Satruday's Swim Report - Coughlin's Body & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - SDGLN posts "Local swim club celebrates a milestone. This spring marked the 30th anniversary of the Different Strokes Swim Team (DSST), San Diego’s LGBT swim club. DSST features a membership of over 100 men and women, while hundreds of other members have participated in team events in the past."

Lane 2 - Aspetar posts "Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos, South African Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer."

Lane 3 - WSOC posts (w/video) "Olympic swimmer who nearly drowned as child gives lessons. D drowning at a New Jersey water park when he was five. Now the two-time Olympian is doing his part to keep kids safe in the water."

Lane 4 - News posts "Kyrgios comments should be no surprise. Dawn Fraser has been saying stuff like this for years. DAWN Fraser is one of Australia’s most celebrated Olympians, if not our most celebrated. Long before and after the likes of Cathy Freeman or Ian Thorpe, Fraser was — and to many still is — the very face of Australian Olympism, of Australian sport. You could now argue that she is becoming the face of Australian intolerance. Earlier today on Nine’s Today show, the venerable 77-year-old said that Australian tennis players Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios should: “Go back where their parents came from.

Lane 5 - Montreal Gazette posts (w/video) "Meet Olympic Swimmer Ryan Cochrane. Ryan Cochrane, Olympic swimmer, is Canada's best bet for a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio."

Lane 6 - ESPN posts (w/video) "Even scoliosis couldn't stop Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin spoke with reporter Morty Ain about her insane flexibility, ever-changing stroke, and what it was like to take it all off for the Body Issue."

Lane 7 - Red Eye Chicago posts "Olympic swimmer Conor Dwyer launches Make a Splash. Olympian Conor Dwyer makes an appearance in Chicago to raise awareness of the importance of learning to swim."

Lane 8 - Inquisitr posts "Lifeguard Flies Rainbow Flag From His Stand, Beachgoers Complain He’ll Only Save Gay Swimmers. A North Carolina beach town is changing its policies after a lifeguard flew a rainbow flag — commonly associated with the LGBTQ community — and some beachgoers expressed concern that he was only going to rescue gay people, WECT (Wilmington) is reporting."

Tuesday's Swim Report - Swimming Lane Etiquette & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - CBS Baltimore posts "Rowdy Gaines On The Performance Of Michael Phelps Over The Weekend. Rowdy started off by talking about how he would grade Phelp’s performance in the pool over the weekend saying “well if I’m scaling it on a one to ten basis I give it a solid 8…he looked more comfortable in the water, everything last year was kind of a zoo.” 

Lane 2 - Aqua Sphere Swim posts "MP Michael Phelps - XPRESSO Tech Suit. The XPRESSO competition tech suit is engineered with Aqua Sphere’s exclusive Exo-Core technology – a combination of Exo Foil and Aqua Core technologies, each having their own unique properties. The combination of these two fabrics delivers a new, higher level of performance."

Lane 3 - NBC Sports posts "French Swimming Federation official refutes Amaury Leveaux’s claim. A French Swimming Federation official denied the French swim team used cocaine, a claim made by Olympic champion Amaury Leveaux in an autobiography."

Lane 4 - Global Post has "Park Tae-wan's doc pleads not guilty to negligence. Swimmer Park Tae-hwan's doctor Tuesday pleaded not guilty to misleading him about an injection of a banned substance that stripped him of his Asian Games medals last year."

Lane 5 - WDRB posts "Local students receive lessons on swimming and life from Olympic swimmers. "Teaching them how to float is one of the most fun parts because you can see the a-ha moment when it clicks and they're sitting by themselves."

Lane 6 - NZ Herald posts "What is the swimming lane etiquette when using a public pool? - Water Woes, Wellington."

Lane 7 - The Longest Swim posts "Dr. Levine and NASA remote guidance echo to monitor Ben's heart during his swim."

Lane 8 - ContraCostaTimes posts "41st annual Long Beach Grand Prix another hit with fans, racers. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, actor Mekhi Phifer and the race’s unofficial mayor Rutledge Wood, NBC’s resident race analyst, were part of the celebrity field and, of course, defending champion, actor Brett Davern, was back."

Monday's Swim Report - Building Swimmers & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - WJHL11 posts "Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps announces new pool at Knoxville Boys and Girls Club. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was in Knoxville Wednesday helping with a special announcement at the Boys and Girls Club. While here, Phelps met with William Watson III, who has been in the news before. Phelps awarded him the Head and Shoulders Confidence Award at the London Olympics in 2012. Watson is a swimmer on the Haslam Family University Club team."

Lane 2 - LA Times posts "Despite setbacks, Marine's drive to form Afghan water polo team continues. The U.S. combat role in Afghanistan may be finished but the highly unofficial drive by a Marine reservist to form an Afghan water polo team continues."

Lane 3 - USA Swimming posts "USA Swimming Foundation. Saving lives and building champions."

Lane 4 - Daily Telegraph posts "Fitness: Put on your wetsuit and go open water swimming in Derbyshire."

Saturday's Swim Report - Going For Gold After The Laps Are Done & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - The National posts "USA Swimming anger at decision to host open-water race in UAE.  More than four years after the death of open-water star Fran Crippen, swimming’s international governing body plans to hold a World Cup race in the UAE. But USA Swimming has opposed the March 13 event in Abu Dhabi, saying it was “disappointed” that Fina, swimming’s world governing body, decided to return to the country where Crippen died during a Fujairah race in October 2010."

Lane 2 - ES posts "ITZÉ - ES Collection Swimwear 2015."

Lane 3 - Daily Telegraph posts "Great Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci opens up about her Drug_cheat_sun_yangmate Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. OMANIAN Olympic great Nadia Comaneci has praised Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe for coming out. Comaneci, 53, told Confidential she was friends with her fellow Olympian: “I am happy that he is happy with his life and everything that he is doing."

Lane 4 - Daily Telegraph posts "Olympic swimmer Ashley Callus sets sights on Future Champions."

Lane 5 - Daily Telegraph posts "Chinese swimming drug cheat Sun Yang secretly training with Australian coaches on the Gold Coast. Sun Yang pictured on the Gold Coast outside the Runaway Bay centre where he is training under Brian King. Picture: Matt Roberts. IT is the picture Chinese swimming drug cheat Sun Yang doesn’t want you to see. Snapped outside his secret training base on the Gold Coast, the photo is proof of how Yang has used a loophole to sidestep a Swimming Australia ban to continue training under top local coaches."

Lane 6 - The Age posts "Going for gold after the game is over. Former Olympic champion Kieren Perkins has forged a successful career as a banking executive.When Kieren Perkins walks into a boardroom to meet new ­clients as the head of NAB's private wealth business in Queensland, he knows his former life as an elite sportsman will inevitably influence the new relationship."

Lane 7 - Surfer posts "CJ KANUHA FEATURED IN SPEEDO USA’S NEW CAMPAIGN, FUELED BY WATER. Celebrates All Things Water and People’s Wide-Ranging Passion for Water Sports."

Lane 8 - Washington Blade posts "Swimming against the tide. Evan Cobb came out as a varsity swimmer at Oberlin College years before it was trendy."

Sunday's Swim Report - It's Super Aquatic Time & Other Swim Bits

Been a bit busy and no swimming but at last I got a few minutes to write a few swim bits.

Lane 1 - Australian Olympic Committee posts "Lochte to lead US against AUS Swim Team in Perth. Eleven-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte will headline the USA team to compete at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth this month. Lochte leads a 24-strong squad along with dual Olympic gold medallist Cullen Jones. Lochte will be making his debut in the January 30-31 competition in which USA, Australia, China and Japan go head-to-head in swimming and waterpolo."

Lane 2 - Daily Mail posts "'This is an adventure I have wanted to undertake for years': Retired Australian swimming champ Stephanie Rice reveals she's moving to America. She's Australia's golden girl of the pool but retired swimmer Stephanie Rice is taking the plunge and moving to America. The Gold Medalist didn't specify where she would be based or what kind of work she'd be doing."

Lane 3 - USA Today posts (w/video) "91-year-old swimmer stars in Speedo ad. Jurgen Schmidt is a Huntington Beach, Calif., retiree who still swims about a mile almost every day at a Masters team practice. In a three-minute video ad posted by Speedo, Schmidt, a retired comptroller for a meatpacking company who turns 92 next month, offers this telling advice to folks young and old: "Don't be afraid to get in the water."

Lane 4 - UT San Diego posts "Swimmer competes for Peru and UCSD. Paul Li, a Tritons junior co-captain, holds dual American and Peruvian citizenship."

Lane 5 - Nutrigrain AU posts "Round One IronWoman Highlights - Nutri-Grain Series 2014-15."

Lane 6 - Sun Live posts "Radford to lead world charge. Defending champion Kane Radford has more at stake than national titles in the New Zealand Open Water Swimming Championships in Taupo at the weekend. Radford, along with the leading New Zealand open water swimmers, has eyes firmly fixed on the FINA World Championships in Russia in July."

Sunday's Swim Report - Warming Up & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - Thurston Talk posts "Amy Murry – Massage Therapist on Deck for U.S. Olympic Team. Amy Murry’s love for swimming and passion for her profession as a massage therapist took her to a very unlikely place in December. For 10 days, she was in Doha, Qatar, working at the FINA World Swimming Championship where the United States was one of 170 competing countries."

Lane 2 - The Australian posts "1500m prospect Mack Horton no slouch over sprint distance. WITHOUT any fuss at all, world junior 1500m champion Mack Horton joined one of his sport’s most exclusive clubs last month. One that boasts just a handful of members but excludes the likes of dual Olympic champion Grant Hackett."

Lane 3 - Team USA posts "Adolf Kiefer: Olympic Journey. Adolf Kiefer, a 1936 Olympic gold medalist swimmer, recounts his friendship with Jesse Owens and meeting Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Games."

Lane 4 - The Desert Sun posts "Greg Louganis film casts net for new audience. Louganis recently chatted with The Desert Sun about the differences between the two films and how he was affected watching “Back on Board.”

Thursday's Swim Report - Goodbye To A Pool & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - China Daily posts "WADA not to appeal against Sun Yang's doping ban."

Lane 2 - TYR Sport posts "TYR Avictor Launch Party 2014. Behind the Scenes at the TYR Avictor Launch Party featuring live athlete interviews and testimonials. On Wednesday November 5th, 2014 at the TYR world headquarters in Seal Beach, CA - TYR launched the most innovative swim technical suit on the market today in front of the industry's top dealers and influencers. Take an inside look now!"

Lane 3 - The West Australian posts "Sullivan plans two NYE parties. amon Sullivan is planning the party to end all parties to close the doors on what has been quite an incredible year for the former Olympian."

Lane 4 - The Australian posts "Swim team to lead Rio Olympic revival. AUSTRALIA is gaining on perennial rival Britain and in an increasingly strong position to push for a place in the top five on the medal tally at the Rio Olympics, according to the Australian Olympic Committee’s tracking of international results this year."

Lane 5 - Speedo UK posts "Dan Bullock: Open water body position. Swim for Tri coach Dan Bullock gives you open water and triathlon tips for body position in the water."

Lane 6 - Long Beach Post has "Temporary Belmont Pool Receives American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award." Long Beach Post has "Last Remnants of the Old Belmont Pool Come Crashing Down. Goodbye, dear pool; we thousands who learned how to swim in your waters, and the countless outstanding athletes who swam through heart-wrenching losses and sweet victories between your once strong-standing walls, won't soon forget you." Belmont_pool_gone Belmont_dive

Wednesday's Swim Report - Swimmer's Loving It & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - USA Swimming posts "NATALIE COUGHLIN: LOVING IT MORE THAN EVER. After Trials and London weren’t as successful as I thought, I didn’t think I wanted to go beyond that time, but I also didn’t want to end my career like that,” Coughlin said. “Instead, I decided to make some changes in my life and rededicate myself to swimming."

Lane 2 - Speedo UK posts "Dan Bullock: Splitting training sessions for triathletes. Swim for Tri coach, Dan Bullock, explains how to split your swimming sessions up."

Lane 3 - Sportal posts "Lochte looks to maintain short-course dominance in Doha. As well as the team relays, the 30-year-old won three individual golds in Istanbul in the 100m and 200m individual medleys, as well as the 100 metres breaststroke. Lochte is not the only big name on show in Qatar, with Daniel Gyurta looking to defend his 200m breaststroke title, and Chad le Clos out to maintain his dominance in the butterfly."

Lane 4 - The Guardian posts "Chinese swimmer Sun Yang barred from training in Australia after drug ban. Olympic champion ‘no longer welcome’ in Australian pools. Sun had trained at Gold Coast pool under local coach."

Lane 5 - Super Sport posts "2018 World Champs set for China. The Chinese city of Hangzhou will host the 2018 short-course World Swimming Championships, world governing body Fina confirmed on Tuesday."

Lane 6 - Ipswich Star posts "Former world swimming champion Karen Pickering gives birth to twin girls. Former Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering has given birth to twin girls. The 42-year-old from Ipswich wrote on Twitter: “Our 2 little girls have arrived safe & sound this morning weighing 4lb9 & 5lb4. Can’t begin to describe how I feel, my life’s changed forever.”

Lane 7 - FINA posts "3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention, Doha (QAT). Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director: 'Looking to the next Convention'. In future FINA World Aquatics Conventions, FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, hopes to see an increasing connection between National Federations and the business world around Aquatics, especially with the advancements in technology."

Lane 8 - Active posts "Improve Your Swim With Bilateral Breathing. When it comes to triathlon training, it's easy to get preoccupied with cardiovascular and muscular strength and forget about technical skills. Strength is important, but poor technique can hinder performance and even lead to injuries. For example, being able to breathe on only one side while swimming can limit an athlete in a number of ways."