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Meet the 100-year-old Japanese swimmer who set a 1,500-meter world record

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Mieko Nagaoka wants to swim “until I turn 105.“

Australia’s Grant Hackett qualifies for worlds

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Australian legend’s comeback bid continues.

Olympic legend Grant Hackett surprises himself in return to competition pool

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The former world record holder finished third at Australia’s swimming championships, which is already ahead of pace in his “comeback.”

8 Potomac Valley swimmers headed to Ireland with NCSA all-star team

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A select group comprised of medalists from NCSA Junior Nationals will compete next month at the 2015 Irish Open Swimming Championships in Dublin.

USA Swimming opposes March open water race in Abu Dhabi

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Still mourning the death of open water swimmer Fran Crippen, USA Swimming “has no plans to support or send athletes to the UAE for this event,” says the organization’s executive director Chuck Wielgus.

U.S. Olympic Committee hands torch to Boston; DC2024′s would-be Games extinguished

Friday, January 9th, 2015

COLUMN | A farewell to the Olympic Games that will never be.

Boston selected by U.S. Olympic Committee as U.S. bid city for 2024 Olympics

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The U.S. candidate for hosting the 2024 Games will have to overcome IOC resistance and stiff competition

Katie Ledecky voted L’Equipe’s female athlete of the year

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The 17-year-old swimming phenom became the first swimmer recognized with the “Champion of Champions” award.

Katie Ledecky makes D.C.’s Olympic pitch to USOC

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The 17-year-old was part of Washington 2024′s five-person presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee Tuesday in San Francisco.

Five more world records broken to conclude short-course worlds

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Team USA finishes atop the medal standings with 37 total medals in Doha.

Katinka Hosszu breaks fourth record, Manaudou second at short-course worlds

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Five world records fall on the fourth day of competition at FINA’s short-course worlds.

Five more world records set at short-course worlds

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continuing her reign in Doha with another gold medal and Team USA took home three more medals.

Katinka Hosszu, Chad le Clos set records on Day 2 of short-course worlds

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Team USA wins another gold, with help from Tyler Clary, in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay on the second day of competition in Doha.

Photos: Day 1 at short-course world championships

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Twenty-one photos from the first day of swimming at FINA’s short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar.

Spain’s Mireya Garcia breaks two records at short-course worlds

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ryan Lochte added two bronze medals to his short-course worlds record 30 medals during a slow first night of finals for the U.S. delegations in Doha.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu beats out Katie Ledecky for FINA swimmer of the year

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Katinka Hosszu, Chad le Clos named FINA swimmers of the year for 2014.

USA Swimming announces 2015 rosters for international competition

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The U.S. national team delegations to the FINA World Championships, Pan American Games and World University Games have been announced.

Cassidy Bayer fifth at Tokyo World Cup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Cassidy Bayer, 15, finished fifth overall in her first non-junior international final Wednesday night in Tokyo.

Cassidy Bayer selected for U-18 World Cup roster

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

USA Swimming announced its 16-swimmer junior roster for two FINA World Cup events in Oct. and Nov.

Matt McLean to return to international stage at short course worlds

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The former All-Met out of Potomac Falls is one of 18 Olympians set to represent Team USA in Doha, Qatar in December.

Andrew Seliskar twice golden on second day of Junior Pan Pacs

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Andrew Seliskar added two more gold medals during Thursday’s finals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Andrew Seliskar claims junior world record to lead Team USA’s gilded start

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

USA Swimming’s junior national team leapt out to a huge lead in the medal count after winning 15 medals on the first day of swimming at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Preview: 5 storylines to watch at Junior Pan Pacs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A year after medaling at junior world championships, Andrew Seliskar and Isabella Rongione return to the international stage at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky lowers 400 freestyle world record…again

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Watch Katie Ledecky break the world record in the 400-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships, just two weeks after lowering the world mark for the first time.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky wins double gold to kick off Pan Pacs

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Watch Katie Ledecky win her first international double at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky demolishes 1,500 freestyle world record

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Watch Katie Ledecky break the 1,500-meter freestyle world record by six seconds — her third time setting the mark.

Ledecky smashes world record in 1,500 freestyle at Pan Pacifics

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky lowers a second world record at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, her second in two days.

Katie Ledecky sets world record; Michael Phelps is golden again

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky sets a world record for the sixth time since last year, while Michael Phelps wins his first individual gold since 2012.

Katie Ledecky anchors women, Michael Phelps returns to podium as U.S. wins two relay golds

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Bethesda teen overtakes Australian for gold in the women’s race; Michael Phelps wins first gold on relay.

Ledecky starts with a bang

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Bethesda swimmer wins two golds, adding to U.S. team haul of 10 medals on first day of Pan Pacs.

Katie Ledecky tops all qualifiers in 200 freestyle

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Missy Franklin fights through back spasms to make “A” final at Pan Pacific Championships on Day 1.

Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Michael Phelps speak with media

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

U.S. national teamers met with reporters ahead of Thursday’s start of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Missy Franklin in doubt for Pac Pacs

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Missy Franklin’s status for this week’s 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia is questionable after experience back spasms on Tuesday.

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte scratch Day 1 events

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The U.S.’s top veterans shortened their schedules at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia already by opting out of the first day of competition.

Psych sheets released for Pan Pacs

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps to swim five individual events apiece at the Aug. 21-25 championship meet in Gold Coast, Australia.

Pan Pacs team elects veterans to lead

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The U.S. national swim team set to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships, Aug. 21-25, elected their captains on Saturday while in training camp in Gold Coast, Australia.

Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte named 2013 FINA Athletes of the Year

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Katie Ledecky earns 2013 FINA Athlete of the Year honor.

Team USA win Duel in the Pool in tiebreaker

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Katie Ledecky and Team USA rebounded from a 14-point deficit to win their sixth straight Duel in the Pool.

Katie Ledecky misses podium on difficult day 1 for Team USA at Duel in the Pool

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Bethesda-native Katie Ledecky finishes off the podium for the first time in her international career. Team USA trails Europe, 68-54, after the first night in Glasgow.

Katie Ledecky, Kevin Cordes eye short-course world marks at Duel in the Pool

Friday, December 20th, 2013

World records on the line at the 2013 Duel in the Pool.

Katie Ledecky and Team USA face European All-Stars at Duel in the Pool

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Katie Ledecky, Matt McLean in Glasgow, Scotland for 2013 Duel in the Pool. Events begin Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

US swimming team to face European all-star team in Duel in the Pool in Glasgow in December

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Date and location set for the 2014 Duel in the Pool between Team USA and the European all stars.

Tokyo wins 2020 Summer Olympics bid, beats out Istanbul and Madrid

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

City overcomes concerns that arose from Japan’s 2011 nuclear plant disaster and beats out Istanbul and Madrid.

Andrew Seliskar sets championship record in 200 fly at junior worlds

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Andrew Seliskar earned his first gold medal on the final day of competition at the 2013 FINA junior world championships.

Team USA goes 1-2 in backstroke; Japan, Hong Kong pull upsets

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

United States continues to pull away from the international field in the medal count with another impressive day at the 2013 FINA world junior championship.

Andrew Seliskar lowers NAG record at junior worlds; U.S. add two golds on day two

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Andrew Seliskar reset his own national age group record twice in the 200 IM on day two at the 2013 FINA world junior championships. Team USA claimed five more medals.

U.S. claims two golds on day one at world junior champs

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Members of the United States junior national team finished with four medals on the first day of competition at the world junior championships in Dubai.

Medley nightmare: U.S. relay squanders gold with DQ

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Kevin Cordes jumped early, handing gold to the French relay.

Missy Franklin wins record sixth gold at worlds

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Missy Franklin joined the likes of Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto on Sunday with a historic sixth gold medal at worlds.

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky sets world record in 800-meter freestyle, wins fourth gold medal of world championships

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky, 16, sets world mark in 800 freestyle for her fourth gold medal at world swimming championships in Barcelona.

Katie Ledecky sets world record in 800 free, Missy Franklin wins fifth gold

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Teenage sensations Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin record historic night seven in Barcelona.

Ryan Lochte claims two golds on epic night six at worlds

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Ryan Lochte picked up his second and third gold medal at worlds on Friday, his 13th and 14th of his illustrious swimming world championships career.

U.S. women win gold in 4×200 free relay [video and interview]

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and the U.S. women defend 4×200 freestyle relay title at worlds. Watch the post-race interview here.

Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin win gold again on day five at worlds [gallery]

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Teenagers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky each pick up another gold on Thursday in Barcelona. Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen took down a world record in semifinals. [gallery]

Big night for Ryan Lochte, James Magnussen; U.S. girls golden

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Ryan Lochte returns to the top of the podium on day five at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. James Magnussen reclaims sprint crown. Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin win gold.

Missy Franklin, South Africa with big day four at worlds [race footage]

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Watch video footage of the women’s 200-meter freestyle (Franklin), men’s 200 butterfly (Le Clos), 50 breaststroke (Van Der Burgh), and 800 freestyle (Yang).

Post race interviews with worlds day four winners [video]

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Missy Franklin, Chad Le Clos, Cameron Van Der Burgh, and Sun Yang took home gold on day 4 in Barcelona. Watch their post-race interviews here.

Missy Franklin a perfect three for three in Barcelona through day four

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Missy Franklin won her third gold in four days to lead Team USA on another successful day at worlds. Michael McBroom earned silver in 800 free.

Missy Franklin grabs third gold at worlds; South Africa wins big [gallery]

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

[GALLERY] Missy Franklin continues her quest to stay perfect in Barcelona. South Africa dominates on day four.

Katie Ledecky breaks 1,500 free world record — complete race footage

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Full video of Katie Ledecky’s 1,500-meter freestyle world record.

Katie Ledecky, 16, smashes world record in women’s 1,500 meter

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Bethesda teen Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 1,500 meters to take gold at world championships.

Katie Ledecky crushes world record in 1500 free at worlds

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Katie Ledecky takes down world mark in 1,500-meter freestyle. Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers add to U.S. gold medal haul on day three of 2013 FINA world championships.

Katie Ledecky shatters world record to lead Team USA to three golds on day 3 [gallery]

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

[GALLERY] Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, and Matt Grevers each took home gold for the U.S. on day three at the 2013 FINA world swimming championships.

Michael Phelps loving life but vague about swimming future

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

On hand in Barcelona for the 2013 FINA world championships, Phelps says he doesn’t know what the future holds.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte sets year’s first world record in 100 breast

Monday, July 29th, 2013

No gold medals for the United States on day two of the pool portion of the 2013 FINA world championships. Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, and Matt Grevers advance. [Gallery inside]

Franklin, Ledecky shine, but US misses Phelps at worlds

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Team USA is off to a strong start to the 2013 FINA world championship games in Barcelona. [Gallery inside]

Missy Franklin eyes Phelpsian-like workload at worlds

Friday, July 26th, 2013

No swimmer has won eight gold medals at a world championships — not even Phelps. Beginning Sunday, Missy Franklin takes her shot at history in Barcelona.

Lochte: I need to worry about me not Phelps

Friday, July 26th, 2013

As the post-Phelps era kicks off this week in Barcelona, questions remain as to whether the 18-time gold medalist will return for one last push in 2016.

FINA world championships event and broadcast schedule

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The pool events begin on Sunday night. Find all the information you need to catch the action from Barcelona within.

Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky lead US women’s high expectations in Barcelona

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Teenage superstars Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky poised for big showing at swimming worlds.

World championships open the post-Michael Phelps era on Saturday

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The 2013 FINA swimming world championships begin on Saturday in Barcelona.

FINA preparing to set open water temperature limit

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

FINA officials met to discuss water temperature standards nearly three years after the death of U.S. swimmer Fran Crippen.

Jack Conger earns gold at World University Games

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Machine Aquatics’ Jack Conger blasts field in 200-meter backstroke for first gold at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Katie Ledecky drops 200 free at worlds

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky scratches 200 free at world championships. National team roster updated.

Swimming gets Olympic revenue boost

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Swimming and gymnastics were promoted into top revenue-sharing group by the IOC joining track and field.

Ryan Lochte leaves short-course worlds with six golds

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Ryan Lochte won two more medals on the final day of competition at the 2012 FINA Short-course World Championships in Istanbul. [Large gallery]

Ryan Lochte sets world record in 100 IM at short-course worlds

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Ryan Lochte earns his second world record of the week at the 2012 FINA short-course world championships in Istanbul.

Ryan Lochte sets world record at FINA short-course worlds

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Ryan Lochte sets 200 IM world record for his fourth gold at the 2012 FINA short-course world championships.

Matt McLean earns relay gold, team USA adds to medal tally at FINA short-course worlds

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Matt McLean anchored the 4×200 freestyle relay for team USA on a dominant day two of the 2012 FINA Short-course World Championships.

US serviceman wins gold year after losing sight

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Former U.S. Navy lieutenant wins Paralympic swimming gold a year after losing his site in Afghanistan.

A year after the explosion that blinded him, former Navy swimmer is in the Paralympics

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Bradley Snyder, a former captain of the U.S. Naval Academy’s swim team who lost his sight in a blast in Afghanistan, never imagined he would be in this meet.

2012 Junior Pan Pacs: Jack Conger twice golden on day 3

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Conger earned an individual and relay gold on Saturday night at the 2012 Jr. Pan Pacific championship meet in Honolulu.

2012 Junior Pan Pacs: Jack Conger medals again on day 2

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Jack Conger earned his second medal of the week in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 Jr. Pan Pacific championships.

2012 Junior Pan Pacs: Jack Conger earns first international gold in 100 back

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Jack Conger blasts field at Jr. Pan Pacs for gold in a new national age group record.

Jack Conger to star for the US at Junior Pan Pacs

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Jack Conger, Sarah Haase, and Andrew Seliskar to represent PVS at the 2012 Jr. Pan Pacs in Hawaii. Meet begins Thursday, Aug 22.

Phelps’ agent: Leaked pics not an IOC violation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Louis Vuitton ad featuring Michael Phelps brought the 18-time gold medalist under scrutiny for potentially violating an IOC rule.

Missy Franklin gets inked, reveals Olympic rings tattoo

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Missy Franklin shows off her new Olympic rings.

David Boudia dives into U.S. Olympic history

Monday, August 13th, 2012

American David Boudia looks like a beautiful gull plunging into the water as he wins gold in 10-meter platform diving.

Oussama Mellouli wins marathon swim; Alex Meyer 10th

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Tunisian swimmer adds open-water gold medal to bronze won in the 1,500-meter pool event.

After pool bronze, Mellouli gets gold in 10K race

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Tunisian Olympian wins in the pool and open water.

Green with envy, Haley Anderson gets silver

Friday, August 10th, 2012

American marathon swimmer out-touched despite surge in final 50 meters.

Katie Ledecky’s success came as no surprise to Bethesda-based family of high achievers

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Katie Ledecky was surprised by her gold-medal success, but her Bethesda family of high achievers believed in her all along.

Phelps goes out with another gold

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

In his final Olympic race, Michael Phelps helps U.S. medley relay win gold.

Michael Phelps powers 4×100-meter medley relay to one last gold medal

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history capped his illustrious career with one last riveting race and one final gold medal.

Katie Ledecky, 15, makes big splash with Olympic gold medal in 800 meters

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky, 15, pulled a stunner Friday, winning gold in the 800 meters and breaking Janet Evans’s 23-year-old American record.

Michael Phelps passes golden baton to Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Michael Phelps wins final individual gold on same day teenagers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky do the same.

The scene in Bethesda as Ledecky wins gold

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Reactions from fans at school Stone Ridge School watching the hometown swimmer Katie Ledecky in the Olympic final of the women’s 800 freestyle.

Day 7 highlights from London [Updated 16:23 8/3]

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Results and summaries from day 7 of the action from the pool in London.

Ryan Lochte has five medals, and unfulfilled expectations

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Ryan Lochte takes silver in the 200 IM and bronze in the 200 backstroke, but he doesn’t have the gold rush he expected.

Rebecca Soni sets world record in 200-meter breastroke at London 2012 Olympics

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

American Rebecca Soni wins gold and repeats as Olympic champion in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Michael Phelps tops Ryan Lochte in 200 IM; Rebecca Soni smashes world record in 200 breast

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history added yet another gold medal to his career haul with his third straight gold in the 200-meter individual medley.

Michael Phelps’ legacy a testimony to hard work as much as talent

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

In his final Olympics, Michael Phelps has displayed his dedication as much as his talent.

Day 6 highlights from London [Updated 16:24 8/2]

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Live updates from the pool in London: swimming, water polo, and diving.

Women’s 4×200 relay gold shows U.S. swim team in top form

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Allison Schmitt’s stellar anchor leg overtakes Australians has Americans thinking big.

Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen win synchronized diving bronze for U.S.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen win synchronized diving bronze for U.S.

President Obama congratulates Michael Phelps for historic win

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Michael Phelps historic 19th medal brought high praise from even those at the very top.

Day 5 highlights from London [Updated 16:24 8/1]

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Live updates from the action in the pool in London.

Michael Phelps leaves room for Mom while on top of the world

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Michael Phelps can’t match Beijing, but he’s showing a refreshing human side in London — looking for Mom in the stands, finishing in places other than first.

Michael Phelps sets medals record with golden anchor leg for U.S.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Michael Phelps’ record 19th Olympic medal is a gold for anchoring the Americans’ 4×200 relay.

U.S. water polo team aims to win a medal

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Americans are determined to take a medal in London.

Michael Phelps’ gold rush continues: 800m freestyle relay medal is record 19th

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

With two more medals Tuesday, Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

Day 4 highlights from London [Updated 17:10 7/31]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Highlights from day 4 of the swimming competition from London.

Ryan Lochte loses again, cannot escape Michael Phelps’s legacy at London Games

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

After another disappointing day in the pool, Lochte needs to stop focusing on matching Phelps’s achievements in Beijing, and just win races.

From Ryan Lochte’s fourth to Missy Franklin’s gold, a medley of emotions for U.S. swim team

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

American swimmers win two golds and two silvers after Ryan Lochte misses the podium early.

Missy Franklin: A gold medalist’s tenacity inside a youthful demeanor

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Don’t be fooled by Missy Franklin’s youthful demeanor; her fierce competitiveness landed her gold.

Missy Franklin wins gold in 100 back; Ryan Lochte fails to medal in 200 free

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Missy Franklin, 17, wins her first gold medal; Ryan Lochte finishes a disappointing fourth.

Day 3 highlights from London [Updated 17:13 7/30]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Highlights from day 3 of competition from the London Aquatic Centre.

Ryan Lochte fails to hold lead as France passes U.S. men to win 4×100 freestyle relay

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Lochte unable to hold lead for Americans during last leg of 4×100 freestyle. U.S. settles for silver.

Dana Vollmer, after missing Beijing, returns with world record in London

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Dana Vollmer, who failed to qualify for Beijing Games, set world mark in winning 100-meter butterfly gold.

Day 2 highlights from London [Updated 16:30 7/29]

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Highlights from day 2 of Olympic swimming coverage: two world records set; Lochte, Franklin advance; USA water polo takes on Montenegro; USA relay chased down

OPINION: Michael Phelps boosts swimming even as he has less left to give

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Loss in 400 IM shows a diminished Michael Phelps still boosting the sport of swimming.

Ryan Lochte cruises to gold in 400 IM; Phelps finishes 4th

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Ryan Lochte makes bold opening statement in effort to supplant Michael Phelps as king of the pool.

Day 1 highlights from London: USA swim team earns four medals

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

It was an surprising day one in London during the swimming finals. Read excerpts from The Post’s live blog from London.

Phelps vs. Lochte to highlight first day

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both advanced to tonight’s 400 IM final, but neither put on the show in prelims that many expected.

Michael Phelps will be tested by Ryan Lochte on Saturday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

This year, things promise to be much more challenging right from the start for Michael Phelps, who has a showdown with Ryan Lochte on Saturday.

Missy Franklin could land the most swimming medals

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Missy Franklin heads to London dodging comparisons to Michael Phelps and seeking as many medals as he seeks: seven.

U.S. marathon swimmer Alex Meyer relishes competing in the grueling event

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

American Alex Meyer relishes the skill, stamina and fortitude required for the little-known Olympic sport of marathon swimming.

Swimsuits that turn athletes into barracudas

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Swimsuit makers have long sought inspiration in the oceans, where evolution spent about 500 million years sculpting bodies shaped to cut through the water with the least drag or studded with features that increase speed.

Missy Franklin, just 17, seems ready to handle the pressure

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Just 17, the swimming star soon could be the face of the U.S. Olympic team. She seems ready to handle it.

U.S. Olympic roster announced

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

USA Swimming reveals 2012 U.S. Olympic roster.

Dara Torres, 45, narrowly misses spot in sixth Olympics at U.S. swimming trials

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Dara Torres, who has won a total of 12 swimming medals over five Olympic games, narrowly misses a spot on the 2012 U.S. team.

Michael Phelps to swim seven events in London

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The U.S. swimmer drops 200-freestyle from his Olympics program.

Michael Phelps has mastered the psychology of speed

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Swimmer Michael Phelps has won 14 Olympic gold medals and is the face of his sport. The mental toughness he has shown in the pool is as important to his success as his prodigious talent. He will need every bit of that toughness as he enters his fifth Olympic Games this summer.

More swimsuit drama heading into London Olympics

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Still, mirroring the anarchy that seemingly ruled at the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2009 world championships, swimmers are now shedding suits provided by their sponsors to wear apparel perceived to be faster. Teams are jockeying to make sure their athletes have the best suits available — no matter who is their official supplier.

Pool prep under way for US swimming trials

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Installation of the U.S. Olympic Trials pool began on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Ryan Lochte on the cover of Vogue

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Ryan Lochte made history this month as the first male to be featured on the cover of Vogue without a female model.

Profiles in Speed: Torres doesn’t let age slow her down

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Attempting to make her sixth Olympic team at age 45, Dara Torres has had to combat the inexorable tolls of time.

Michael Phelps returns ready to add to medal haul [video]

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Michael Phelps sat with coach Bob Bowman to answer questions at the United States Olympic Committee media summit Sunday in Dallas.

Swimming world champ Dale Oen dies in Arizona

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Norwegian Olympic medalist Alexander Dale Oen died Monday while training in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Profiles in Speed: Missy Franklin has body built for speed

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Promising young stars raise hopes in every four-year Olympic cycle, but rarely does one come along quite like Franklin.

Team USA thrashes European All-Stars in Duel for their fifth consecutive win

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Missy Franklin continued to shine in international competition, as did Ryan Lochte, who showed why he is the considered the best swimmer in the world, swimming unrested.

2011 Duel in the Pool: McLean and Ziegler set to compete for thirty-five member U.S. team against European All-Stars

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The U.S. team has never lost in the event’s five-year history. Area stars Matt McLean and Kate Ziegler will be joined by Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin and others against a fast group of forty-one brought by Europe.

London 2012: Ed Moses wants to make U.S. swim team, recapture glory of 2000 Games

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

When he was winning medals at the 2000 Olympics, Virginia swimmer Ed Moses (shown in 2004) measured success in record times and first place. Now, as he aims to make the 2012 Olympic squad, Moses measures his progress by different standards.

Kendall is pure gold at 2011 Pan Am Games

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Fairfax native Amanda Kendall earned four gold medals at the 2011 Pan American, which took place October 15-22 and were held in Guadalajara, Mexico at the brand new Scotiabank Aquatics Center.

Runaway performance for Lochte

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Ryan Lochte finishes as the undisputed star of the swimming world championships in Shanghai, hauling in five gold medals.

Franklin continues to impress at world championships

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Not only is 16-year-old Missy Franklin the breakout swimmer for the United States, she’s also the top U.S. female competitor in the last major tune-up for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Lochte asserts dominance with two more golds

Friday, July 29th, 2011

With an overpowering anchor leg in the 800 free relay and a stellar performance in the 200 back on Friday, Ryan Lochte continued his remarkable run at the world championships.

Franklin collecting medals, turning heads

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Sixteen-year-old American Missy Franklin wins bronze in 50-meter backstroke, kickstarts 800-meter relay with blazing opening leg.

Lochte beats Phelps again, sets world record

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Ryan Lochte tops Michael Phelps for the second time at the world championships, posting a world record in the 200 IM.

Phelps takes gold in 200 fly at world championships

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Michael Phelps shows the will and late-race stamina that have been his trademark to claim the 200 fly gold medal 10 years after winning his first world championship.

Lochte beats Phelps in 200 free at world championships

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Tuesday’s victory bolsters Ryan Lochte’s burgeoning reputation, hinting that he no longer is merely a capable rival for the world’s best swimmer, but perhaps a true challenger to that title.

Vollmer earns U.S. swimming’s first gold medal at worlds

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Dana Vollmer, 23, became the first American to collect a gold medal at the swimming world championships in Shanghai, winning the 100-meter butterfly in 56.87 seconds.

Swimming world championships begin with a letdown as U.S. men finish third in 400 free relay

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Ending a streak of six straight gold medals in major events, the U.S. men put forward a disappointing third-place performance in 4 x 100-meter relay at the swimming world championships.

Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte: Rivalry in bloom or changing of the guard?

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Ryan Lochte, not Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps, enters this week’s world swimming championships in Shanghai in peak form.

‘A long way to go’

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Michael Phelps’s performance this week at the Pan Pacific Championships has reflected his sporadic attention recently to his sport.

Lochte falls short of 200-meter IM word record

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Ryan Lochte won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley, touching the wall in 1 minute 54.43 seconds, 0.33 seconds short of a world record time.

Hoff, Sutton earn Team USA spots

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Only two U.S. women competed in Friday night’s 400-meter final at the Pan Pacific swimming Championships. But a total of four Americans had a huge stake in the outcome: A spot in next year’s world championship meet in Shanghai.

Katie Hoff shut out in Pan Pacs 400 free

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Just two weeks after a convincing victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. championships, Katie Hoff failed to advance to Friday’s final in the event at the Pan Pacific Championships when she was outraced to wall in her heat by Great Fall’s Kate Ziegler.

With a nod to his past, Lezak focuses on future

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Though he’s focused on his current races at the Pan Pacific Championships, U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak is happy to talk about past accomplishments, including his relay-winning moment in Beijing.

Phelps fails to qualify for Pan Pacs 400IM final

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

UPDATED (8/20): Michael Phelps watched U.S. teammates Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary put up sizzling times in a preliminary heat of the 400-meter individual medley Thursday morning at the Pan Pacific Championships. For Phelps, there was no doubt. He knew he couldn’t beat either of them in his heat minutes later. Also, Rebecca Soni nearly sets a world record and Natalie Coughlin wins twice.

Phelps, Lochte start impressively at Pan Pacs

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Michael Phelps easily wins his first final of the Pan Pacific Championships, but Ryan Lochte also dominates his first event and threatens to put a dent in Phelps’s reputation as early as Thursday night.

Locals shine at Irish Nationals

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Several local swimmers competed this past weekend at the Irish Long Course National Championships in Dublin. Swimming as part of the NCSA All-Star team, which was selected based on athletes’ performances at the NCSA Junior National Championships in March, the six PVS attendees, Janet Hu (CUBU), Jack Conger (RMSC), Sarah Haase (RMSC), Elizabeth Pepper (RMSC), Chuck Katis (CUBU), and Nick Tremols (CUBU) all placed in the top ten in at least one event.

The Week In U.S. Swimming

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

There were several notable events that took place across the country. Here are the best from the past week. Rebecca Soni sets a meet record in Switzerland. Rebecca Soni, a New Jersey native, set an impressive meet record at the Uster International meet held in Switzerland on the last day of January. Her time of [...]

More than 250 suits make FINA’s final cut

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The world swimming governing body (FINA) released a complete list of the 2010 allowable swimsuits Monday. The list of more than 250 suits does not include any from adidas (known for its speedy Hydrofoil), but Nike makes a return and Jaked and Blueseventy scored legal suits. Companies called Mad Wave and Way Funky also made the list.

Phelps second again as Hardy caps comeback

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

As American Jessica Hardy capped a fabulous fall with a big payday (which might at least make a dent in her extraordinary legal fees), Michael Phelps lost for the second weekend in a row (and he even shaved this time).

Marshall outraces sharks, rivals, retirement

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

If you are surprised about the fact that Peter Marshall has been tearing up the World Cup circuit, winning races week after week and setting occasional world records, you’re not the only one. So is he.

Biedermann, Jones, go fast old-fashioned way

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Most swimmers tried to take advantage of the new starting blocks with the sloped backs introduced at the World Cup meets last week, using their back legs to push off the elevated part to generate more power at the start. But there were a few notable exceptions — including Germany’s Paul Biedermann and Australian Leisel Jones. Both set world records.

Another reason for WRs: new starting blocks?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

There has been something different on the pool deck this World Cup season that might be providing an additional speed boost: the long-awaited new starting blocks with a sloped back, which officially debuted last week.

Biedermann gets second WR, Phelps gets silver

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

The highly anticipated Michael Phelps-Paul Biedermann meeting in the 200-meter freestyle in Berlin didn’t happen after all Sunday. Even if it had, it probably wouldn’t have been much of a race.

Phelps gets fifth place, Biedermann busts WR

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Michael Phelps made it to the 200-meter butterfly final in Berlin Saturday but couldn’t get to the medal stand at his second World Cup this week, as Germany’s Paul Biedermann obliterated another hallowed world record.

Assessing the damage: Phelps goes 2 for 5

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

At this two-day FINA/Arena World Cup in Stockholm, Michael Phelps faced some – but not nearly all – of the world’s best swimmers. He finished with one silver (in a race he lost by more than two seconds), one bronze, an 11th, a 16th, and a 15th place that got wiped out by a disqualification.

Phelps gets upended in morning heats again

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Michael Phelps did it again. Wednesday morning’s failure was arguably more spectacular than Tuesday’s double debacle, and it offered increasingly compelling evidence that the sport’s controversial technical suits — at least for the moment — do make the swimmer.

Phelps salvages rough day with a bronze medal

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Michael Phelps had the strangest thought as he walked out to the starting blocks for his third morning preliminary race at this FINA/Arena World Cup in Stockholm: He was performing so poorly, it was possible that he might not advance to the meet’s evening finals, something he hadn’t done in more than 10 years.

Phelps fails to make finals in two events in Sweden

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Wearing a short suit and not in top shape in his first major meet since this summer’s world championships, Michael Phelps knew it would be difficult to win races at the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Stockholm. But he surely didn’t expect to get left out of the night’s finals. He earned a spot in only one of three events Tuesday morning.

Phelps Arrives To Sweden With Band Of Followers

Monday, November 9th, 2009

More than three dozen kids from USA Swimming’s youth national team were looking to Olympic star Michael Phelps for mentorship even as he prepared for his first major competition since he won five gold medals at this summer’s world championships in Rome.

Do Phelps, Hoff and Kukors Stand A Chance?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

U.S. stars Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Ariana Kukors have decided to throw out their long, technical swimsuits before the items are officially banned in January. But will they do anything other than make a statement?

High Schoolers, Short Suits Will Appear in Dec. Duel

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Five high school girls — one just out of eighth grade — will try to help Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and other U.S. veteran stars beat Great Britain, Italy and Germany in a made-for-television meet in Manchester, England. And Katie Hoff and Ariana Kukors will be there, too, donning short, 2010-model suits.

Thumbs Up: Hardy Gets Third WR In Second Meet

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Jessica Hardy loudly announced her return to the sport this weekend. In her first international meet since serving a one-year suspension — and missing the 2008 Summer Games — for taking a contaminated supplement, she set a world record and won a trio of gold medals.

Suits and Nations Change, But USA Vs. Europe On

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The suit rules unraveled, the competing countries changed, and small details continue to flummox organizers, but a USA-vs.-Europe meet slated for Dec. 18-19 in Manchester, England, will go on as scheduled — if not nearly as planned.

FINA Puts Out List of Approved 2010 Suits

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The world swimming governing body on Thursday put out a list of approved suits for the 2010 competitive season. Click here to see which suits made the cut, and which did not.

Q: Does The Suit Make The Swimmer? A: (Here)

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Will German sensation Paul Biedermann be a superstar next year, after the new suit rules have kicked in? What about Americans Ariana Kukors, Tyler Clary, David Walters and Eric Shanteau? Were their breakthrough seasons coincidental to the suit revolution, or spurred by it? What do you think?

Phelps: I’m Racing In A Jammer. Anyone Else?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Michael Phelps yanked himself out of the pool at Loyola College late last week and pronounced himself exhausted, hurting and, by his standards, out of shape.
But he wasn’t in too much pain to throw down a little challenge.

Rogan Returns To Regain Reputation, Forget Rome

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Austrian world-record holder Markus Rogan, who attended Mount Vernon High, decided to postpone his planned retirement from swimming this summer because he didn’t want to leave the sport shrouded in humiliation.

Aussie Coaching Legend Arrives, Tours, Opines

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Australian coaching legend Forbes Carlile arrived in Washington Monday and opined on swimming’s leadership, suits, the Australian program and records as he prepared for a trip to the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Michael Phelps’s training home.

U.S. Swimmers To Sit Out Inaugural Youth Olympics

Friday, September 4th, 2009

USA Swimming is devoting unprecedented resources to its youth national team, but you won’t see a single U.S. swimmer in Singapore next August for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, a grand, global event designed to mimic the real Olympic Games for boys between ages 16-18 and girls 15-17.

FINA Second-Guesses Men’s Suit Restrictions

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Just weeks after adopting new rules designed to end the controversy over high-tech, full-body suits, the world swimming governing body (FINA) is having second thoughts and considering tinkering with its swimwear regulations as early as January, several U.S and international officials said.

‘The Plastic Meet’ Wipes Out 43 World Records

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

When it was all over, when the last of the 43 world records had fallen at the Foro Italico during the eight-day swimming world championships, it was remarkable how little anybody actually learned. As swimmers in glossy polyurethane bodysuits obliterated virtually all of the sport’s records, times became meaningless, and achievements hazy and unclassifiable. This “will be remembered,” USA Swimming National Team Director Mark Schubert said, “as the plastic meet.”

Phelps Takes Fifth Gold; Lochte Wins 400 IM

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Michael Phelps set another world record and won his fifth gold medal in the last event of the swimming world championships Sunday, swimming the butterfly leg for the U.S. 4×100 medley relay team that scored a dominant victory in 3 minutes 27.28 seconds. Earlier, Ryan Lochte hung on for victory in the 400-meter individual medley final on the last day of competition at the swimming world championships, giving him gold medals in both medleys. American Tyler Clary overtook Laszlo Cseh to get the silver.

Phelps Catches Cavic Again in 100 Butterfly

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Michael Phelps ran down Serbian Milorad Cavic from behind again, setting a world record in the 100-meter butterfly with his finish in 49.82 seconds at the swimming world championships. After the race, Phelps ripped off his cap and raised his arms with defiance. Cavic, who led after 50, also went under the world record he set Friday, touching the wall in 49.95.

Pelton Grabs 6th in 200 Back After Relay Disappointment

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, finished sixth in her first world-championship final, the 200-meter backstroke, hours after a huge disappointment, leading off a the U.S. 4×100 women’s squad that failed to advance to Saturday night’s final at the swimming world championships. In other news, Dara Torres changed suits and squeezed into Sunday’s 50 freestyle final; and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo added the men’s 50 free title to go with his world championship in the 100 free.

Phelps’s Day of High Drama Ends With Gold

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Michael Phelps earned his third world championship gold medal Friday night, but as far as days go, there have been plenty better. Phelps lost a lead-off leg and a world record, and was subjected to an unexpected verbal attack.

Rested and Ready, Peirsol Annihilates Own World Record

Friday, July 31st, 2009

More rested, more motivated and more focused. Aaron Peirsol figured he might have been all of those for Friday’s 200-meter backstroke final after a miscalculation kept him out of the 100 backstroke earlier this week.

Peirsol didn’t merely go under the world record he set wearing the same swimsuit three weeks ago, he completely demolished it, finishing in 1 minute 51.92 seconds at the swimming world championships.

Cavic: I Will Buy Phelps A Faster High-Tech Suit

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Serbian Milorad Cavic, who earlier this week claimed a timing error cost him a victory against Michael Phelps in last year’s photo-finish Olympic 100-meter butterfly, said he would buy Phelps a faster suit for Saturday’s 100 fly final if Phelps couldn’t get one for free.“I think in the media, it’s been portrayed that he has no options,” Cavic said after posting the fastest qualifying time in the 100 fly heats Friday morning. “He does. It’s a complete lie.”

With Phelps Watching, Lochte Steals His WR

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

UPDATE: As Michael Phelps watched from the stands, Ryan Lochte got a chance to shine in an event Phelps has dominated. Lochte didn’t merely win the gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships in Rome, he broke Phelps’s world record, touching the wall in 1.54.10. Phelps’s record set at last year’s Olympics was 1:54.23.

Morning Update: Peirsol Dives Back In

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

After failing to qualify for the 100-meter backstroke final, Aaron Peirsol sailed through Thursday’s qualifying round of the 200 backstroke at the swimming world championships. In other news, Amanda Weir broke Natalie Coughlin’s American record in the 100 freestyle, Ariana Kukors swam fast again in the 4×200 relay heats and American Eric Shanteau topped all qualifiers in the 200 breast.

Phelps Forgets Defeat; Sets WR In 200 Fly

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

UPDATE: Michael Phelps rebounded from his shocking defeat in Tuesday’s 200 freestyle by beating his own world record in the 200 butterfly by almost half a second. Phelps touched the wall in 1 minute 51.51 seconds.

Phelps Will Swim In ‘Local Meets’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Michael Phelps surprised reporters when he said he plans to swim in some local, 25-yard meets this fall and winter, as USA Swimming official said they would consider banning long-length, non-textile suits at national competitions for all ages next year if FINA doesn’t act quickly enough. In other news, the U.S. team won four medals at the world swimming championships Wednesday night, hours after Mary DeScenza stunningly set her first world record.

The Result Suits No One: Phelps Loses 200 Free

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Perhaps more than anything, German Paul Biedermann’s resounding defeat of Michael Phelps Tuesday in the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 42.00 seconds — 0.89 under Phelps’s world record and 1.22 faster than Phelps — offered evidence that the sport’s controversial high-tech speedsuits haven’t really done anyone, least of all Biedermann, any favors.

Arena X-Glide Body Suit 1, <br>Michael Phelps 0

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Sally Jenkins on Michael Phelps vs. Paul Biedermann: Score one for laminates. The human got crushed. The nature of the confrontation was clear: Michael Phelps, the amphibious freak of nature, against the Arena X-Glide body suit, an artificial swim shell with a science fiction title worn by German Paul Biedermann. It was man against thermoplastic, basically a case of Phelps trying to swim faster than a guy wearing the hull of a spacecraft. We all know who won. The Suitmakers, of course.

Suit Ban Might Not Take Effect Until Spring

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

After the world swimming governing body (FINA) said its promised ban on long-length swimsuits beginning in January of next year might not be implemented until April or May, Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps’s coach, said he would advise his star to refuse to swim until the ban is in place. In other news, two American women get medals in the 100 breast at the swimming world championships, and a British backstroker thrives in an old suit.

Tuesday Morning Update From Rome

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Michael Phelps posted the second-best time in the heats of the 200-meter butterfly (1 minute, 54.33 seconds) Tuesday morning, and then immediately turned his attention to that evening’s 200 freestyle final — his first individual final at the swimming world championships.

Miscalculation Dooms Peirsol In 100 Back

Monday, July 27th, 2009

A mental error cost U.S. world-record holder Aaron Peirsol a spot in the final of the 100-meter backstroke at the world championships in Rome Monday night; later, Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton faltered after advancing to the semifinals of the women’s 100 back. Little-known U.S. swimmer Ariana Kukors, meantime, continued her incredible run, setting arguably the most remarkable of the five world records posted Monday.

Phelps Starts To Feel The Heat In Rome

Monday, July 27th, 2009

With another unfathomable number of world records — five Monday night — falling at the swimming world championships, and surprises lurking in every heat, it was easy to be distracted from one of the most engrossing storylines here, one not to be missed: Michael Phelps is under assault. The man at the sport’s epicenter is feeling the heat from fast-charging men in superfast speedsuits, even in individual events he is accustomed to dominating.

Phelps Gives Up Freestyle Stroke Experiment

Monday, July 27th, 2009

On Monday morning at the U.S. swimming world championships, Michael Phelps announced he was giving up his experiment with a new freestyle stroke; Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, set a personal best in the 100 backstroke heats to advance to the semifinals; and another suit malfunction “exposed” backstroker Matt Grevers. But no world records were set. Meantime, Sunday night, Ryan Lochte left Phelps speechless with his choice of words.

One Down, Six To Go; Phelps Gets Surprise Gold

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

On a night an astonishing six world records fell at the swimming world championships in Rome — unleashing the now-customary tirades against the high-tech suits believed to be behind them — the only final that did not produce a world record provided the biggest shock. The U.S. 4×100-meter freestyle relay team claimed an unlikely gold medal in 3 minutes, 9.21 seconds, coming from behind to, once again, beat the French.

Records Fall At World Champs; Suits Assailed

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

After breaking Ian Thorpe’s hallowed 400-meter freestyle world record by .01 seconds at the world championships in Rome, Germany’s Paul Biederman credited his superfast Arena X-Glide suit for a gain of about two seconds in the race, then said the suits were destroying the sport. On the opening night of the championships at the Foro Italico as six world records were set, many agreed.

Suit Malfunction Almost Derails U.S. Relay Team

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Michael Phelps’s quest for six gold medals at the world championships in Rome almost ended before the U.S. men’s relay squad even got in the pool for Sunday morning’s qualifying round. As Ricky Berens, scheduled to swim third for the U.S. morning squad, bent over on the pool deck for a drink of water moments before the race, his suit — a Jaked01 — split significantly in the back. U.S. anchor leg Cullen Jones urged Berens to forget the gaping hole and swim for the team. And he did.

FINA Opts to Ban All High-Tech Swimsuits

Friday, July 24th, 2009

FINA finally figured out the way to determine which of the controversial long-length, high-tech swimsuits to restrict. It banned every last one. On Friday, FINA’s member nations accepted a proposal to allow only waist-to-knee suits for men and shoulder-to-knee suits for women, beginning in competition next year.

USA Swimming Seeks Support For Swimsuit Ban

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

USA Swimming will attempt to rally international support for an immediate ban on full-body, high-tech suits unless FINA in the next two weeks produces a solid plan for reining in the technology, USA Swimming President Jim Wood said Wednesday night.

"I Guarantee It Will Not Be A Level Playing Field"

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Michael Phelps’s longtime coach Bob Bowman says the decision not to restrict high-tech swimsuits at the world championships will put Phelps and other athletes at a “disadvantage” against “people who just put on a polyurethane suit and call it progress.” Bowman said Phelps might alter his plans to swim the 100-meter free because of the decision.

FINA Backs Off Suits; Controversy Looms

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The debate over when acceptable technological advancement crosses the line into inappropriate performance-enhancement grew fierce Monday when FINA, the world governing body of swimming, ruled that competitors at this summer’s world championships will face virtually no restrictions on controversial high-tech suits. Many blame the suits for an explosion of world records over the last 18 months and say they are nothing short of technological doping. FINA seems to agree, but the organization said the short time frame for studying the suits made it impossible to take action.

Ziegler Falls Short In First Races Since Olympics

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Great Falls’ Kate Ziegler, 20, lost four times to a former training partner in four races at the Mission Viejo Tyr Swim Meet of Champions this weekend. In her first competition since Beijing, Ziegler swam significantly slower than her personal bests in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle, finishing second in every one to Chloe Sutton, 17.