Lane 1 - Reuters posts "Swimming-Frustrated Rice would have ditched season but for Olympics. Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice would have ditched this season out of sheer frustration at her shoulder injury were it not for the London Games, the Australian said after her first race of the year on Friday."
Lane 2 - Omaha.com posts "Californian hoping past close shaves pay off. Tyler Clary is one of the best swimmers in America you've never heard of. And when you learn who his main competition has been, you'll see why. During the 2008 Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Clary placed just out of Olympic bids in both the 400 individual medley and 200 backstroke. In the back, he lost to Aaron Peirsol, who may well be the best swimmer ever in that stroke, and Ryan Lochte, arguably the fastest swimmer in the world today. In the IM, the guys who grabbed the Olympic spots were Lochte and a guy named Michael Phelps."
Lane 3 - Reuters posts "Swimming-Olympic hopeful Trickett shows she's no 'fraud'. Libby Trickett's quest to compete at a third Olympic Games received a major boost on Friday when the Australian swam her fastest time since coming out of retirement, a performance that made her feel less like a "fraud". The three-times Olympic and eight-times world champion retired in late 2009 before returning to competition last June but has been struggling to post competitive times since."
Lane 4 - Courier Mail posts "Queensland swimmer Emily Seebohm takes aim at rivals ahead of Olympic trials. RE-ENERGISED Queensland swimmer Emily Seebohm is taking aim at rival golden girls Stephanie Rice and Alicia Coutts as she chases her dream of an Olympic gold medal in London."
Lane 5 - H2OAudio posts "Gear Buzz reviews the Amphibx Fit cases" via youtube.
Lane 6 - Where Live posts "Olympic hopefuls on the blocks. Elite swimmers angling for a spot on this year’s London Olympics team will suit up at the NSW State Open Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from tonight. Competing swimmers include James Magnussen, the current 100 metres freestyle men’s world champion, Geoff Huegill, Libby Trickett, Eamon Sullivan, Matthew Abood, Stephanie Rice, Belinda Hocking, Angie Bainbridge, Leisel Jones, Andrew Lauterstein, Emily Seebohm, Jayden Hadler, Kenneth To, Cameron McEvoy, Olivia Halicek, David McKeon, Emma McKeon and Hugo Morris."
Lane 7 - London 2012 posts "Mario & Sonic on 3DS at the London 2012 Olympic Games" via youtube.
Lane 8 - Yahoo posts "AP Enterprise: US Olympic’s London gym nearly done. Think of it as “Colorado Springs East”—a training spot for U.S. Olympians in London. A sparkling new 21 million-pound ($33.2 million) gym at the University of East London is just about complete and will host the U.S. Olympic team during the games. In a few weeks, it will be ready for everyone from stars like swimming’s Michael Phelps and basketball’s Kobe Bryant to U.S. athletes who are still relatively unknown, offering them privacy to lift, stretch and practice."
Lane 1 - BBC Radio has (w/ audio) "The 'exhilaration' of wild swimming. Throughout autumn and winter, people around the UK gather for coldwater swims, including on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Author Susie Parr, who has written about "wild swimming" in the Story of Swimming and 74-year-old Georgina Rose from Clevedon talk about their passion for taking the icy plunge."
Lane 2 - Awe! Rubber Duckies in swimming pool! London 2012 posts "Season's greetings from London 2012 (Olympic Games)" via youtube
Lane 3 - USA Today has "Amanda Beard embraces roles of mom blogger, Olympian. When Amanda Beard's husband suggested the name "Swim Like a Mom" for her blog, she hated it. I feel like it's rude," the four-time Olympic swimmer told him. But Sacha Brown, a photographer who helps his wife with the blog, persisted. "He said, 'It's a positive thing. You're a mom, you swim fast,'" Beard said. "It's all in good fun." Now they good-naturedly call the blog "SLAM" and Beard's Twitter followers have dubbed themselves 'Slammers.'"
Lane 4 - ABC News "Review: 'Michael Phelps: Push the Limit' for Kinect…The entire game consists of variations of strokes and course lengths. It feels like the title would have been better as cheap downloadable content or packaged in a larger Olympic sports world. At least keep with the swimming theme and give us diving as an option. "
Lane 5 - Port Macquarie News posts "Stephanie Rice to help Port swimmers. PORT Macquarie swimmers are being encouraged by triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice to join her swim squad. The program is aimed at sharing her secrets of success with young aspiring swimmers. Rice’s swim squad is an online program designed to inspire our next generation of elite swimmers. Swimmers from Port Macquarie under the age of 18 who want to learn from the Olympian are encouraged to complete the specially designed Steph’s Swim Squad application on the SunRiceFoods Facebook page."
Lane 6 - Stuff posts "Shark spotted near popular beach. People have been cautioned to stay clear of part of Papamoa beach after a two-metre-long shark was spotted. This morning's sighting came just days after a shark damaged a piece of sonar equipment being used to look for containers from the cargo ship Rena, grounded off the Tauranga coast."
Lane 7 - Sports Illustrated posts "Open-water swimmer looks to make name for himself in 2012. With the Olympics right around the corner, most athletes have the Olympic trials at the front of their mind. But Alex Meyer is not like most athletes. The open-water swimmer is the first American swimmer to have qualified for the 2012 Games. While he is still training hard, Meyer, 23, can relax just a tiny bit, knowing that he will be representing the U.S. in London next summer."
Lane 8 - Wired.com posts "Study: New Swimsuit Aided Record-Setters at 2009 Championships. Yes, the 2009 swimming world championships were just as devious as you suspected. A study by Northwestern University has found that the 43 world records set at the event in Rome were accomplished primarily as a result of the participants’ swimsuits."
Lane 1 - Daily Mail posts "Taking a dip: Prince Albert of Monaco swims in Mediterranean (but that's nothing compared to Siberian swimmer who wears only Speedos as temperatures plummet to -20C) His wife is a former Olympic swimmer who competed at the Sydney Games. And it appears Charlene, Princess of Monaco's, enthusiasm for the sport has rubbed off on her husband Prince Albert."
Lane 2 - Herald Sun posts "Swim star Stephanie Rice forced to delay return to training. TRIPLE Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has had a setback in her recovery from shoulder surgery with an infection forcing a delay in her return to training. Rice's doctor ordered her to avoid training on Monday after she developed the infection following last week's arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn tendon in her right shoulder."
Lane 4 - Gay Games Blog has "Congratulations to Team Auckland Masters Swimmers on their 20th anniversary! ongratulations to our friends from IGLA member club Team Auckland Masters Swimming, whose history is recounted in this story from GayExpress.co.nz: Team Auckland Masters Swimmers – one of New Zealand’s longest-running GLBT community groups – is turning the big 2 – 0 in January; that’s 20 years of swimming cozzies, chocolate fish and overseas trips!"
Lane 5 - NZ Herald posts "Swimming performance hub set for capital. Swimming New Zealand will establish its first regional high performance hub in Wellington next month. The Regional High Performance Unit would complement the National High Performance Centre at the Millennium Institute, Swimming New Zealand said today."
Lane 6 - Siliconera answers the question of the century "How Sonic Can Swim In The Mario And Sonic Olympic Games. When Nintendo and Sega began work on Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, both were tasked with supervising the depiction of their own characters in the game. Nintendo would keep an eye on how the game depicted Mario and crew, and Sega kept an eye on Sonic and friends. This naturally led to some differences in opinion, regarding what was and wasn’t acceptable within the game. One of these topics was with regard to swimming. Not only did Sega ponder the subject of whether or not characters like Peach and Mario should have to wear swimwear, Nintendo themselves rejected the early costume designs for Peach and Daisy. Meanwhile, the supervisor in charge of the Sonic brand at Sega wouldn’t budge from the fact that Sonic isn’t supposed to be able to swim at all, let alone take part in an Olympic swimming event."
Lane 7 - USA Today "Brendan Hansen is beating his rivals, feeling less pressure. Brendan Hansen left competitive swimming so he could do all the things he'd put on the backburner, like getting married. His wife, Martha, a sixth-grade math teacher, quickly put two and two together when she saw the two-time Olympic breaststroker in the pool without any real purpose."
Lane 8 - The Huddesrsfield Daily posts "Rebecca Adlington says Huddersfield Sports Centre has vital role to play in unearthing Britain’s next international talent."
damn Group Kick! I can't get you out of my head…Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Ohh my gosh!
Lane 1 - The Naperville Sun has "Swimmers fight breast cancer. Cross-town rivals came together in bright pink swim caps to compete and to raise money for a relatively new organization that provides awareness, education and resources for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer." bebrightpink.org
Lane 2 - Ubergizmo posts "Finis Positive Drive Fins. Swim like a fish, or so the saying goes. While even the best of us out there such as Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps are able to leave the rest of the competition in their wake as they take to water, they are but mortals when compared to fish. Still, that doesn’t mean our human spirit is about to give up on improving ourselves, which is why we’ve developed tools since time immemorial to help us out in our everyday tasks. The Finis Positive Drive Fins is said to be able to help one go further and faster with less effort, where they were specially designed for correct propulsion with all swim strokes."
Lane 3 - The Swimmers Circle posts "Florida Women Get Huge Verbal from Top Sprinter. Gregg Troy and the Florida Gators received a huge verbal committment yesterday when CollegeSwimming.com’s #13-ranked Natalie Hinds made a verbal committment to swim for the Gators in the fall of 2012."
Lane 4 - Star Africa has "Swimming/World cup (25m- Dubai) : Chad Le Clos, Dubaï prince. With six victories the South African became the undisputed champion of the first stage of short course swimming played in Dubaï. He ruled on butterfly and 4 strokes. Besides the medals, Chad Le Clos had wonderful time clock on 100 m butterfly of 50 "66 and 1'52" 14 and ranked 55th of 200 m in the same category. On his side, the Kenyan Jason Dunford also stood out by winning two gold medals in 100 m Nl and 50 butterfly. The next outing for these swimmers is scheduled from 15 to 16 October in Stockholm (Sweden)."
Lane 5 - CBS Marketwatch posts "ALFA Helps Fight Ageism with New Partnership Promoting Senior Olympics Documentary. ALFA, the leading voice for professionally-managed, consumer-driven senior living communities, is partnering with the PBS documentary Age of Champions to spread the film's uplifting message to senior communities across the country. Age of Champions is the inspiring story of a group of athletes--a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, a pair of swimming brothers, and a team of basketball grandmothers--all chasing gold at the National Senior Games. The film is available to ALFA members as part of a nationwide "Host a Screening" campaign to help battle ageism and encourage the highest quality of life for seniors."
Lane 6 - Engadget posts "European blue Wii bundle takes Mario & Sonic to the Olympics, sends US gamers home without a medal. You didn't expect the Olympics to land in London without a video game tie-in snapping at its heels, did you? Of course not, but did you expect it to be bundled with a powder-blue console? Here's the skinny: Nintendo's Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympic Games Limited Edition Pack..."
Lane 7 - Business Week posts "Walsh, Sanders join Kellogg Olympic campaign. U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor Kellogg Company will feature Kerri Walsh, Summer Sanders and five others as part of its campaign leading into the 2012 London Olympics…Sanders won four medals for swimming at the Barcelona Games. They're highlighted in a campaign that will focus on the importance of eating a good breakfast as part of a sound strategy for success. Other athletes on "Team Kellogg" are Juan Agudelo (soccer), Michael Landers (table tennis), Rebecca Soni (swimming), Casey Tibbs (paralympics) and Dwight Phillips (athletics)."
Lane 8 - The Examiner posts "Shark Attack in St Pete!! A local 19-year old woman was swimming behind her home in the waters of Boca Ciega Bay when a shark grabbed her. Swimming only 10-12 yards from her own backyard dock she was attacked by a shark in the murky water."
Lane 1 - Marketwire has "Michael Phelps to Make GameStop Appearance Oct 12th in NYC to Celebrate the Launch of "Michael Phelps: Push the Limit" Video Game. To celebrate the launch of Michael Phelps: Push the Limit on Kinect for Xbox 360, Michael Phelps will be stopping at GameStop in Union Square NYC. "
Lane 2 - Check out this oldie but goodie. "Sony Playstation - Featuring Stuntman Robbie Knievel and famed Athlete Mark Spitz doing scenes with Crash Bandicoot" via youtube
Lane 3 - Gulf News reports "Le Clos keeps medal promises. South African teen picks up six golds in as many races in the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup. Chad Le Clos had made a promise of doubling his medals tally after picking up three golds on the opening day of the 2011 Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup. Last night, the 19-year-old South African kept it in superb fashion, adding three more gold medals to his collection for an amazing six golds at the end of two days of swimming at the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Sports Complex here last night."
Lane 4 - Florida Gulf Coast Eagles post "FGCU women’s swimming & diving team continues its 2011-12 campaign at the All-Florida Invitational, beginning on Friday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville. Hosted by the Florida Gators, who finished seventh at the NCAA national championships, the meet showcases the state's best collegiate talent and will provide an early barometer of where the teams match up. Florida State, Florida A&M, FAU and Miami highlight the seven-team field of in-state schools."
Lane 5 - Westfair Online has "Business owner doubles as top-five swimmer. For Roger Kahn, a resident of New Rochelle and owner of a Long Island-based virtual office firm, balancing his work and his passion for swimming comes naturally – no small feat when considering his family obligations, which he says come first. But to merely call swimming a passion would be shortchanging Kahn, 56, who recently competed at the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships in August and is ranked among the top five swimmers in the nation in the 55 to 59 age group."
Lane 6 - Sharpie has "Michael Phelps Inks it Pink with Sharpie for City of Hope. Olympic medalist and world champion swimmer, Michael Phelps, joins Sharpie for the second year to show his support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and City of Hope by committing to Ink it Pink this October! Join Michael and upload your "Pinked out" John Hancock to sharpie.com!" via youtube
Lane 7 - LA Times reports "Janet Evans churns toward 2012 London Olympics. At 40, the swimmer who won gold at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games is enjoying her longshot bid."
Lane 8 - Boston Herald posts "Unseen sharks still lurking off Cape Cod. Nobody’s seen or heard of any great white sharks in weeks, but experts think the massive predators are still here in the waters off Chatham. Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said Friday the only possible shark-related activity was the recent report of two seals on South Beach that looked as if they had been attacked. South Beach is the barrier beach now connected to the mainland that stretches south of Lighthouse Beach."
Lane 1 - The Globe and Mail has "Can weight training help endurance athletes last longer? Exercise physiologists call it the “principle of specificity”: Swimmers gotta swim, cyclists gotta cycle, runners gotta run. That’s why many endurance athletes believe that other forms of training, like lifting weights, simply waste time that could be devoted to doing more of their main sport...Surprisingly, the limited evidence available on how elite “masters” endurance athletes train (the definition of masters varies from sport to sport, but often refers to the over-40 age group) suggests that they typically spend proportionally less time on strength training than younger elite endurance athletes, says Joe Baker, a kinesiology professor at York University and co-editor of the book The Masters Athlete: Understanding the Role of Sport and Exercise in Optimizing Aging."
Lane 2 - USA Today has "Olympian Janet Evans: Older and back in the swim. Taking 15 years off from a sport is not supposed to look this easy. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans is cranking out the miles again in the pool and pushing the limits about how late in life active people can excel. After retiring following the 1996 Olympics, she took one of the longest competitive layoffs on record. She started training again 10 months ago in hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic swim trials and competing in the 2012 Olympics."
Lane 3 - Geekosystem has "Swimming Shark Balloon is Amazing, Mesmerizing."
Lane 4 - New Zealand Herald has "Swimming: Board cleanout 'catastrophic'. Swimming New Zealand bosses have thrown the onus back on their eight stroppy regions, who have demanded a block resignation of the governing body's board."
Lane 5 - Deccan Chronicle has "The right strokes! The London Olympics is just a few months away but preparations are taking place in full swing already. So much so, India’s first official entry to the Paralympics swimming team is our very own Bengaluru boy Sharath Gayekwad. This 20-year-old-lad from Jain College dreams big and he certainly has the right attitude to go places!"
Lane 6 - Las Vegas Review-Journal has "Las Vegas Triathlon Club adds social aspect to solo sport. Fundamentally, the sport of triathlon is an individual's game. Swim solo, bike solo, run solo. But one local club is helping triathletes band together and motivate one another to tackle the challenges as one. The Las Vegas Triathlon Club welcomes those at all levels of the sport, from sprint to Olympic and onward to half ironman and full ironman levels."
Lane 7 - London 2012 has "Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games." via youtube
Lane 8 - From Swindon-Advertiser "ALL THAT JAZZ: Olympic swimming hopeful Jazz Carlin pens her exclusive column for the Swindon Advertiser."
Lane 1 - Yahoo News reports "Swimming - Checking supplements is athletes' responsbility - FINA. Swimming's governing body FINA has insisted athletes are responsible for monitoring their own dietary supplements as it prepares to appeal a decision by Brazil not to sanction four swimmers who tested positive for a banned substance."
Lane 2 - Engadget posts "Aquapulse heart rate monitor finally ships, misses out on Michael Phelps fervor. FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize your fitness potential and technique, announces the immediate availability of the AquaPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor, an audible heart rate monitor for swimmers and water fitness enthusiasts. The AquaPulse™ Heart Rate Monitor is a small workout accessory built for swimmers looking to get the most out of their workout through heart rate training." The Aquapulse is priced at $149.99 at Finisinc.com.
Lane 3 - Check out some eye candy over at Gawker with "Totally Gratuitous Shots of Celebrities in Their Swimsuits."
Lane 4 - Yahoo Sports has "Jessica Hardy of the US attends an early morning training session at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Brisbane on July 15, 2011. The US swimming team are in a training camp on the Gold Coast in preparation for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai from July 16." Look at those blocks! What are those handle thingies? First the kickstand now those grip thingies.
Lane 5 - Gizmodo looks at "See Like a Shark With These Fish Scale Goggles. While they don't come with gills, these goggles are good enough for any trip to the beach. Because they're made out of actual fish scales. Unique! Designed by Erik de Laurens, they're part of a project he calls Fish Feast."
Lane 6 - From The Swimmers Circle "Rowdy Gaines Breaks Masters World Record in Japan. Earlier today, at a Masters competition in Osaka, Japan, Gaines broke the 50-54 Age Group record in the long course 100m free in 54.6."
Lane 7 - GayGamer.net reports "Speedo Sponsors The Michael Phelps Swimming Game. Speedo is synonymous with swimming and the inclusion of the Speedo brand in-game brings further realism to the game. As one of Michael Phelps' long standing partners, we are delighted to have them as part of this, commented Ian Howe, President, 505 Games, North America."
Lane 8 - Gawker posts "Tea Party vs. Manatees: It’s On. Boaters in Kings Bay, which was featured in Jacques Cousteau's manatee documentary Forgotten Mermaids, have killed 13 manatees over the last decade with their aquatic death machines. The Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to pass permanent rules protecting Kings Bay as a refuge…Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview 'If some of these environmental movements had been around in the days of the dinosaurs, we'd be living in Jurassic Park now.'" Huh, what?
Lane 1 - Kotaku asks "Shouldn’t Sonic Always Be Faster than Mario? Another Olympics, another Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. This time, it's the 2012 London Olympics."
Lane 2 - From the Oakland Tribune "Janet Evans gets back in the swim at age 39. Janet Evans, one of the greatest distance swimmers in Olympic history, is making a comeback at age 39. Evans, a five-time medalist and star of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, will swim in her first meet since the 1996 Olympics on Saturday at the Janet Evans Invitational in her hometown pool in Fullerton. She isn't the only great Olympian on the comeback trail this summer. Brendan Hansen, a former world-record holder in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, is scheduled to make his competitive return at Santa Clara International Invitational that begins Thursday."
Lane 3 - In updated news SF Gate reports "Janet Evans sets 2 Masters swimming records. Janet Evans hasn't lost her touch for breaking world records, setting new Masters marks in the 35-39 age group Saturday, 15 years after her last competitive race."
Lane 4 - The Brisbane Times reports "Two swim gold medals for Aussies in France. Queenslander James Roberts picked up his first gold medal at an open international meet on Thursday night, winning the 100m freestyle at the Mare Nostrum Swim Series in Canet on the French Riviera. The 20-year-old, who burst onto the scene at this year's Australian Swimming Championships in April, covered the two laps in an impressive 49.02 seconds and was followed into the wall by Victorian Matt Targett for silver in 49.20."
Lane 5 - The Great Falls Tribune reports on "Senior Olympics athletes inspire one another. Pat Hastings of Stevensville learned to swim as a young girl, but took up the sport seriously six years ago. When she started swimming at her local athletic club, the coach of the master's swimming group there invited Hastings to join. Hastings, now 76, competed in her first Montana Senior Olympics six years ago."
Lane 6 - The Australian reports "Sprinters well on Targett. IAN Thorpe was on hand yesterday to witness the growing international strength of Australia's freestyle sprinters as Matt Targett downed France's top two 100m men this year to win the blue riband event at the final leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Monte Carlo. When Thorpe is eligible to compete again in November, he will join a new generation of sprinters who are already flexing their muscles internationally and gaining confidence that they can contend for the 4x100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics."
Lane 7 - Newish blog report. Check out Swimmer's Daily. I accidently stumbled apon it.
Lane 8 - DieHard GameFan reviews Michael Phelps: Push The Limit and had this to say "…if you are a fan of Michael Phelps or swimming competitions, this game will be for you. For the rest of us, it seemed interesting if you wanted for at least one moment to take off your floaties and feel like a swimming god." It looks like this game is heading right to the clearance bin at your local Best Buy.
I'm posting this because Wootini is my favorite video game blogger...
So I made a point of stopping by 505 Games' room at E3 this year because they had a playable demo of a game that I've been curious about since it was first announced…You can swim all four strokes, like backstroke, breaststroke, regular and um... butterfly, I think? The demo was just the regular stroke…The initial dive was really weird, because as you see in the video, you have to stand up at the start, and the game shows the dive in slow motion. So there's a bit of a disconnect as you actually get underway. Then it speeds up and you have to time your strokes with the correct rhythm to get your speed up. During more advanced races, you will also have to gesture correctly to do the turn at the end of the pool to turn around." - gaygamer.net