Lane 1 - NY Times posts "In Afghanistan, a Soviet Past Lies in Ruins. As poignant in its imperial ambition as in its otherworldliness, the Soviet-era swimming pool atop Swimming Pool Hill here is as good a symbol as any of the doubtful legacy of empires. Dug 30 years ago, it was barely ever used by Kabul’s swimmers, as the hill became entangled in barbed wire, first a gun placement for the Soviets and then the Taliban, before the whole area was bombarded by Western firepower in the 2001 invasion."
Lane 2 - Fox Sports Florida posts "Lochte's dominance the result of hard work. Former Gator Ryan Lochte has bested Michael Phelps in their most recent head-to-head matchups, leading some to say the spotlight will be on Lochte in London."
Lane 3 - Bloomberg posts "Scene Last Night: Chefs Colicchio, Bouley, Humm Cook With Olympic Swimmer. The occasion was the Gold Medal Dining Experience, a benefit for the USA Swimming Foundation, which supports athletes in training and teaches swimming to children in underserved areas. Tickets were $1,500; All-Clad was the sponsor, providing frying pans in the goodie bag."
Lane 4 - The Japan Times posts "Tateishi tells Kitajima to bring it on for Olympic qualifying. Ryo Tateishi laid down the gauntlet to two-time double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima after obliterating the field in the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the national short-course championships on Sunday. Tateishi, who broke Kitajima's record in the 100 breaststroke a day earlier, won in 2 minutes, 3.82 seconds, more than 2.5 seconds faster than runner-up Yukihiro Takahashi."
Lane 5 - AFP has "Olympic swim champ Park eyes academic future. South Korean swimming star Park Tae-Hwan graduated from university Monday and is heading to graduate school to follow his dream of becoming a professor even as he targets more Olympic glory. The 2008 Olympic 400m freestyle champion, who has been training in Australia as he builds towards the London Games, has managed to squeeze online courses at Dankook University in Seoul around his gruelling training schedule. After completing his degree in physical education, he is now going on to study for a masters, Yonhap news agency said."
Lane 6 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Magnussen takes heed of advice in Games prep. AMES MAGNUSSEN refuses to trot out the tired cliche that he ''just wants to worry about making the Olympic team''. Of course he wants to make his first Games team, but it's just as important to stun the world. And while you sense he would also like to have a crack at the 200 metres freestyle, the 20-year-old has also now categorically ruled it out for the Olympic trials, after deciding to listen to what everyone was telling him."
Lane 7 - The LA Times posts "Book review: 'The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography'. splashy picture book makes sense for a large-format volume on post-World War II photographs that include swimming pools. With more than 200 images by nearly 50 artists, starting in the 1940s with Ruth Bernhard and ending with
David Hockney's early 1980s multi-Polaroids, this handsomely printed catalog to a large Pacific Standard Time show at the Palm Springs Art Museum accomplishes that."
Lane 8 - 9News posts "Shark attacks rising, humans to blame: study. Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns due to global warming. There were 12 deaths in 46 shark attacks in 2011, a mortality rate of more than 25 percent compared to an average of under seven percent in the last 10 years, according to statistics from the University of Florida. Countries that recorded shark attack deaths included Australia with three fatal out of a total of 11 attacks; South Africa, two fatal out of five; the French island of Reunion, two deaths in four attacks; and Seychelles with two attacks both of which ended in death. Other countries with non-fatal shark attacks included Indonesia (3), Mexico (3), Russia (3) and Brazil (2)"