Sunday's Swim Report: Let's Hear It For The Swim Ladies & James

Lane 1 - Herald Sun posts "Busy Stephanie Rice finds new pad a parking nightmare.  The Olympic swimmer moved into a new pad in an upscale Bondi unit block at the weekend but managed to alienate her neighbours even before she put her key in the front door by parking across three of the residents' parking spaces. Whoops.  Then early on Saturday morning, Mark Bouris's son, the charming and impeccably mannered Dane Bouris, who appears on Apprentice as an adviser, was James-magnussenspotted leaving The Darling hotel at The Star, where Rice stayed while shooting the show."

Lane 2 - The Telegraph posts "Swimmer James Magnussen helped by mind guru at NRL's Bulldogs. JAMES Magnussen has been secretly working with Des Hasler and the mind guru who helped turned the Bulldogs into a premiership force."

Lane 3 - neon tommy posts "Let Us Now Praise USC Women.  REBECCA SONI.  Soni, class of '09, is a six-time Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, including two gold medals and one silver medal at the 2012 Games in London. Swimming World Magazine named her World Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011."

Lane 4 - Canadian University Press posts "Savannah King on her sports community.  Savannah King, a two-time Olympian and CIS Female Swimmer of the Year talks about the role of gender in the sport of swimming. Of the UBC team, King said, “We don’t actually think of it as a girls’ and guys’ team.” King said she appreciates the inclusive team mentality, noting, “It’s nice to be thought of as equals like that.

Lane 5 - USC Athletics posts via youtube "USC Women's Water Polo vs Arizona State."

Lane 6 - The Canberra Times posts "No medals for experts behind sportswomen list.  As you might have heard, Australia's 100 greatest female sportswomen were announced a couple of weeks ago at Parliament House. But then someone pointed out that Leisel Jones didn't make the list. OK, I might be a week late, but now I have to enter the fray. I'm not saying that she should knock Dawn Fraser off the top spot; I'm not even demanding that she go in the top 25.  The thing is, swimming is something at which Aussies have always excelled. We've had dozens of swimmers with far better international records than our best-ever badminton player. (For the record, that person isn't on the list either.) A few outstanding swimmers are missing, going as far back as Mina Wiley (one of our first female Olympic medallists, beaten only by Fanny Durack- yes, of course she makes the list - in Stockholm 1912)."

Friday's Swim Report - The Unluckiest Charm On Deck

Lane 1 - ESPN W posts "Summer on the Run.  Simple rules for proper nutrition."

Lane 2 - Tom Daley posts via youtube "Splash! Bloopers Week 1.  Some of the funny bits from the Splash! Celebrity Divers in training with Tom Daley. This week featuring Omid Djalili, Jake Canuso, Jade Ewen, Jenni Falconer and Helen Lederer."

Lane 3 - Baltimore Sun posts "USA Today dresses down Michael Phelps' fashion.  Michael Phelps is playing some serious poker in the Bahamas with the likes of Jason Alexander.  But cards, Douche_phelpsshmards. At least one reporter is more interested in nominating the swimmer/golfer/card shark/retiree for the next episode of "What Not to Wear."  Meanwhile the Daily Mail posts "Megan who? Champagne guzzling Michael Phelps parties with bikini-clad beauty following his split with model girlfriend.  The newly single 27-year-old was seen partying poolside with friends, including a bikini-clad beauty, in the Bahamas on Thursday.  The 18-time gold medalist displayed his extremely toned torso in a pair of swimming shorts, with his Diesel underwear peeking out from underneath.  But it wasn't his washboard abs that were taking centre stage.  All eyes were on the odd facial hair sprouting from the sportsman's upper lip."

Lane 4 - The Australian posts "Bernard Tomic wants James Magnussen on deck as a lucky charm.  BERNARD Tomic nominated Olympic swimmer James Magnussen as his lucky charm as his unbeaten summer run continued in the semi-finals of the Sydney International yesterday.  Tomic Doubledouchewon through to his first ATP Tour final, where he will play South African Kevin Anderson tonight. As he did so, he turned to Magnussen in his supporters' box on Ken Rosewall Arena and asked him to come back one more time.

Lane 5 - LA Times Travel posts "Food, art and a hipster vibe in San Diego's North Park.  Forbes has declared it hip, and no wonder. Foodies love the place, and there's a lot to see during the Ray at Night art walks.  The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (2223 El Cajon Blvd.; [619] 296-2101,; 131 rooms, rates start at $76), built in 1946 in the Grand Colonial style and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has an "If only the walls could talk" vibe. The hotel has hosted such Tinseltown luminaries as Bob Hope and Ava Gardner. Legend has it that the pool was designed by Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, a.k.a. Tarzan."

Lane 6 - The National Post has "After a run of bad luck, former Olympian Annamay Pierse finds a new calling.  Pierse has won crowd approval before, as a member of the Canadian Olympic swim team and as a world-record holder. But this was a different crowd with a different reaction in a different venue — a studio with exposed air ducts, nestled inside a labyrinthine maze of yellow-painted hallways, with some of Canada’s most recognized comedic actors honing their craft in black-and-white photographs on the wall.  And Pierse was glowing in the spotlight.  It was the first class of her second semester at The Second City Training Centre, a modest basement-level honeycomb of studios where about 850 students are enrolled to study the art of improvisational comedy in downtown Toronto."

Lane 7 - PR Newswire posts "New CeraVe® Sun Care Announces 2013 Partnership With Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Soni.  Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC is pleased to announce its newest product line, CeraVe® Sun Care , will partner with USA Swimmer Rebecca Soni , six-time Olympic medalist and World Record holder in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke, as the face of the brand in 2013."

Lane 8 - Daily Mail posts "Swim stars Adlington and Louganis dive in to back Daley in TV row.  Tom Daley will meet British Swimming bosses next week to discuss how best to  balance his commercial and diving commitments after his controversial appearance on the TV reality show Splash!  The 18-year-old received backing yesterday from leading sporting figures including fellow London 2012 medallist Rebecca Adlington. She tweeted: 'Couldn't agree more with  Debbie Daley! Well said!!'    One of Daley's heroes, Greg  Louganis, the great American diver and four-time Olympic champion, said: 'Sometimes time away is very energising. We don't live in China. It's a rather different mentality.  'It's so hard to train for the Olympic Games. There is a whole world out there. Sometimes you need perspective to see what this journey is all about instead of just focusing on the result.' Louganis, who took time off after his 1984 Olympic victories before retaining both of his titles in Seoul four years later, found the break helped him."

Tuesday's Swim Report - A Look Back And A Touch of Pink In Today's Swimverse

Lane 1 - Bloomberg posts "U.K. Sport Boosts Boxing Funding, Cuts Swimming for Rio.  UK Sport slashed funds allocated to basketball, handball and swimming in the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics after those sports were unsuccessful at London 2012. Boxing, athletics and equestrianism got a boost. British swimming had its funding slashed by 15 percent to 21.4 million pounds after it won three medals, compared with a target of 5-7. Volleyball, which won no medals, will receive 400,000 pounds in the next four years for women’s beach volleyball only, down from 3.5 million before London."

Lane 2 - British Gas Swimming posts via youtube "British Gas Swimming 2012 - Our Story.  2012 was the biggest year yet for British Gas' partnership of British Swimming. From paddling pool to podium British Gas has been inspiring the nation to swim. This is our 2012 story."

Lane 3- British Swimming posts "Jamieson named British Gas Ambassador.  British Gas has signed London 2012 Olympic silver medallist and newly-crowned world short course silver medallist Michael Jamieson as a swimming ambassador for the next two years.  Jamieson will help to promote British Gas’s sponsorship of swimming from grass roots to elite level."

Lane 4 - Sports Pro Media posts "Arena sponsors USA Swimming.  Swimwear brand Arena has signed an eight-year deal with USA Swimming to become the exclusive sponsor of the US national swimming team.  As such, the Tolentino, Italy-based brand will create new uniforms for the US 121217145056-rebecca-soni-1-single-image-cutnational team and become the exclusive title sponsor of US Swimming’s Grand Prix Series. The deal, financial terms of which were not announced, is set to begin in January 2013.  Six-time Olympic medallist Rebecca Soni also commented: “The fact that USA Swimming and Arena are joining forces creates an extremely powerful combination. I’ve been a member of the US national team, as well as a member of the Arena family, for several years and have a tremendous amount of respect for what both organisations stand for. This partnership will absolutely benefit the swimming community, both here in the US and on a global level.”

Lane 5 - Eurosport posts "Halsall reveals Olympic heartache.  Fran Halsall finally opened up about her Olympic torment after winning silver at the World Short Course Championships and she's adamant she is slowly but surely on the mend.  The 22-year-old broke down into tears after finishing off the podium for the fifth successive time at the London 2012 Olympics following her last swim as part of Britain's 4x100m medley relay."

Lane 6 - FINA posts via youtube "2012 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup season summary.  The best moments of the 2012 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup."

Lane 7 - PMG Olympians post via youtube "Cullen Jones Speaks at UTC Aerospace Event.  Cullen Jones tells an inspiring story of acheiving his Olympic dream by setting goals at a UTC Aerospace event in Greensboro, NC. To hire Cullen Jones."

Lane 8 - The Daily Mail posts "Aquatics Centre transformation going swimmingly as seating is removed.  t was the arena where Ellie Simmonds sped her way to two golds and where Michael Phelps swam to his 22nd Olympic medal.  But now the Aquatics Centre is transforming, as construction workers start to dismantle the seating on either side of the pool.  The future of the Olympic stadium has yet to be decided."

Sunday's Swim Report - When Santa's In Speedos Attack

Lane 1 - ChiTownView posts via youtube "Santa Speedo Run 2012, Half Naked People Running Through Chicago's Gold Coast.  It's rare that it's as warm as it was in Chicago this December 1st so I was out strolling through Chicago's near north side not far from Rush St. All of a sudden I heard some shouts and general commotion. I looked up to see hordes of half naked mostly men but some women running right towards me. It turns out to be the annual Santa Speedo Shuffle an annual event to raise money to fight diabetes."

Meanwhile check out photos from "Santa Speedo Run 2012."

Lane 2 - Star Tribune posts "Swimmer still showing her mettle.  Minnesota holds a soft spot in the heart of Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders, because she was here "a few times for meets when I was a swimmer, back in the day." Of course, her signature accomplishment was winning two golds, a silver and a bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.  Protecting the heads of kids recently brought Sanders back to the metro. The mother of two gave away helmets at Richard Green Central School in her role as Schwinn Bikes brand ambassador for the "Helmets on Heads" campaign. Schwinn's partner in the initiative is ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Nascar-sprint-cup-series-champions-20121130-185013-041Foundation."

Lane 3 - Eurosport Yahoo posts "Six-time Olympic medalist Swimmer Rebecca Soni speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Awards Ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas on November 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada."

Lane 4 - Herald Sun posts "How you can get fit with Stephanie Rice.  SHE may have three Olympic gold medals to her name but swimmer Stephanie Rice struggles when it comes to early morning workouts.  In the first part of her 12-week diet and fitness regime designed for The Sunday Telegraph, Rice details how readers can find motivation and set goals for achieving the body they've always dreamed of."  "It's great that I'm going on this journey like everyone else. For me, it's about getting generally healthier and feeling good about myself."

Lane 5 - Daily Mail posts "Who needs black tie! Olympian Rebecca Adlington won't win any medals for her playsuit outfit at formal ball.  We're used to seeing Rebecca Adlington in a Addig17000005DC-788_634x864swimsuit or Team GB tracksuit.  However, on Saturday night, the Olympic swimmer made a style statement as she opted for a blue playsuit instead of formal wear at the Emerald and Ivy Ball.  At just 23, the gold medallist was going for a more youthful look than some of the other guests in traditional, floor-length couture.  And if she was a little chilly the blonde starlet didn't show it as she rubbed shoulders with some A listers, although her style wasn't going to earn her any medals."

Lane 6 - The Australian posts "Medley man Kenneth To thrives on short-course switch.    WHEN Kenneth To missed selection for the Australian Olympic team this year, just seven weeks after an operation to remove his appendix, he could have been forgiven for thinking his year was over.  The multi-talented To had burst on to the international scene the previous year, reaching the final of the men's 200m individual medley on his world championships debut in Shanghai, and seemed prepared to make a leap towards the medals in London before fate intervened.  But despite the bitter disappointment of missing selection for his first Games (he finished fourth at the trials), Hong Kong-born To did not let that setback define his year. Instead he regrouped and redirected his energy towards the short-course season which will culminate at the world championships in Istanbul next week."

Lane 7- Goldcoast posts "Blair's Coast move to boost career.  A DECISION almost two years in the making is already paying dividends for Olympian Blair Evans.  The 21-year-old made the tough decision to pack up and move from Perth to join Southport's elite swimming program and is confident she'd made the best move for her future."

Lane 8 - ISHOF posts via youtube "In Search of the Broadripple Pool.  The Broadripple swimming pool in Indianapolis, Indiana was, in its day, the world's largest concrete pool, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the mid-west and host to many of the nation's top swimming meets. In this pilot for Swimming World Television, ISHOF's CEO Bruce Wigo sets out to find this historic swimming pool."

Saturday's Swim Report - If You Build It They Will Swim

Lane 1 - USC Trojans posts "USC Olympic Champion Day.  The Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dubbed today "USC Olympic Champion Day" and honored Trojan Olympians at City Hall.  Gold medalists Rebecca Soni (swimming) and Lauren Wenger (water polo), and silver medalists Haley Anderson (swimming), Josh Mance (track), Bryshon Nellum (track) and Nicole Davis (indoor volleyball) were among 11 Trojan Olympians in attendance alongside President C.L. Max Nikias. "

Lane 2 - MSN posts "Asthma drug life changing: swimmer.  An Olympic swimmer said an asthma treatment which could be discontinued on the NHS enabled her to "resurrect" her career.  Jo Jackson, who competed in the women's 400m freestyle at the London 2012 Games, said Xolair helped stop painful asthma attacks during training.  Jackson, who won bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008, said the "life changing" drug enabled her to continue her swimming career after severe asthma attacks put her future as a swimmer in jeopardy.  She made her comments after the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) recommended that the drug should not be available on the NHS for treating severe, persistent allergic asthma in adults and children."

Lane 3 - USA Swimming posts via youtube "Garrett Weber-Gale fun interview.  Garrett Weber-Gale spent a lot of time traveling before the #MinnGP. He also talks about what he'll be doing for Thanksgiving."

Lane 4 - Herald Sun posts "Swimming champion Alicia Coutts still searching for a sponsor.  THE days of multiple Australian swimmers pocketing riches off pool success are well and truly over with London star Alicia Coutts still without a major sponsor three months after she collected half the swim team's Olympic medals. The five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist couldn't attract a single sponsor after her Delhi success two years ago and she has been unable to sign with a single new sponsor since London although her manager remains locked in negotiations with several companies.  Coutts, whose only backer prior to London and since has been her local Audi centre in Canberra, was not upset by her lack of endorsement deals."

Lane 5 - USA Swimming posts via youtube "Missy Franklin - Minneapolis Grand Prix - Day 1 Finals.  Missy Franklin talks to the media after the first night of the #MinnGP."

Lane 6 - Greenfield Reporter posts "With fame of 5 Olympic medals, Missy Franklin has put off the money for now in the name of fun.  Missy Franklin is content to wait for the endorsement money that's bound to come her way after those five medals at the London Olympics.  She's experienced plenty of fame, success and fun through her performances in the pool without the financial security of corporate sponsorships. And after all, she's only 17."

Lane 7 - Press Association posts via  youtube "Thorpe reveals booze and depression battle.  an Thorpe has shocked his fans for revealing a lengthy battle with depression and alcohol dependency in his autobiography."

Lane 8 - Michigan Live posts "Swim enthusiasts are diving into an effort to establish a Greater Kalamazoo Aquatics Center.  The organization envisions the Greater Kalamazoo Aquatics Center, a facility with a swimming pool that is 50 meters long and 25 yards wide to allow for 22 practice lanes of swimming. (A traditional high school pool is about 25 yards long and six lanes wide.) Their vision calls for a separate warm pool for therapeutic uses and such things as water aerobics, a 1- and 3-meter diving well, a weight room, exercise rooms, and cross-training rooms suitable for people who participate in triathlons.  Potential uses for an aquatics center rise as high as hosting events that are regional qualifiers for swimmers interested in the U.S. Olympic team."

Thursday's Swim Report - Why Wait For Speedo Sundays?

Lane 1 - UPI posts "Phelps now in Baltimore loft.   Record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who grew up in the Baltimore area, is now living in a loft in the city, The Baltimore Sun reports.  The newspaper said Phelps has not announced his purchase of a loft in the up-and-coming Canton neighborhood. But neighbors say Phelps sightings are frequent, and he reportedly has patronized neighborhood watering holes."

Lane 2 - Socialite Life posts "A Shirtless Tom Daley Hits The Beach In A Speedo In Australia.  Tom Tom_daley_beachDaley is looking good as he is training is Australia. The swimmer is down under training for upcoming competition but has managed to have some down-time as he hit the beach."

Lane 3 - Mercury News posts "Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin entered in World Championships.  Two-time Olympian Anthony Ervin of Berkeley is among the stars entered in the short course World Championships, Dec. 12-15, in Istanbul, Turkey, USA Swimming announced Wednesday."

Lane 4 - Daily Mail posts "Golden girl Adlington calls for British coach to take charge of Team GB swimmers.  Rebecca Adlington has called for a home-grown candidate to take over as British Swimming head coach following the disappointment of the London Olympics.  Team GB's swimmers managed just three medals, two of which were won by Adlington, to fall below the pre-Olympics target of six."

Lane 5 - Easy Reader News posts "Manhattan Beach Mayor honors Olympic gold medalists Rebecca Soni and Ricky Berens.  Mayor Wayne Powell honored Olympic gold medalist swimmers Rebecca Soni and Ricky Berens, both Manhattan Beach residents, this week. The swimmers, who have been dating for three years, accepted the mayor’s “I Heart MB” award and keys to the city at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Soni and Berens both brought their gold medals to the meeting. Berens won gold at the last two Olympics. Soni has won silver and gold medals."

Lane 6 - The New Zealand Herald posts "More success for Kiwis in World Cup.  New Zealand swimmers enjoyed plenty of success on the second day of the FINA World Cup swim meet in Dubai today.  Olympians Glenn Snyders and Melissa Ingram earned podium places, Christchurch sprinter Cameron Simpson broke a national record and all three went under the qualifying times for December's FINA world short course championships."

Lane 7 - Speed UK posts via youtube "Speedo Sundays - swimming fun!  Join us for fun swim activities such as aqua zumba, learn to swim classes, mini water polo and lots more!  Click here to find out more

Lane 8 - Chicago Now posts "Swimming is therapeutic for Multiple Sclerosis."

Sunday's Swim Report - Going For The Pink Medal

Lane 1 - UPI posts "Female Olympians count their post-Games winnings.  U.S. female Olympic medalists may be closing the gender gap on post-game income. Gabby Douglas could earn millions over the next four years and swimmer Missy Franklin is turning down big offers to keep her eligibility for college sports."

Lane 2 - The Wendy Williams Show posts "Wendy Takes a Swim!  Growing up Wendy was a competitive swimmer and hit the pool recently to race Olympian Natalie Coughlin.  The lashes came off and so did the WIG...but did Wendy come out a winner?"

Lane 3 - ioL news posts "Chad makes a big Durban splash.  Durban swimming superstar Chad le Clos officially opened a new swimming pool for the Durban Christian Centre School in Mayville on Monday.  The Olympic gold medal swimmer said he had always wanted to be a role model to children. “I hope one day they’ll say I inspired them in some way,” said Le Clos."

5067cd3636cb3.preview-300Lane 4 - The Monitor posts "Olympic gold medalist Berens holds swim clinic at Rowe natatorium."

Lane 5 - Louth Leader posts "Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster to make waves at 11th annual literary festival.  FORMER Olympian Mark Foster will headline the 11th annual Wolds Words Festival in Louth.  The former swimmer turned BBC television presenter will be talking about his sporting career and taking questions from the public as part of the event, held between October 17 and 21."

Lane 6 - KSEE24 posts (w/video) "Olympic Gold Medalist Visits Fresno.  An Olympic gold medalist, and world champion swimmer, spent some time out of the pool Friday to talk about the importance of staying active at any age.  Jessica hardy spoke to the residents of golden living center Hy-Lond Friday."

Lane 7 - Century Council posts via youtube "Ask, Listen, Learn presents: A student interview w/Rebecca Soni.  7th grader Sujeydi Crespo interviewed Olympic gold medalist swimmer Rebecca Soni after an Ask, Listen, Learn event at Paul Public Charter School in Washington, DC. The Century Council's Ask, Listen, Learn program is the most widely distributed alcohol education program for middle school kids and their parents in the nation."

Lane 8 - Kitsap Sun posts "Olympic Aquatic Club hires Beard as coach.  Taryn Beard has spent much of her life on a pool deck.  Whether it was as a swimmer, coach or cheering on her sister, Amanda Beard, at multiple Olympics, Taryn Beard has a passion for the sport.  Her enthusiasm and knowledge helped the Irvine, Calif., native, land the job as the new age-group coach at Olympic Aquatic Club."

Thursday's Swim Report - Swimmers Go Hollywood, Young Hollywood

Lane 1 - Herald Sun posts "Cate Campbell backs Melanie Schlanger's stance on swim funding.  OLYMPIC gold medallist Cate Campbell says 4x100m relay teammate Melanie Schlanger deserves credit, not flak, for shining a spotlight on pay discrepancies within the Australian swim team.  Campbell hopes it's one of the key issues on the table when Swimming Australia begins its much-anticipated high-performance review.  Outspoken Schlanger was publicly rebuked by veteran Geoff Huegill last week after the Queenslander tweeted she earned below the minimum wage of $17,000 for about 35 hours of weekly training.  "Have to rem (sic) that someone on min wage doesn't get an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai or Manchester plus 3 weeks in London," the butterfly specialist wrote back in one of a series of tweets.  But Schlanger - and even her dad - both hinted Huegill, as one of the luckier members of the team in terms of funding, wasn't one to talk."

Lane 2 - Young Hollywood posts via youtube "Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Soni Shares Golden Memories.  Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni steps up to the Young Hollywood podium to share her thoughts and experiences swimming for Team USA at the London Summer Games, where she not only took home the top prize but a world record to go with it! Rebecca recounts her memories through a series of photos from London, and then we let her judge us on our own swimmer-related mini-Olympics!"

Lane 3 - Young Hollywood posts via youtube "EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY! Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones Personally Signed Swim Cap .  Would you like to own a piece of Olympics history? Who wouldn't? Gold medal-winning swimmer Cullen Jones visited the Young Hollywood Studio and he personally autographed both a YH cap and a SWIM cap for TWO LUCKY WINNERS! Just watch the video, Subscribe to our channel, and once you've done those two things you will find out how to enter! GOOD LUCK!"

Lane 4 - Courier Mail posts "It's sink or swim in the slow lane.  AS A freelancer, I get to set my own hours. This workday flexibility is great, it almost makes up for not receiving superannuation or 303082-grace-from-vivien-039-s-model-management-wears-vintage-one-piece-and-vintage-bathing-capsick leave.  One of the things I love to do during a quiet weekday afternoon is to go for a swim in an indoor, heated public pool. Some people garden to relax, I swim with strangers in tepid water while my goggles fill with stinging, overly chlorinated water. Each to their own."

Lane 5 - perth now posts "Swimming danger for older men.  The over-55s are now the age group with the most drowning deaths in Australia and men make up 74 per cent of fatalities, the latest Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report revealed."

Lane 6 - The Eastsider LA posts "Olympic-sized dreams to fill new East L.A. pool.  When it came Newpooltime to cool off on a hot summer day, a few generations of East Los Angeles kids have taken a dive into the Belvedere Park Pool.  The plan is to build an outdoor, 12,743-square foot Olympic-sized pool, a 5,092 square-foot shallow recreation pool and adjacent “Splash Pad.” The low-slung, concrete-block pool building constructed  in 1950 will be demolished to make way for a new and larger Spanish-Colonial style structure.  But with construction of the new pool scheduled to begin next May, any aspiring Olympic swimmers seeking to practice and cool down next summer will have to go someplace else besides Belevedere Park. The new pool is not expected to be completed until June 2014, according to county documents."

Lane 7 - Press Association posts via youtube "'I'm a normal girl' claims Olympic Champion.  Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte, the British-based schoolgirl and Olympic swimming champion has admitted she tries to keep grounded by forgetting about her gold medal heroics at the London Games."

Lane 8 - insider media posts "Speedo races towards £100m sales.  Swimwear giant Speedo International has boosted revenue by more than £8m as its sales to the rest of the world jumped by 75 per cent to almost £50m. The Nottingham-headquartered company's total turnover edged closer to the £100m in 2011."

Wednesday's Swim Report - The Swimming Bunnies Treaty

Lane 1 - The Independent Florida Alligator posts "Under Troy’s leadership, Lochte swims to Olympic history.  At the 2012 London Olympics, coach Gregg Troy led the U.S. men’s swimming team to 16 medals, six of which came from athletes Troy coached at Florida.  Team USA earned 31 medals in swimming overall, including 11 from former Gators."

Lane 2 - Disneyland Paris posts via youtube " Rebecca makes a splash at Disneyland Paris.  GB swim star Rebecca Adlington has just returned from a visit to Disneyland Paris, where she was given a VIP welcome by Mickey Mouse. After months of relentless training, Rebecca chose to celebrate her recent success in the pool with a well-earned family break at Disneyland Paris, where she enjoyed the park's 20th Anniversary celebrations.  Rebecca said: "Since the Olympics, it's been a complete whirlwind. I'm here at Disneyland Paris with my family and it's such a great chance for us to spend time together after being separated for so long for the games. It's amazing, it's my absolute dream!"

Lane 3 - CBS News posts "Michael Phelps gives Baltimore Ravens pep talk after practice.  Phelps, Ray_Lewis_Michael_Phelps_620x350a die-hard Ravens fan, has credited linebacker Ray Lewis with helping him get his competitive juices flowing up to the London Games."

Lane 4 - Des Moines Register posts "Olympic swimmer teaches need for swim lessons to Urbandale teens.  Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones taught six Urbandale Middle School students how to swim today at the public pool. The gold medalist met with the whole school earlier this morning to tell his story about how he got into swimming and why water safety is important.  Jones is working with USA Swimming Foundation on the Make a Splash tour to encourage students to get swimming lessons. Urbandale was one of six cities he will visit this year."

Lane 5 - Daily Trojan posts "Rebecca Soni continues USC’s Olympic success.  For Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni, the last month of summer seemed nothing out of the ordinary for a Trojan alumna. She met up with old friends, relaxed as much as possible and took a trip to London."

Lane 6 - Chicago Tribune posts "Baghdad orphan Kelly eyes pool gold for Australia.  He has described himself as the happiest man alive, yet in 20 years Iraq-born swimmer Ahmed Kelly has risen above extreme hardship to become one of Australia's leading medal hopes at the London Magnussen395Paralympics.  Kelly, along with his brother Emmanuel, was born severely disabled, with under-developed limbs as a result of their parents' exposure to chemical weapons."

Lane 7 - TripleM Sydney posts "James Magnussen Denies Sleeping With Kobe Bryant But Can't Speak For Eamon Sullivan.  Australian swimmer James Magnussen joined the Grill Team on Wednesday morning and admitted he's grown up a lot in the wake of the London Olympics."

Lane 8 - WSJ posts "Swimming Bunnies Offer Android Game Solution to Island Spat. In the free game, Takeshima Struggle, players race a cartoon rabbit from either Japan or South Korea to an island representing the disputed territory in order to claim it. The Japanese maker of the game hopes the swimming bunnies will help lighten the tone of the debate and improve relations between the two neighbors as they seek to find a peaceful end to their island spat."

Friday's Swim Report - How To Design The Best Speedo Ever. Add More Pink!

Lane 1 - The Post Games posts "One On One With Rebecca Soni."

Lane 2 - The Gloss posts "Ryan Lochte Has Designed A Hot Pink Speedo With Stars On It, Is Ryan-lochte-leno-speedo-2-1Clearly The Greatest Designer Ever.  Although Lochte did wear the above Speedo about a year ago, what we didn’t know then was that the little darling had designed it himself!"

Lane 3 - NYDN posts "Ryan Lochte trademarks ‘Jeah!’ - his odd, vague, made-up catchphrase.  Olympic gold-medal swimmer wants to use the word on hats, swim goggles, T-shirts and more. He's already selling 'Jeah'-themed sunglasses on his website."

Lane 4 - Daily Mail posts "Tancock wants third go at the Games as Team GB swimmer eyes Rio 2016.  Liam Tancock will continue his bid for an elusive Olympic medal by swimming on to Rio in 2016.  The 27-year-old competed at his second Games in London this month when he finished fifth in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 4x100m medley relay.  And the three-time world champion will bid to make it third time lucky by finally clinching a place on the podium.  ‘My plan is to go on to Rio,’ Tancock told Sportsmail"

Lane 5 - Herald Sun posts "Blair Evans hits back at critics of Australia's swim team .  LONDON silver medallist Blair Evans has challenged swimming's critics to spend a session at the pool with Article-2190033-1496C97B000005DC-552_964x642any one of the country's Olympians, rebuffing suggestions the team lacked a quality work ethic."

Lane 6 - Daily Mail posts "Incredible shot of US swimmer that perfectly shows the phenomenon of surface tension.  Put simply, all water has a 'skin' and in the photograph, Clary is breaking through that skin as he swims in the race which was part of his road to victory in 2012."

Lane 7 - The Telegraph posts "Rebecca Adlington terrified of taking plunge into retirement but admits Rio 2016 could be an Olympics too far.  Even if you mixed bicarbonate of soda with half a litre of vinegar, you would be hard pressed to create a cocktail more effervescent than Rebecca Adlington. “I’m a bottler, and then all of a sudden I’ll just explode,” she exclaims."

Lane 8 - The Australian posts "Cold water no bar to hardy swimmers.  VISIT any beach, bay or ocean pool on an early winter's morning and you're bound to find that hardy species, the year-round ocean swimmer, lapping up and down without a wetsuit as though it were mid-summer.  As a regular swimmer who hates being forced into indoor pools during the winter months, I decided to find out whether it was as easy as it looked."