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Lane 1 - The Washington Post has "Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming: Brendan Hansen, Ed Moses lead parade out retirement and back into pool. A couple decades ago, college-age kids and teens populated swimming. The advent of professionalism and sponsor dollars led to a new era dominated by full-grown, post-graduate men and women. This season has brought another trend. It’s suddenly very hip to be 30-something – or older — and back in the pool seeking a spot at the 2012 Summer Games in London after several years, or even a decade, of retirement."
Lane 2 - IndyStar posts "Beard's memoir tells of issues outside pool. Beard's memoir recounts her myriad challenges outside the pool, including depression, dyslexia, eating disorders and drug abuse. Beard, 30, is swimming this week in the Indy Grand Prix as part of her bid to make a fifth Olympic team. She was fifth in Thursday's 200-meter breaststroke and is entered in today's 100 breaststroke…Some of the darker pages of the memoir involve her romance with South African swimmer Ryk Neethling, whom Beard met at the University of Arizona. She wrote that she tried to improve their relationship by experimenting with drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine."
Lane 3 - The Malibu Times posts "Five-time Olympic medalist and former world record holder Ian Crocker visited with more than 40 teenagers, including several Malibu swimmers, at a clinic last week in Culver City. Crocker flew to California to meet with swim club Team Santa Monica (TSM) to share his own successes and failures as an athlete while demonstrating the finer points of swimming."
Lane 4 - The Star posts "Brent Hayden, Canadian swimming’s gentle giant, has big mountain to climb. Brent Hayden wasn't thrilled with his time in winning the 100-metre freestyle at the Canadian Olympic trials Friday night in Montreal, but the 28-year-old from Mission, B.C., is happy to be heading for his third Olympic Games. His arm slung over a lane rope, water droplets sliding down his shaven pate, Brent Hayden held his nose and shook his head slowly. The one-time world champion remains one of Canada’s best medal hopes in the pool for the 2012 London Olympics, but he’s in the most competitive event at the Games and he knew what he did here Friday night isn’t going to cut it with the big boys."
Lane 5 - Omaha.com posts "U.S. coach set in newest role. Frank Busch refers to it as looking through a "different lens" with the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials about three months away from returning to Omaha. Four years ago, Busch was coach at the University of Arizona and head of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics. Everything revolved around trying to get his swimmers on the U.S. team for the Beijing Games."
Lane 6 - BBC posts "Liam Tancock takes up ballet and kick-boxing. Last year, Liam Tancock became only the second British male swimmer to retain a world title. That makes him a sure bet for a medal at London 2012, right? Wrong. His speciality, and the source of those world titles, is the 50m backstroke - an event that is not an Olympic discipline. The 26-year-old secured his Team GB place over the 100m distance earlier this month and, in a bid to conquer an event in which he finished sixth at the Beijing Games, Tancock has taken the unusual step of adding sports such as ballet, kick-boxing and rock-climbing to his training regime."
Lane 7 - The Hollywood Reporter posts "U.S. Patent Examiner Cites Borat's Famous Swimsuit in Rejecting Claimed Invention. An examiner recently rejected an application for a "Scrotal Support Garment," citing the famous swimsuit worn by Sacha Baron Cohen. t looks like Sacha Baron Cohen has a fan at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. A patent examiner there recently rejected an application for a "Scrotal Support Garment," which bears great similarity to the swimsuit that Cohen famously wore in Borat. In the non-final rejection, the examiner pointed to a picture of Borat found on the Internet and included a humorous diagram to show prior art."
Lane 8 - CTV posts "Diver is Australia's 4th shark attack victim in 6 months. A man was killed by a 4-metre shark on Saturday while diving with his brother off a beach in southwestern Australia, authorities said. It's the fourth fatal shark attack in Australia since September, all of them off the continent's southwest corner."
Lane 1 - WSJ reads "Swim: Why We Love the Water. Taking the Plunge. Swimming is the most isolating of sports. Even long-distance runners have scenery to look at. Swimmers can (sort of) see and hear, but they are mostly in tune with their own minds and bodies. What is there to say about such a solitary and inward experience? Plenty, as it turns out. In "Swim: Why We Love the Water," Lynn Sherr, a former ABC News correspondent, provides almost too much information about swimming, but she pulls us into the subject because she wears her learning lightly and interweaves it within her version of a quest romance: Can this 60-something grandmother achieve her goal and swim the Hellespont—the legendary strait that runs between the Aegean Sea and Turkey's interior?"
Lane 2 - AFP posts "For teen star Franklin it's prom first, then Olympics. Missy Franklin will likely be one of America's top medal hopes at the London Olympics, but first the swimming superstar needs to find a dance dress suitable for her 1.85-meter frame. "I'm actually in the hunt for a prom dress right now, which is really difficult," Franklin said as she prepared for this week's Indianapolis Grand Prix, the fifth stop on USA Swimming's Olympic-year series."
Lane 3 - NZ City posts "Kiwi Olympic swim team named. A 12-strong New Zealand swimming team has been named for the London Olympics."
Lane 4 - The Telegraph posts "London 2012 Olympics diary: James Magnussen to try out Aquatics Centre – but not the pool. The fastest 100m freestyle swimmer in the world – James "The Missile" Magnussen visited London this week for some pre-Games promotions but won't get a chance to swim in the Olympic Aquatics Centre. Magnussen, an Australian, said he would don his budgie smugglers inside the centre to get a feel for what it might be like at the end of July. "I'll just strip down to the swimmers and walk up and down the side of the pool and try and get a feel for it, something like that," said Magnussen, 20."
Lane 5 - Metro posts "Swimmer David Davies to make Olympic farewell at London 2012 . British long-distance swimmer David Davies says London 2012 will 'definitely' be his last Olympic Games. The 27-year-old from Barry in South Wales, who has won silver and bronze medals at the last two Games, says he may even retire altogether after the summer. 'I'm probably 90% sure that I will finish, but there is no point planning it because you don't know what happens in sport - it's a hard decision to make,' he said."
Lane 6 - The Star posts "Olympic rings and a red Maple Leaf over his broken heart. One of Canada’s top swimmers for the past decade, Brown retired after missing a medal by 9/100ths of a second at the Beijing Games. He launched a comeback 18 months later and was regarded as a good bet to make it to London until he became completely unravelled Thursday night, finishing a distant fourth in the 200-metre breaststroke at the Olympic trials. He was completely devastated afterwards, bolting from the pool. He took about 10 minutes to compose himself before talking to the media. He then broke into tears and required another five minutes. Heck, the 28-year-old from Perth, Ont., had poured everything into his comeback, only to have it go awry at the most critical time."
Lane 7 - USA TODAY posts "Nathan Adrian beats Phelps after ripping suit on blocks. In one sense, you could say sprinter Nathan Adrian tore past Michael Phelps to win the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night at the Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming meet. Adrian's victory wasn't even the main topic of conversation - he did it after splitting his trunks on the starting blocks."
Lane 8 - Indy Star posts 'Olympics medalist Dara Torres keeps her swimming goals within reason. This comeback effort by 44-year-old mom involves only 50 freestyle. Being an inspiration? That Dara Torres can handle. It's the perspiration that is painful. For instance, at 44, she is not trying to make the U.S. Olympic team as part of the 400-meter freestyle relay, even if six spots are available. Prelims, semifinals and final at June's Olympic Trials? That is not happening. "I can't swim 100 three times in a row. My body will not do that," she said Thursday. She can swim a 50, and still do it faster than almost anyone half her age. To swim in a sixth Olympic Games, she must be in the top two at the trials."
Today I finally had a morning to swim. No morning work shift and no morning class to lead. So it was early to bed last night and early to wake this morning. Of course sleeping into 6am is not early for me anymore. Thursday I was up at 3:30am to be feed, dressed and at work by 5am. OY! Since I've been working and skipping morning swims when the coach handed me my workout he wrote "Joel (WHO?)" on the top of my workout sheet.
300 Kick w/ fins on stomach/back/side by 25 (300/800)
main set -
1st Catchup on 5:00
2nd Negative Split on 4:30
3-6 Descend on 4:45
(1800/2600) The first one I stretched out but felt horrible! The lack of swimming was making me sluggish! The second one I negative split and did a 4:04. Then it was time for descends. I did a 4:00, 3:56, 3:48, 3:38 and hen a 3:29. Which considering everything I was pretty happy with.
The workout had some sprint 50's after but to be honest I was beat. I did a 50 easy and got out. Now I'm off to an Aquatic Program and Safety Demonstration before I head to the gym. Think I'm swimming a little bit for this thingy. Not too much swimming just demonstrationing butterfly or something. Either way I swam 2,650 yards for the day. I'll be back in the water on Sunday!
Lane 1 - The Australian posts "Official sponsor's swimsuits rejected. THE row over swimming suits erupted again yesterday with Australia's Olympic swimming sisters, Cate and Bronte Campbell, criticising the new official Speedo suits as being too slow. Speaking at the launch of the Australian Olympic competition uniforms yesterday at Sydney Olympic Park, the sisters said some swimmers were worried about having to wear the official Speedo suit rather than the one made by Adidas, which the Campbell sisters believe is faster."
Lane 2 - ninemsn posts (w/video) "Aussie swim star James Magnussen has flown to London on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games."
Lane 3 - Baltimore Sun posts (w/video) "Michael Phelps checks in for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Michael Phelps' surprising decision to swim the punishing 400 individual medley at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Friday was a topic of discussion today as elite swimmers began arriving for one of the last meets before the London Olympics four months from now. Phelps, who flew from his Baltimore home Wednesday morning, practiced with a few teammates from the North Baltimore Aquatics Club and then headed to an event at a local Boys and Girls Club to announce an expansion of his charitable foundation's youth programs."
Lane 4 - ESPN W posts "Annika Dries: 'I'm doing my best to keep fighting'. Annika Dries will be blogging for espnW throughout her training for this summer's London Olympics. Check back in April for more from Annika on the journey."
Lane 5 - The Huffington Post has "I Survived A Shark Attack. Early one summer's morning, I was taking part in an Australian Navy counter-terrorism exercise, swimming on my back through the waters of Sydney Harbor. All was going smoothly until suddenly I felt something smack me hard on the leg. I rolled over and looked down... straight into the cold black eyes of a massive bull shark, one of the most ferocious predators ever to stalk the world's oceans…"
Lane 6- Livescience posts "Students' Device Taps Swimming Pool for Power. Most American teens may see a pool as a chance for a swim or lazy summer relaxation, but one group of California high school students envisions swimming pools as a new source of electricity to power U.S. schools, homes and businesses."
Lane 7 - Waikato Times posts "Swimmer Matt Stanley's trusting parents made their London Olympics bookings early. Ruth and Kevin Stanley were so confident their son Matt would qualify for the London Olympics that they booked tickets in advance. "We did have confidence in our child's ability – as parents you have to have faith," Mrs Stanley said. Late yesterday the Matamata woman left Cambridge for the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson hoping to see her son notch up another Olympic qualifying event at the New Zealand Swimming Championships."
Lane 8 - Marketwatch posts "USA Swimming Announces Partnership with Master Spas®. Master Spas to provide swim spas and hot tubs to top U.S. swimmers. As part of the partnership, Master Spas will provide a hot tub and a swim spa for swimmers competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Swimming, which will take place June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska; Master Spas will also be a part of the USA Swimming Aqua Zone fan experience in Omaha, which offers its attendees the ultimate swim-fan experience. Master Spas will hold the “Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge,” which will enable fans to see how they measure up against the training speed of Michael Phelps in a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas."