Lane 1 - The Star posts (w/video) "In at the deep end with Olympic swim star Ellie. The Olympian in question, Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner, and swimming instructor Vicky Norman were the perfect coaches as they guided me on my way."
Lane 2 - news.com posts "Stephanie Rice threatens Roxy Jaceko with legal action over Celebrity Apprentice comments. The drastic move comes after public relations queen Jacenko dissed triple gold medallist Rice in Confidential yesterday. They are already feuding femmes on Celebrity Appentice Australia." The Hot Hits posts "Rob Mills Says He Isn't Dating Stephanie Rice. Rob Mills says he isn’t dating Stephanie Rice – and he blames Roxy Jacenko for the rumors!"
Lane 3 - ABC posts "Business world going swimmingly for likable Klim. The now-retired dual Olympic gold medallist now divides his time between Bali (his wife Lindy's native country) and Australia, and has traded in his goggles and kickboard for a business suit and bottle of moisturiser. He's visiting Wollongong to talk at the Illawarra Pharmacy Association's gala dinner about his transition from sportsperson to skincare company owner."
Lane 4 - The Australian posts "Swimming Australia's lofty ambition. SWIMMING Australia has launched its global search for a head coach to replace former national team leader Leigh Nugent. The body specifying that it was looking for someone who could achieve “repeatable, sustainable international success”.
Lane 5 - 9 News posts "Brisbane to host 2014 Aust swimming titles. Swimming Australia announced on Friday that Brisbane will host the 2014 national swimming titles. The event will be held on April 1-6 and serve as qualification for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which start on July 23."
Lane 6 - Herald Tribune posts "Swimming competition will lift region's global profile. It may be hard to believe that an event focused on water could be a dry run — but in many respects that’s a good way to describe the 2013 Pan-American Masters Championship. While the swimming competition, which kicks off Saturday, will generate considerable economic impact on its own — some 1,700 adult athletes from 25 different countries are traveling to Sarasota to compete in the 10-day event — tourism officials are also viewing the Pan-Am meet as a test case for larger sports-related visitor draws."
Lane 7 - CCTV posts "South African swimmer Myles Brown making waves. China's Sun Yang has amazed the long distance swimming world by winning double gold at the 2012 Olympics. He's without doubt the man to beat in the 400 and 1500 meters.. but there's a South African who feels he can do just that come Rio 2016. Dan williams reports."
Lane 8 - Clarion Ledger posts "100 Black Men of Jackson offering free swimming lessons. That free program starts back up Monday at The 100 Black Men of Jackson Inc.’s The Village Office on Highland Drive, where sunlight glinted off ripples in the Olympic-sized swimming pool out back. This summer, the program offers more classes per day and a longer time frame to stay afloat of rising interest."
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Note:Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who send me links for news stories for The Swim Report. It really helps me on days when I'm busy with work and such. With that said I try to make an effort not to link to stories of abuse as I find that subject so vile that I can't even read those stories myself. But other then that keep those links and ideas coming. Now onto Thursday's Swim Report...
Lane 1 - Mercury News posts "Missy Franklin among Olympic swimming stars at Santa Clara Grand Prix. Cal-bound Missy Franklin and a host of other Olympic swim stars headline the Santa Clara Grand Prix that begins Thursday night with two distance events. Also entered in the four-day meet are Berkeley-based Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Dana Vollmer. The meet at the George F. Haines International Swim Center also features Ryan Lochte, Cesar Cielo of Brazil and Emily Seebohm of Australia."
Lane 2 - Speedo UK posts "Swimming tips and hints - kick drills with Stuart Hayes and Michele Dillon."
Lane 3 - Maryville Daily Forum posts "Local senior medals at U.S. Masters Swimming. Northwest Missouri State biology professor David Easterla, 75, adorns the five medals he earned at the U.S Masters Swimming in Indianapolis, Ind. May 9-12. This was Easterla's fifth year competing in the event."
Lane 4 - The West Australian posts "Culture linked to new head swim coach job. Swimming Australia's new head coach will have their job linked to improving team culture as well as results in the pool. A global search for a new head coach was launched on Thursday, with Swimming
Australia (SA) hoping to make an appointment in August after the world championships."
Lane 5 - The Colorado Springs Gazette posts "Swim coach Bob Bowman's focus on developing swimmers, not former protege Phelps. Bowman and 31 swimmers completed a two-week camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center pool in preparation for this weekend's final Grand Prix series stop in Santa Clara, Calif., and the national championships and world trials in Indianapolis, June 25-29."
Lane 6 - The Santa Clara Weekly posts "Aquamania Showcases Amazing Talent of Santa Clara Aquamaids. Dancing underwater as if it were ballet, integrating elements of swimming, dance and gymnastics, the Santa Clara Aquamaids presented “Aquamania: A Blast From The Past,” on May 27 at the George F. Haines Santa Clara International Swim Center."
Lane 7 - Hannah Fraser posts "TEARS OF A MERMAID With Hannah Fraser."
Lane 8 - Sun Sentinel posts a Letter To The Editor "Swimming Hall of Fame has a role to play. As an African-American member of the Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force, National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Diversity in Aquatics Program, I believe the ISHOF has played and continues to play an invaluable role in Fort Lauderdale as part of the drowning prevention community."
Okay so I got in one last swim for May. This morning after teaching the 5:45am Group Power (Weight Training) Class I headed to the pool. I forgot that everyone around here is tapering for the PanAm Masters Meet that's next week so no one was at the pool. So I made up a workout as I swam. Nothing too hard just 1,700 yards. Hey, I got three spin classes to teach today so I gotta take it easy.
Jumped in and just warmed up a split 300 (pretty much I stopped after each 100)
And then I called it a day. My stroke was falling apart. Weights then swimming with only a drive to the pool as a break is not a good thing. At least I swam. It was like 40 minutes of swimming.
I'm not going to kid myself and say I'll get another swim in. I may have the time tomorrow afternoon but I doubt I'll swim. So it's time to call it a month. Ended up with 12,500 yards for May. Which is like 1/3 of what I use to swim but it's the most so far in a month for 2013. Glad I made it to the pool today.
Lane 1 - Emirates 24/7 posts "Drunken swimming champ dives to death -- into a waterless pool. Neither the swimmer nor his friends noticed that the pool was dry because it was under repair. Sri Lankan swimmer Sunil Santha was highly intoxicated when he jumped from the diving board into the dry pool which was under repair, according to a report in Tamilwin."
Lane 2 - News.com.au posts (w/video) "Why is everyone ripping on Celebrity Apprentice contestant Stephanie Rice? SHE'S survived the first four boardroom sackings but Stephanie Rice doesn't seem to be making any friends on Celebrity Apprentice. It was a case of the Olympian vs the PR powerhouse this morning when Roxy Jacenko took aim at fellow Apprentice contestant, Rice, on morning radio."
Lane 3 - My Suburban Life posts "Competitive swimming career continues for Lemont man. Lemont resident Mark Brandt swam competitively year-round from age 7 to 22, finishing his NCAA swimming career in 1988. Brandt most recently competed at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship from May 9 to 12 in Indianapolis. He swam in five events, placing seventh in the 200-meter breast stroke for men ages 45 to 49."
Lane 4 - Daily Mail posts "Back on the market! Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte dumped by British
girlfriend Jamiee Hollier over the phone. It soon transpired that Jaimee - who is a junior sales manager for Fossil watches in Milton Keynes - had decided to end their long-distance relationship. A downcast Ryan returned to the restaurant and admitted to friends that he had been dumped and decided he needed a beer."
Lane 5 - Gizmodo posts "Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Laps. It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Total bombardment. In a good way."
Lane 6 - CBS Miami posts "Aussie Swimmer Preps For Cuba-Keys Attempt. Endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel’s attempt to cross the Florida Straits without a shark cage is set for June. McCardel estimated it would take 60 to 70 hours to complete the longest continuous solo swim in history."
Lane 7 - News Latino posts "Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones On The Road To Teach Minorities Water Safety. The reasons more black and Latino kids don't learn how to swim or don't perfect their skills to lifesaving levels are varied, said Jones, an ambassador for Make a Splash, the foundation's safety initiative, and Debbie Hesse, the foundation's executive director. For urban kids, it's sometimes a question of access to pools and free or affordable lessons."
Lane 8 - Russia Beyond The Headlines posts "Russia's marathoner reveals five secrets of long-distance swimming. Yevgeny Bezruchenko, a two-time world open water swimming champion and the director of Moscow’s MySwimSchool, shares some of the secrets of marathon swimmers with Moskovsiye Novosti."