Lane 1 - Historical or Swimstorical Hotness! Sports Illustrated has a "U.S. Olympians Then and Now" Gallery. Hmmm…who is it "xxxx was primed to win several Olympic medals at the 1980 Olympics, before the U.S. boycotted. xxxx got his chance four years later and won three gold."
Lane 2 - Amanda Beard has taken up blogging at "Swim Like a Mom - an athlete's view of parenthood & more."
Lane 3 - The Australian posts "Welcome return to form for Sullivan. JAMES Magnussen has arrived and Ian Thorpe is returning, but Eamon Sullivan is not going quietly. The former world record-holder may have been eclipsed by Magnussen as Australia's No 1 sprinter, but he is determined not to be squeezed out when the stars collide in the 100m freestyle at next year's Olympic trials. Sullivan took a step towards re-establishing his credentials when he made his first appearance on an international medal podium (without relay teammates) in more than a year at the third round of the World Cup series in Moscow yesterday."
Lane 4 - The Galveston County Daily News posts "Second-graders gingerly passed a shiny Olympic gold medal around in amazement. Texas City Mayor Matt T. Doyle never thought he would see two Olympic gold medalist swimmers in the natatorium that’s named after him, but it happened Tuesday. Four-time Olympic medalist (two gold, one silver and one bronze) Brendan Hansen and five-time Olympic medalist Klete Keller (two gold, one silver and two bronze) visited the Matt T. Doyle Natatorium and BP facilities Tuesday as part of BP’s 2012 Olympics community outreach program."
Lane 5 - Bettor.com posts "Stefan Sorak grapples Men’s 1500m freestyle gold: Day two – 2011 Swimming World Cup, Moscow. tefan Sorak of Serbia presented his smothering efforts by grappling the title of Men’s 1500m freestyle short course swim on day two of the 2011 Swimming World Cup in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, October 19. The 19-year-old Sorak confronted well-built battle from his team-member, Velimir Stjepanovic, who laid his eyes on the title of sixty-lap freestyle discipline. Stjepanovic tried his best to surpass his team-mate’s effort, but failed to answer Sorak’s determination as he clinched gold medal of 1500m event."
Lane 6 - TSN has "CANADIANS HAYDEN, MORNINGSTAR WIN GOLD AT FINA WORLD CUP. Vancouver's Brent Hayden and Calgary's Erica Morningstar earned gold medals in the men's 50-metre freestyle and women's 100-metre individual medley Wednesday on the FINA World Cup swimming circuit."
Lane 7 - BBC has (w/video) "Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe prepared for 2012 failure. Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe says he is more likely to fail than succeed at London 2012. The Australian, 29, makes a competitive return to swimming next month after five years away from the sport."
Lane 8 - WaPo speculates on "Cyclops shark not an Internet prank (photos)"