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Wednesday's Swim Report - The Lonelier Side of Competitive Swimming

Lane 1 - WTSP posts (w/video) ""Swim Across America" to fight Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.  Breaststroke, butterfly, free style- different strokes, but all for the same, great cause.   On May 5, 2012, Pier 60 in Clearwater will host hundreds of swimmers as they take part in "Swim Across America Tampa Bay" to raise money for cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center.   Brooke Bennett, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Tampa native, will be at the event. She is on the organizing committee, and will also host one or two swim clinics."

Lane 2 - Chicago Tribune posts "Franklin pre-Olympics TV star.  Now all 16-year-old has to do is win events at U.S. Olympic swim trials and Summer Games.  The hype machine got in gear one day late last September when an NBC Sports senior vice president came to Missy Franklin's house in suburban Denver to meet her and her parents to talk about the network's plans for the 16-year-old swimmer leading up to its broadcasts of the 2012 Olympics."

Vijo_diving_1Lane 3 - The Verge posts "Winner of Google Photography Prize documents the lonelier side of competitive swimming.  After receiving entries from 20,000 students in 146 countries, Google has a winner for it's 2012 Photography Prize. Viktor Johansson's series of images capturing a competitive swimmer's demanding training regimen took the grand prize, and the 24-year-old student of Sweden's Nordens Fotoskola Biskops-Arnö photography school will now have his work featured in an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery. Further, he's also won the opportunity to shoot anywhere in the world with the assistance of a professional photography coach, according to Google."

Lane 4 - Middle East Voice posts (w/video) "Lebanese-American Swimmer Aims for Olympic Glory in London.  Lebanon has not won an Olympic medal since 1980. But Lebanese-American swimmer Katya Bachrouche hopes to change that at this year’s London Games in July, where, as a dual citizen, she plans to compete for her ancestral homeland. Katya has been swimming since she was a child, won All-American honors in high school, and helped lead the University of Virginia to four conference titles in her college career."

Lane 5 - Echo News posts "Olympic swimmers attend sprint camps.  QUEENSLAND-BASED swimmers will play a big part as Australia's bid for Olympic relay golds begins in earnest.  Australian swim team members are at the AIS in Canberra for two sprint-relay camps, aimed at ensuring the men's and women's teams are ready to perform in London this July."

Lane 6 - Bay News 9 posts (w/video) "Olympian Ryan Lochte not defined by swimming.  Two-time Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte gives his fans more than just a race in the pool.  The University of Florida & Spruce Creek H.S. graduate carries every bit of a laid back personality."

Lane 7 - NPR Posts "Olympic Stars May Overshadow Other Athletes.  The Summer Olympic Games in London start in 93 days. Of the 10,500 athletes, the attention is on at least two of them: swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt."

Lane 8 - Jacksonville.com posts "Masters in the water.  A Jacksonville team will bring a lot of experience to this weekend’s U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.  Tiger Holmes, 90, John Corse, 88, Ed Graves, 88 and Bill Adams, 86, will swim individual events in their respective age groups and together as a relay team. The meet includes 1,962 swimmers competing in age ranges from 18 to 90-plus."

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