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Jun 27 17

Missy Franklin’s time away from swimming has given her a new outlook

by ZwemZa
United States' Missy Franklin rests during a training session at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

United States’ Missy Franklin rests during a training session at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Missy Franklin is so upbeat, so full of energy, so dang positive all the time, it’s hard to imagine her ever going to a dark place.

After what happened last summer, though, it’s only natural that she would start to question everything she stood for.

“Being totally honest with you, it’s something that terrifies me,” Franklin said, her perpetually positive tone suddenly filled with doubt and insecurity. “What if I’m never as good as I was?”

That’s a logical, if excruciating question.

At 17, she was the darling of the Olympics, a bubbly teenager who swam in seven events at London and captured four golds and a bronze. Four years later, she barely qualified for the U.S. team, ceded a starring role to Katie Ledecky , and didn’t come close to winning an individual medal in Rio de Janeiro, her only prize a rather fluky gold for swimming on a relay team in a morning preliminary.

“It was awful. It was miserable,” said Franklin, who sounds as though she could probably come up with dozens of other adjectives to describe what a letdown it was. “You work your ass off. You feel like you’re in the best shape of your life. You feel so great. And then, when you finish, you’re like, ‘What was that?’ You’re flabbergasted. You’re blown away every single race. You can’t understand why one plus one doesn’t equal two anymore.”

Turns out, she was far from 100 percent. It would be easy to make excuses now, to point out that she’s needed surgery on both shoulders after Rio.

But Franklin knows that wasn’t the issue. Only thing is, she may never know why she was such a huge flop on her sport’s biggest stage.

“One of my biggest concerns with coming out (to the public) about my shoulder surgeries with everybody saying, ‘Oh, that’s what was wrong.’ It wasn’t,” Franklin said, honest as always. “I can say that with 100 percent certainty. The way I was training the whole year, it was the best training I’ve ever done in my life.

“For some reason,” she goes on to say, as if still probing for answers, “it wasn’t going over to my racing strategy, wasn’t going over to my races. I can’t pinpoint it. I can’t figure out why. Maybe it was just a culmination of a lot of different things.”

At this point, Franklin’s main goal is to quit wondering why it happened, and just accept that it did. Getting distance from the sport is helping her move in that direction.

Undergoing a pair of shoulder surgeries just weeks apart early in the year forced her to step away from the pool. It also gave her a chance to re-evaluate her life, her priorities, her struggle to comprehend what happened last summer.

Franklin is missing the two biggest meets of the year — the U.S. championships in Indianapolis, which begin on Tuesday, and next month’s world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

It seems incredibly strange, but somehow liberating at the same time.

“This is the first summer since I was 14 that I haven’t traveled internationally with the national team,” said Franklin, who is now 22. “It’s so crazy. That was such a constant in my life. I was so comfortable with my routine. But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. This is a period of my life where I’m challenged to be uncomfortable, to break my routine. When I do come back, it will be with a different outlook, a different perspective.”

Make no mistake, she has no intention to retire.

Franklin can’t bear the thought of the last impression that she leaves for everyone being that miserable performance in Rio.

“The closest I ever got” to thinking about quitting, she said, “was me recognizing that I needed to take a chunk of time away. A huge part of me can’t imagine leaving the sport on that note. It wasn’t about times. I’m not saying I’ll leave swimming only after I’ve gotten another four gold medals at last Olympics. But I want it to be a performance I’m really proud of.”

That wasn’t the case in Rio, even though Franklin knows she gave it everything she had. In retrospect, she wasn’t as happy as she led everyone — herself included — to believe.

Following a carefully planned and what seemed a totally logical schedule after London, she swam collegiately at California-Berkeley for two years before turning professional a year out from the Rio Games. It made sense, giving her a chance to focus completely on her swimming and cash in on all the riches she missed by staying an amateur in the immediate aftermath of 2012.

But, as part of turning pro, she returned home to Colorado to train with her former team and her former coach. In retrospect, that was probably not the right move — only because she had changed so much in those two years she was away.

Missy grew up. Her friends had moved away. She was home, but felt all alone.

“I had no friends there,” Franklin said, in a rare moment of sounding sad. “There was nothing to do but just train and swim. That became my whole life. I had to get to a place where I could find balance again.”

She feels like she’s found that place again. She returned to Berkeley not long after the Rio Games, a liberating development that allowed her to resume classes — she’s about a year and a half from graduating — and reconnect with friends. She’s resumed training a couple of times a week, but is in no hurry to return to the grind required of a world-class swimmer.

The other night, after leading a campus meeting of Athletes in Action, a Christian-based group that allows her to mix her sporting passion with her deeply held faith, one of her best friends asked if she wanted to come back to her apartment to watch the movie “Moana.”

“Normally, I would’ve said, ‘No. I have to be in bed, because I have to get up early,’” Franklin said, bursting into laughter. “Then I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I can stay up until 11. I can go over and watch Moana.’ It’s small stuff like that, but it makes the biggest difference to me.”

She hopes it will lead her back to the top of her sport.

Maybe it won’t.

With each passing day, she becomes a little more comfortable with that prospect.

“I’m not necessarily trying to be a better Missy,” Franklin said. “But I’m trying to be a happier Missy”

The Associated Press

Jun 27 17

Swim coach David Marsh leaving Charlotte for West Coast, college job

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After coaching for a decade in Charlotte, swim coach David Marsh has accepted the head-coaching job at the University of California at San Diego. (Jeff Siner)

After coaching for a decade in Charlotte, swim coach David Marsh has accepted the head-coaching job at the University of California at San Diego. (Jeff Siner)

After parting ways with SwimMAC Carolina in May, well-known swim coach David Marsh has accepted a new job as head swim coach at the University of California at San Diego.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Marsh said Tuesday. “Our family will continue to keep a home in Charlotte — we still have two children going to college in North Carolina — but I’m excited about all that the UCSD program has to offer.”

Marsh, 59, was the highest-profile coach SwimMAC Carolina ever employed. He worked at the Charlotte club for a decade while achieving unprecedented success for our area in terms of sheer numbers of Olympic swimmers produced. In 2016, SwimMAC’s Team Elite placed a record six American swimmers into the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and Marsh himself was named head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team.

However, the relationship between Marsh and SwimMAC soured over the years. The two agreed to separate mutually — and immediately — in May and issued a vague joint statement.

Marsh said Team Elite — a squad of post-graduate swimmers with Olympic aspirations — won’t completely leave Charlotte but instead will now have two bases. One will continue to be in Charlotte at Queens University and will likely get a new head coach. That program will be linked with “Team Elite West,” in San Diego, which Marsh will supervise.

A number of the current Team Elite members in Charlotte will likely follow Marsh to San Diego, the coach said, and will do their training not only at 50-meter pools there but also occasionally in the Pacific Ocean.

UC-San Diego is a Division II swimming program and is mostly filled with non-scholarship swimmers. While it generally competes well at the Division II level, it will not be nearly as high-profile of a collegiate coaching experience than Marsh had in a previous stint at Auburn, where he won 12 NCAA Division I national titles. Marsh said his recruiting will mostly be limited to the state of California.

But Marsh said the success that he has seen at Queens — the best Division II swimming program in the nation — made him realize that coaching at the Division II level could work for him as well. Marsh, who is currently in Indianapolis coaching at the 2017 U.S. Nationals, has an official start date of July 15 for his new job in San Diego.

Jun 27 17

China’s defending champion Ning Zetao to miss out on swimming worlds

by ZwemZa
Ning Zetao

Ning Zetao

Chinese swimming star Ning Zetao will miss out on a chance to defend his world title at the upcoming world championships, after failing to meet the FINA Qualifying Time Standard A.

Ning, who came to stardom after winning men’s 100 meter freestyle at the worlds back in 2015 in Kazan, clocked 49.67 seconds earlier this week in his 100m free heat in a trial for the Chinese National Games, in what was his first competitive race since last year’s Olympic Games. But the 24-year-old then quit the final citing waist injury.

“Ning’s result didn’t beat the designated A cut time. He is not the top ranked swimmer among those who meet the B cut, so he is not eligible to compete at the world championships,” said Zhao Jian, vice director of the Chinese Swimming Association.

The 2017 world championships are scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary from July 14 to 31.


Jun 27 17

GB World University Games swimming squad announced

by ZwemZa
Camilla Hattersley (Getty Images)

Camilla Hattersley (Getty Images)

Seven current British University Champions are among a 16-strong team selected for this summer’s World University Games in Tapei.

The British team, brought together from ten universities and colleges across the country, were selected following this year’s British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

World University Games Champion Jay Lelliott, who won gold in the 400m freestyle event at the event in 2015, stars alongside European Junior Champion Joe Litchfield in a highly competitive field of talented athletes.

Other notable additions to the squad include British University Champion, Camilla Hattersley. Hattersley was a finalist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, also competing in last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Scottish Swimmer Cameron Brodie also brings experience into this summer’s event. Having also made the finals, and achieving a silver medal in 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Brodie has his eyes set on further success in Tapei this August.

This year’s event marks the first stage of the Tokyo cycle, British Swimming’s strategy to expose young athletes to high level international competitions with the hope of an Olympic selection for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In an interview with British Swimming, Head Coach Lisa Bates said: “It’s a strong selection with some great skilled athletes. The fact that it’s quite a mixed team is unique, and will certainly be of benefit to the swimmers and their results.

“The more experienced athletes selected are very driven competitors and it will be wise for some of the less experienced swimmers to take advantage of and work amongst that senior level.

“With this being year one of the Tokyo cycle, it’s certainly a great opportunity for those with their sights on Tokyo to understand the process of a multi-event Games and how to deliver within what may be a challenging environment.”

The 2017 World University Games will be held in Tapei between August 19th – 30th.

The National Student

Jun 27 17

Indian swimmers need to work a lot harder, says Australian coach Gartrell

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Peter Gartrell. (Phillip Biggs)

Peter Gartrell. (Phillip Biggs)

Besides being a big name, veteran swimming coach Peter Gartrell is known for his no-nonsense approach and is considered a task master in the Australian swimming fraternity.

The coach has worked with top Australian swimmers in the past and features in Swimming Australia’s Roll of Honour.

For Gartrell, 68, has joined Glenmark Aquatic Foundation as their technical director and will be mentoring young swimmers in the country for the next three years.

The Australian was in the city for the announcement of 34th Glenmark sub-junior and junior national aquatic championships that will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi from Wednesday.

Talking about his role in the country, Gartrell said his aim is to find talented swimmers and take them to the top level.

“India is a huge country, but the country has not seen too many swimmers achieving the ‘A’ qualifying mark for the Olympics. I feel my job is to find the right swimmers and take them to top. The world swimming community is very big, and we will have to put India in the community,” Gartrell said.

But he knows it is easier said than done. He has a fair knowledge of Indian swimming and its limitations.

“First of all, coaching is a big problem in India. The coaches don’t realise that swimming demands a lot of hard work. Most of the coaching programmes in India are very soft. A 12-year-old is considered a baby here, while in Australia, they are considered big enough to put in at least five hours of training every day,” said the coach who has trained Olympic medallists like Justin Lemberg and Julie McDonald.

“Technique is another issue. I don’t blame the swimmers for that. I feel they are taught that way by their coaches. The coaches here are not at all well paid, so there is not much incentive of course for them. So looking ahead, it all boils down to find out right talent with right attitude, so that they can be prepared for the 2020 and the next editions of Olympics,” he said.

Other than the limitations, Gartrell feels short-distance swimming is not Indians’ strength.

“Looking at Indians’ physical built, I feel they can do better in middle and long-distance swimming than the shorter distances. They should focus more on 400m and 800m events than the sprint events,” the coach added.

Gartrell will be attending the junior nationals in Pune and make his observations about the swimmers in the country.

Sub-junior and Junior National Aquatic Championships

The 34th Glenmark sub-junior and junior national aquatic championships will begin in Pune from Wednesday. Speaking on the behalf of the organisers, Nilesh Shetty told TOI that the swimming pools in Balewadi are ready to use and the touch pads are working fine too.

“This time, we will have an LED board that will display accurate timings to the spectators along with live streaming the races online on our website. There will be three cameras for better live videos, which will give swimming lovers across the country a platform to follow the championships,” Shetty said.

Jun 27 17

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky wins Honda Cup

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Stanford swimmer and two-time Olympian Katie Ledecky won five national titles as a freshman at the NCAA swimming championships. (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Stanford swimmer and two-time Olympian Katie Ledecky won five national titles as a freshman at the NCAA swimming championships. (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky has won the Honda Cup as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete.

Ledecky won five medals, including four golds, and set two world records at last summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She capped an impressive freshman season at Stanford with five national titles at the NCAA championships.

She became the first NCAA swimmer in 29 years to win individual titles in the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyles, and was a member of Stanford’s American record-setting 400 and 800 free relays.

Ledecky is just the second freshman to win the Honda Cup. She didn’t attend the ceremony on Monday night at the University of Southern California because she is preparing to compete in the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis.

Ledecky beat out finalists Kelsey Plum, who starred in basketball at Washington, and Georgia track and field athlete Kendell Williams.

The top three were selected in voting by nearly 1,000 NCAA member schools. The Honda Cup winner was chosen by the board of directors of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.

Stanford’s Nicole Stafford received the Honda Inspiration award, track and field athlete Carly Muscaro of Merrimack earned the Division II Athlete of the Year, and soccer player Lizzy Crist of Washington University won the Division III Athlete of the Year.

Associated Press

Jun 27 17

The future of U.S. swimming is 6 feet 9, 17 years old — and African American

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Reece Whitley competes in last year’s U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Reece Whitley competes in last year’s U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The question comes up whenever someone meets Reece Whitley for the first time. Whitley is too polite to respond with the classic teenage show of disdain: the eye roll. But inside? Inside, his eyeballs are on the other side of their sockets.

“How big are your shoes? I hear that all the time,’’ Whitley said with an exasperated chuckle. “I mean, I’m a swimmer. I don’t wear shoes. It’s not a relevant question.’’

What remains relevant, however, is Whitley’s skin color. He would love for it to be otherwise, for the notion of an African American swimmer to be a norm instead of a novelty. The sport simply isn’t there yet. Elite-level swimming success for blacks in the United States essentially begins with Cullen Jones and ends with Simone Manuel, and that stretch started in 2008.

Certainly there has been progress. Jones, who became the first African American to hold a world record, is no longer swimming solo upstream. Manuel’s history-making gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics came on the heels of she and Lia Neal (both swimming for Stanford) joining Florida’s Natalie Hinds in becoming the first African Americans to sweep an NCAA championship event.

Still, advances have been painstakingly slow, the sport inching along one athlete at a time.

Enter Whitley, who arrives at this week’s U.S. nationals seeded eighth in the 200 breaststroke, ninth in the 50 and 11th in the 100. Semi-famous since he began shattering age-group records at age 13, the 17-year-old is emerging from the kiddie pool just as Michael Phelps exits the scene. Whitley, who two weeks ago committed to the University of California, has all the tools to fill the void: charisma, smarts and talent.

Now for the hard part: realizing it.

“If he was just another white, 6-7 breaststroker we wouldn’t be having this conversation,’’ swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines said. “That’s why Reece is so important: what he can do for this sport, how he can promote it in a way no one has. The only stumbling block? He has to win. I know that’s obvious, but it’s the most important step, the biggest next step he has to take. He has to win.’’

Success comes early

The combination of his competitive potential and his skin color makes Whitley perhaps the most important male swimmer to come along since Phelps, Gaines argues. Whitley has spent his entire high school career at Penn Charter, a prestigious Quaker school in Philadelphia known more for its academic rigor than its swimming success. Crystal Keelan, Whitley’s longtime coach, has built a more than respectable program at the school, but Whitley remains the only swimmer competing at a national — let alone international — level.

Even without elite training partners, Whitley reigns as the national age group record holder for 15- and 16-year-olds in the 200-meter breaststroke by nearly a full second, and he owns the short-course record in the same event by an astounding 2.5 seconds. In 2015, Sports Illustrated tapped him as its “Sports Kid of the Year.”

This week he will have a good shot at making the A final in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and though he is more likely headed for a spot at the World Junior Nationals, it’s not out of the question that he could break through to a spot in the top-level meet.

At Cal, Whitley will find out just how far he can go. The Cal Bears have won three national titles since 2011, and in Rio, current or previous Cal swimmers accounted for 11 medals, including eight gold. Unlike basketball, collegiate swimming isn’t a drive-through relationship. Graduates often stay in the program and train long after their eligibility expires. That means Whitley will go from training essentially against himself to competing with some of the best swimmers in the world.

The challenge is in the balancing act.

Whitley already has experienced the burden of living up to outside expectations.

In a handful of meets last summer, Whitley didn’t meet his own standards and saw the cause wasn’t lack of effort but attempting to clear an impossibly high bar.

“I was driven to prove to myself and to others that I was good — really, really good — and it took me away from what I’d already accomplished,’’ he said. “I had to remind myself that just because you’re labeled a certain way — I’m supposedly the number one recruit for 2018 — it doesn’t mean I have to swim that way every single day. That’s not really human. That’s not possible. This week I want to swim as fast as I can but if I walk away and I’m not on a team this summer but I swam my best times, yeah I’ll be disappointed I won’t be able to wear the American flag on my cap, but I want best times. That’s what matters.’’

Whitley long has been accustomed to being what he calls “the only one.’’ Up until the fourth grade, Whitley could name the black students in his grade — Reece Whitley and Nigel George — and his parents had long talks with him from an early age, making sure their son was comfortable in his own skin.

He separated himself even further when he opted to swim, those flipper feet (for the record, he is a size 15) and a frame that currently stands at 6 feet 9 leading to presumptions that he was yet another Philly hoops prodigy in the making.

Whitley instead jumped in the pool and let the water — and the outside comments — roll off his back.

A burden to carry

It is a different thing altogether to go from being “the only one” to “the one.’’ The burden here is even more than merely diversifying a sport. The comparisons likening Whitley, Manuel, Neal and Jones to Tiger Woods in golf or the Williams sisters in tennis address only a fraction of the significance.

According to a recent study spearheaded by the USA Swimming Foundation, 64 percent of African American children have low to no swimming ability. That’s a 5 percent improvement since 2010 but still a dangerously high number.

Whitley has yet to experience an a-ha moment — no child has stopped him to say he or she is swimming because of him — but he knows every time he steps on the blocks he could be opening a kid’s eyes to a whole new world, not to mention a safer one.

Whitley also knows, though, that to change a sport he has to step higher than the blocks. He has to stand atop the podium.

That’s why, when Whitley is invariably asked about his potential impact on swimming because of his skin color, he has a lot more patience than when peppered with questions about his shoe size.

“Right now it’s a relevant question, so I don’t take any shame in answering it,’’ he said. “At the end of my career, if I look back on it and that question is irrelevant, then that means I would have fulfilled my goals.’’

Dana O’Neil | The Washington Post

Jun 26 17

Serbia retain FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final crown

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Serbia claimed a narrow 10-9 win over Italy ©Getty Images

Serbia claimed a narrow 10-9 win over Italy ©Getty Images

Serbia claimed a thrilling 10-9 win over Italy to retain their International Swimming Federation (FINA) Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final title in Ruza.

Reigning Olympic, world and European champions Serbia are the sport’s main force and they were favourites to defend the title they won in Huizhou in China last year.

However, they were forced to come from behind in today’s final as the Italians led 4-1 at the end of the first quarter at the Aquatic Palace.

Two unanswered points from the Serbians in the second narrowed the gap before five points to the Italians’ two in the third saw them take an 8-6 lead into the final period.

Italy, the Rio 2016 bronze medallists, did post three points in the fourth quarter but two from Serbia saw them win the contest 10-9 and lift the trophy.

Olympic silver medallists Croatia claimed the bronze medal.

Eight points in the first half helped them to a 10-4 win over the United States.

As well as today’s medal matches there were also two classification games.

Australia secured seventh place with an 11-4 win over Japan while hosts Russia took fifth after they beat Kazakhstan by the same scoreline.

The Super Final is considered to be the most prestigious water polo prize outside of the Olympics and World Championships.

This year’s edition of the latter will take place in Hungarian capital Budapest as part of the FINA World Aquatics Championships between July 14 and 30.

Max Winters | Inside the Games

Jun 26 17

Camilla Hattersley hails standard of Scottish swimming

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800m freestyle specialist Camilla Hattersley hopes to reach the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year

800m freestyle specialist Camilla Hattersley hopes to reach the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year (Getty Images)

Olympian Camilla Hattersley thinks the current crop of Scottish swimmers is even stronger than at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow three years ago.

Hattersley, 22, aims to qualify for the 2018 Gold Coast Games at the Scottish National Open Championships this week.

“Team Scotland has been getting better and better over the years,” she said.

“Glasgow 2014 was amazing, but since then we’ve improved a lot. There are a lot of swimmers coming through who are getting faster, so there’s competition.”

Hattersley was part of Team Scotland at the the Glasgow 2014 Games, where she finished seventh in the 800m freestyle final, almost 16 seconds behind Welsh gold medal winner Jazz Carlin.

That squad featured the likes of Robbie Renwick, Michael Jamieson, Ross Murdoch, Craig Benson, Erraid Davies and Caitlin McClatchey.

Since then, the Glasgow University student has represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics and is now targeting posting qualifying times in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year. She hopes, too, to be part of the Scotland relay team.Camilla Hattersley

Camilla Hattersley finished third in her 800m freestyle heat at the Rio Olympics, just missing out on a top-two finish that would have secured a place in the final (Getty Images)

The City of Glasgow swimmer, coached by Ian Wright, said of the Scottish scene: “There are so many swimmers now who are having success, like Duncan (Scott, aged 20) and Ross (Murdoch, 23).

“They are still pretty young, so we have quite a few years left in us where we can improve. The future is quite hopeful.

“There are a lot of great coaches in Scotland and the training and facilities are good.

“We do a lot of training camps with Scottish Swimming, so that brings the team together. There’s a good, positive attitude towards swimming.

“Most of the universities are becoming a lot more flexible with balancing education and sport, so that helps a lot.”

Among those with ambitions to win a medal in Aberdeen are University of Stirling swimmer Kathleen Dawson, who at the age of 18 won a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke at last year’s European Championships in London, where she was selected on a wildcard. That performance earned her a place in the 4x100m medley where she helped Great Britain win gold.

Another exciting prospect is 15-year-old Keanna MacInnes, who represents the Heart of Midlothian club. She has recently broken the Scottish junior record for the 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly and will swim for GB at the FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August.

Hattersley, originally from Perth, will compete in the freestyle 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the Aberdeen Sports Village. After that, she can post qualifying times at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield or the World Junior Championships.

“The Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast are definitely within my reach,” added the aeronautical engineering student.

“This isn’t the only chance to qualify, but I’m hoping I can set a time now and it will take some of the pressure off.

“This is the biggest event that we have in Scotland. All of Scotland’s best swimmers will be there.”

Hattersley will travel to Chinese Taipei next month to compete in the World University Games before beginning the fourth year of her studies.

“I’m pretty excited about it. I’m hoping to get a medal or two,” she said.

BBC Scotland

Jun 26 17

Muteti leads Kenyan team to Budapest

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Emily Muteti at a past African Swimming Championship in Nairobi.

Emily Muteti at a past African Swimming Championship in Nairobi.

Emily Muteti leads three swimmers to the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary next month.
Muteti who has represented the country in previous editions of the global event alongside continental and regional events will be in the company of England-based duo of Rebecca Kamau, Isaiah Abadalla and Kamau Maina
The four face a tall order at the global event competing against top swimmers from the United States, Australia, South Africa, Great Britain China.
The quartet represented the country at the World short course swimming championships in Windsor Canada in December last year where they failed to make it to their respective finals despite setting personal bests.
Muteti was in March among 36 swimmers worldwide awarded Fina scholarships for her outstanding performances in the last couple of years giving her a chance to train at under some of the best coaches in the world as well as being exposed to good facilities.
The event starts on July 20 with the first week dedicated to the FINA congress and elections.
Collins Magiri will be the coach with Susan Mwaura team manager for the 10-day event.

William Njugana

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