I'm sick of trying to remember the days of the week. Think the Whatever-day's Swim Report needs a new title. Maybe I can steal from Business Insider and just type "8 Things You Need To Know Before Swimming Today" or something like that...
Lane 1 - The Long Beach Gazettes has "ON THE WATER: Swim Team Meets At Plaza Pool. The Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool finally reopened after a long period of down time after the summer, and the swim-meet schedule kicked right off. The first senior swimming event of the season is on for this weekend, as the Long Beach Grunions again play host to the 2011 SPMS Short Course Meters Championships. Masters swimming is the part of the sport in which adults compete in an other-than-collegiate setting. According to the website, the Long Beach Grunions, the local team that is hosting the meet under the auspices of the SPMS, provide “a supportive swim environment with helpful coaches” and “different levels of workouts for swimmers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.” The Grunions also calls itself “a totally cool, really fun, high energy swim team and social club for gays, lesbians and their friends.” Not at all limited in its membership to gay and lesbian swimmers, the team is open and welcoming to everyone, offering not only a structure for swimming instruction and swimming competition, but an opportunity for social contact among all the members."
Lane 2 - AllMediaNY posts "2011 Santa Streak in Astoria to Benefit New York Cares. More than 100 participants are expected to run 1-mile in their underwear, Speedo, or other costumes themed as a Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. The event is organized by the blog “Why Leave Astoria,” run by Ran Craycraft, who plans to donate coats and clothes to New York Cares, an organization that distributes items to needy New Yorkers."
Lane 3 - Metro posts "London Baby Swim is Nirvana for underwater youngsters. Never mind armbands – these water babies can handle themselves in the deep end. Looking like the cover of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album, the infant swimmers took to the water at an event in a specially adapted pool. The infants also have an ‘amphibian reflex’, an involuntary movement of limbs that helps them learn a swimming technique."
Lane 4 - In some sad news Philly.com post the obituary of "Carl J. Robie III, 66, Olympic swimming champion. Carl J. Robie III, the Drexel Hill swimmer who rebounded from disappointment in 1964 to capture an Olympic gold medal at the Mexico City Games four years later, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Sarasota, Fla. A freshman all-American at Michigan, Mr. Robie was a heavy favorite to win gold entering the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo. But after qualifying first in the 400-meter individual medley, he finished fourth in the final. Then, though he had held the world record in his signature event, the 200 butterfly, for the three previous years, he finished second to American teammate Kevin Berry. In Mexico City's thin air, he qualified for the 200 butterfly final with only the fifth-fastest time. But this time, in the final, he triumphed in a time of 2 minutes, 8.7 seconds. Mr. Robie said he had been ill the night before that race. "I watched [teammate] Don McKenzie drink a quart of tequila the night before, then go out and win the 100-meter butterfly," he said. "He never tasted the water."
Lane 5 - ESPN has "For swimmers, it's not all about the suits. At the 2009 swimming world championships in Rome, the suits overshadowed the athletes who inhabited them. Those second skins that incorporated buoyant polyurethane -- simply referred to as "rubber suits" by the swimmers -- could take a half-hour or more to wriggle into, a worthwhile endeavor because they slashed precious seconds from personal bests. World records tumbled. Many in the sport protested, while some contended that technology should be allowed to progress unimpeded. The Speedo Fastskin3 -- debuted around the world Wednesday and billed as a "system" that integrates the design of suit, goggles and cap -- is the latest attempt at achieving that balance. The woven suit still requires considerable effort to tug on but is made of permeable material that compresses key parts of a swimmer's body to streamline it. Minus the option of full body coverage, now limited by FINA rules, Speedo designers turned their attention to reducing the drag caused by accessories. The new goggles are said to be more hydro-dynamic and permit peripheral vision, an innovation especially valued by backstrokers, who often have trouble gauging where their competition is because they're facing the sky or the ceiling and are screened by splashing. It will come into play underwater, too."
Lane 6 - BBC asks "Should Adlington, Lochte & rivals be wearing swimming 'super-suits'? Since the 18-month 'super-suit' period between 2008 and 2009 when nearly 300 global records were set, only US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin have managed to achieve new world record times. However, the launch of Speedo's new FastSkin3 creation suggests the race to find even the smallest possible competitive edge for the London Olympics is well under way."
Lane 7 - "SwimOutlet.com is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Swimming World Magazine to Sponsor their “Race Day: The SwimOutlet.com WarmDown Show”. Everyday after the races tune into the WarmDown show with Tiffany Elias, Misty Hyman and Jeff Commings to get recaps, interviews and analysis of the days events." LINK
Lane 8 - In some brief news from Atlanta: ESPN posts "Dana Torres 2nd in 50-meter freestyle. Dara Torres climbed to the second step on the podium. It's been a while. With her surgically repaired left knee aching a bit, Torres was second in the 50-meter freestyle Thursday night at the U.S. Winter Nationals, her highest finish since the Beijing Olympics. Still, this was a good step -- especially since Torres tweaked her knee last weekend while working on starts. She received a cortisone shot Monday and was still a little tentative off the blocks during the morning preliminaries." Meanwhile the Kitsap Sun posts "Adrian wins sixth straight 50 free title. Bremerton's Nathan Adrian won his sixth straight national title in the 50-meter freestyle Thursday at the U.S. Winter Nationals. Adrian held off South Africa's Roland Schoeman to finish with the fifth fastest time in the world this year in 21.85 seconds. Schoeman touched the wall in 22.19 and France's Fred Bousquet was third in 22.37." And finally RTE Sport posts "Irish swimmers continue to struggle. Barry Murphy and Fiona Doyle turned in poor performances in the 50 metres Freestyle events on the opening day of the US Winter National Swimming Championship in Atlanta."