Lane 1 - MSNBC posts "Olympian Rowdy Gaines on the US swim team's gold medal pressure. “Money has changed the sport so much,’’ Gaines told TODAY.com. “The average age of this U.S. Olympic (swim) team might be the oldest in history, at least on the men’s side. It’s changed dramatically because of money, and that’s the bottom line.’’ Sponsorship and endorsement dollars plus a stipend provided by USA Swimming to members of the national team mean that careers can be extended much longer because of financial stability. It also means the days of teenage phenoms and NCAA champions ascending Olympic podiums may be numbered, at least on the men’s side, because those swimmers are now competing against the type of seasoned veterans who didn’t used to exist."
Lane 2- jac5 posts via youtube "Prime Minister Juhoolia Gilliard presents James Magnussen with his lucky Jac5 underwear."
Lane 3 - nine posts (w/video) "Whooping cough scare disrupts swimmers. Australian head swimming coach Leigh Nugent is confident his squad's London Olympic preparations won't be seriously disrupted despite a whooping cough health scare causing a key practice meet to be cancelled. A two-day grand prix event to be held this weekend at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra was canned on Wednesday after two members of the women's water polo team and a coach contracted the contagious disease."
nine posts (w/video) "Key Aussie swim meet cancelled. A female water polo competitor’s bout of whopping cough has caused the cancellation of the last scheduled swim meet before the London Olympics."
Lane 4 - Futurity posts "Paddle’ stroke is faster for Olympic swimmers. Engineers have settled the argument over which of two stroke techniques used by the world’s top competitive swimmers is faster. The verdict: The deep catch stroke, in which the arm action resembles that of a paddle, has the edge over sculling, a bent-arm, propeller-inspired motion."
Lane 5 - Herald Sun posts "Stop sticking up for Grant Hackett - Candice Alley's family. CANDICE Alley's family say Australia's Olympic team chief should be ashamed of his support of disgraced swim star Grant Hackett. Alley's father, Emilio Giannarelli, has reacted angrily to chef de mission Nick Green's comment that he would be happy to appear with Hackett at the PM's Olympic dinner on Saturday night. He also said Hackett deserved to be in London as a Channel 9 commentator."
Lane 6 - The Telegraph posts "London 2012 Olympics: hard yards ahead for Rebecca Adlington as she uses Sheffield trials to condition. Defending Olympic 400m and 800m women’s freestyle champion Rebecca Adlington heads to the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield on Wednesday still in an intensive training phase ahead of London 2012."
Lane 7 - BG Swimming posts via youtube "Mark Foster: 'Show Your Support'. British swimming legend, Mark Foster, calls for the nation to show its support for our British Swimming Teams this summer via the British Gas Swimming 'Show Your Support' Facebook app. To leave your message of support go to www.facebook.com/bgswimming"
Lane 8 - The Australian posts "Swimmer survives brush with 3m shark. A SURF-ski paddler has survived a brush with a 3m shark which attacked his board this morning."