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This Week In U.S. Swimming

By Forrest W. Kobayashi

Garrett Weber-Gale told the New York Times that that Olympic athletes really do eat McDonalds. Do we believe him? Sure. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Garrett Weber-Gale told the New York Times that that Olympic athletes really do eat McDonalds. Do we believe him? Sure. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Local swimmers shine at Junior Nationals. Rachel Naurath (Nova of Virginia) came through in a big way at Junior Nationals. Swimming World Magazine reported on her impressive meet, including a win in the 1000 freestyle. Naurath’s best race came in the 100 freestyle, where she finished with a time of 49.70.

Other notable competitors with impressive finishes include Jack Conger (RMSC), Bradley Phillips (Curl-Burke) and Chuck Katis (Curl-Burke). Swimming World Magazine has a full rundown of meet results, found here.

Olympic athletes actually do eat McDonalds, according to Garrett Weber-Gale. The New York Times ran an interesting story this past week, which reported that Garrett Weber-Gale said that olympic athletes do eat McDonalds.

The commercials are accurate, Mr. Weber-Gale wrote, in that there are McDonald’s restaurants and that McDonald’s food is available to Olympic athletes. “In my experience, eating in the dining hall at the Beijing Olympics, I’ve seen firsthand that many athletes do in fact eat McDonald’s,” he added.

Perhaps the most surprising fact that Weber-Gale shared was that some athletes eat McDonalds right before their events.

McDonalds advertised during the Olympic games, including the most recent winter games in Vancouver.

Bradenton-area company begins major water safety program. Water safety is a big issue in the state of Florida, so a Florida department store has stepped up to address the issues. Bealls department stores have worked towards improving awareness of water safety through their educational program and initiative.

Bealls is offering donation voucher sales to customers, and all the proceeds will go towards the Make A Splash Foundation. It’s a great step for Florida—as the article notes, water safety in Florida is truly at a high priority.

You can read more about Beall’s program here.

Ohio State wins the High Point title at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships. The Ohio State Buckeyes took home their 26th overall high point title (96 points) with a victory at Stanford University this weekend. Host team Stanford came in second place with 82 points, and Canisius College and the University of the Incarnate Word tied in third place,with 72 points a piece.

A rundown of the top performers from the meet is available here.

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