Monday's Swim Report - I'm Back With Liars, Gators, Ravens, Sharks and More!
Monday, October 03, 2011
Lane 1 - From someone in the NFL PR dept. via twitter "olympic gold medal winner @MichaelPhelps supporting his ravens & #nfl a crucial catch campaign"
Lane 2 - Gator Zone has (w/video) "Head Coach Gregg Troy Met with the Media on Monday. University of Florida head coach Gregg Troy addressed the media Monday morning as part of the Gators’ All-Sports Media Day. Troy recapped the offseason and said that many people on the team trained and swam internationally, probably doing so better than ever before. Troy discussed the men’s team and saw good things from the freshman class so they have a promising future, while there are holes on the women’s team that need to be filled by sophomores stepping up. Troy said that the men’s team should be very successful and can go a long way if some of the freshman can step up in the relay and it is all about seeing how pieces can be put together as things develop during the season."
Lane 3 - Some cool if not new photos from Yahoo of "Venue hopping: London’s wave-like Olympic swimming venue. The London Aquatics Center isn't as visually striking as Beijing's Water Cube, nor will it likely host the same sort of swimming history. Yet it's one of the most complex designs of all the London venues and certain to be one of the most memorable. The 17,500-seat venue will be the site where Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Tom Daley, Qui Bo, synchronized swimmers and water polo teams will compete next summer in the 2012 Olympics."
Lane 4 - The Sun Sentinel posts "Fort Lauderdale proposes new vision to redevelop Hall of Fame aquatic complex. City officials are offering up a new vision for redeveloping the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex, with a hotel, marina and water resort alongside new Olympic-size swimming pools. The new plan drawn up by city officials ditches an entertainment complex with artificial surf machines that was a key feature developers suggested last year. They would preserve D.C. Alexander Park as a water garden promenade between the complex and the beach and create a landscaped walkway around the property."
Lane 5 - Some funny from Dara Torres twitter.
Lane 6 - The Telegraph posts "Swimming's bad boy Nick d'Arcy must meet the strict behavioural standards set by the AOC if he is to swim at London. NICK D'Arcy has assured the Australian Olympic Committee selection committee that he will meet the high behavioural standards expected from athletes headed to the London Olympics. D'Arcy was axed from the Beijing Olympic team after he assaulted former swimmer Simon Cowley in a Sydney nightclub on the night he was named in the team. Nick Green, the Australian team's chef de mission, was present at last week's meeting and said the controversial swimmer made a positive step in his bid for selection for the London Games."
Lane 7 - Deadspin posts "Australian Swimmer Tries To Cover Up Skateboarding Injury With False Hit-And-Run Claim, Fails." The Age has "Disgraced swimmer's injury risks relay: coach. AUSTRALIAN national head swim coach Leigh Nugent yesterday said he would not stand in judgment of Olympic hopeful Kenrick Monk's poor decisions, but was concerned by the potential damage his injury could have on the success of the team in London next year. Monk, a regular member of the team in the 200-metre freestyle and, potentially more importantly, the 4 x 200 freestyle relay, suffered two broken bones in his elbow last week and claimed he was the victim of a hit-and-run while riding his bicycle to training in Brisbane. He later admitted he had lied and the injury was caused by a skateboard fall."
Lane 8 - WTSP reports "Shark attack on Anna Maria Island for second week in a row. Anna Maria Island, Florida - For the second time in as many weeks, a person was bitten by a shark near Anna Maria Island. Manatee deputies say Javier Perez was wade fishing near Bean Point with his family on Sunday afternoon. After packing up and dumping his bait, Perez was still standing in waist deep water when a shark came up behind him and bit his left thigh."