Lane 1 - SYS-CON posts "AmLactin® Makes a Big Splash: Taps Olympic Swimmer, Author and Mom, Dara Torres, as Brand Ambassador. Beautiful, Inspirational Icon to Help Kick Off the "Ultra Skin Performance" Campaign." Meanwhile Marketwatch posts "Coach "Bev" Kearney Joins Judging Panel for McDonald's USA Happy Meal Chefs. Through April 18, McDonald's Happy Meal Chefs is looking to reward top kids' stories of nutritious fun at family mealtime. Kearney, head coach for The University of Texas (UT) women's track and field and cross country teams and 2012 recipient of the BET Honors education award, will join five-time U.S. Olympic Swimmer and McDonald's Global Champions of Play Ambassador Dara Torres and nutrition experts Dr. Keith Ayoob and Sylvia Klinger on the contest's judging panel."
Lane 2 - Brisbane Times posts "Huegill falls short as old guard towelled up. IT WAS mission complete for Geoff Huegill last night, despite failing in his remarkable attempt for a third Olympic Games when he finished fifth in the 100 metres butterfly final in Adelaide. Huegill just could not match it with the younger talent coming through when he went out hard over the first lap, turning in second place, but was swamped over the final 50m. However, in some ways he could not have been happier, for these were the younger men he had wanted to inspire and push to greater levels when he decided to carry on past his gold medal heroics at the Commonwealth Games." Swisse posts "Geoff Huegill -- Ambassador for Swisse" via youtube.
Lane 3 - The Local posts "Swim champ in Twitter row over Toulouse. French Olympic swimming champion Laure Manaudou suspended her Twitter account after receiving critical and sarcastic replies to remarks she made about the shootings in Toulouse. Manaudou made her comments shortly after news broke of the Toulouse shootings which killed a teacher and three children on Monday. She wrote "get rid of these video games and things will improve." She then added "yes, I'm referring to Toulouse … not only are there fools around but the fact they attack Jews is really disgraceful." Her tweets attracted a number of negative and sarcastic comments and came just as the 25-year-old was racing to win a place in the French swim team for this year's Olympic Games."
Lane 4 - ninemsn posts (w/video) "Libby rates comeback up with golds. Libby Trickett rates making the London Olympics up there with winning Olympic gold, as Geoff Huegill remains the only comeback kid with a chance of still making the squad."
Lane 5 - The Mirror posts "Bridesmaid duties give Adlington welcome distraction from Olympic training. British swim star reveals she'll be bridesmaid for fellow Olympian Keri-anne Payne during the lead-up to the London 2012 Games. Swim star Rebecca Adlington might be preparing for the London Olympics - but admits she is looking forward to her best friend’s wedding just as much."
Lane 6 - Speedo UK posts "Keri-anne Payne and Swimwathon 2012. Keri-Anne Payne is supporting the Swimathon Weekend, in this video the World 10k open water champion explains how you can get involved!" via youtube
Lane 7 - Herald Sun posts "Champion Melanie Schlanger in love with pool again. AUSTRALIA'S new freestyle champion Melanie Schlanger has hated swimming twice. The first was when as a schoolgirl she forged a note to her teachers so could get out of swim lessons, but got caught. The second came after winning two medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics: floored by illness, she quit and never intended to swim again. But as the high-profile comebacks of Ian Thorpe, Libby Trickett and Michael Klim dominated the Olympic trials in Adelaide, Schlanger made her own quiet return."
Lane 8 - The Washington Post has a gallery of "Missy Franklin was born to be a swimmer. Missy Franklin, a 16-year-old American who already owns a world record and five world championship medals, thrives in the pool thanks to her 6-foot-1 frame, 76-inch wingspan and size 13 feet. Her physical advantages have made for high expectations heading into this summer’s Olympic Games in London."
(note: lack of images in today's report is due to an error with typepad's editor)