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Kate Ziegler, Amanda Kendall testing the waters for an Olympic run

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Two-time Olympian Kate Ziegler and Amanda Kendall, a former collegiate standout, competed at the Charlotte Pro Swim Series meet this past weekend with mixed results.

A frustrated Michael Phelps goes winless in Charlotte

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Michael Phelps failed to reach the championship final in either of his events Sunday, and offered some harsh criticism of his performance after.

Andrew Seliskar finishes second in the 200 butterfly, but beats Michael Phelps

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The California recruit was edged in the final meters, but beat his childhood hero.

Tom Shields claims butterfly title in Charlotte, signals changing of the guard

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte finished on the podium at the Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte Friday night, but the next class of butterfliers are chasing the pair of Olympians — including Jack Conger and Andrew Seliskar.

Michael Phelps embraces change entering Charlotte meet

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The 18-time gold medalist will challenge himself with six events at USA Swimming’s Pro Swim Series event in Charlotte.

Psych sheets released for 2015 Charlotte Pro Swim Series

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Michael Phelps expected to compete in the 200-meter butterfly for first time since London, but has company with Andrew Seliskar and Jack Conger in the mix.

Bob Bowman named Arizona State head; Michael Phelps joining coach

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Coach Bowman and longtime mentee Michael Phelps are headed to Tempe.

Only 18, but Simone Manuel is already a swimming trailblazer

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Stanford freshman Simone Manuel, the American record holder in the 100-yard freestyle, is helping show the way for African American swimmers.

For comeback-minded Michael Phelps, timing is not everything

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Michael Phelps is worried less about his results and more about learning to race again.

Katie Ledecky claims third event in Mesa, as international swimmers lend star power

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

No swim-off between Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, but the 18-year-old phenom still posted a world No. 2 time.

Katie Ledecky matches Michael Phelps’s prelim time in 400 freestyle

Friday, April 17th, 2015

It may be time to let Katie Ledecky start racing the boys full time.

Watch Day 2 race videos from the Mesa Pro Swim Series

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Replays from yesterday’s races in Arizona.

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte take circuitous route to renew rivalry

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Pair of American swimmers have had their careers intersect for more than a decade, and now they will meet again.

In return, Michael Phelps qualifies first in 100 butterfly: The deja vu edition

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Thursday’s prelims are in the books, and Michael Phelps once again qualified first in the 100-meter butterfly after an extended absence from competition.

Katie Ledecky cruises to 1,500 win in Arena Pro Swim Series

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

She laps much of the field and posts one of the fastest times in the event’s brief history — but fails to set record.

Back in pool, Michael Phelps aiming toward Rio

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

After serving a six-month suspension, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist is competing this week in Arizona for first time in eight months.

Katie Ledecky: No goal times entering Mesa

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

VIDEO | Katie Ledecky sat down with reporters in a pre-meet news conference Wednesday morning ahead of the Mesa Pro Swim Series’ opening night.

A fully ‘engaged’ Michael Phelps is pushing toward Rio

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Michael Phelps returns to Mesa in a better place mentally and physically.

Michael Phelps, Aqua Sphere officially launch ‘MP’ brand with XPRESSO tech suit

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The 18-time Olympic champion unveils the first athlete-branded technical suit.

Katie Ledecky enters six events at Mesa Pro Swim Series; Michael Phelps slated for five

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Psych sheets released for the 2015 Mesa Pro Swim Series in Arizona.

NCAP’s Leo Goldblatt goes sub-10 minutes in the 1,000 free

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The 12-year-old broke two PVS resident records with one big swim Wednesday night in Clearwater, Fla.

Katie Mack, Ryan Catron claim three golds on opening night of NASA Showcase Classic

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

At the 14-and-under-only competition, Ryan Catron, Katie Mack and others post top-20 times nationally.

Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps set to headline star-studded field at Mesa Pro Swim Series

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Michael Phelps makes return to USA Swimming competition; and Katie Ledecky on world-record watch once again.

Michael Phelps’s suspension lifted Monday

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Michael Phelps is ready to return to competition after a six-month suspension.

The success of Olympic swimmer Dara Torres’s April Fools’ joke caught her off guard

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The 47-year-old athlete announced she’d make a run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio on April 1. She didn’t expect so many people to believe her.

Missy Franklin wastes no time, turns pro

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Less than 24 hours after winning a third and final NCAA title at the women’s NCAA swimming and diving championships Sunday, the Olympic champion turns pro.

NCAP caps a gilded junior nationals with five more golds

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Matthew Hirschberger and James Jones claimed gold in the 1,500 and 50 freestyle, and NCAP won a few in between as well on the final night of NCSA Junior Nationals.

NCAP’s boys break another set of national age group relay records in prelims

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

John Shebat, Carsten Vissering, Andrew Seliskar and James Jones added the 400 medley national records in the 15-18 and 17-18 age group Saturday morning.

Andrew Seliskar makes it nine golds entering final day of NCSAs

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The California recruit continued his assault on the medal stands in Orlando, winning a fourth and fifth individual gold.

18 photos from NCSA Junior Nationals Day 4 prelims

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A photo gallery recap of Friday’s morning preliminary heats in Orlando.

Andrew Seliskar doubles up in Orlando

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Anyone did not stand a chance Thursday against the top-ranked high school swimmer in the country. And so not-anyone won two more golds.

For NCAP’s senior duo, practice makes podium

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Carsten Vissering and Andrew Seliskar finished 1-2 in the 100-meter breaststroke in top-five all-time times in Orlando.

Matthew Hirschberger sets a second national age group record at juniors

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

NCAP breaks a sixth national record, with seven sessions left to go at NCSA Junior Nationals.

Watch NCAP break the NAG record in the 200 medley relay

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

VIDEO | NCAP’s foursome of John Shebat, Carsten Vissering, Andrew Seliskar and James Jones break the national age group record in the 200-yard medley relay.

Nation’s Capital off to a record-breaking start at junior nationals

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Five national age group records went down Tuesday night during the opening session of in Orlando.

Preview: 5 things to watch at the 2015 NCSA Junior Nationals

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The premier March junior national meet continues to be a showcase for Potomac Valley swimmers.

Michael Phelps could be reinstated for world championships

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

USA Swimming’s executive director and Michael Phelps met to discuss a possible reinstatement to next year’s world championships team.

Did Michael Phelps get engaged?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The most eligible Olympian may be off the market.

Hannah Miley doubles first night in Orlando

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The British Olympian led an international field that swept all but one event at USA Swimming’s Orlando Pro Swim Series.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky rattles world record; Andrew Seliskar, Cassidy Bayer win gold

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Relive the action in Texas from the final night of racing at the 2015 Austin Pro Swim Series.

Katie Ledecky scares world record, caps three gold night for NCAP

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Katie Ledecky, Cassidy Bayer and Andrew Seliskar all claimed gold on the final night at USA Swimming’s Pro Swim Series in Austin.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky, Elizabeth Beisel highlight fast Day 2 of Austin Pro Swim Series

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Relive the action in Texas from the second day of competition at the 2015 Austin Pro Swim Series.

Katie Ledecky adds a third title in Austin

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The second day in Austin produced more hardware for the 17-year-old freestyle sensation.

Race footage: Katie Ledecky, Jack Conger win on first day of Austin Pro Swim Series

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Watch Katie Ledecky win the women’s 100 freestyle and an amazing sub-52 second swim in the men’s 100 butterfly by Jack Conger on Day 1 in Texas.

Katie Ledecky, Jack Conger talk Day 1 success in Austin

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The 2012-2013 All-Met Swimmers of the Year were hot interviews after posting top-10 performances Thursday in Texas.

2015 Austin Pro Swim Series: Day 2 prelims live updates

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Results from Day 2 of the Austin Pro Swim Series. Updated live.

Katie Ledecky doubles up at Austin Pro Swim Series

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The Stanford recruit claimed double gold on the first night in Texas.

2015 Austin Pro Swim Series: Day 1 prelims live updates

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Results from Day 1 of the Austin Pro Swim Series. Updated live.

Five storylines and links to follow the 2015 Austin Pro Swim Series

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Follow the action in Austin with these links and storylines.

Weekly links: Junior nationals edition, Dec. 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Links to the best swimming news from around the country for the Week of Dec. 9-15, including Abbey Weitzel’s American record in the 100-yard freestyle and the first sub-43 by a 16-year-old in history.

Coach Bowman: Michael Phelps plans to race after suspension ends

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Michael Phelps makes plans to return to competition following his six-month suspension.

Katie Ledecky sets second American record at winter nationals

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The 17-year-old Nation’s Capital swimmer re-set her American record in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle.

Katie Ledecky wins two medals at winter nationals

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The 17-year-old phenom missed breaking her own American record in the 500-yard freestyle at U.S. winter nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

Katie Ledecky, Matt Hirschberger scorch a pair of relay splits at U.S. winter nationals

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The first night of swimming at the 2014 U.S. winter national championships is in the books with a couple of fast starts from NCAP swimmers.

USA Swimming releases Winter Nationals psych sheet; Katie Ledecky’s record hunt continues

Friday, November 28th, 2014

U.S. winter nationals could play host to a record breaking weekend for Katie Ledecky. The meet runs Dec. 3-6 in Greensboro, N.C.

Katie Ledecky to highlight Winter Nationals

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The 17-year-old world record holder is expected to contest five events.

Outside magazine digs into USA Swimming’s history of sexual abuse

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Appearing in Outside magazine’s December 2014 edition, a long and powerful investigation into the legacy of sexual abuse in competitive swimming.

Bruce Gemmell honored as ASCA Coach of the Year

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Bruce Gemmell, head coach at Nation’s Capital Swim Club’s Georgetown Prep site and mentor of Katie Ledecky, was named Coach of the Year for the second year in a row by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Michael Phelps dealing with defeat in comeback

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

After reaching the top of the podium in his first 12 nationals as a professional swimmer, Michael Phelps is relearning how to win.

Swimmers chill out before Junior Pan Pacs [updated]

Friday, August 15th, 2014

NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer and Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew complete the ice bucket challenge, and nominate their Junior Pan Pacific Championships teammates that will complete Aug. 27-31 in Honolulu.

Van Dyken-Rouen heading home ‘1,000 times better’

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Two months after an accident left her paralyzed below the waist, the former Olympic champion and world record-holder is heading home.

Andrew Seliskar to lead USA Swimming’s Junior Pan Pacs team

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Nation’s Capital Swim Club had four swimmers named to the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships team that will compete in Honolul, Aug. 27-31.

USA Swimming announces Pan Pacs roster

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

USA Swimming finalized its roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, from Aug. 21-25.

Watch Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps out duel field in 200 IM

Monday, August 11th, 2014

VIDEO: In a deja vu moment for swim fans, Ryan Lochte edges Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at U.S. nationals.

Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps finish 1-2 in 200 IM

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

The U.S.’s top swimmers of the past decade claimed first and second on the final day of competition at U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Bruce Gemmell, Yuri Suguiyama added to Pan Pacific coaching staffs

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Current and former Nation’s Capital Swim Club coaches added to 2014 Pan Pacific Championship coaching staffs.

Interview: Bruce Gemmell talks Katie Ledecky’s world record

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Bruce Gemmell says “plenty of things we can do better” of his star swimmer’s most recent world record.

Watch Katie Ledecky smash world record in 400 freestyle

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

VIDEO: Katie Ledecky blazed to a new world record at U.S. Nationals on Saturday – her third of the year.

Katie Ledecky adds to her trove of world records

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Katie Ledecky wins the 400-meter freestyle in world-record time at USA Swimming Nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Katie Ledecky sets U.S. open record during prelims

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

After encouraging, if not astounding, performances in her first three events at USA Swimming Nationals, Katie Ledecky provided the highlight of Saturday’s heats in the 400-meter freestyle.

Prelims mark shows Michael Phelps is on the right track

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Michael Phelps finishes in second place in the 100-meter butterfly at the USA Swimming nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Race footage: Ledecky, Franklin battle in 200 free; McLean wins title

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Watch Katie Ledecky, Matt McLean, Missy Franklin, Tyler Clary and the rest of the U.S. national teamers compete on day 2 in Irvine, Calif. at U.S. nationals.

Ledecky outshines Franklin at U.S. Nationals

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Katie Ledecky beats Missy Franklin to win the women’s 200-meter freestyle at USA Swimming’s Nationals in a showdown between the country’s two brightest stars.

Prelims recap: Ledecky, McLean lead 200 freestyle on day 2

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, Matt McLean, Missy Franklin, Conor Dwyer and Ryan Lochte all advanced to finals on the second day at U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Race footage: Ledecky wins 800; Phelps seventh in free

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Watch Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. national teamers compete on day 1 in Irvine, Calif. at U.S. nationals.

Third straight title for Ledecky at nationals

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, a rising senior at Stone Ridge, won the 800-meter freestyle at U.S. Swimming Nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Adrian wins 100 free at US Nationals; Phelps 7th

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

In return to nationals, Phelps falls short.

Prelims recap: Andrew Seliskar, Cassidy Bayer into championship finals on day 1

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Swimming’s biggest names advanced to finals on the first day at U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif.

All the links you need to follow this year’s U.S nationals

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and a host of Olympians and All-Mets are set to compete at this year’s U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif. Follow the action each day here.

Phelps signs with new suit company and it’s not the one you expected

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Michael Phelps won’t be wearing Speedo at nationals for the first time since turning pro in 2000.

Phelps faces his biggest challenge since comeback (video)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Michael Phelps will match his most grueling program since coming out of retirement, entering four events at this week’s U.S. national championships. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist is training at home in Baltimore.

For Michael Phelps, there’s no place like home

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Michael Phelps has spent the majority of his storied career training with the same coach in the same pool in Baltimore.

Andrew Seliskar, Jack Conger on cusp of national team berths

Friday, August 1st, 2014

LOCALS NOTEBOOK: A host of All-Mets are set to compete in Irvine, Calif. at the U.S. Nationals, including Andrew Seliskar, Jack Conger, Janet Hu and Sarah Haase.

Psych sheets for U.S. nationals released

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Katie Ledecky, 17, is scheduled for a brutal schedule in Irvine next week at the 2014 U.S. National Swimming Championships.

James Murphy posts personal best in swim-off

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Machine’s top junior freestyle finishes seventh in championship final at 2014 Junior Nationals.

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte continue comeback campaigns in Georgia

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte return to the pool for a tune-up meet before U.S. Nationals in early August.

Race video: Katie Ledecky takes down 800 free world record

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Watch the complete race footage of Katie Ledecky’s world record swim in the 800-meter freestyle Sunday night at the Woodlands Invitational in Texas.

Katie Ledecky sets second world record at Woodlands Invite

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Katie Ledecky, the 17-year-old swimming phenom out of Bethesda, scorched the world record in the 800-meter freestyle Sunday night.

Katie Ledecky posts world-leading time in 400-meter free

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A world record wasn’t enough. Katie Ledecky claimed the world’s top spot in the 400-meter free Friday night at the Woodland’s Swim Team Invite.

Watch the finish of Katie Ledecky’s 1,500-meter freestyle world record

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Katie Ledecky, 17, tore down her own world record in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Thursday night.

Katie Ledecky breaks own 1,500-meter free world record

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The 17-year-old Nation’s Capital product blazed her own world record in the 1,500-meter at the Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational Meet.

USOC commits $10 million to create new agency to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual abuse

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The USOC voted to create a new agency to investigate and resolve issues of sexual abuse among its governing bodies, including USA Swimming.

Former gold medalist Amy Van Dyken severs spine in accident

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Amy Van Dyken, 41, a multi-event champion at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, was injured in an ATV accident over the weekend.

USA Swimming CEO withdraws from Hall induction

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Chuck Wielgus withdraws from ISHOF induction class following petition.

Ryan Lochte re-tore MCL in practice earlier this month

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ryan Lochte told reporters in New York on Wednesday the real reason he missed the Grand Prix in Charlotte.

Nathan Adrian too fast for touch pads; timing malfunction falsely reports tie of American record [race video]

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Nathan Adrian celebrated a tie of his American record in the 100-yard free at USMS Nationals before learning of a timing error.

Phelps is back where he belongs — the pool

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Unlike Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali, swimming’s “Greatest of All Time” returns to competition with a realistic shot at extending his legend.

Michael Phelps, Speedo part ways

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

After 13 years sporting the world-renowned “boomerang” logo, Michael Phelps no longer a Speedo swimmer.

Five locals storylines to follow at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

All eyes will be on Michael Phelps this Thursday and Friday at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but here are five local storylines not to overlook.

All the links you need to enjoy the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Michael Phelps returns to the competition pool for the US2014 Mesa Grand Prix. Find all the links you need to follow along here!

Michael Phelps obviously misses adrenaline rush and competition

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Phelps spent his short retirement living the life of a celebrity. Now he gives that up to return to the brutal grind of a pro swimmer.

Michael Phelps’s return greeted with shrug by fellow Olympians

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Katie Ledecky and Dara Torres not surprised by Phelps return.

Michael Phelps talks Olympic dreams…13 years ago

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Interview with a 15-year-old Michael Phelps.

Michael Phelps set to return to competition

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, is scheduled to return racing this month at the Mesa Grand Prix.

Michael Phelps ends retirement

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Olympic legend Michael Phelps returns to the competition pool.

NCAP wins four events to close NCSAs on top

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Nation’s Capital finished day 5 in Orlando with four victories and a team title.

Seliskar shatters NAG record in 200 breast; Bayer adds 100 butterfly record

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Andrew Seliskar, Cassidy Bayer set national age group records, continue Nation’s Capital’s dominance at NSCA Junior Nationals in Orlando.

Carsten Vissering, Janet Hu join record-breaking night at NCSAs

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Five total national age group records were set during day two finals at the 2014 National Club Swimming Association short course junior nationals in Orlando.

Isabella Rongione, NCAP tally three victories on first night at NCSA Junior Nationals

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Isabella Rongione earned her first victory of the 2014 National Club Swimming Association short course junior nationals in Orlando with a come-from-behind victory in the 1,000-yard free.

AP Athletes of the Year: Missy Franklin finishes third in voting

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky were among those receiving votes for The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award.

Video: Complete race footage of Katie Ledecky’s American record in the women’s 1,650 free

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Complete race footage of Katie Ledecky’s American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

29 photos from the 2013 Winter Nationals

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Take a look back at the best picture from USA Swimming’s 2013 Winter National Championship in Knoxville, Tenn.

Video: Katie Ledecky discusses her American record in the 1,650 free

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Video interview with Katie Ledecky, 16, following her historic swim in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle at Winter Nationals.

Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian win on final night of Winter Nationals

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Katie Ledecky highlighted the final night in Knoxville with an American record in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle. Full results within.

Katie Ledecky’s new American record caps NCAP’s outstanding three days at Winter Nationals

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Katie Ledecky and Janet Hu propelled Nation’s Capital to a women’s team club championship in Knoxville, Tenn.

Katie Ledecky shatters American record in 1,650-yard free at Winter Nationals

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Katie Ledecky makes history with a multiple record-breaking swim on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Chuck Katis leads five NCAP swimmers into last night of finals

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Katie Ledecky and Chuck Katis will swim in center lanes to conclude the competition at Winter Nationals.

Video: Nick Thoman reacts to his career night in Knoxville

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Watch a video interview with Nick Thoman after his record night in Knoxville.

Nick Thoman nets three American records during day two finals at Winter Nationals

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Nick Thoman set two individual American records and led off a record-breaking relay on Friday night in Knoxville, Tenn.

Andrew Seliskar wins 400 IM; NCAP sets two NAG records on day two

Friday, December 6th, 2013

An American record and three national age group records were set on the second night of finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, Andrew Seliskar top qualifiers for day two finals

Friday, December 6th, 2013

NCAP qualified seven swimmers for Friday’s finals session during day two of the 2013 Winter National Championship in Knoxville, Tenn.

Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin go 1-2 in 500 free at Winter Nationals

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Katie Ledecky opens night one of Winter Nationals with a national championship.

NCAP breaks second national age group relay record during day 1 finals

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Janet Hu and Katie Ledecky bookend another national age group relay record.

Janet Hu lowers national age group record in 50-yard free at Winter Nationals

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Katie Ledecky, Andrew Seliskar, and Janet Hu highlight the first night of finals at Winter Nationals.

Katie Ledecky nominated for USSA female athlete of the year award

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Katie Ledecky nominated for United States Sports Academy award for world championship performance.

Winter Nationals: Day 1 prelims recap

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Nine local swimmers advanced to finals in the first day at Winter Nationals.

Janet Hu ties national age group record in 50-yard free

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Janet Hu showing serious speed in prelims during day 1 of Winter Nationals.

NCAP blasts 200-yard free relay national age group record

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Janet Hu, Katie Ledecky, Laura Branton and Kylie Jordan smash national age group record. Hu just misses national age group record in 50 free.

Winter Nationals psych sheet released: Locals set to compete on national stage

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Katie Ledecky, Andrew Seliskar and others ready to compete at USA Swimming’s Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Katie Ledecky named 2013 female swimmer of the year by Swimming World magazine

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Katie Ledecky, the All Met swimmer of the year out of Stone Ridge, named female swimmer of the year by Swimming World following an exceptional year.

Michael Phelps rejoins U.S. anti-doping program

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Michael Phelps took his first step towards a comeback for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Ryan Lochte injures knee in fan encounter

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte sustains injury in run-in with fan.

Katie Ledecky named USOC Sportswoman of the Year

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Bethesda swimming sensation Katie Ledecky, 16, is named the USOC’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Michael Phelps resumes workouts with former coach, but still no word on much-speculated comeback

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Michael Phelps has been swimming with coach Bob Bowman once again fueling comeback rumors.

Arlington’s Maren Taylor wins 1-meter national title

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Maren Taylor, a Yorktown graduate and University of Texas star, earned her first national title on Tuesday with a win on the 1-meter springboard.

Carsten Vissering sets meet and NAG record in 100 breast

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Carsten Vissering joined NCAP teammate Andrew Seliskar on the worlds junior team with a win on Thursday night in Irvine.

Andrew Seliskar sets meet record at junior nationals

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Andrew Seliskar started his junior nationals campaign with a record-setting swim in the men’s 200-meter butterfly.

New faces on American roster at worlds

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Team USA received a face lift at World Trials. Twelve teenagers qualified for the national team and are looking to make a splash on the international stage.

Katie Ledecky sets world-best in the 1,500-meter free

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky breaks a 25-year-old championship record on her way to a 20-second victory.

Missy Franklin captures the 100 back in record time

Friday, June 28th, 2013

NCAP’s Ledecky earns fourth event at world championships.

Cassidy Bayer impresses Dana Vollmer at World Trials

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Cassidy Bayer has three top-15 finishes and a gold medal from Dana Vollmer to take home to Alexandria after three days at U.S. Nationals.

Locals Recap: Katie Ledecky earns second and third events in Barcelona

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Local-natives Katie Ledecky and Matt McLean finish strong on night two at the U.S. National Championship and World Trials.

Jack Conger earns second seed heading into 200 back finals at U.S. Nationals

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Locals move on to Wednesday night’s finals at U.S. Nationals and World Trials.

At U.S. championships, Becca Mann, 15-year-old swimmer, trying to earn worlds

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — It figures Becca Mann wouldn’t be satisfied to make the World Championships in only the open water events. After all, in addition to home schooling and elite swimming, the 15-year-old has finished the rough draft of a 400-page fantasy novel, the Stolen Dragon of Quanx, that she hopes to publish soon. “I’m rewriting [...]

Locals Recap: Andrew Seliskar, Cassidy Bayer impress on day one of U.S. Nationals

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Katie Ledecky continued to show why she’s the best distance swimmer in the world, but she wasn’t the only local turning heads on night one at the 2013 World Trials.

Olympic champions Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin take charge in 100 free at U.S. Nationals

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Recap of the top finishers on the first night of finals at the 2013 U.S. National Swimming Championship and World Trials.

World Trials Preview: Days 1-2

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Local seeds, TV/webcast schedule, and more to prepare you for the 2013 U.S. Nationals / World Championship Trials taking place in Indianapolis, June 25-29.

Janet Hu grabs second NAG record at Winter Nationals

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Janet Hu, who set the 15-16 year old national age group record in the women’s 50-yard freestyle on Thursday, earned her second NAG record of the meet in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday night. She finished fourth overall in a time of 52.40 seconds to lower the previous mark by .03 seconds. It has been [...]

Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu shine at Winter Nationals

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Janet Hu set her first national age group record in the 15-16 year old age group, while teammate Katie Ledecky earned her first national title of the season.

Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky win easily at Winter Nationals

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Katie Ledecky, 15, earns first national title of the 2012-2013 season at Winter Nationals.

Katie Ledecky on shortlist for Laureus World Sports award

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

15-year-old Katie Ledecky was placed on the shortlist of candidates for the World Breakthrough of the Year award handed out by Laureus World Sports.

College-over-cash decision fine with Missy Franklin

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

After winning five Olympic medals, Missy Franklin, 17, talks about enjoying swimming right now.

USA Swimming: Major progress since abuse scandal

Monday, September 17th, 2012

USA Swimming reports on the two-year progress of its athlete protection program.

Phelps wins 200 fly, besting own pool record

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Michael Phelps erased the pool record with a finish of 1 minute, 54.79 seconds in Sunday’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Longhorn Aquatics swim meet at the Jamail Texas Swim Center on Sunday.

Phelps and Schmitt win in final tuneup

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Michael Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley and Allison Schmitt swam the fastest time ever in America in the 200-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Lochte wins 200 IM, sets new meet record

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Lochte ditched the brief in favor of a racing jammer on Sunday at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix event.

Phelps settles for another runner-up at Charlotte

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Phelps fails to find the top of the podium in his last Grand Prix race. Soni, Shanteau continue to impress in the breaststroke events.

Phelps beats Lochte at Charlotte, Berens wins race

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Olympians and Olympic hopefuls dueled on Day Two of the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix event.

Swimmer Jason Lezak goes solo to prepare for Olympic trials

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

At 36, Jason Lezak attempts to make his fourth U.S. Olympic Team training on his own.

Phelps to retire after 2012 Olympics

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Michael Phelps sits down with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes”

USA Swimming will allow hand signals to accommodate deaf athletes at Olympic trials

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

USA Swimming decided Thursday to allow hand signals to be used at the U.S. Olympic Trials in July to accomodate deaf swimmers at the start of their races, reversing the organization’s decision, issued less than 48 hours earlier.

Michael Phelps thrives while Ryan Lochte labors at Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming meet

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Michael Phelps claims his third gold medal and fourth overall at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, winning the 200-meter individual medley final on Saturday.

Michael Phelps impresses in 400 individual medley at Indianapolis Grand Prix

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

After swearing he had given up the event, Michael Phelps wins the 400 individual medley final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Dara Torres, 44, impresses in heats at Indy

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Dara Torres, 44, posted the the second-fastest qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle heats.

Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming: Brendan Hansen, Ed Moses lead parade out retirement and back into pool

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Indianapolis Grand Prix showcases a handful of former retirees, including Brendan Hansen and Ed Moses, preparing for another Olympic run. Michael Phelps (shown) also took part.

Ryan Lochte misses chance to face Michael Phelps in Indy

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Can’t wait to see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte race head-to-head? Eager to see whether Lochte proves as worthy a challenger to the best swimmer of all time as he did last summer?

Bootsma posts fastest time in the world at Juniors

Monday, March 26th, 2012

On the final day at NCSA Junior Nationals, all the usual suspects could be found in the top heats, performing as they had all week. Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger earned the female and male performance of the meet awards.

Ledecky wins big in 400 free; Conger, Bootsma log pair of wins each on Day 4 at Junior Nationals

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Katie Ledecky notched her third win of the meet in Orlando, as did Jack Conger, in the second to last day of competition at NCSA Junior Nationals.

Ledecky wins second freestyle event; Haase on her way to breaststroke sweep

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Ledecky continues to show her versatility in the freestyle events, winning the 200 free in commanding fashion. Haase one win away from a sweep of the breaststroke events, after 50 breaststroke win on Thursday.

Conger blows away competition in 200m back at Junior Nationals; rising stars McTaggart and Seliskar make first Trials cuts

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Jack Conger rocked the competition Wednesday night in the men’s 200-meter backstroke, bringing the crowd to their feet in the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

4 stories to follow at NCSA Junior Nationals

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Local talent will headline at this year’s NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships. Here are RFTW’s top 4 stories to watch. Link to results inside.

Ledecky breaks two NAG records in first event as a 15-year-old

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Curl-Burke swimmer Katie Ledecky starts her Junior Nationals campaign by breaking a pair of girls’ 15-16 year-old NAG records.

Weekly Wrap-up: Ledecky steps into spotlight at Grand Prix; Records tumble at Metros; Virginia champ meet round-ups

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Katie Ledecky (Curl-Burke) bursts onto the Grand Prix scene this year, winning the women’s 800m freestyle; Gonzaga, Churchill win Metros; and more in this week’s round-up.

Phelps bests Lochte for third win at Austin Grand Prix

Monday, January 16th, 2012

It may be a bit too early to determine who will have the edge in London this year between Phelps and Lochte. Both are swimming at high levels, despite taxing training schedules, but we do know that this weekend, Phelps got the better of Lochte in several events. Also competing on Sunday were RMSC’s Jack Conger and Sarah Haase, as well as former SNOW swimmer Matt McLean.

Phelps captures second win, looks ahead to Day Three showdown with Lochte

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Phelps joked about going for Erik Vendt’s pool record in the men’s 200 IM before his race on Saturday, but with 100 meters to go, Phelps had a shot.

Allison Schmitt breaks pool record on opening night of Austin Grand Prix

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Allison Schmitt breaks Janet Evans’ 1988 pool record. Evans swam in the event’s “B” Final, moments before Schmitt’s swim. Evans is making hoping to make the 2012 Olympic team after coming out of retirement last year.

Locals looking for Trials cuts at a star-studded Austin Grand Prix

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Potomac Valley swimmers will be competing this weekend in Austin, Texas this weekend, in USA Swimming’s Austin Grand Prix.

2011 Winter Nationals: Day Three Wrap-up

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

2011 Winter Nationals: Day Three – Finals results Rachael Burnett (West Virginia University/Potomac Marlins) finished sixth in a timed finals of the women's 800 freestyle in a time of 8 minutes 47.44 seconds. Moving up one position, Jack Conger (RMSC) finished ninth in the “A” Final of the men's 200 backstroke (2:02.27). In the women's [...]

2011 Winter Nationals: Day Two Wrap-up

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Day Two prelims conclude at the 2011 Winter Nationals in Atlanta.

2011 Winter Nationals: Area swimmers reach Day One finals – Results

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Results from Day One at the 2011 Winter Nationals in Atlanta. Four area swimmers competed Thursday night in the first day’s finals after advancing out of morning prelims.

Potomac Valley swimmers in action this weekend at Winter Nationals

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Swimmers from area swim clubs will be competing this weekend at the 2011 Winter National Championships. Former SNOW swimmer and University of Virginia graduate, Matt McLean is looking to defend his first place finish in the 400 free and improve upon his second place finish in the 200 free at the 2011 National Championships last August.

Racing towards a London showdown, Phelps, Lochte back in the pool

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This weekend, November 11-13, swim fans will see two heavyweights going at it in the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center pool at the 2011 Minneapolis Grand Prix, hosted by USA Swimming, as Lochte and Phelps face off in four events.

Ledecky, Katis lead strong Curl-Burke showing at Junior Nationals

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Katie Ledecky won three events at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships this week, setting a meet record in the girls’ 1500 free, while Chuck Katis posted three top-five swims.

McLean, Conger impress at Nationals

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Two days after the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, USA Swimming’s elite convened in Palo Alto, CA, for the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. Former All-Mets and local swimmers churned out a number of notable performances at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center.

Without walls: Swimming open water

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Looking for a challenge? An interview with US Open Water National Champion, Alex Meyer, plus commentary from local open water swimmers and coaches.

Locals shine at Junior Nationals

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Curl-Burke took the overall team title at this year’s Junior Nationals in Orlando, and many local swimmers brought home some hardware of their own.

Hoff, Ziegler take the plunge, again

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

After time off following Olympic failure and burnout, Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler are back in the pool

Eastern Zones age group championship results

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Ten-year-old Isabella Rongione won six events and helped three relay teams to victories as Potomac Valley won the team title in last week’s LC Eastern Zone Age Group Championships in Rockville. The complete list of locals who finished in the top 3 is inside.

Even without supersuits, world records may fall

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

American athletes and coaches cite recent strong performances at nationals as evidence that the best swimmers can close the gap more quickly than expected since high-tech bodysuits were banned.

Hu takes 13th in butterfly at Jr. Nationals

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

14-year-old Janet Hu had the day’s best result of any local Wednesday at USA Swimming’s Junior National Championships, taking 13th in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.97.

Pawlowicz posts two top-10s at Jr. Nationals

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

All-Met Girls’ Swimmer of the Year Kaitlin Pawlowicz, a rising senior at Oakton High, continued her fast-paced week on Tuesday night, finishing ninth in the 400 IM at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif. On Monday night, Pawlowicz finished second in the 200 butterfly.

PVS wins Eastern Zone SC Age Group Champs

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Potomac Valley Swimming won the combined team title at the Eastern Zone Short Course Age Group Championship for the second time in as many years. Nine other LSC’s from Virginia to Maine participated in the event which was held in Webster, New York April 1-3.

This Week In U.S. Swimming

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

This week: Speedo’s latest agreement with a star swimmer, the results from the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships and the reason why the Men’s Swimming Championships have to take a day off.

Junior Nationals wrap-up

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Curl-Burke took second overall at the NCSA Junior Nationals this past weekend in Orlando, finishing behind NOVA of Virginia Aquatics (Richmond), which won the meet with a score of 1005.5, ahead of Curl’s 742.5. Rockville Montgomery was fourth with 459 points. A complete round-up of the top finishers from the final three days of Junior Nationals.

Area Roundup

Friday, March 19th, 2010

RMSC’s Jack Conger breaks a national age group record in the 200 backstroke, Curl-Burke’s Chuck Katis and K.J. Park go one-two in the 100 breaststroke and several other swimmers impress in days two and three at Junior Nationals. Also, locals get started at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

PVS Junior Olympic Championships underway

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The 2010 Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic Championships began Thursday and continue through Sunday and involve many of the top 14 and under swimmers in the area.

This Week In U.S. Swimming

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This Week In U.S. Swimming covers the latest junior national results, examines the results from the Synchronized Swimming championships at Stanford University and provides an quick recap and link to a story on McDonalds and swimming.

NCSA Junior Nationals: Locals on Day One

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The first day of NCSA Junior Nationals is in the books. Check out how the swimmers from local clubs Curl-Burke, Rockville-Montgomery and Arlington Aquatic fared on Day One and early in Day Two, and get links to see the full results of the first day’s events.

This Week In U.S. Swimming

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Reach For The Wall brings you the week in U.S. swimming one day earlier this week, with highlights from Michael Phelps’ swim in Maryland, the Austin Grand Prix and a feature story on a coach you have to read about.

This Week In U.S. Swimming

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This Week in U.S. Swimming returns this week with big news on the Austin Grand Prix and an update on the college front.

Area round-up

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

A round-up of area events, including the Virginia men winning the ACC championships, locals performances for Texas at the Big 12 championships, top performances at CAAs by Ashley Danner and Eric Knight, Oakton All-Met Kaitlin Pawlowicz’s nomination for USA Swimming’s race of the week and local clubs taking national honors.

This Week In U.S. Swimming – February 18, 2010

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This week in U.S. Swimming…Chloe Sutton dominated, U.S. masters records fall, the Auburn Tigers continue their SEC run and college conference championship season begins.

Chloe Sutton dominates at Missouri Grand Prix

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The Missouri Grand Prix was held this past weekend at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo., and there were plenty of notable swims. Here is a rundown of the biggest swims from the event. Chloe Sutton continued her dominance in the Grand Prix series with another first place meet finish. Her best races included [...]

This Week In U.S. Swimming

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

This week in U.S. Swimming…Cullen Jones visits his home state of New Jersey, an 11-year old makes a splash, diver Ryan Hawkins wins his second consecutive NC4A state championship and Matthew Lamping breaks an S-10 classification Paralympic American record.

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 [...]

This week in U.S. swimming

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 debuts a new weekly feature in which we scour the nation for the week’s most interesting swimming-related stories. Did we miss something? Send your suggestions to

Phelps, Pelton claim victories at Long Beach

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Michael Phelps dominated the 500-yard freestyle at a grand prix meet in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday, winning the event in 4 minutes, 18.70 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of second-place Dominic Meichtry (4:24.22).

USA Swimming’s Wielgus bypassed for USOC CEO

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The U.S. Olympic Committee has picked one of its former acting chief executive officers to be the organization’s next CEO, bypassing USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus, a source with direct knowledge of the selection said.

Local standouts at U.S. short-course junior nationals

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Rockville-Montgomery placed eighth and Curl-Burke 28th in the overall team standings this past weekend at the U.S. short-course junior national championships in Columbus, Ohio, as Machine Aquatics claimed 33rd on in the men’s standings, and a host of locals swam to top-20 finishes.

Phelps begins 400-yard chase

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Michael Phelps didn’t have a fantastic time, either in the water or on the scoreboard, but he convinced himself he can try to regain his American record in the 400-yard individual medley — a mark he lost in the technical suit onslaught last spring — with a strong performance Saturday on the second day of a three-day holiday meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

At club meet, Phelps shines, crowd swoons

Friday, December 11th, 2009

There were some 1,500 people jammed into every corner of LeJeune Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy at just past 6:30 p.m. Friday, most standing, and many pointing cameras or video recorders toward the very center of a pool deck crowded with a bunch of girls no older than 10, and tall guy in a white swim cap, gray sweat jacket and dark head phones. That guy was Michael Phelps.

Close to home, Phelps goes to work in yards

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

It’s unclear what will be the strangest thing: Olympic star Michael Phelps standing on a pool deck in Annapolis this weekend with children as young as 9, preparing to compete at an annual local club event called the “Christmas Meet.” Or the fact that Phelps will be taking each of his six races in the “boys open” division very seriously.

No supersuits, no American records

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

No American records were set at the first U.S. championships of the post-technical suit era this past weekend in Federal Way, Wash., but the clock still told a few interesting tales.

Phelps surprises swim team as guest coach

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Michael Phelps shocked the Swim Pasadena team of Pasadena, Ca. by appearing as a guest coach during one of the team’s Saturday morning practices.

Knutson beats Hoff, but can’t catch Hoff’s record

Friday, December 4th, 2009

In a race that pitted a burgeoning star against an Olympic veteran on the rebound, Dagny Knutson, 17, easily distanced herself from three-time Olympic medal winner Katie Hoff — but she couldn’t get Hoff’s American record at the U.S. short-course championships.

Ziegler gets gold and silver at Minnesota Grand Prix

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

UPDATED: Olympian Kate Ziegler, who took a long break after the 2008 Summer Games and missed the U.S. championships this past summer because of the flu, is back in the water and getting her old speed back.

Bowman Guides Pelton, A Prodigy And Project

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Though Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, performed like a veteran this summer, she is still a mere high school sophomore, and her new coach Bob Bowman won’t let himself forget that. The biggest challenge now that she has arrived on the world stage might have more to do with managing her psyche than her strokes.

Swim Parents: A Sleep-Deprived Species

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

For every child shuttled to a 4:30 a.m. practice, and perhaps back for an afternoon one, there is a parent at the wheel, probably guzzling a 16-ounce coffee. For every athlete that qualifies for the finals of a local weekend meet, there is a parent, or perhaps two, planted on a plastic bleacher seat from morning until night. Is it worth it?

High School Freshman Steps Into Big Time

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Melissa Franklin, who will compete at a pair of World Cups in Europe next week and the “Duel in the Pool” in December, holds 10 national age-group records, the third-fastest times in two events among U.S. women this year, and unbelievable promise. And she is only 14.

Treats, Scares … And Heavy Competition

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Designed to provide a crash course in senior elite swimming to young athletes on the cusp of making their first junior or senior national teams, USA Swimming’s 2009 National Select Camp in Colorado Springs provided a mix of fun, fright and pure pain this past weekend.

Phelps Puts Reputation On Line For Supplement

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Though the World Anti-Doping Agency calls the use of dietary supplements by athletes “a concern” and advises “extreme caution” regarding their use, Olympic star Michael Phelps touts PureSport’s dietary supplement products and says he does not fear a positive drug test.

Bal Will Offer Lessons On Swimming, Life

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Randal Bal can teach plenty about the sport of swimming, and even more about handling tough times. He will be trying to impart his experience on both fronts to the young swimmers he will meet Saturday at the Potomac Valley Swimming Swimposium.

USA Swimming Publishes List Of Allowable Suits

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

USA Swimming got the message from athletes, coaches and officials confused by the new swimsuit guidelines. In an effort to provide more guidance, the sport’s national governing body on Tuesday released a reference list of allowable suits.

No Answers Yet From Masters, But An Update

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

U.S. Masters Swimming is digesting the the most recent development on the swimsuit front and …. still doesn’t know whether or not it will ban long-length, high-tech swimsuits in masters competition for October meets. But the USMS rules committee chaired by Kathy Casey is determined to reach a decision, or at least a partial one, in the next 10 days or so, Casey said Monday night.

Hawaii Men’s Team To Dance Before It Swims

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Before they taught their teammates one word, facial expression or body movement associated with the tribal dance known as the Haka, Ilia Reyes and Davis Kane looked each man in the eye and demanded an answer: Would you stand on the pool deck before an NCAA swim meet and put your whole heart and soul into this?

Masters Moves Closer To Same Suit Ban As Elites

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Masters swimming took the first step Saturday toward implementing the same ban on full-length, high-tech suits as at virtually every other level of the sport, but the issue remained far from resolved.

Bernardino Tackles Issues Beyond Charlottesville

Friday, September 25th, 2009

A season after winning Coach of the Year honors twice — for his men’s and women’s teams — Virginia’s Mark Bernardino seeks continued success in the pool as he takes on a new, national challenge.

Masters Swimmers Hope Suit Issue Settled Soon

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The rest of the swimming world — high schoolers, collegians, elites — already has adopted new rules restricting suits. Masters swimmers continue to debate, but U.S. Masters Swimming officials expect to receive some guidance from the world swimming governing body (FINA) by the end of the weekend.

What To Wear? If It Looks Legal, It Is

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The message to swimmers and parents trying to figure out the new USA Swimming standards as the fall club season approaches: If a suit looks legal, it probably is. Suits will be only visually inspected at Potomac Valley Swimming meets. There will be no touching of suits, or close scrutiny of materials.

USA Swimming Enacts Technical Suit Ban Oct. 1

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

USA Swimming’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of banning full-body, non-textile body suits Oct. 1, three months before the world swimming governing body (FINA) plans to enact its ban.

Aquaman 2, Superman 1

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Michael Phelps’s 2-1 victory over Shaquille O’Neal in a trio of handicapped races that aired Tuesday on the ABC show “Shaq Vs.” brought an animated and gleeful celebration from Phelps. The 14-time Olympic gold-medal winner participated in the prime-time pseudo-competition to promote the sport; for sure, Tuesday’s show was far more about entertainment than competition.

Kukors Plans To Change With The (Slower) Times

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Given that Ariana Kukors won her first world title and set a pair of world records this past summer, one might think her long-time coach Sean Hutchison would simply marvel at her technique and not touch a thing. One would be completely wrong.

Hansen Eyes Olympics, But Won’t Swim In ’10

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Two-time Olympian Brendan Hansen, 28, decided to extend his swimming sabbatical indefinitely after a brief return to his longtime training home at the University of Texas Saturday. He said he would continue to ponder a run for the 2012 Summer Games, but would not swim competitively next summer.

Hardy Is Vindicated, But Fight Continues

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Last month at the U.S. Open, Jessica Hardy burst into tears soon after learning she had set a world record in the 100-meter breaststroke. In her first significant meet since being barred from the 2008 Summer Games because of a positive drug test, Hardy seemed to sense that she had just stated to the world, more eloquently and effectively than she had in the previous 13 months, that she was not a cheater.

Youth Team To World Cups; Phelps To Mentor

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

It’s a very, very good time to be a talented high school swimmer in the United States. Not only will 46 of the nation’s best teenage swimmers get flown to a pair of elite-level European world cup meets this fall, but fourteen-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps will be the team’s mentor and his coach, Bob Bowman, will lead the coaching staff.

Phelps’s Golden Summer Brings Boys Into The Pool

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Michael Phelps’s dramatic performance at the Beijing Summer Games, where he won a record eight gold medals, surely drove USA Swimming’s record 11.2 percent increase in membership in 2009. The most encouraging news, the organization reported Wednesday, was that male membership was up 14.4 percent, helping shrink what had been a troubling gap between the sexes in the sport.

Moses Goes From Laps <br> To Links … And Back?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

When Lake Braddock High graduate Ed Moses retired from swimming in the summer of 2005, he began chasing a brand-new goal: becoming a professional golfer. He’d already reached his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal despite not swimming seriously until his junior year in high school. Why, he figured, shouldn’t he be able to make the PGA Tour, too?

High School Officials Don't Have Suit List

Friday, August 28th, 2009

With the swimming season already underway in 18 states and the National Federation of State High School Associations’s decision to ban high-tech, long-length suits just over two weeks old, the organization is trying to help its member states navigate the new dress code without providing a formal list.

Despite Suit Ban, NCAA Keeps Fast Standards

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Athletes who want to qualify automatically for this season’s Division I NCAA swimming championships will face a steep challenge: They will have to meet the record-low time standards created for the 2009 championships, which took place before full-body technical suits were banned. Sound impossible? It might be.

Masters Athletes Split Over High-Tech Suits

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Many of the nearly 50,000 masters swimmers — non-elite adult swimmers — in the United States have no grudge with the high-tech, full-body speedsuits that have been banned at virtually every level of international swimming competition. The result: A U.S. masters governing body uncertain whether to fall in line with the rest of the swimming world in regulating the controversial suits.

Coach With Local Ties To Manage Talent And Egos

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Centennial High graduate Sean Hutchison figures he will be walking into an exciting, worthwhile and, perhaps above all, complicated challenge. Hutchison won’t merely be kicking off a new U.S. Olympic Committee training center for swimmers in September, he will also be entrusted with managing the egos and psyches of a small group of the sport’s biggest stars.

Phelps Limps Into Pool; Mulls Suit For World Cups

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

A sore right foot from last week’s minor car accident forced Michael Phelps to delay his return to training by a day. But after X-rays showed no break, Phelps limped to the pool Tuesday and got back in the water, beginning what his coach Bob Bowman said would be his most important year of training leading up to the 2012 Summer Games in London. It also signaled his return to an old, textile jammer for competition — at least if Bowman has his way.

Hoff Leaving NBAC

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Katie Hoff, 20, feels comfortable with her decision to leave the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, her training home for the past six years, to join a start-up, post-graduate swimming group in Fullerton, Calif., for this reason: She’s excited about swimming for the first time in a long, long time.

Home-Grown Coach To Lead New Training Center

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

UPDATED: Years ago, few swimmers continued their elite careers beyond college, but now the bulk of Team USA’s top swimmers are either post-graduates or professionals, creating a growing training issue: Where do these athletes go? USA Swimming can now make three specific suggestions: the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the Fullerton (Calif.) Aquatics Sports Team — led by Centennial High graduate Sean Hutchison — and SwimMAC in Charlotte, N.C. One of the first swimmers to join Hutchison is Katie Hoff, who has been at North Baltimore for more than six years.

Locals Score Medals At Eastern Zone Meet

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

All-Star Aquatics Caroline McTaggart, 12, led Potomac Valley swimmers by earning six medals — four gold and two silver — at the 2009 Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championships in State College, Pa., that concluded Saturday. Other local standouts included Curl-Burke’s Jessica Chen, 12; Rockville-Montgomery’s Devin Truong, 10; and Fairland Aquatics Michael Stevens, 12, all of whom won multiple medals.

Yetter Goes From NBAC To Auburn … Quietly

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

When former North Baltimore Aquatic Club Coach Paul Yetter accepted an assistant coaching position at Auburn University in May, he knew he would be leaving behind the youngsters he had brought from incredible potential to incredible results. But Yetter, who had guided Katie Hoff to her first Olympics at 15, had no idea just how abrupt his departure would have to be.

NBAC Racks Up Medals At Junior Championships

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

The North Baltimore Aquatic Club capped a stellar week at the U.S. junior swimming championships in Federal Way, Wash., with gold-medal performances on the last night of competition Friday from Camryne Morris, 14, and Drew Cosgarea, 16, in the women’s 1,500 and men’s 800 freestyles, respectively; Felicia Lee, 17, grabbed another medal with her second place in the 200 individual medley.

Phelps In Minor Car Accident; Not Injured

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Less than two weeks after winning five gold medals at the world championships in Rome, Michael Phelps was involved in a fender bender in downtown Baltimore but was not injured. There was no evidence of the use of drugs or alcohol.

How Will Gibson Do Against The Big Boys?

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

As a 12 year old, Andrew Gibson would be a top-seeded swimmer at the Eastern Zone Championships that start today. But on Aug. 1 Gibson turned 13, and as a 13 year old, he will be fighting to reach the finals in his six events, competing against more seasoned swimmers as he represents Potomac Valley Swimming at the meet in State College, Pa.

High Schools Ban All Long-Length Swimsuits

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The National Federation of State High School Associations decided Tuesday afternoon to ban all non-textile, long-length swimsuits immediately, saying it was acting to preserve the “integrity, tradition and heritage of the sport.”

Lee Gets Off To Fast Start

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Towson’s Felicia Lee on Monday kicked off what could be a coming-out meet for her as she won the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. junior nationals in Federal Way, Wash., and smashed the meet record in the process.

Open-Water Phenom Sutton Now A Pool Star

Monday, August 10th, 2009

UPDATED Chloe Sutton was once a member of the local swim club Fish, maturing in Kate Ziegler’s shadow. Now California-based, the open-water specialist has branched out to pool swimming, making her a potential threat to Ziegler’s distance-swimming records.

Eight Men Don Briefs, Make Statement

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The entire field in the men’s 200-meter medley final got a standing ovation at the U.S. Open in Federal Way, Wash., Saturday night when the eight finalists paraded out wearing briefs rather than high-tech suits. The finalists made a pact before the race to compete in the traditional suits — knowing full well the gesture would hurt their times and bodies.

High School Officials Uncertain About Ban

Friday, August 7th, 2009

UPDATED: A rules committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations decided Friday to recommend that non-textile suits be banned for the 2009-10 school year, but it gave the organization’s board of directors the option of outlawing long-length suits this year or next. The board will consider the issue and announce a decision by Tuesday.

High Schools Officials Might Allow Long Suits

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Area athletes might find themselves donning long swim suits for high school competitions and short suits for club events in the coming months if the National Federation of State High School Associations bans non-textile suits as expected but does not prohibit long-length models. The organization’s rules committee meets Friday to consider what action to take.

The Swimming Legend And The High School Kid

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Two stress fractures in his back laid up high-school swimmer Brennan Morris for three months last summer, but when Michael Phelps returned to the pool after his eight-gold-medal performance at the Beijing Summer Games, Morris became his youngest training partner. Less than a year later, Morris, 18, enters the swimming world championships that begin in Rome Sunday as the youngest male member of the U.S. team. He will compete in the 1,500-meter freestyle on Aug. 1.

20 Questions: Natalie Coughlin

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Two-time Olympian Natalie Coughlin has won 11 Olympic medals and held four world records in her 20-year competitive swimming career. She’s won three Olympic golds, in the 100-meter backstroke and 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 2004 in Athens, and the 100-meter backstroke at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After Beijing, Coughlin took some time away from the pool, to travel, relax, and get married. She plans to return to her training regimen by the end of the year.

Will Phelps’s Golden Quest Start With A Silver?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Michael Phelps’s hopes for six gold medals at the world championships, which begin Sunday in Rome, could be hijacked by four Frenchmen in very fast suits — unless coach Bob Bowman’s “surprise” plan works.

High-Tech Suits Favored at USAs; Old Suits Won

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

An unofficial analysis of last week’s U.S. swimming championships shows that 72 percent of athletes who reached the 26 event finals, and whose suits could be identified, competed in recently released versions made by Jaked, Arena, Tyr or BlueSeventy. Yet it was Speedo’s LZR, the acclaimed suit of 2008 that is now perceived as out-moded, that produced the most top-two finishes, about 33 percent.

Shanteau Sets U.S. Breaststroke Mark–Twice

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Eric Shanteau won his first U.S. title and set the American record in the 200-meter breaststroke for the second time at the U.S. swimming championships Saturday, completing a breathtaking return from his cancer diagnosis last year.

For the Record, Peirsol Wins 100 Back

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Aaron Peirsol regained his second world record at the U.S. swimming championships Saturday, lowering the 200-meter backstroke record on a night Cullen Jones and Dara Torres, 42, set American records in sprint events.

Shanteau Gets U.S. Record in Morning Swim

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

He had already qualified for the world championships in two events; on Saturday morning, cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau took down a two-year-old American record in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Pelton, 15, Is Swimming Toward Rome, Stardom

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Elizabeth Pelton, 15, won her third silver medal at the U.S. swimming championships. Her second-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke earned her the right to compete in four individual events at the world championships in Rome, a distinction that, with one day of competition remaining, only one other U.S. swimmer — Michael Phelps — can claim.

Adrian Emerges Out of Phelps’s Shadow

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Nathan Adrian claimed his second sprint title of the week, winning the men’s 100-meter freestyle final in 48.00 seconds. Adrian topped a field that did not include American-record holder Michael Phelps, who had withdrawn from the field Friday morning because of neck soreness. In other events at the U.S. swimming championships, Ryan Lochte won the men’s 200 individual medley and cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau earned his second world-team spot.

Pelton Shines Again; Many Locals Compete

Friday, July 10th, 2009

There was plenty of news after Michael Phelps pulled out of the 100 freestyle Friday morning: Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, set herself up to contend for a third spot on her first world championship team in the 200 backstroke; Curl-Burke’s Mei Christensen also qualified for Friday night’s final. Dara Torres said she planned to skip the 100 free but shoot for a world record in a 50 butterfly time trial. USA National Team Director Mark Schubert railed against the latest high-tech suits, and a handful of locals posted great times Friday morning.

Phelps Pulls Out of 100 Free

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Michael Phelps pulled out of the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming championships Friday morning because of neck soreness.

Phelps Gets Long-Sought World Record in Butterfly

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Michael Phelps is back to his old form. His time in the fly was 0.18 faster than the 50.40 that has stood up since Ian Crocker set the record in 2005. His record-breaking performance was followed by another remarkable victory from Dara Torres, who at 42 won the 50 free and clinched a spot in this summer’s world championships.

Neck Spasm Keeps Cullen Jones From U.S. Record

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Cullen Jones blamed neck spasm for second-place finish. Now he faces a swim off versus Garrett Weber-Gale on Saturday for a berth in the world championships. Also, Kate Ziegler said she had not recovered from her bout with the flu and would not compete in the 800 freestyle Friday.

Torres, 42, Makes Final; Phelps Eyes World Record

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Even at 42 and with a bum knee, Dara Torres can dominate women half her age. Torres easily moved to Thursday’s final in the 50-meter freestyle by posting the fastest time in the morning heats, finishing in 24.72 seconds. Earlier, Michael Phelps advanced in the 100 butterfly with the fastest qualifying time (51.17 seconds), then turned his attention to getting the world record in that event Thursday night.

Despite Two Wins, Phelps Irked

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

On Wednesday night Michael Phelps officially overcame a tumultuous offseason. He went two for two on his first night back of serious swimming at the U.S. championships, winning the 200 free in 1 minute 44.23 seconds and the 200 fly in 1:52.76. Yet Phelps was not at all pleased.

Pelton Nabs Second Worlds Spot

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, perhaps cemented her status as the biggest young star at the U.S. swimming championships when she earned her second berth in this summer’s world championships, finishing second in the 100 back.

Phelps, Hoff and Two Locals Advance

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Reston’s Mei Christensen, 20, surprisingly posted the third-best time Wednesday morning in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. swimming championships in Indianapolis, followed closely by Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, who earned the fourth seed just hours after winning a spot on the world championship team in the 200 individual medley. Later, Katie Hoff made it into the 200 free final—barely. And Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the 200 fly and 200 freestyle heats, but the top six finishers in the free were separated by a mere 0.28 seconds, suggesting a super-competitive final Wednesday night.

Pelton Surprises, Hoff Disappoints

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Just 15, Elizabeth Pelton of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club scored a world championship team spot with her surprising second-place finish in a stacked 200 individual medley field as NBAC’s Katie Hoff–who was once that 15-year-old sensation–didn’t make the team in the 400 free, an event in which she holds the American record. Now 20 and struggling, Hoff finished a dismal sixth in that event at the national championships in Indianapolis.

Ziegler Out of 400, 200 Due to Illness

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Great Falls’s Kate Ziegler withdrew from the women’s 400-meter event at the U.S. Swimming Championships at Indiana University on Tuesday morning because of the flu. Ziegler told The Washington Post that she developed flu-like symptoms last Friday with a fever that peaked at 103 degrees, and was so hobbled she did not bother attempting to travel Indianapolis to compete. She will not compete in Wednesday’s 200 and has only faint hopes of being ready for Friday’s heats of the 800.

How'd They Do? Local Swimmers At Nationals

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

There are dozens of local swimmers participating in the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships this year. Keep abreast of their results with this chart.

At U.S. Championships, Controversy Follows Suit

Monday, July 6th, 2009

U.S. swimmers are assembling in Indianapolis for this week’s national championships, and swimming, which reached a peak of popularity through the nightly drama Michael Phelps provided in Beijing last year, has endured a far bumpier story line in 2009. New, technologically advanced suits, not swimmers, have dominated the headlines and threaten to make a mockery of this summer’s world championships in Rome.

Get Ex Back From Another Guy

Monday, July 6th, 2009

More than three dozen athletes from Curl-Burke, Rockville-Montgomery, The Fish and other clubs or schools in the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions will compete at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis that begin Tuesday.

Cullen Jones Condemns Alleged Racism

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

In response to allegations of racism against 65 African-American and Hispanic summer campers at a private swim club outside of Philadelphia, U.S. swimmer Cullen Jones, who will compete in the 50-meter freestyle final Thursday night, and USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus spoke out Thursday afternoon. “The acts of blatant racism shown towards the young kids with [...]

Adidas Skips USAs; No WR Suit In Indy

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

As if they weren’t confused enough, U.S. swimmers can forget about trying out the coveted new adidas Hydrofoil suit — which has been responsible for a host of recent records — at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis next week.

The German-based adidas did not submit an application by Wednesday’s deadline to have its suits available at the event, which serves as the trials for the world championships at the end of this month, a USA Swimming spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

U.S. Swimmers Agonize Over Tech Suits

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

U.S. swimmers are frantically preparing for the world championship trials that begin next Tuesday in Indianapolis. For many, however, the focus of that preparation has nothing to do with actual swimming. It is on determining which of the now-legal — but still controversial — high-tech swimsuits will provide the most performance-enhancement.

Dara Torres’s Coach Ill Again

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Dara Torres’s coach Michael Lohberg, 59, has been hospitalized again with complications relating to his year-long battle with aplastic anemia, but the 42-year-old five-time Olympian hopes Lohberg will be out of the hospital in time to attend the U.S. championships next week in Indianapolis.

20 Questions: Chris Stevenson

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Swimming isn’t just a kids’ game. Chris Stevenson, 44, proves that. The University of Richmond environmental studies professor holds U.S. Masters Swimming records in the 40-44 age group 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke. His swimming itinerary goes back to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where he swam for Greece, and to the University of North Carolina, where he went to school with the most famous Tar Heel.

Swimming Through Troubled Waters

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Olympian Eric Shanteau, 26, is certain he is bigger, stronger and faster than he’s ever been. And, most important, this summer, unlike last, he is cancer-free.

USA Swimming Disappointed in FINA

Monday, June 15th, 2009

USA Swimming President Jim Wood expressed disappointment in FINA’s decision to approve an additional 198 swimsuits Monday, bringing the total of allowable suits for the summer world championships in Rome to 400. USA Swimming, however, adopted FINA’s list. Wood’s statement is attached. USA Swimming stands firm in its desire to preserve the integrity of the [...]

The Dakota Pool Shark

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

A teenager who trains by herself with a personal coach and trainer in the Canadian border town of Minot, N.D., is considered the fastest-rising star in U.S. swimming. Used to driving around snowbanks to get to solo practice sessions, Dagney Knutson, 17, swam a time in the 200-meter individual medley last January in a junior swimming event that would have won her fifth place at the Beijing Olympics. She is seeking a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at this summer’s world championships in Rome. “I don’t have any limits,” Knutson says.

Bowman And Phelps Make Beautiful Music Together

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Bob Bowman occasionally muses about the unlikelihood of it all: that he and Michael Phelps have fused into a historically successful and cohesive team, despite — or perhaps because of — daily drama, occasional full-bore clashes and Bowman’s original lack of interest in taking on a temperamental star.