Lane 1 - First News Children's Newspaper posts "Ellie Simmonds interview. PARALYMPIC swimmer Ellie Simmonds impressed the world last summer, picking up four medals at London 2012. The teenage sporting hero is now working with Sainsbury’s on the Active Kids project to boost sport in schools. She spoke to Callum Jones about her amazing career so far, why she thinks young people should get into sport, and her love of baking!"
Lane 2 - Bay TV Liverpool posts (w/video) "Mark Foster and Natalie Lowe Come Dancing to Wirral College. Former water bound world record holder Mark Foster has shed his speedo's and taken to dry land, teaming up with professional dancing partner Australian Natalie Lowe. The Olympic swimmer and champion dancer have embarked on a tour that extolls the various benefits and virtues of dancing."
Lane 3 - The Boston Globe posts "In nonprofit game, athletes post losing records. Some true benefactors, but Globe finds others give little of what’s raised. Swimmer Michael Phelps famously pledged to start a foundation with the $1 million bonus he received from Speedo after winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but the first two years were like a false start for his nonprofit: $700,671 of revenue (Speedo pays the bonus over time) and just $22,000 to charity. In the next two years, however, the Michael Phelps Foundation collected even more and gave away three quarters of the money raised, most of it to a swimming program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2011, the foundation doubled the previous year’s revenue from a charity golf tournament while cutting expenses by a fifth."
Lane 4 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "In too deep. TO SOME, signs of the turmoil within Australian swimming could be seen in the lead-up to last year's national titles. Swimming Australia had undertaken a policy to reinvigorate a sport that had alarmingly fallen down the ranks of relevancy - they turned to Ian Thorpe. The powers that be thought that Thorpe, and a group of former champions, could spark interest and publicity in an Australian public that no longer cared enough for Channel Nine to continue its coverage of the national championships. Also, there was an increasing focus on Thorpe's heir-apparent, James Magnussen."
Lane 5 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "'Mean Machine' medallist really changes his tune. THE ''Mean Machine'' gold medallist Neil Brooks is busking on the streets of London trying to earn a living. Brooks, part of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medal-winning swimming relay team, went on to become a high-profile Channel Seven presenter before fleeing Australia with his wife, Linda, and son, Levi, and daughter, Brooke, in September 2010, after multimillion-dollar business deals collapsed amid claims and counter-claims of fraud."
Lane 6 - Adelaide Now posts "Swimmer Jade Neilsen reveals how teammates drank themselves sick. Further lifting the lid on the binge-drinking culture in Australian swimming, 200m relay silver medallist Jade Neilsen said she spent a night in a London hospital during the Games before being collected by a team doctor and the swimming manager the next morning. She defended the drinking after the events were over. "Every single athlete, after they finish competition, drinks," she said. "I don't see the relevance because it was after our events. I did the wrong thing but I'm 21 and it's not illegal."
Lane 7 - KENS 5 posts (w/video) "The venue is awesome': Alamodome prime for Olympic Swim Trials. There has been a lot of talk about the 2024 Olympics, but in the time being, San Antonio has a chance to get a taste of the Olympic games much sooner. San Antonio is one of the cities being considered as the site of the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials. One thing the Alamo City has going for itself is the Alamodome."
Lane 8 - The Province posts "Two-time Olympic swimmer Erica Morningstar hints at retirement after 200m win. Erica Morningstar, a two-time Olympian, won the 200m IM at the 2013 CIS swimming championships at the University of Calgary’s Aquatic Centre and then promptly announced to the crowd that it was the final meet of a terrific career in the pool, though she stopped short of uttering the word ‘retirement’."