Monday's Swim Report - Swimmers Go Swish & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - Global Travel Industry News posts "Olympian Mark Spitz to host island cruise experience in the Caribbean. Spitz will conduct a series of swimming master classes for guests who want to enhance their swimming abilities, or for those who simply want to get to know the Olympian. Spitz is also slated to give an onboard lecture and to join guests for dinner."

Lane 2 - Speedo posts "Fueled by Water - Team Speedo. Fueled by Water is our tribute to water and the people who are fueled by it. The elite swimmers in Team Speedo are among the fastest, strongest, and most dedicated athletes in the world. Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Cullen Jones, and Nathan Adrian are global ambassadors for the sport of swimming who define the next level. Get the full experience here"

Lane 3 - AsiaOne posts "Japan's Tomita on trial for camera theft. Disgraced Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita appeared in a South Korean court Monday on charges of stealing a journalist's Schoemancamera at the Asian Games in September."

Lane 4 - Jamaica Observer posts "Alia Atkinson: I am a myth-buster. With little support at the beginning of her career, Alia made a lonely path up to the finals of the 2012 Olympics and wondered to herself if this was where she would stop, but said she decided to fight on because she did not want to go through life wondering “what if?”

Lane 5 - WGNT 3 posts (w/video) "Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte gives swimming lessons at Naval Station Norfolk. Olympic gold medalists at Naval Station Norfolk — giving swimming lessons?! Four members of Team USA Swimming spent the day training young athletes in the water."

Lane 6 - The Guardian posts "Let’s inspire a generation by George Bovell III. Even though sport is an inherently selfish occupation, it does provide the opportunity to make a difference by touching lives and inspiring others to even greater heights. Thanks to the help of Atlantic, Oasis Water and The Sport Company of T&T, our small national swimming community will once again benefit from being visited, inspired and coached by Olympic medalists and some of the greatest legends of the sport in the George Bovell Dive In Free Swim Clinics 2015. Free of charge!"

Lane 7 - Aussiebum posts "Swish. aussieBum’s elite swimwear range. Made using the finest Italian fabric, this dynamic design features two internal sand release openings and superior manufacturing techniques for durability. Experience the striking colours and streamline your look now!"

Lane 8 - Miami Herald posts "Swimming legend Diana Nyad: Rob Konrad had to be ‘tough as nails’. Rob Konrad spent six seasons battering linebackers as the lead blocker for the Miami Dolphins. But Konrad survived 16 hellish hours in the Atlantic Ocean last week because his will was somehow even more powerful than his body. That’s the belief of Diana Nyad, the famed long-distance swimmer who has flirted with a watery death more than once."

Will The Next Michael Phelps Step Up & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - Ozy posts "US Swimming's Next Michael Phelps? Justin Lynch not only is a terrific rising Justin_lynch_swimmerstar in swimming, but also brings diversity to the sport."

Lane 2 - OK! posts "Rebecca Adlington shows off svelte figure in honeymoon bikini snaps. The swimmer and her new husband Harry Needs jetted to Rome before moving on to Disneyland in Orlando."

Lane 3 - LA Register posts "Swimmer sues her former lawyer. Through much of 2011 and 2012, American record-setting swimmer Dagny Knutson was, by her own admission, in “kind of a fog.” n April 2011, Knutson, encouraged by her attorney, accepted a financial agreement with USA Swimming that was worth less than her original deal with the sport’s national governing body, she said."

Lane 4 - Daily Record posts "Michael Jamieson says he can make a splash at Rio Olympics despite heartache at Commonwealth Games."

Lane 5 - Today posts (w/video) "Amy Van Dyken-Rouen surprised with home remodel. As Amy Van Dyken-Rouen adjusts to her new life in Arizona, she’s received a big helping hand from George Oliphant, host of the home remodeling show “George to the Rescue,” and his team."

Lane 6 - Lake Lanier posts "Swim For Your Life with Eric Shanteau at Lake Lanier Islands 9-20-14. Eric Shanteau is competition swimmer from Snellville, GA, who won two Olympic gold medals on American relay teams.  Hardcore swimmers from the Southeast and beyond will participate and compete with Eric on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier at his ‘Swim For Your Life’ fundraiser."

Lane 7 - WLUK-TV FOX 11 posts "Swimmer Nyad speaks at Green Bay women’s event. A world-record swimmer has a message of perseverance for women – and men – here in Green Bay."

Lane 8 - Long Beach Press-Telegram posts "Belmont Plaza pool meeting draws crowd of swim, diving advocates.  More than 100 people turned out Wednesday night to discuss the evolving and controversial plans for the Belmont Plaza Pool."

Tuesday's Swim Report - It's A Speedo or Nothing & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - BBC posts ( "Swimmer Ross Murdoch beaten by schoolboy 'superfan' Brian Fitzpatrick. A five-year-old boy who wrote a fan letter to Commonwealth swimming champion Ross Murdoch got to race his hero in the pool - and beat him."

Lane 2 - Speed Cafe posts "Pro swimmer tackles V8. Olympic and Pan Pacific 200m backstroke champion Tyler Clary is angling for a motorsport career when his top level swimming career finishes taking to the Official V8 Supercars Experience at the Performance Driving Centre with Dunlop Series ace Andre Heimgartner."

Lane 3 - My age group coach from a million years ago.  Tuscaloosa News posts "SPORTING LIFE: Ed Reed swims his way to double gold. Reed two-upped himself earlier this month when he traveled Swimsuits vending machineto Montreal for the FINA World Masters Championships and returned to Tuscaloosa with two world championships in his age group, 70-74. Representing Crimson Tide Masters, a club team where he is both a coach and competitor, Reed won the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter freestyle (5:32.06). He set a world meet record in his age group in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:57.68. In addition to those two gold medals, Reed brought home silver medals in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:28.95) and the 400-meter individual medley (2:31.01) and the bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke (3:20.38)."

Lane 4 - BBC posts (w/video) "Which Beyonce song does swimmer Jazz Carlin love?"

Lane 5 - Local 10 posts "Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad honored in Key West. Plaque commemorating her Cuba to Florida swim to be unveiled on Smathers Beach."

Lane 6 - Public Radio International posts "No Speedo? Then don't try to go swimming in France — seriously

Lane 7 - Tom Daley posts "Berlin and a silver medal!"

Lane 8 - Outsports posts "Recently out Masters swimmer and Outsports reader Logan Dawson finds freedom at Gay Games."

Tuesday's Swim Report - Know Thy Swimmer & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - The Guardian posts "A swimmer's Christmas gift guide.  Knowing your loved one likes to swim isn't enough – step away from the nose clips and take the initiative for a memorable present."

Lane 2 -  Go Swim posts "All Strokes - Soft Hands.  When taper time comes up and you want to swim your fastest, it's a good idea to sharpen your connection with the water with feel."

Lane 3 - ESPN W posts (w/video) "Impact 10:No. 4 Diana Nyad.  And when she emerged from the surf on Sept. 2, having traversed one of the most intimidating 103 miles on earth without the aid of shark cages, 53 hours after she began the trek and 35 years after she first embarked on the journey, Diana Nyad's words suggested she was kidding herself, as well."

Sunday's Swim Report - Olympic Sized Dreams & More Swim Bits

Lane 1 - Yahoo 7 posts "Swim rebuild to take time: Klim.  Michael Klim is hopeful Australia's swim team can turn their Olympic fortunes around by the 2016 Games, but warns it could take much longer."

Liam_tancockLane 2 - Express & Echo posts "Liam Tancock's 2016 Olympic hopes receive boost.  Exeter swimmer Liam Tancock’s Rio 2016 hopes have received a lift after it was confirmed he will continue to receive funding from UK Sport."

Lane 3 - Sport 24 posts "Hundreds greet Chad le Clos.  Hundreds of people welcomed swimmers Chad le Clos and Myles Brown on Saturday evening at Durban's King Shaka International airport.  There was a festive atmosphere as the two swimmers and their coach Graham Hill arrived, as scores of people waited for them in the international arrivals hall."

Lane 4 - The Wall Street Journal posts "Diana Nyad's Great Regret.  Endurance Icon Once Attacked a Record Cuba-to-Florida Swim."

Lane 5 - KALW posts (w/audio) "Swimming from Alcatraz to heal body and soul.  The sun is just beginning to rise over the glassy water at San Francisco’s aquatic park. Karen Wapato is beaming as she emerges from the Bay and peels off her goggles.  Wapato is a public health nurse on the Colville Indian reservation in Washington state. Over the past few years, she’s been battling diabetes and alcoholism in the lives of her patients and in her own.   Then she heard about Pathstar. It’s an intensive week of health and  wellness education, topped off with a unique challenge -- a one-mile swim across the bay from Alcatraz."

Lane 6 - Crowdfund Insider posts "Best Invention List Includes Three Kickstarter Crowdfunded Projects.  Under “Extremely Fun”.  The + Pool.  An Olympic-size pool designed to float in the less-than-crystal-clear East River, the Plus Pool kills two birds with one stone: it cleans the river water and gives New Yorkers a place to swim. Its unique filtration system scrubs the water as it floats through it, while its distinctive plus-sign shape isolates different wings for different activities. Designed by Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, the pool could make it possible for New Yorkers to dive into clean river water for the first time in 100 years. So far the $15 million project has been funded by Kickstarter, but the team is still raising money to get the pool up and floating by the summer of 2016."

Tuesday's Swim Report - It's Time For A Swim Off: Dawn Fraser vs Stephanie Rice

Lane 1 - South China Morning Post has "Olympic swimmer Sun Yang's jail stint no piece of pie for fellow inmates.  After serving his week-long punishment for driving without a licence, Chinese Olympic swimmer Sun Yang managed to dodge a media scrum of almost 50 reporters when he was released from detention on Monday morning, Chinese media reported.  The Wuhan Morning News wrote that chefs in the centre accommodated Sun’s decision to eat a vegetarian diet during his stay, because officials were concerned the meat served to inmates might contain chemical additives or residue that could interfere with Sun's health or later doping tests."

Lane 2 - Gay Star News posts "Barcelona’s gay swim team strips down for HIV.  To fight Barcelona_panthershomophobia in sport and raise funds for a local HIV organization experiencing budget cuts, Barcelona’s Panthers don their speedos for the world to enjoy."

Lane 3 - The Advocate posts "Texas Swimmer Comes Out to Teammates.  A college junior comes out to his swim teammates. A swimmer for the University of Texas came out to his teammates as his team looks toward hosting the NCAA national championships in March.  Matt Korman told his teammates that he is gay through an email sent earlier this year, Outsports reports."

Lane 4 - Fox Sports posts "Dawn says 'if she were my daughter I would put her over my knee and smack her backside'.  DAWN Fraser would have given Stephanie Rice a "smack on the backside'' for the lack of respect the younger swimmer has shown her.  In her new book, What I Learned Along The Way, Fraser gets stuck into her fellow Olympic swimmer and Celebrity Apprentice competitor for her behaviour during the popular reality show "It did disappoint me that Stephanie Rice sometimes didn't show respect for the rest of the team," she says in the book."

Lane 5 - WTSP posts "Key West plans monument to endurance swimmer Diana Nyad.  Plans for a monument to endurance swimmer Diana Nyad are in the works in Key West.  City Manager Bob Vitas last week asked Key West's Art in Public Places committee to start working on plans for a monument to Nyad, who swam more than 110 miles from Havana to Key West over the Labor Day weekend."

Lane 6  - The Guardian posts "Waterbiography: a history of my swimming life, part two.  Seven years ago I was a spluttering, breaststroking loser. Then I set myself the arduous task of conquering the front crawl."

Wednesday's Swim Report - A Few Swim Bits

Lane 1 - France24 posts "Le Clos eyes Phelps swimming records after Olympic feat.  Now Le Clos said he hoped to snatch the retired Phelps's 100m and 200m butterfly records, set in 2009, after lowering the 200m shortcourse record at the Singapore leg of the World Cup.  "My next goal is to break one of Michael Phelps's long-course records, eventually, maybe next year at the Commonwealth Games, or in 2015 at the world championships in Russia," he said."

James_magnussen_speedoLane 2 - Nine MSN posts "Stars announced for Perth swim meet.  World champions Cate Campbell, Christian Sprenger and James Magnussen will headline Australia's 30-strong squad for the second edition of the Aquatic Super Series, starting in Perth on January 31."

Lane 3 - The Town Talk posts "Olympic gold medalist Gaines motivates Rapides students.  Students in Rapides Parish were told to stay committed to their goals by someone whose hard work led to three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics.  Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines broke 25 world records in his career and won gold medals for swimming the 100-meter freestyle and as part of relay teams for the 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley."

Lane 4 - Fraser Coast Chronicle posts "New initiative to help protect students' skin.   FRASER Coast secondary schools have been invited to submit an application to the Cancer Council next year for a grant of up to $25,000 to purchase permanent or temporary shade for the school.   Olympian and Cancer Council ambassador Stephanie Rice welcomed the initiative saying there were a lot of great things about growing up in Australia - the sunshine, swimming and the great outdoors.  "But our lifestyle and weather also means we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world," she said."

Lane 5 - AARP posts "A Conversation With Diana Nyad.  The famed endurance swimmer on her latest achievement — and what she’s planning next."

Lane 6 - Greensboro News & Record posts "Greensboro to host nation's fastest at USA Swimming's 2014 Winter Nationals."

Friday's Swim Report - Can Swimming Make You Smarter? Umm, Did You Watch "What Would Ryan Lochte Do"?

Yeah, I can type with my right hand again!  I had a little gym incident using stretch cords that left my hands and one of my wrists badly bruised and swollen.  But know I can type with very little discomfort.  Hopefully I'll be up to swimming this weekend till then here is today's Swim Report:

Lane 1 - KQED posts "Swimming Hall of Fame Wants to Move to Santa Clara.  The Bay City News is reporting that the International Swimming Hall of Fame wants to relocate from Florida to Santa Clara. Santa Clara city officials are discussing the issue at a study session tonight. The plan is to relocate the hall of fame to Santa Clara's George F. Haines International Swim Center, now the home of the Santa Clara Aquamaids."

Lane 2 - U.S. Masters Swimming posts "Backstroke Starts - SWIMMER Magazine.  Backstroke Starts with Coach Cokie Lepinski. This video covers the start from positioning on the blocks through entry into the water."

Lane 3 - Herald Sun posts "Stephanie Rice plays nice in a swimming race against our GI Journo Nathan Klein."

Lane 4 - Rob Aquatics is "Swimming Off Into the Sunset.  Those of you that have followed the Adventure Beard and I across the last 5+ years have probably noticed that there hasn’t been a lot 3880_80636367396_7524142_nto follow recently. At the beginning of the year I turned my attentions towards academic pursuits at the cost of my blogging time. After thinking about it for a couple months I’ve decided to wrap up Rob Aquatics for now. I’m not going to stop swimming. I’m not going to exit the ocean swim scene. I’m just not going to be writing for a yet to be determined amount of time. However, if the inspiration strikes I imagine that I have plenty of blogger friends who would humor me by allowing a guest post :)"

Lane 5 - IBN posts "Top swimmer Arjun Muralidharan banned.  Multiple-time national champion swimmer Arjun Muralidharan has been handed a two-year ban by National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel after testing positive for stimulant Methylhexaneamine during the All India Police Aquatics Championships in March."

Lane 6 - Business Day posts "OLYMPIC gold medallist Chad le Clos has hardly reached his peak yet and already there is another Le Clos making waves in the pool.  Jordan le Clos, 15, is following firmly in his celebrated brother’s footsteps and, judging by the bagful of high school and junior club championship medals he has won so far, it will not be long before he too is the toast of the country."

Lane 7 - Diana Nyad posts "What's Next For Diana Nyad?  Diana Nyad talks about what's next in her life -- from doing more "Swims For Relief", writing another book, and doing her one-woman show."

Lane 8 - WBTV posts (w/video) "Can swimming make you smarter?  Usually swimming is the lesson kids are learning while in the water.  But researchers out of Australia say there are other benefits with the simple strokes kids are getting smarter and YMCA aquatics instructor Saunte Bruton agrees.    A four-year study reveals he younger children start swimming to the smarter pool of talent when it comes to intellectual and social skills."

Monday's Swim Report - Swimmers In The Swim & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - Inside The Games posts "Aussie booze ban at Rio 2016 raises questions about role alcohol plays in elite sport.  After London 2012 there was widespread criticism of Australian athletes for "preferring leisure to sport", wasting public funding, and distracting those teammates still competing by raucous post-event celebrations.  The swim team bore the brunt of the abuse, along with rower Josh Booth, whose post-race celebrations ended somewhat prematurely after being arrested for vandalising several shop windows."

Lane 2 - Diana Nyad posts "Diana Nyad on Dangers at Sea - Cuba to Florida Swim.  Diana Nyad talks about the members of her team that helped her navigate the dangerous waters during the 53-hour Cuba to Florida Swim."

Lane 3 - The Australian posts "State rose on strokes of genius swimming official.  HE was Australia's greatest swimming administrator yet he never held an executive position in the national body and he cut short his one stint as a director of the then Australian Swimming Incorporated so he could be free to resume his spirited attacks on the organisation.  Greg Lalor, who died in Brisbane on Saturday, aged 95, was Australian swimming's loyal servant -- but Queensland's first -- and in his 26 years as Queensland Swimming Association chairman the state emerged not just as the most powerful but arguably the most successful swimming region in the world."

Lane 4 - The Australian posts (w/video) "Symantha Perkins opens up about her split from Olympic swimmer Kieren, the toll it took on her health and how she's rebuilding her life."

Lane 5 - Aussiebum posts "Wrestle Me Hipster - Promo.  Take competition to the beach this summer with aussieBum's 'wrestleMe Hip!' Available in 4 colour combinations, the long-leg hipster features bold and powerful lines that compliment the strength and posture of your body. Specially engineered using the world's best Italian XtraLife Lycra fabric this swimwear range will outplay and outlast any rival."

Lane 6 - Western Australia Today posts "Swim in the Swan for a share in $100,000.  Registrations have opened for BHP Billiton's Aquatic Super Series, which features swimming and water polo competitions and a mass open water race across the river where up to 500 people will battle for a share of more than $100,000.  For two days on Friday January 31 and Saturday February 1, the Australian Swim Team will take on their Chinese, Japanese, Brazilan and South African counterparts at Challenge Stadium."