark Szaranek, 3:42.88 – finished 6th and 7th. Cal’s Hinshaw touched 8th, swimming a 3:42.88.

100 Fly

Texas made history tonight taking the Top 4 spots in the 100 fly.  No school has ever swept the Top 4 spots in any event in NCAA Championship history.  Of course history was alread set by Texas this morning by placing 6 in the Top 8.  The “Texas 6 Shooters” as named by Collegeswimming.com this morning, took the stage and didn’t disappoint.

1st Jose Schooling (45.04)

2nd Jack Conger (45.17)

3rd Tripp Cooper (45.33)

4th Will Glass (45.40)

7th John Murray (45.89)

200 Free

In the longest freestyle sprint race of the meet, Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle jumped out to an early lead at the first 50 with a time of 21.33. But, at the 100 mark the 2014 champion Cristian Quintero of Southern Cal moved into the lead and wouldn’t relinquish it. Quintero won the race with a time of 1:32.03 and the 9th fastest all-time. Anders Nielsen of Michigan finished in 2nd with a 1:32.73, and Clay Youngquist of Texas was 3rd with a 1:33.10.

100 Breast

Kevin Cordes ran the table and at the same time left no question in anyone’s mind who the king of breaststroke is.  50.25 got the crowd to their feet and they will be ready for his encore in the 200 tomorrow.

100 Back

Cal’s Ryan Murphy took command from the start and never looked back on the way to his second title in the 100 Back (44.21).  David Nolan was second with (44.78).  Murphy was out in (22.81) compared to his lead off last night in the 400 Medley Relay of (21.36).

NCAA 1  Meet Results

Mar 28 15

Pretoria’s High Performance Centre partners with Brand ID

by ZwemZa
Wayne Bebb

Wayne Bebb

The High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria and Brand ID are thrilled to announce a newly formed five year partnership.

Brand ID, a Lifestyle Fashion and Sports Brands distribution business with a family of 25 brands has offered a unique level of partnership to support the high performance culture of the HPC through their global sport brand portfolio.

The partnership allows the HPC access to the entire Brand ID family of brands with particular focus on Skins, Skilz, Speedo, Mizuno, Canterbury and Brooksfield.

Brand ID, a Lifestyle Fashion and Sports Brands distribution business with a family of 25 brands has offered a unique level of partnership to support the high performance culture of the HPC through their global sport brand portfolio.

Says Brand ID‘s CEO Wayne Bebb “we have had a long standing relationship with the HPC and our Speedo brand. We have found them to be a perfect partner and therefore found it opportune to extend the relationship with them further into our broader brand family. Our business prides ourselves on creating unique partnerships between athletic centres of excellence and our business to offer them best in class product to support their achievement goals. It’s a pleasure to engage with the HPC who sees the value in true partnerships”.

The partnership allows the HPC access to the entire Brand ID family of brands with particular focus on Skins, Skilz, Speedo, Mizuno, Canterbury and Brooksfield.

Canterbury needs no introduction and has defined the “world of rugby” as the playground for the brand. Mizuno celebrates its Japanese heritage by providing superior footwear for track, road, trail and field. Speedo positions itself as the number one swimwear brand in the world and produces unrivalled technical product due to its massive investment in research and development. Skilz produces training equipment that acts as a workout partner. By incorporating technology with targeted training to develop athletic enhancement, it encourages optimal workouts and results.  Skins is the number one compression garment in the world offering unrivalled athletic performance and recovery. Brooksfield is a lifestyle brand offering the unique opportunity to also cater for any off field apparel.

Exclusive partnerships of this nature allow for credible endorsement of world class sports brands, demonstrated use of the brand at the HPC and beyond this roll out further shared exciting joint ventures and activations with Brand ID.

Toby Sutcliffe

Toby Sutcliffe

Equally excited about this partnership is the CEO of the HPC, Toby Sutcliffe who said that “teaming up with a Company like Brand ID was an easy decision, based on our professional relationship we have built up with Speedo over the past few years. The range of products is a perfect fit with what we are offering our athletes on a daily basis and already our Olympic Gold Medal Rowers, our top athletes, swimmers and triathletes have all reaped the rewards of being associated with some of these exciting, innovative and Lifestyle brands. With the Olympic Games in Rio only just over a year off we are truly excited of what we, with Brand ID and their portfolio of brands, will be able to deliver to our high performance athletes in the lead up to and during the games.”

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