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Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Lochte’

Video: ‘Race Your Dreams’ by Team Speedo

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Don’t just chase your dreams—race them. Featuring Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Jessica Hardy, Cullen Jones, and Tyler Clary.

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

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Katie Ledecky earns 2013 FINA Athlete of the Year honor.

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.

Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte win top honors at Golden Goggles

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Katie Ledecky and Bruce Gemmell each won awards at Sunday’s Golden Goggles awards ceremony hosted by USA Swimming.

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 to headline U.S. Team at Duel in the Pool

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Katie Ledecky will lead a U.S. squad of 33 swimmers, including 16 Olympians, when they take on the European All Stars at the Dual in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland this December.

Simone Manuel commits to Stanford; Ryan Lochte heads to Charlotte; Diana Nyad begins 48-hour swim

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Read the top swimming stories for the week of Oct. 2-9 in our midweek links.

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.

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

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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

Missy Franklin wins record sixth gold at worlds

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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

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.

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

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

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

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

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

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

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

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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

Katie Ledecky crushes world record in 1500 free at worlds

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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

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

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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

Franklin, Ledecky shine, but US misses Phelps at worlds

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

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

Lochte: I need to worry about me not Phelps

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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

FINA world championships event and broadcast schedule

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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

World championships open the post-Michael Phelps era on Saturday

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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

Katie Ledecky drops 200 free at worlds

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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

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.

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.

Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin each pick up two national titles on day two

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two golds on Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Nationals 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.

Ryan Lochte earns fourth title at Santa Clara Grand Prix

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Ryan Lochte won the 200 individual medley to net his fourth title of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. California’s Elizabeth Pelton, Caitlin Leverenz and Jessica Hardy each earned a title on the final day.

Natalie Coughlin wins 50 free at Santa Clara Grand Prix

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Natalie Coughlin took home gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian post meet records.

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian sets meet record in 100-meter freestyle at the Santa Clara Arena Grand Prix

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Nathan Adrian sets 100-meter freestyle record at Santa Clara Grand Prix. Ryan Lochte wins 100 butterfly.

USA Swimming to announce 2016 Olympic Trials site; Ryan Lochte show falls flat in debut; and more swimming links

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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

Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer win on day one of Orlando Grand Prix

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer kick things off at the Orlando Grand Prix on Thursday night.

Ryan Lochte leaves short-course worlds with six golds

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

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

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

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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

Ryan Lochte sets world record at FINA short-course worlds

Friday, December 14th, 2012

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

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

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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

Ryan Lochte wins two golds at on opening day of FINA short-course world champs

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Ryan Lochte and Team USA off to a fast start at the 2012 Short-course World Championships in Istanbul.

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 nominated for two Golden Goggle awards

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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

Ryan Lochte’s acting debut

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Ryan Lochte continues his pursuit of fame beyond the pool in his theatrical debut.

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.

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

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Live updates from the action in the pool in London.

Michael Phelps’ 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.

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.

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.

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

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Lochte and Phelps will meet again on day three at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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.

Ryan Lochte on the cover of Vogue

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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

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.

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.

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.

Lochte beats Phelps again, sets world record

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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

Phelps takes gold in 200 fly at world championships

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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

Lochte beats Phelps in 200 free at world championships

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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

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

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

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

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

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

‘A long way to go’

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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

Lochte falls short of 200-meter IM word record

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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

Hoff, Sutton earn Team USA spots

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

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

Katie Hoff shut out in Pan Pacs 400 free

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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

With a nod to his past, Lezak focuses on future

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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

Phelps fails to qualify for Pan Pacs 400IM final

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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

Phelps, Lochte start impressively at Pan Pacs

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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

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.

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, 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 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.

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

With Phelps Watching, Lochte Steals His WR

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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

Morning Update: Peirsol Dives Back In

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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

Phelps 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.





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