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Retour émotif sur l’Equipe Nationale à la 1e soirée des Essais Canadiens

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By Anne Lepesant FR on SwimSwam

Swimming Canada a contribué à cet article :

Richard Funk connait d’heureuses retrouvailles alors qu’Emily Overholt célèbre un retour émotif sur l’équipe nationale sénior ce mercredi lors des Essais canadiens de natation 2018.

Funk, natif d’Edmonton, a remporté le 100 m brasse en un temps de 1:01,02. Overholt qui s’entraine au centre de haute performance – Vancouver, a dû retenir ses larmes après avoir remporté le 400 m QNI en 4:42.77. Les deux nageurs se sont taillé une place sur l’équipe canadienne qui se rendra aux Championnats pan-pacifiques à Tokyo.

Overholt qui a dû traiter avec des blessures au cours des dernières années n’avait pas fait d’équipe nationale sénior depuis les Jeux olympiques de Rio 2016. Elle est revenue à la compétition il y a quelques mois seulement.

« Cette saison j’avais vraiment l’objectif de revenir sur l’équipe nationale, » dit la nageuse de 20 ans de West Vancouver. « C’est vraiment spécial. Je pense que c’est vraiment différent cette fois à cause de ce que j’ai vécu. Ça veut tellement dire pour moi. »

« Je suis vraiment émotive, très heureuse et très reconnaissante envers tous ceux qui m’ont enduré à travers les bas et qui m’ont soutenu pendant les hauts. Je suis très chanceuse. »

Pour Funk, aller aux Pan-pacs aide à effacer la frustration d’avoir raté les Olympiques de Rio de peu.

« J’étais vraiment heureux de revenir ici et compétitionner avec une meilleure attitude, » a dit le nageur de 25 ans. « Ma famille prend toute une section des estrades. Nager devant eux est vraiment spécial. ».

Funk était satisfait de son temps, mais dit qu’il y a beaucoup de place à l’amélioration.

« Je suis vraiment enthousiaste à l’idée de renager et peaufiner quelques détails, » dit-il. « Je sais que je peux être beaucoup plus vite. Je dois seulement faire le travail dans les prochaines semaines. »

Plus de 400 athlètes provenant de 105 clubs participent à la compétition tenue au Kinsmen Sports Centre. Natation Canada y sélectionne l’équipe en piscine pour les Championnats pan-pacfiques qui auront lieu à Tokyo le mois prochain ainsi que l’équipe des Championnats para-pan-pacifiques qui auront lieu à Cairns en Australie.

En plus des nageurs canadiens, des nageurs de la France, du Pérou, de la Thaïlande, de l’Écosse et des États-Unis sont présents cette semaine.

Les Essais qui prendront fin dimanche sont transmis en direct par CBC Sports à http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1274889283829.

Les résultats ainsi que toutes les informations sont disponibles ici :https://www.swimming.ca/en/events-results/events/2018-canadian-swimming-trials/.

Les relais 4×200 m libre hommes et femmes ont été choisis, le top 4 de chaque épreuve méritait son billet.

Taylor Ruck, qui a remporté huit médailles aux Jeux du Commonwealth à Gold Coast en Australie a montré ce qu’elle avait dans le ventre en remportant l’épreuve en 1:55.45.

« Je ne m’attendais pas à battre un record ou nager un meilleur temps, je voulais seulement voir ce que je pouvais faire, » a dit la native de Kelowna, C.-B. qui s’entraine sous la tutelle de Ben Titley au Centre de haute performance – Ontario. « Avant la course, mon entraineur m’a dit de faire tout ce que je pouvais pour m’assurer de faire l’équipe. »

Kayla Sanchez du Centre de haute performance – Ontario a terminé 2e en 1:57.92. La quadruple médaillée olympique Penny Oleksiak de Toronto a pris le 3e rang en 1:58,18, et Rebecca Smith de Red Deer a terminé en 4e place en 1:59,35.

Du côté des hommes, Markus Thormeyer du Centre de haute performance – Vancouver a remporté l’épreuve en 1:47.66 devant Alex Pratt de Calgary en 1:48.97. Javier Acevedo de Scarborough a terminé en 3e position en 1:49.02, et Jeremy Bagshaw du Centre de haute performance – Victoria a pris la 4e place en 1:49.13.

Pratt, 18 ans, fut surpris de son temps qui lui a permis de gagner sa place sur sa première équipe nationale sénior.

« Je pense que je ne réalise pas encore, » dit-il. « J’ai touché le mur et je ne savais pas en quelle position j’étais. Je suis bouche-bée. »

Dans les autres épreuves ce soir :

  • Mackenzie Padington de Cambell River a remporté le 800 m libre en 8:39.91.
  • Angela Marina de Brantford Aquatic Club a remporté le 200 m libre multicatégories en 2:20.29.
  • Nick Bennett de Qualicum Beach, C.-B., en a fait de même chez les hommes en 2:02.82.
  • Kierra Smith de Kelowna, C.-B. a remporté le 100 m brasse en 1:07.57.
  • Abi Tripp de Kingston Ont., a remporté le 100 m brasse multicatégories en abaissant le record canadien SB7 en 1:32.51. Justine Morrier de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. a aussi abaissé un record canadien dans la catégorie SB14 en 1:24.04.
  • Maxime Rousselle de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu a remporté le 100 brasse multicatégories en 1:12.10. Lors des préliminaires, Jonathan Dieleman de Telkwa, C.-B., a abaissé le record canadien SB4 avec un temps de 1:52.11. Il retranche 12 secondes au record précédent.
  • Tristan Coté d’Etobicoke Swim Club a remporté le 400 m QNI en 4:21.42.

 

Qualifications Canadiennes pour les Championnats pan-pacifiques après jour 1 (13)

NB: Sanchez et Oleksiak sont ajoutées au “200 NL” à la place du relais 4×200 puisqu’elles ont nagé sous la barre du standard FINA ‘A’. Une fois aux Championnats Pan-pacs, les athlètes peuvent nager les épreuves qu’ils souhaitent.

Dames Epreuve(s) Messieurs Epreuve(s)
Mackenzie Padington 800 NL Markus Thormeyer 200 NL
Taylor Ruck 200 NL Alex Pratt 4×200 NL
Kayla Sanchez 200 NL Javier Acevedo 4×200 NL
Penny Oleksiak 200 NL Jeremy Bagshaw 4×200 NL
Rebecca Smith 4×200 NL Richard Funk 100 brasse
Kierra Smith 100 brasse Tristan Cote 400 4N
Emily Overholt 400 4N    

 

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Men’s Favorites Come Through on Day 1 of Water Polo Championships

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By SwimSwam on SwimSwam

Courtesy: LEN Media

All favorites cleared the first hurdle at the beginning of the track in the men’s tournament at the European Water Polo Championships in Barcelona. Though Italy’s 14-1 downing of Germany stood out on the opening day.

Germany was on verge to finish a match at a major tournament without scoring a goal for the first time since 1976 when they lost to Hungary 4-0 at the Olympics in Montreal. That time the games lasted 4×5 minutes, though, and now their drought lasted much longer as they scored their only goal against Italy with 1:13 remaining from the match, after 30:47 minutes. Italy’s defense worked brilliantly, limited their rivals to 24 shots, Marco del Luongo posted 16 saves on 17 attempts (94.1%).

While it was a convincing opening from the Italians before the big clash with Hungary in the next round, the Magyars struggled a bit for a while against Georgia. Early in the third the favorites led only 5-4 and with 2:45 to go in the penultimate period Hungary was just 7-5 up. Then switching gears and lifting the level of concentration helped them to stage a 5-0 rush in the remaining time and gaining a fine win after all.

Montenegro also had some minor headaches against France despite taking an early 3-0 lead. The French came back from time to time, with 1:55 to go they cut their deficit to 7-6 but Alexandar Ivovic’s great action goal closed down the contest.

Title-holder Serbia did a clean job against Romania without burning too much energy, and the world champion Croats did the same in their encounter with the Netherlands. Greece thrashed the Turks by 26 goals, Russia downed Slovakia convincingly and host Spain enjoyed an easy cruising against Malta.

 

European Championships, Day 3

Men’s Round 1

Group A

Georgia v Hungary 5-12

Germany v Italy 1-14

Group B

Montenegro v France 8-6

Malta v Spain 4-21

Group C

Turkey v Greece 1-27

Croatia v Netherlands 15-8

Group D

Russia v Slovakia 12-6

Serbia v Romania 11-5

 

Fixtures, Day 4

Women’s Round 3

14.00 Russia v Germany (B)

15.30 Hungary v Serbia (B)

17.00 Greece v Croatia (A)

18.30 France v Israel (A)

20.30 Netherlands v Italy (A)

22.00 Spain v Turkey (B)

 

Follow all games live and look for the detailed stats and play-by-play descriptions on www.len.eu.

 

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Ethan Bevill, Sean Griffenkranz Commit to D3-Champion Denison

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By Anne Lepesant on SwimSwam

Ethan Bevill from Chattanooga, Tennessee and Bergenfield, New Jersey’s Sean Griffenkranz will both suit up for the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team in the fall, joining fellow class of 2022 commit Lukas Gately.

Ethan Bevill

“I chose Denison because of the amazing coaching staff and team.  I can’t wait to spend the next four years there.” 

Bevill, shown at right with McCallie School coach Stan Corcoran and McCallie / GPS Aquatics coach Roger Dahlke, took 4th in the 200 IM (1:53.14) and 6th in the 100 fly (51.00) at the 2018 TISCA Tennessee High School Championship. He went lifetime bests in both events in prelims at the state meet. In club swimming, Bevill had a particularly good showing at NCSA Spring Championship, earning PBs in the 50 free, 200 fly, and 100/400 IM.

Best SCY times:

  • 200 fly – 1:51.97
  • 100 fly – 50.25
  • 400 IM – 4:06.16
  • 200 IM – 1:52.47
  • 50 free – 20.9 relay split

Sean Griffenkranz

Griffenkranz recently graduated from Bergen Catholic High School. He swam the 100/200 free double at the 2018 New Jersey High School Meet of Champions, then turned around two weeks later and competed for the club team Phoenix Aquatic Club at TYR ISCA Junior Championship Cup in the 200 free, 50/100 breast, and 100/200 IM. There, he finaled in the 200 free and 100 IM and took home PBs in the 200/500 free, 50/100 breast, and 100/200 IM. Griffenkranz has also had success with distance events. Since the beginning of his senior year he has also improved his times in the 500/1000 free and 400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 1000 free – 9:44.02
  • 500 free – 4:40.47
  • 200 free – 1:43.29
  • 400 IM – 4:11.13
  • 200 IM – 1:55.67
  • 200 breast – 2:13.65

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Grand Canyon Hires Chris O’Linger as Associate Head Coach

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By Braden Keith on SwimSwam

Division I Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona has announced Chris O’Linger as their new associate head coach. O’Linger comes to the team after 6 years with Incarnate Word in San Antonio: 1 as a graduate assistant (2012-2013), one as an assistant (2013-2017), and one as assistant head coach (2017-2018).

O’Linger will fill a spot left by the resignation of Charlie Cunningham, who had been an assistant for the last 3 seasons.

“I’m very excited to join the staff at Grand Canyon,” O’Linger said. “The school’s support of athletics is immense, and I have already bought into the team’s mission and culture. This is an opportunity to work with some of the best coaches and swimmers in the country.”

O’Linger was with Incarnate Word through the school’s transition from Division II to Division I in the fall of 2013. Grand Canyon recently completed its own transition to Division I, with the men’s team making a big splash last year in its first season of NCAA Championship eligibility.  The team finished 35th at the meet, with 7 points, including qualifying several relays: one of the few mid-major programs nationally to do so.

“From an athletic perspective, what they have accomplished during their first year in Division I, after only a four-year transfer period is indescribable,” O’Linger said. “The success in the pool and in the recent national academic rankings reaffirm my confidence in our ability to achieve continued success as a program, and recruit and produce remarkable men and women to represent GCU post-graduation.”

At Incarnate Word, O’Linger led the middle-distance and distance training groups, while also acting as an adjunct professor of kinesiology.

“Chris is a great addition to our staff,” Schaffer said. “He will help us continue to move our program forward with what he has to offer our to both our student-athletes and in our recruiting efforts.”

O’Linger is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tampa, where he swam and was a 22-time Division II All-American across 9 different events. In his time at Tampa, he broke 6 conference and 7 school records, was a 4-time U.S. Open Finalist, and a team captain as a senior.

The Incarnate Word men came away from last season with a CCSA conference championship: their 2nd since transitioning from Division II (they previously won in 2014). The women’s team finished 5th.

“I absorbed a lot in my time at Incarnate Word with our head coach Phillip Davis,” O’Linger said. “But (GCU swimming and diving head coach) Steve Schaffer will undoubtedly serve an equal amount of influence on me as a coach. His mentorship and guidance was a resonating benefit in deciding to join the coaching staff at Grand Canyon.”

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Jordan Merrilees Swims 200 Back PB At Australian Trials Prelims

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By James Sutherland on SwimSwam

2018 AUSTRALIAN PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS

23-year-old Jordan Merrilees swam a lifetime best in the men’s 200 backstroke prelims on the final day of the Australian Pan Pac Trials, clocking a 1:58.58 to drop his previous PB of 1:59.14 from the Commonwealth Trials. Bradley Woodward was close behind in 2nd (1:58.78), and has a shot at Pan Pac qualification in the final. Woodward was 1:56.57 at the Commonwealth Games, and can qualify for Tokyo with a swim of 1:56.11 or better. Mitch Larkin, the only male backstroker qualified so far, advanced in 4th in a time of 1:59.77.

In the women’s race, Minna Atherton led the pack in 2:12.71, just off her season-best of 2:12.49. Kaylee McKeown, who qualified earlier in the meet in the 100 back, sits 2nd in 2:13.18, and has a shot at the 2:07.64 standard after being 2:07.86 at the Commonwealth Games. Sian Whittaker (2:14.44) and Hayley Baker (2:15.43) qualified 3rd and 4th, and both have been sub-2:10 this year (Whittaker 2:09.7, Baker 2:08.6).

OTHER EVENTS

  • Cate Campbell, the #1 ranked 50 freestyler in the world this year with her best time of 23.78, qualified 1st in the women’s 50 freestyle in 24.54. Shayna Jack, who is also qualified for Pan Pacs already, sits 2nd in 24.67.
  • James Roberts (22.42) leads Grayson Bell (22.55) and Louis Townsend (22.59) in the men’s 50 free, with Roberts the only one within striking distance of the qualifying time of 21.77. Roberts was 21.97 at the Commonwealth Trials.
  • Jessica Hansen leads a group of four women who were 2:29-something in the women’s 200 breast, clocking 2:29.03 (not far off her season-best 2:28.60). Hansen has already qualified for the team here in the 100 breast, but the final will be the last shot for Taylor McKeown. McKeown has been faster than the qualifying time of 2:23.81 this year, going 2:23.74 at the Victorian State Championships, but since it wasn’t at the Commonwealth Games, didn’t qualify her for Pan Pacs. She’ll be hunting for that time, and Jenna Strauch and Georgia Bohl will also be in the mix.
  • Matthew Wilson qualified 1st in the men’s 200 breast in 2:10.24, with Zach Stubblety-Cook 2nd in 2:11.31. Wilson has already made the Pan Pacs with his 2:08.64 at the Commonwealth Games.

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RI State Champ Dillane Wehbe Commits to American University

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By Anne Lepesant on SwimSwam

North Providence, Rhode Island’s Dillane Wehbe has committed to swim for American University in the class of 2022. He recently graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School and was a member of the boy’s swim team that won the state title four years in a row. Wehbe also swims for Bluefish Swim Club.

“As soon as I stepped foot on the AU campus, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The team welcomed me with open arms, the coaching staff was extremely helpful in guiding me through the recruitment process, and Washington D.C. has a plethora of opportunities in the Medical Field. I’m exhilarated for next year, and cannot wait to be an Eagle!”

Wehbe won the 200 free (1:46.57) state title as a junior at the 2017 RIIL Boys’ State Championship Swim Meet; the following year he was runner-up but 2.6 seconds faster (1:43.94). His senior season saw him claim gold as a member of the winning 200 free relay.

In club swimming, he represented Bulldog Aquatic Club during his first two years of high school then moved to Bluefish Swim Club at the start of his junior year. Training under Chuck Batchelor, Wehbe has made significant time drops over the past two years.

Time progressions:

SCY Sophomore Junior Senior
50 free 24.45 23.72 22.68 (21.65 relay)
100 free 51.10 50.46 47.88
200 free 1:52.79 1:46.57 1:43.94
100 back 1:01.48 57.00 55.71
200 back N/A 2:13.59 2:00.01
100 fly 1:00.97 1:00.14 55.01

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2018 Sette Colli Trophy: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

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By James Sutherland on SwimSwam

2018 SETTE COLLI TROPHY

The second of three days from the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome is set to get underway, with another fast, exciting session in store.

Among the highlights will be Sarah Sjostrom going after the 100 fly/100 free double, with Pernille Blume surely to give her a great race in the latter. We’ll also see Adam Peaty and Yuliya Efimova compete in the men’s and women’s 50 breast.

The fastest heats of the women’s and men’s 800 free will be contested at the end of the session, with Ilaria Cella (8:45.31) and Poul Zellmann (8:02.44) leading the way after the first heat this morning.

For a full recap of prelims, click here.

Women’s 100 Fly

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 56.29
  2. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 57.38
  3. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 57.84

Sarah Sjostrom went out aggressively in the women’s 100 fly final, turning in 26.07 to lead the field by nearly a second, before maintaining her advantage coming home to win in 56.29. She improves her season-best of 56.35 from the Stockholm Open, but remains #2 in the world behind Japan’s Rikako Ikee (56.23).

Italian Elena Di Liddo dropped a best of 57.38 for 2nd, coming just over a tenth outside of the Italian Record held by Ilaria Bianchi (57.27). Bianchi herself was 3rd in 57.84, just off her season-best of 57.70.

Men’s 200 Fly

  1. Luiz Melo, BRA, 1:55.83
  2. Tamas Kenderesi, HUN, 1:56.72
  3. James Guy, GBR, 1:56.88

Brazilian Luiz Melo used the fastest middle 100 in the field (59.27) to hold over a second advantage at the 150m mark of the men’s 200 fly, holding solid on the last length to touch in 1:55.83. That improves his personal best of 1:55.92 set at the Maria Lenk Trophy, and elevates him from 13th to 11th in the world rankings for the year.

Meet record holder and defending champ Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary was only 5th at the halfway mark but used his signature strong back end to move into 2nd in a time of 1:56.72, running down Great Britain’s James Guy (1:56.88) on the final 50. Guy was just over two tenths off his season-best, while Kenderesi has been as fast as 1:54.14 this year which has him 4th in the world.

Women’s 100 Back

  • Meet Record: 59.42, Aya Terakawa (JPN), 2012
  1. Mie Nielsen, DEN, 59.57
  2. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 59.80
  3. Simona Baumrtova, CZE, 1:00.08

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen was the fastest going out and coming back to win the women’s 100 back in 59.57, equalling her season-best which ranks her 9th in the world.

Margherita Panziera moved through the field coming home to take 2nd in 59.80, lowering her own Italian Record of 59.96 set at their National Championships in April. That bumps her up into 16th in the world for the year, and 3rd place finisher Simona Baumrtova of the Czech Republic also posted a season-best of 1:00.08 to move into 27th.

Men’s 100 Back

  • Meet Record: 53.67, Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (ESP), 2011
  1. Robert Glinta, ROU, 53.96
  2. Gabriel Fantoni, BRA, 54.49
  3. Matteo Milli, ITA, 54.54

Romanian Robert Glinta followed up his win in the 50 back last night with another in the 100 today, touching in a time of 53.96. He was out like a rocket in 25.35, which built a big enough lead to win comfortably by over a second. He has been 53.32 this year, a Romanian Record, which ranks 7th in the world.

Indiana Hoosier Gabriel Fantoni of Brazil held off Italian Matteo Milli for 2nd, touching in 54.49 to Milli’s 54.54. For Milli, this is a new season-best, lowering his 54.79 from the prelims.

Christian Diener of Germany won the B-final in 55.19, just ahead of Chad Le Clos who set a new PB in 55.32.

Women’s 400 IM

  1. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:34.65
  2. Aimme Willmott, GBR, 4:38.81
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 4:39.81

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato led the women’s 400 IM wire-to-wire, holding a slight advantage at the halfway mark before really pulling away from the field on the breaststroke to win by over four seconds in 4:34.65. The 18-year-old crushes her previous best time of 4:37.14, breaks Stephanie Rice‘s 10-year-old meet record of 4:35.17, and overtakes Aimee Willmott for the top spot in the world this year. She also narrowly missed the Italian national record, which stands at 4:34.34 from Alessia Filippi in 2008.

Willmott was 5th at the 200 wall but moved her way through the field on the back half, touching 2nd in 4:38.81. Her 4:34.90 from the Commonwealth Games is now #2 in the world. Hungarian Boglarka Kapas fell to 4th on the breaststroke, but charged back with a 30.34 final 50 to slide by Hannah Miley (4:40.04) for 3rd in 4:39.81. Miley is 4th in the world with her 4:35.16, while Kapas sits 10th at 4:38.27.

Men’s 400 IM

  1. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:11.98
  2. Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:15.51
  3. Federico Turrini, ITA, 4:16.51

Much like Cusinato in the women’s race, defending champion David Verraszto held a slight lead over the field at the 200m wall before pulling away on the breast, splitting 1:10.30, to win easily in 4:11.98. The 29-year-old improves his season-best by exactly one second, and leapfrogs China’s Wang Shun for 4th in the world rankings.

Brandonn Almeida of Brazil moved up quickly after sitting just 5th after the fly, turning just behind Verraszto after the backstroke and maintaining his position throughout the rest of the race. The 2015 Pan American champion touched in 4:15.51 for 2nd, improving his season-best by half a second.

Federico Turrini of Italy was 4th through most of the race, but charged back in 28.18 to overtake Great Britain’s Max Litchfield by a tenth for 3rd in 4:16.51. Litchfield’s 4:16.61 is a new season-best, lowering his 4:18.18 from prelims.

Women’s 100 Free

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 52.72
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.77
  3. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 53.31

After her slight upset over Sjostrom in the 50 free yesterday, Denmark’s Pernille Blume defeated the world record holder again in the 100 final, edging her by .05 in 52.72. She held the lead at the 50 by two tenths in 25.35, and managed to hold off the Swede coming back in 27.37. The 24-year-old misses her Danish Record by just .03, and moves from 7th to 4th in the world rankings.

Sjostrom equals her season-best of 52.77, dropping to 5th in the world with Blume’s performance. Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands went well under her season-best for 3rd in 53.31, with her countrywoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo 4th in 53.78. Federica Pellegrini also cracked 54 for the first time this year in 5th (53.99).

Men’s 100 Free

  • Meet Record: 48.35, Filippo Magnini (ITA), 2008
  1. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 48.25
  2. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 48.58
  3. Pedro Spajari, BRA, 48.72

Women’s 50 Breast

  • Meet Record: 29.90, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2014

Men’s 50 Breast

Women’s 800 Free

Men’s 800 Free

  • Meet Record: 7:43.06, Gabriele Detti (ITA), 2016

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Why Propulsion Forces in Swimming Matter: The Dolphin Kick

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Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr., 10-time World Record Holder, 3-time Olympian, 1976 Olympic Games US Flagbearer and The Race Club co-founder.

I continue to learn more about this fascinating motion in the water and what makes it work well….or not so well for swimmers. Like all other swimming techniques, fast dolphin kick requires certain tools in order to do well. The three most notable tools for dolphin kick are extreme plantar ankle flexibility, leg and lower back strength for knee and hip extension, and incredible leg fitness to sustain a motion that has no significant rest or recovery phase.

Beyond having the tools, however, I have learned by studying some of the fastest dolphin kickers in the world, like Kelsi Worrell, that there are nuances to the dolphin kick motion that can make it work better. Although few athletes use all of them, there are actually four different points during the dolphin kicking cycle that an athlete can potentially accelerate. That means that the propulsion forces are greater than the frontal drag forces.

Using the Vortex 
The first and often the most powerful point of acceleration is at the beginning of the down kick. The down kick is biomechanically stronger than the up kick, so a lot of propulsion can be achieved here. The second point of potential acceleration is when the foot passes through the slipstream or vortex of the swimmer’s body (located directly behind the swimmer) on the way down. The third point of acceleration can occur at the beginning of the up kick, and the fourth as the foot passes through the slipstream on the way back up.

The majority of swimmers do not get acceleration at all four of these points, but Kelsi does. That effectively keeps her speed more constant, which according to the law of inertia, makes her more efficient. Many dolphin kickers will get acceleration only from the strong down kick, which leads to large variations in speed and greater inefficiency.

Reduce your deceleration 
There are also two important points during the kicking cycle when the swimmers will decelerate (drag is greater than propulsion). How much they decelerate depends very much on the technique that is being used. The first, and often most harmful, is when the legs are drawn forward and knees bend in preparation for the down kick. The speed at which the legs are drawn forward and the degree that the knee bends have a huge impact on the amount of deceleration that will occur.

The second point of deceleration occurs during the down kick, after the feet pass through the body’s vortex. The amount of deceleration here depends greatly on how long and how much the feet are left hanging before the next up kick is taken and how much flexion occurs at the hip. Deceleration is always followed by a loss of speed. The further the speed drops, the harder it becomes to get it back up again.

Practice these motions 
In order to maximize the acceleration and top speed and minimize the deceleration and loss of speed, here is what needs to happen. The feet must be pigeon-toed and snapped down hard at the beginning of the down kick and drawn up aggressively at the beginning of the up kick. Then the feet and legs must push hard through the vortex and abruptly slow down and reverse directions once they pass the vortex. That is a tall order. It is like telling someone to floor it on the gas pedal and to slam on the brakes a second later over and over again.

The challenge in achieving this motion occurs when a swimmer doesn’t have enough plantar flexibility in the ankles. Then, in order to get more propulsion on the down kick, the feet have to be drawn further forward, knees bending more than 60 degrees. That means the legs have to be drawn forward more aggressively in order to get the down kick in time…and more deceleration occurs. You can see now why the ankle flexibility is the key to the entire dolphin kick working.

Start to improve your dolphin kick by working on your plantar ankle flexibility. Without that, we have a serious problem. Then work hard. not only at the beginning of the down kick, but during the start of up kick, too. Continue the speed of the feet through the vortex, but once they pass the horizontal position, think about reversing directions as soon and as forcefully as you can. Do all this and who knows, you may become the next Kelsi Worrell. At the very least, you will dolphin kick faster.

This week in Lanes 2, 3 and 4, you will find one of the most interesting webisodes we have ever produced. In it you will see how Kelsi Worrell and Luca Spinazolla, two very fast dolphin kickers, take advantage of the two important vortices to generate great propulsion.=

Yours in Swimming,

Gary Sr.

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Taking 5 with Jordan Wilimovsky

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Courtesy: Eney Jones

Some swimmers are tough to catch up with in the water and on land. Jordan Wilimovsky is one such swimmer. Two weeks ago he won the 1 mile and the 10k at the Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands and last weekend he won the Santa Monica Pier 360 Open Water Festival in California. Wilimovsky is the first (and only)  American male swimmer to qualify for the Olympics in the pool and in Open Water.

 #1 What motivates you and gives you strength?

I think I  get motivation from the people around me. Making the U.S. Olympic Team and  U.S. National Team with some pretty incredible athletes has been very motivating. Making the World’s team, Olympic team, or whatever team it is, inspires me to learn from those around me and get back in the pool and try to get better and make the team again next year. My brother Alec Wilimovsky, an ITU triathlete trains with me sometimes when he is not racing in Europe which is super fun.

#2  You seem very comfortable going back and forth from the pool to the open water. How do you sharpen your mind and physically prepare? What is your favorite pool set?  What are your favorite open water conditions?

I feel I’m prepared to race by just doing the work in training everyday. I don’t really try and change my stroke or anything for open water or think of it as being something different too much. For me it’s just another race that I wanna try and win. Favorite open water condition would probably be one that is similar to a pool, temp in the high 70s and calm water without too much chop or current, but like I said before I don’t worry about it too much, I just focus on my own race. Definitely not my favorite set, but one I think has been very helpful for me and one we do pretty often is 30x100s on 1:30  holding best average. (:56- :57) Long Course Meters.

#3 Diet, fueling and refueling. What would a typical day of food be like? Does it vary on race day?

I think more recently, especially this past year, I’ve tried  to eat healthier and cook most of my meals but I do have a pretty big sweet tooth. That’s something I’ve definitely learned from being around athletes on the national team, the importance of nutrition. Usually have a protein shake before morning training, then after morning practice I’ll come back home and have eggs, avocado, a smoothie, and a bagel or something. For lunch I go for salmon with rice and spinach and mushrooms. Grab another snack on the way to afternoon practice, then for dinner have some kinda steak or chicken with pasta and some veggies. And then I’ll have another snack before I go to sleep, maybe some fruit or yogurt, or if it was a big workout that day I’ll go for ice cream. I don’t really try and switch anything up on race day, just stick to what I’m comfortable with.

#4  I love the story of how you got into swimming by failing a lifeguard test (at 9 years old – summer camp) You seem to be one of those successful people who view setbacks and problems as challenges. How do you do that?

Yeah, I’m not super sure to be honest. I think if you are surrounded by good people it’s easy to bounce back from a set back and try and figure out a way to solve a problem. I’m pretty lucky to be around those kind of people that have always been willing to help me out and help me reach my goals.

#5  I view your strengths as having laser focus and incredible discipline. What is a weakness that you are working on?

I would say something I have been working on for a long time is efficiency in my stroke. Having a lower count and rate. That’s something where every year I try and get a little bit better at it and hopefully over a few seasons see a big gain.

Eney Jones has achieved remarkably diverse success as a leading pool, open water and Ironman triathlon swimmer.

  • Masters National Champion 100-200-400-500-1500-1650 5k freestyle 2009
  • Open Water 5k Champion Perth Australia, May 2008.
  • National Masters Champion 200-400-1500 freestyle Champion, Portland Oregon, August, 2008.
  • Overall Champion Aumakua 2.4k Maui Hawaii, September 2008
  • Waikiki Rough Water Swim 3rd place 2006, second place Overall 2009, 3rd place 2012
  • European Record Holder and Masters Swimming Champion, 2005. Records included 200, 400, 800, 1500 m freestyle
  • Over twenty time finalist in U.S. Swimming Nationals, including Olympic Trials 1980
  • Gold medal NCAA 800 yd freestyle relay 1979, silver Medalist 200 yd freestyle 1979. United States National Team 1979-1980.
  • Professional Triathlete 1983-1991. First woman out of the water in every Hawaiian Ironman participated (6).

 

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PEAK’s Bertrand Phung Commits to UNLV for 2018-19

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By Anne Lepesant on SwimSwam

Bertrand Phung, a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Campbell, California, has committed to swim for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Phung graduated from San José’s Valley Christian High School in 2017 and took a gap year; he will suit up for the Rebels in the fall with Arizona’s Mike Niezgodzki. Phung wrote on social media:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and coaches who have been supporting me throughout this journey. I could not have made it without all of you. Excited to announce my commitment to the University of Nevada Las Vegas. JUST GO OFF!! Go Rebels!!!”

Mainly a flyer/backstroker/freestyler, Phung swims for PEAK Swimming under Abi Liu. While at Valley Christian he was a 2-time CIF-Central Coast Section finalist in the 100 fly, a 1-time finalist in the 200 free, and a 1-time finalist in the 100 back. This spring he competed at Far Westerns in the 100/200 free, 100 back, and 100/200 fly. He also swam the 100 back and 100/200 fly at Winter Junior Nationals West in December.

At last summer’s USA Swimming Futures Championships in Santa Clara, he was an A-finalist in both the 100m fly and 200m fly. During the summer of 2017 he improved his LCM times in the 50/100/200/400 free, 100 back, and 100/200 fly.

Top events:

  • 100 Fly: 49.80/56.39
  • 200 Fly: 1:50.79/2:06.91
  • 50 Free: 21.71 (20.6 relay split)/25.29
  • 100 Free: 48.13 (46.14 relay split)/55.55
  • 100 Back: 52.54/1:05.54

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