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Dates set for 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from Sunday, June 26th, through Sunday, July 3rd, 2016, per a release by USA Swimming on Wednesday.

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

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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

Katie Ledecky sets world record; Michael Phelps is golden again

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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

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

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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

Reality check for Phelps at Pan Pacific Champs

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Michael Phelps has no easy road to the finals at this week’s Pan Pacific Championships.

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

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte scratch Day 1 events

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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

Psych sheets released for Pan Pacs

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Phelps third in 200 IM in Santa Clara

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Michael Phelps earned his second win of the weekend in Santa Clara at the final stop of USA Swimming’s Grand Prix series.

Missy Franklin wins 200 free at Santa Clara Grand Prix; Michael Phelps second

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Michael Phelps podiumed for the third time in Santa Clara on Saturday; Missy Franklin cruised to a world top-15.

Michael Phelps wins again, shares 100 butterfly title in Santa Clara

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Michael Phelps earned his second win since ending his retirement in April during Friday’s final in Santa Clara, Calif. [Gallery inside]

Interview: Michael Phelps ‘still having fun’ swimming

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Michael Phelps sat down to talk with the media the night before Friday’s prelims at the Santa Clara Grand Prix.

Michael Phelps ready for challenge at Santa Clara meet

Friday, June 20th, 2014

With Rio on the horizon, Michael Phelps still figuring out events.

Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin ready for Santa Clara Grand Prix

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin headline a field that includes 13 Olympians at the final stop on the 2013-2014 Grand Prix series in Santa Clara, Calif.

First again: Michael Phelps claims victory at Charlotte Grand Prix

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Michael Phelps won his first race in 21 months since returning to swimming.

Michael Phelps qualifies for 100 fly final; scratches 200 freestyle at Charlotte Grand Prix

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Michael Phelps qualified for his second final since returning from retirement last month. Andrew Seliskar third in 400 IM.

All the links you need to follow the Charlotte Grand Prix

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Michael Phelps returns to competition for his second meet of the year at the 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix in North Carolina, May 15-18.

Phelps enters two events at Charlotte Grand Prix

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Michael Phelps to continues comeback with two events on Day Two in Charlotte at the Grand Prix event May 15-18.

33 of the best photos from the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix: Return of Phelps

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Look back at the action from an exciting 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, including top-shots of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky.

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.

Katie Ledecky wins her third freestyle race of this weekend’s Grand Prix; Michael Phelps has a new approach in his comeback

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Katie Ledecky wins her third freestyle race of this weekend’s Grand Prix; Michael Phelps has a new approach in his comeback.

Signs all encouraging for Phelps in comeback

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Michael Phelps returns to the water, feeling “like a kid again.”

Michael Phelps’s comeback meet ends before finals

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Michael Phelps swam the wrong stroke in his second event post-retirement. Don’t worry; it was on purpose.

Phelps misses finals; Ledecky top qualifier in 200 free

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Michael Phelps swam butterfly during 50-meter free prelims, and nearly qualified for finals in Mesa, Arizona at the Grand Prix.

Phelps swims final event; Ledecky, Schmitt matchup; and more from Mesa on Day 2

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Friday morning’s heat sheets posted for the Day 2 of the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.

Watch Katie Ledecky talk 400 freestyle racing strategy

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Katie Ledecky matched the year’s world-best in the women’s 400 free on Thursday at USA Swimming’s Mesa Grand Prix.

Michael Phelps loses in first finals appearance; Katie Ledecky cruises

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte renewed their rivalry during Thursday’s finals at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.

Phelps returns with Phelsian performance

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

It didn’t take Michael Phelps long to shake off the rust and show the world why he’s the greatest of all time.

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky draw favorable lane assignments for Day 1 in Mesa

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Thursday morning’s heat sheets posted for the Day 1 of the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.

Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman speak to press in Mesa

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Michael Phelps talks with media at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

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.

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.

Inspirational video: “Rise and Swim (Welcome to the Grind)”

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Swim fan makes psych up video featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and others.

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.

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.

USA Swimming surpasses 400,000 members in 2012-2013

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

USA Swimming saw its largest single-year growth in athlete membership in 2012-2013. Potomac Valley surpasses 11,000 members in same year.

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

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

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

Ryan Lochte claims two golds on epic night six at worlds

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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

Michael Phelps loving life but vague about swimming future

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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

Lochte: I need to worry about me not Phelps

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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

Chesapeake Bay Swim results; 14-year-old Michael Andrews turns pro; and more swimming news

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Read this week’s top swimming stories in our midweek links.

America swimming fast at Santa Clara; Swim Australia sponsor lost; and more swimming links

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Read this week’s top swimming stories in our midweek links.

Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin big winners at Golden Goggles

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Dana Vollmer each walked away with two awards at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle Awards on Monday night. Michael Phelps ended his career on top.

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.

Katie Ledecky nominated for two Golden Goggle awards

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The 2012 Golden Goggle Awards are a week away. Vote for your favorites online.

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky among 8 Maryland Olympians honored by state

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were among those honored at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Monday.

Phelps coach takes Olympic consulting job

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Michael Phelps’ longtime coach, Bob Bowman, plans to step down from coaching.

Phelps’ agent: Leaked pics not an IOC violation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

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

Phelps goes out with another gold

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

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

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

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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

Michael Phelps passes golden baton to Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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

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

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

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

Ryan Lochte has five medals, and unfulfilled expectations

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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

President Obama congratulates Michael Phelps for historic win

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Highlights from day 4 of the swimming competition from London.

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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

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

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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

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

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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

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

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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

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

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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

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

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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

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

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

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

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

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

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

Phelps vs. Lochte to highlight first day

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

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

Michael Phelps will be tested by Ryan Lochte on Saturday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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

U.S. Olympic roster announced

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

USA Swimming reveals 2012 U.S. Olympic roster.

Michael Phelps to swim seven events in London

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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

Victory in 800 free sends Ledecky, 15, to Olympics

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Locals dominate the 800-meter freestyle on Day 7 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Michael Phelps edges Ryan Lochte on whirlwind night

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Michael Phelps edges rival Ryan Lochte by less than 1/10 of a second in the 200-meter individual medley final on a whirlwind night in Omaha.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battle for psychological edge

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps continue their duel in Omaha to set the stage for a pivotal showdown Saturday in the 200 medley final.

Jessica Hardy third in freestyle heats after stunning loss in the breaststroke

Friday, June 29th, 2012

After stunning loss in the breaststroke, world record holder tries to make the U.S. team in another event.

Michael Phelps wins 200-meter butterfly, leading happy parade to London 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Michael Phelps makes his fourth Olympic team in the 200m butterfly on a night in which tension and emotion reigned at the Olympic trials in Omaha.

Michael Phelps edges Ryan Lochte to win 200-meter freestyle final

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte by just five hundredths of a second as both qualify for the event in London.

Katie Ledecky breaks Janet Evans’s 400 freestyle age group record

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Katie Ledecky, 15, breaks Janet Evans’s 1988 age-group record in the 400-meter freestyle.

Missy Franklin posts fastest time in 100-meter backstroke prelims [Gallery included]

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Teen star calls her first race of the session a ‘huge adrenaline rush.’

Ryan Lochte beats Michael Phelps in 400 IM, and both make team

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Ryan Lochte pulls away from Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley, with both claiming spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps set for showdown after 400 IM prelims

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Top two American swimmers put down top times in early heats of grueling 400 individual medley.

2012 Olympic Trials Preview: Day Six Men’s 200 back, 200 IM; Women’s 200 breast, 100 free

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The ongoing duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps headlines Day Six at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.

2012 Olympic Trials Preview: Day Five<br /> Men’s 200 breast, 100 free; Women's 200 fly

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A group of 2008 Olympians attempt to fend off the next cycle of American swim stars on the fifth night of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.

Michael Phelps has mastered the psychology of speed

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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

2012 Olympic Trials Preview: Day Four<br /> Women’s 200 free, 200 IM; Men’s 200 fly

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Phelps attempts to make the 200-meter butterfly in his fourth straight Olympics on Day Four at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

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.

2012 Olympic Trials Preview: Day One&lt;br /&gt;Men's 400 IM and 400 free; Women's 400 IM

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Preview of the first day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 25 through July 2, including which locals to watch in each race and our picks for who will be racing in London.

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

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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

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.

Phelps to retire after 2012 Olympics

Monday, May 7th, 2012

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

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?

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.

RFTW's Top 11 Stories of 2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Join us as we recap the year’s top stories!

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

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

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

Top ten gifts for your swimmer or diver

Friday, December 16th, 2011

If you’re struggling with what to get your swimmer or diver this holiday season, check out our top ten gifts list! Already finished your holiday shopping? Share your suggestions with the rest of us in the comments section!

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.

Maryland President agrees to cut eight teams; parents and alumni rally to save swimming and diving

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

University of Maryland President, Wallace Loh, accepted recommendation to cut eight teams, including men’s and women’s swimming and diving, from the President’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, effective July 1, 2012. However, the administration is giving affected teams until June 30, 2012 to raise funding to save their programs.

On signing day, no letters to sign for three Maryland high school swimmers

Friday, November 11th, 2011

On the eve of the early signing period for NCAA National Letters of Intent, three area high school swimmers — verbally committed to swim for the University of Maryland next year — were contacted by the school’s athletic department and told that Maryland would not be sending out letters to swimming recruits, and they should pursue offers from other institutions.

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.

Runaway performance for Lochte

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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

Franklin continues to impress at world championships

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

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

Lochte asserts dominance with two more golds

Friday, July 29th, 2011

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

Franklin collecting medals, turning heads

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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

Lochte beats Phelps again, sets world record

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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

Phelps takes gold in 200 fly at world championships

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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

Lochte beats Phelps in 200 free at world championships

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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

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

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

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

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

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

Primed for fantastic finishes

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Expect plenty of close races at Saturday’s MCSL Division A divisional meet and several tight battles as the NVSL dual meet season draws to a close.

Deep end of talent pool

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Good Counsel sophomore Jack Conger has become a nationally-recognized swimmer; he is ranked in the top four for his age group in five events. He also has to his credit a 30-minute conversation on swimming with U.S. Olympian Aaron Peirsol.

‘A long way to go’

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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

Lochte falls short of 200-meter IM word record

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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

Hoff, Sutton earn Team USA spots

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

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

Katie Hoff shut out in Pan Pacs 400 free

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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

With a nod to his past, Lezak focuses on future

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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

Phelps fails to qualify for Pan Pacs 400IM final

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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

Phelps, Lochte start impressively at Pan Pacs

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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

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

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.

Katis goes through his sprint in slow-motion

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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.

Phelps goes over swimmingly with students

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps gave 40 middle school students from Baltimore a swimming lesson Wednesday.

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.

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.

Phelps to swim in Md. championships

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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.

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 [...]

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

Reachforthewall.com 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 info@reachforthewall.com.

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).

Diving Back In: Part II, Day One

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about taking vacation, time away from the pool, missing practice this morning after his first day back yesterday and how ready he is to push through this frustrating shoulder injury and get started with Part II of his journey — becoming a true athlete and hitting new goals the rest of the season.

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.

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.

Phelps second again as Hardy caps comeback

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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

Day 122: Fly vs. Fly

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about doing a ton of butterfly in today’s practice, how he thinks he confused Coach Jeff King into the set and his fears for what may be in store tomorrow…

Biedermann, Jones, go fast old-fashioned way

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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

Day 121: I Wanna Be Like Mike

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I’ll never be a Michael Phelps or Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods. But if I can just hit a little on that mentality of greatness, if I can aspire to work my hardest the way they work their hardest, at least I can get as much out of it as I’m putting in.

Another reason for WRs: new starting blocks?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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

Biedermann gets second WR, Phelps gets silver

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

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

Phelps gets fifth place, Biedermann busts WR

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

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

Assessing the damage: Phelps goes 2 for 5

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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

Phelps gets upended in morning heats again

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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

Phelps salvages rough day with a bronze medal

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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

Phelps fails to make finals in two events in Sweden

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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

Phelps Arrives To Sweden With Band Of Followers

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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

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.

Day 106: Piecing It Together

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Reporter Paul Tenorio writes about how the process of getting faster has become kind of like a puzzle of sorts — or maybe some kind of pyramid. He has constantly been adding bricks to the pile, building and building and hoping to one day get to the peak.

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.

Do Phelps, Hoff and Kukors Stand A Chance?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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

High Schoolers, Short Suits Will Appear in Dec. Duel

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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

Kids Wanted: Area Meets Designed For Youngsters

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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.

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.

Suits and Nations Change, But USA Vs. Europe On

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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

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

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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

Gaines To PVS Swimmers: Do As I Say, Not As I Did

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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.

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.

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.

Aussie Coaching Legend Arrives, Tours, Opines

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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

Swimming Growth In District Region Slows

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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.

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.

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.

Lee’s Big Move Pays Off

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 17: Mmmmm, Donuts…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio gets a donut after practice, starts to learn how to race and prepares for another timed swim on Thursday — again in a metered pool. Also, he complains too much about being busy all day and thus filing this entry so late.

NBAC’s ‘Last Meet’ Attracts Local Stars

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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.

‘The Plastic Meet’ Wipes Out 43 World Records

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

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

Phelps Takes Fifth Gold; Lochte Wins 400 IM

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

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

Phelps Catches Cavic Again in 100 Butterfly

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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

Phelps’s Day of High Drama Ends With Gold

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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

Rested and Ready, Peirsol Annihilates Own World Record

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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

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

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

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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

With Phelps Watching, Lochte Steals His WR

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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

Phelps Forgets Defeat; Sets WR In 200 Fly

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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

Phelps Will Swim In ‘Local Meets’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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

The Result Suits No One: Phelps Loses 200 Free

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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

Arena X-Glide Body Suit 1, Michael Phelps 0

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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

Suit Ban Might Not Take Effect Until Spring

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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

Day 9: Getting Technical

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Paul focused on technique throughout his pool workout this morning: breathing, flip turns, head position, and he finished it off with some torture — vertical kicking. But he feels the work he’s put in the past nine days is starting to pay off. Tomorrow he’ll find out as he times himself in the 50 and 100 for the first time since Day 1.

Tuesday Morning Update From Rome

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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

Phelps Starts To Feel The Heat In Rome

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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

Phelps Gives Up Freestyle Stroke Experiment

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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

One Down, Six To Go; Phelps Gets Surprise Gold

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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

Records Fall At World Champs; Suits Assailed

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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

Suit Malfunction Almost Derails U.S. Relay Team

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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

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.

Conger Is Making Waves

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club’s Jack Conger is making a big splash at the Potomac Valley Swimming Age Group Championships. He has already set two PVS records this weekend, and he holds two national records, all of which have led to lofty expectations for the fourteen-year-old.

FINA Opts to Ban All High-Tech Swimsuits

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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

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 Swimsuits Are A Drag on Wallets

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20 Questions: Kaitlin Pawlowicz

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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.

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

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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

FINA Backs Off Suits; Controversy Looms

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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

North Baltimore Swimming In Imports

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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.”

Welcome to reachforthewall.com

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

With Monday’s official launch of reachforthewall.com, a team of Washington Post journalists and editors will bring you local, national and international swim coverage daily.
You want results? We will have results. On your editable team pages (see Top Submissions, left) will be this season’s schedule and the latest results.
You want times? We will give you times. Every Monday you’ll find an updated list of the top 100 times in every event from across the area when you click on the “Results/Statistics” link at the top of the homepage.
You want coverage of summer leagues, club swimming, high school meets? We will do that, too. So check us out Monday and send us your suggestions, comments and criticism to info@reachforthewall.com.

The Nation’s Talent Pool

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The Greater Washington region has become the most successful youth swimming hub in the nation, in large part because of a pair of decades-old clubs anchored in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC) and Curl-Burke Swim Club (CUBU) are for the second straight year ranked first and second nationally among more than 2,000 swim clubs in the nation, according to a USA Swimming computer ranking that evaluates the results of club swimmers ages 11 to 18.

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.





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