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Read the top swimming stories for the week of Oct. 10-16 in our midweek links.
Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two golds on Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Nationals and World Trials.
Good Counsel senior Jack Conger is aiming to break two elusive records in his final Washington Metro Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship meet.
Ryan Lochte and Team USA off to a fast start at the 2012 Short-course World Championships in Istanbul.
Michael Phelps’ longtime coach, Bob Bowman, plans to step down from coaching.
Check out this week’s picture of the week coming from the 2012 MCSL All Star meet.
Phelps attempts to make the 200-meter butterfly in his fourth straight Olympics on Day Four at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
The government has issued new rules about how employers must treat foreign student workers, but some argue that companies are passing over qualified Americans because foreigners cost less.
California clinched their first consecutive NCAA men’s swimming and diving championship in the school history after finishing 1-2 in the 200 butterfly on Saturday night.
Joe Pascale recently made his first Olympic Trials cut in the 50 meter freestyle. He attributes his recent success in the water to a swimming regimen supplemented with mixed martial arts.
Nobody in the area swims the 50 breaststroke faster than Langley’s Chuck Katis. Sprints like that race require a unique approach. Katis explains how that differs from longer races.
Bart Forsyth of Arlington was a runner first. He took up the sport in law school, running several road races before taking up marathons. Then, while recovering from a running injury, he became an avid cyclist. And before long, he was thinking about triathlons. The catch? He had no swimming experience at all.
Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps gave 40 middle school students from Baltimore a swimming lesson Wednesday.
A local swimming coach was suspended indefinitely by his club team in Manassas on Tuesday, a day after he was accused in a civil lawsuit filed in Missouri of sexually abusing a high school senior when he coached there in 2006-07. Occoquan Swimming’s board president Brad Hughes wrote in an e-mail to parents that Robert Mirande, who had been coaching the club’s elite high school swimmers since last summer, would not participate in any coaching activities “pending conclusion of ongoing investigations.”
For the second time since December, 14-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps is scheduled to swim in a local club meet — this time entering the Maryland Swimming Championship this weekend at Lejeune Hall at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis. Phelps, who previously swam in North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s “Christmas Meet” in December, will swim in four events at the meet, which begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
The 24th annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet was held this weekend at the Tacoma Community Center in Washington D.C., hosting more than 350 athletes from around the country. Founded in 1987 by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and The United Black Fund, Inc., in honor of Black History Month, the meet has been called the “premier minority swim competition in the United States and in the world,” by USA Swimming, according to the meet’s website.
The Warriors are the front-runners in Division II and look to remain unbeaten Saturday against Poolesville.
Standing 5-foot-1 and weighing a mere 97 pounds, Danielle Schulkin is hardly your prototypical top-flight swimmer, but that hasn’t kept the 17-year-old, Harvard-bound butterfly specialist out of the pool or away from competition. This weekend, Schulkin will travel to Washington state to compete at the AT&T Short Course National Championships
A month after the mother of a Hydro-Sonic Tiburones coach died from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, the Tiburones are holding a fund-raising swim-athon and auction.
UPDATED: A trust fund for the young swimmers whose parents died in a car accident this past weekend has been set up, and funeral arrangements have been made.
Monday’s 4:30 a.m. practice at the Lee District RECenter started with questions, confusion and tears. Swimmers wanted reassurance about their dear swim mates, sisters Emma and Molly Merrill, 13 and 9, in the aftermath of a car accident late Saturday afternoon that took the lives of their parents.
Sunday’s dual meet between North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Curl-Burke Swim Club in Baltimore represented everything local coaches say they want more of: fast-paced, team competitions designed just for 14-and-under swimmers.
Mount Vernon High junior Anna Johannes, 16, won five gold medals in six events at the Youth Parapan American Games, Bogota DC, Colombia, taking a major step toward her goal of competing in the 2012 Paralympics in London.
What happened? As USA Swimming celebrated an 11.2-percent increase in membership in 2009, Potomac Valley Swimming officials swallowed hard. The region’s once hot membership growth slowed. Now we want to know why.
Anna Johannes, 16, churned up the water with the rest of the Potomac Marlins at a recent dawn practice. Though missing one arm below the elbow, Anna had no trouble keeping up with her able-bodied teammates. In fact, in many ways, she was leaving them behind.
Potomac Valley Swimming held its bi-annual Swimposium at the start of October. The day-long event taught swimmers, parents, coaches, club owners and officials how best to improve.
Bob Bowman and Rick Curl aren’t the only Olympic coaches in the area — they’re merely the latest. Stan Tinkham, 77, led the U.S. women’s Olympic team to six medals at the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, Australia, and still coaches elite prep swimmers at Sea Devil Swimming.
The Georgetown swimming and diving team is starting the season on a high, after finishing second at the Potomac Relays last week — its best finish ever.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds a local fundraising swim-a-thon each year. This year the event raised more than $78,000.
The special swim caps and wristbands they ordered hadn’t arrived yet, but more than 20 DC Wave swimmers competed anyway at Sunday’s 2009 All-Freestyle Meet at the Fairland Aquatic Center, hoping to do honor to a dear teammate’s memory.
With the club swimming season kicking off for all of Potomac Valley Swimming at Sunday’s 2009 All Freestyle Meet at Fairland Aquatics Center, perhaps no team enters the year ahead with higher hopes for growth than the District’s own team, the DC Wave, which will send more than two dozen swimmers to Sunday’s opening event.
The one thing Rowdy Gaines will not do during Saturday’s swim clinic at Georgetown Prep: Teach anyone to swim the way he learned to swim. Almost every technical element of his gold-medal victory in the Olympic 100-meter freestyle at the 1984 Summer Games now makes him cringe.
Potomac Valley Swimming’s board of directors tries to alleviate confusion on the new swimsuit rules with a letter to members.
For Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club Coach Dave Kraft, swimming flows as beautifully and logically as a flawless mathematical proof. Last year, he had four nationally ranked swimmers and received a pleasant end-of-season surprise.
The furious growth in the last five years of the Curl-Burke Masters swimming team under head coach Frank Marcinkowski is regarded with nothing short of awe and reverence by officials at the U.S. Masters Swimming, the sport’s national governing body.
Howard University on Thursday named former Fairfax High Coach Matt Salerno, 28, head coach of its men’s and women’s swimming and diving team. Salerno, who got his first big coaching job at 22, figures his relative youth will not slow him down.
No matter what happens this week at USA Swimming’s annual convention in Chicago, Potomac Valley Swimming intends to open the season with a ban on full-body, non-textile suits, officials say. The PVS board of directors voted to put the new suit rules into effect Oct. 1, meaning that even if USA Swimming’s membership decides to delay the suit ban until Jan. 1, local swimmers will be prohibited from wearing high-tech suits at local meets.
In 2009, Potomac Valley Swimming experienced the region’s smallest uptick in membership in the last four years, and the increase paled significantly when compared to growth around the nation, falling well behind the 11.2 percent rate of expansion shown by USA Swimming overall.
After spending the last 30 years producing Olympic hopefuls, Curl-Burke Head Coach Rick Curl now wants to teach little children to swim using an Australian swim school concept never before tried in the United States. And Arlington’s three-time Olympic medal-winner Tom Dolan intends to run the venture. The only thing missing? A site.
Curl-Burke Swim Club founder Rick Curl said he wasn’t sure whether to call it an acquisition or take-over, but his club added a coveted location to its already expansive program when it stepped in after the Aqua Hoya Swim Club folded this month.
Four years ago, Felicia Lee moved from New Jersey to train with North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Lee’s performances this summer validated that decision, and her two individual gold medals at last week’s U.S. junior championships hint that she could be among the next great swimmers to train under Bob Bowman.
The cavernous Wilson Aquatic Center opened on Thursday in Northwest D.C. Swimming lessons and master’s practices officially begin today at the $34.7 million facility, which is a short walk from the Tenleytown-AU Metro station in Northwest. The facility is open year-round and has four indoor pools (a 50-meter racing pool, a kids pool, a leisure pool and a whirlpool). It’s free for District residents, and nonresidents can purchase daily and monthly passes.
Three weeks ago, Elizabeth Pepper, 16, flourished at the PVS Long Course Senior Championships at the University of Maryland, winning two events, the 400-meter freestyle and the 200 butterfly. Before traveling last weekend to Federal Way, Wash., for the U.S. Open, Pepper discussed how she prepared for the meet, why she loves swimming (and a certain boisterous country musician) and why staying in the pool is necessary to her health
The first-ever Far Eastern meet begins today at the Meadowbrook pool, home of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Many local swimmers will be competing in the meet’s 118 events.
After a disappointing summer in which a bout with swine flu kept her from defending her back-to-back world titles in the 800-meter freestyle, Kate Ziegler is getting back to the basics. The 20-year-old Great Falls native is getting back to the basics this week, competing in the U.S. Open in Federal Way, Wash. The U.S. Open is a meet typically for swimmers aiming to make their first ascent to international relevance, not for those searching for their second.
Thirteen-year-old Justin Etherton finds therapy for his autism in the swimming pool. He is embraced as a member of the Kenmont summer league swim team. Though he consistently finishes last in his races, his family says his involvement at the pool is the best thing that’s ever happened — to them and to Justin.
The PVS Long Course Senior Championships run from Thursday through Sunday at the University of Maryland, and many of the swimmers competing this week feel they need to wear the best to beat the best. This year, that means wearing the Speedo LZR, the steep price of which has caused a significant leap in cost for parents unaccustomed to spending so much money on swimsuits.
Local standout Brady Fox, 18, swims for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club, Hallowell Swim Team in the Montgomery County Swim League, and the Argyle Country Club in the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association. The recent Georgetown Prep graduate has U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times of 56.67 in the 100-meter backstroke and 2:01.79 in the 200-meter back and swam for the U.S. Junior Nationals team in 2008. He will swim for the University of Virginia in the fall.
Devin Truong’s parents made him learn to swim after he nearly drowned in a Florida pool four years ago. Now he’s one of the best young swimmers in the country.
Great club programs? Check. A strong swimming tradition? Check. Enough lanes to go around? Uh … Depends on how many swimmers you pile into each. Local swimmers and officials seek solutions to the strange water crisis in the District’s suburbs, a region with dozens of pools but more swimmers than it can readily accommodate.
At 17, Kate Ziegler broke two of Janet Evans’s records. Three years later, in the Beijing Olympics, she finished 10th and 14th in two of her best events. Now 21, with the U.S. Championships approaching, “I don’t know what the future holds for me,” she says. “As I grow older, it’s a different dynamic. ….. I’m taking it more one year at a time — one month at a time.”
Local summer swim leagues rely on their teenage team members to help train the next wave of talent. Joanna Ladas and Julie Pinero, from Strathmore Bel Pre of the PMSL, are two who came up through the team’s developmental program and are now giving back to it.
Curl-Burke Swim Club standout Kaitlin Pawlowicz, 16, didn’t get a chance to represent her country last summer; she missed the cut for the Olympic trials. But in May she was able to swim for the United States at the Mel Zajac Jr. invitational in Vancouver, B.C. In the first of what will be a weekly feature with a figure in the local-swimming community, Pawlowicz discusses that meet as well as missing out on last year’s Olympic trials.
The North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the home club of Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff, has in recent years been luring young swim stars from across the country who believe they can best launch their careers by leaving their home pools—and even their families. “It’s just nuts,” said coach Paul Yetter, who grew up swimming at NBAC alongside Olympians Anita Nall and Whitney Metzler. “Kids from out of town visit and they want to move. ….. I’m not sure we do anything special other than believe we can be high-level athletes.”
Joe Flaherty has been coaching teams in the Montgomery County Swim League for 34 years. He’s taught countless swimmers in that time, always challenging them to “Have an impossible dream, dare greatly to achieve it and don’t quit until you do.” Those students have now become coaches, parents and board members in MCSL, sprinkling Coach Joe’s lessons throughout the league.