Daily Swim Report - LA 2024 & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - East Bay Times posts "Oakland: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin will sign books in Montclair. Team USA swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin will visit A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village on Dec. 10 to launch her new book, “Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion.

Lane 2 - Sport 24 posts "SA swimmer, water polo player banned. A South African swimmer and water polo player have been banned after failing drug tests. Swimmer Louisa de Jongh and water polo player Jabulani Sibiya have both been served with two-year bans by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)."

Lane 3 - NBC Sports posts (w/video) "Watch USA Swimming behind the scenes from Omaha to Rio. Check out a montage of the U.S. Olympic swim team’s preparations for the Rio Olympics, from its first gatherings after the Olympic Trials in Omaha to training camps and finally arrival in Brazil."

Lane 4 - NBC Sports posts "LA 2024 Olympic bid budget one-quarter the size of Tokyo 2020.  The LA bid committee released the budget on Friday. The bid is about a quarter of Tokyo’s current ballooning budget for the 2020 Olympics."

Sunday's Swim Report - To Arizona With Swim & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - USA Swimming posts "20 QUESTION EXTRA: KATIE LEDECKY."

Lane 2  - OC Varsity posts "Newport Harbor coach Peirsol is hitting right marks."

Lane 3 - CNN posts "Want Team USA to win gold? Buy 'em a pair of shoes." Meanwhile USA Today posts "Olympic athletes Natalie Coughlin, John Orozco make pitch for campaign."

Lane 4 - Sporting News posts "Arizona State hires Michael Phelps' swim coach. Arizona State announced Friday the hiring of Bob Bowman as the school's new swim coach. While Bowman is a six-time USA Swimming Coach of the Year award winner, he is better known to many for his role as Phelps' coach."

Lane 5 - CCTV posts "South Africa's Olympic stars Chad & Cameron qualify for 2015 Swimming world championships."

Lane 6 - Queerty posts "Gay Water Polo Club, Toronto Triggerfish, Pay Tribute To Baywatch & Tight Speedos."

Sunday's Swim Report - Some Swim Wisdom & Other Swim Bits

Suffering a little injury so no swimming today but I did go golfing instead.  After 9 holes of land golf I'm so much better when I stay in the pool.  Hopefully I'll be back to swimming by next weekend.  Till then here is some Swim Bits...

Lane 1 - Sporting News posts (w/video) "Ryan Lochte, Make-A-Wish give 15-year-old unforgettable day."

Lane 2 - Go Swim posts "Freestyle - With Dolphin Kick."

Lane 3 - Colorado State Rams posts "Amy's new challenge. Street on campus renamed Amy Van Dyken Way. Colorado State celebrated former swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken by renaming a street on campus Amy Van Dyken Way to honor her many accomplishments."

Lane 4 - OC Register posts "Fate of Belmont Plaza Pool to be decided. During one of the public meetings to discuss plans replace the deteriorating Belmont Plaza Pool, an onlooker without a vested interest in the project asked the simplest of questions: “Why are we arguing over a pool?" The answer was also simple: This isn’t just any pool.Long Beach Press-Telegram posts 'Belmont Pool could be Olympic again: Guest commentary."

Lane 5 - The Monitor posts "Olympic swimmer shares wisdom with McAllen Swim Club. Although Nick Thoman’s life has revolved around swimming pools, his biggest tip for members of the McAllen Swim Club was to keep practicing at home."

Lane 6 - The Courier Mail posts "Australia gets top coaches back: Stephan Widmer, Shannon Rollason to help develop swim stars."

Lane 7 - USC Athletics posts "Men's Water Polo: Stanford 11, USC 10."

Lane 8 - Broadwayworld posts "SwimFast Ergometer Swim Machine is Launched. SwimFast Ergometer: A new training tool to help swimmers, from elite to enthusiast, perfect their stroke."

Interview with FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione

Under the motto "Sharing the Magic of Team Sports", FINA organised the FINA World Water Polo Conference on February 27-28, 2014 in Cancun (MEX), in co-operation with the Mexican Swimming Federation.

This was a unique opportunity for FINA's Water Polo family to hear from established team sports, newly popular sports, and representatives from the Water Polo family about the new and innovative ideas they have used to ensure continued success.

Monday's Swim Report - An End For British Water Polo & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - The Vancouver Sun posts "Olympic swimmer Brent Hayden gets creative with a camera. The former Olympic swimmer is focused on a career in photography. An exhibition of his work opens Tuesday, March 11 at Foot of Main Gallery, 119 Main at Alexander."

Lane 2 - The West Australian posts "Olympic star happy to invest in safety. Eamon Sullivan still remembers his first and only day as a surf lifesaving nipper."

Lane 3 - The Telegraph posts "Italian and European swim chief faces fraud claim. The president of the Italian swimming federation, Paolo Barelli, has offered to resign if fraud accusations directed at him are proved true in an escalating feud with the country's Olympic committee. CONI, the Olympic committee, denounced the swimming federation in court last month after an internal audit cast doubt on the use of more than €800,000 (around $1 million) that was intended for pool improvements for the 2009 swimming world championships in Rome."

Lane 4 - BBC posts "British water polo: National champions insist future is bright.  After losing £4.5m in funding from UK Sport, British water polo is fighting to keep its head above water. Of all the sports to be subject to a funding cut since London 2012, only basketball has suffered a bigger reduction."

Wednesday's Swim Report - Allure of the Swimmers & Other Swim Bits

Totally missed this the other day the17thman passed it's 10,000th post!  Hopefully I'll be able to continue on and reach my 100,000th post.  Till then here is today's Swim Report:

Lane 1 - Big Ten posts "BTN to Air Seven Big Ten Winter Championships. Network to showcase wrestling, swimming & diving, indoor track & field and gymnastics. Coverage begins at 10:30 AM ET on Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Minnesota. The Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 10:30 AM ET on Sunday, March 2, from Michigan."

Lane 2 - Daily Mail posts (w/video) "The smile that hid Ian Thorpe's private pain: Troubled swimmer joined Tom Daley for carefree cruise before rehab.  The Australian world champion swimmer showed no signs that anything was amiss as he took part in a multitude of activities on board Royal Carribean cruise ship Allure of the Seas."

Lane 3 - Inside The Games posts "Paralympic swimmer Long to feature in NBC documentary tracing Russian roots.  Twelve-times Paralympic swimming champion Jessica Long is to be the subject of a new documentary broadcast by NBC during its coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympics this weekend, which will follow the athlete as she travels back to Russia to trace her roots."

Lane 4 - Courier Mail posts "Redcliffe Peninsula claims to have the best fish and chips in Queensland with views to match. Seafood Lover’s Cafe at Margate Beach is owned and operated by former Olympic swimmer Karen van Wirdum. Locals say the view here and the friendly staff make it the best place to dine, while Red Dolphin Seafoods further along the beach is also popular with families."

Lane 5 - The West Australian posts "Beat swimmer's shoulder.  Swimmer's shoulder is a type of either tendonitis or bursitis that occurs in the shoulder joint. It is very common in older swimmers and in people who increase their volume of training with an event coming up."

Lane 6 - US Masters Swimming posts "In-Water Cross-Training. Water polo drills can provide fun and challenging cross-training."

Lane 7- Aussiebum posts "aussiebum - LEAGUE 14 promo.  The game has reached a whole new level with aussieBums 'League 14'. Made using premium quality Italian fabric this classic design features two internal sand release openings and advanced manufacturing techniques for durability. Make your move now!"

Lane 8 - Arena Water Instinct posts "The beginners’ guide to Aquafitness.  Aquafitness represents undoubtedly one of the most interesting lifestyle trends, which after 30 years (first spread in the US), has seen a consistent growth. Its uniqueness lies in being absolutely perfect for everybody, and can be performed as a stand-alone activity or to complement swimming or any other fitness activity."

Thursday's Swim Report - Art of the Swim

Lane 1 - Arena Water Instinct posts "Vladimir Morozov – In the Hot Seat!  Do you have a question for World (50m) Silver Freestyle Medallist, Vladimir Morozov?  Arena is hosting an exclusive live videochat with Vladimir, on Sunday 15th December."

Lane 2 - Speedo USA posts "Art of the Cap.  Art of the Cap brings swimming and creativity together to create positive change in the world. Speedo USA paired five Olympic swimmers with five inspiring artists to create limited-edition swim caps for five worthy causes. Every cap sold will raise awareness, raise money, and make a difference. Art of the Cap is a reminder to give back when you are at the top of your game.  Learn more at http://bit.ly/1iRwmX9"

Lane 3 - Baltimore Ravens posts "Michael Phelps Taking Over Ravens Twitter Account.  Our Twitter followers are in store for a treat this weekend.  We have decided to hand over the keys – well, technically the password – to our Twitter account to 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.  The Baltimore native and long-time Ravens fanwill be in attendance at M&T Bank Stadium, and he’ll share his perspective with fans on the @Ravens Twitter account. This will be the first time the Ravens have ever done a Twitter takeover."

Lane 4 - Reach For The Wall posts "Inspirational video: “Rise and Swim (Welcome to the Grind)”  If you’re a swimmer, you have to thank the creator for splicing together clips of Olympic legends Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ian Thorpe, Cesar Cielo, Alain Bernard, James Magnusson, and Nathan Adrian set to crescendoing music and narrated by a deep, raspy voice in such a way that speaks directly to the chlorine-filled mind of the 4 a.m. warrior. If this doesn’t get you motivated to grab your swim bag and head to the pool, what does?"

Lane 5 - Instinct Magazine posts "Ryan Dafforn, College Coach & Former Purdue Swimmer, Opens Up About Coming Out.  When he came out during to his Purdue teammates during his senior year, DaffornRyan Dafforn was quickly recognized as a trailblazer. Now, as a college coach, Dafforn opens up about his decision to make a big splash and be himself a few years back."

Lane 6 - WBIR posts "Olympic medalists, nation's top swimmers compete in Knoxville.  Several Olympic gold medalists will compete alongside hometown favorites this weekend in East Tennessee.  It's part of USA Swimming's 2013 Winter National Championships being held at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center from December 5-7.  Some gold medalists scheduled to compete include: Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, and Cullen Jones."

Lane 7 - The Longest Swim posts "Ben Lecomte Conquering the Pacific.  Ben Lecomte will conquer the Pacific Ocean, swimming from Tokyo, Japan to San Francisco, U.S.A., in the summer of 2014. Ben set the record for the first man to swim the Atlantic in 1998."

Lane 8 - The Almanac posts "Olympic outreach.  Olympic gold-medal winner is drawing Belle Haven girls and families into aquatic sports.  Since February, gold-medal winner Brenda Villa has been head of acquatic outreach for Menlo Swim and Sport, which runs swimming programs at Menlo Park's two community pools, Belle Haven and Burgess. Now, she's also head of the Mavericks Youth Water Polo program."

Sunday's Swim Report - Meet The Kings And Queens Of The Swimming Universe

Lane 1 - The San Luis Obispo Tribune posts "Olympic star Missy Franklin makes Cal debut at Cal Poly swim meet.  So, Franklin’s college swimming career began Friday for Cal, and it kicked off in San Luis Obispo at Cal Poly’s King and Queen of the Pool meet."

Lane 2 - Aqualillies posts "Trying on Esther Williams' swimsuits.  Aqualillies at Esther Williams' house trying on suits from her collection."

Lane 3 - M Live posts "Davis Tarwater, Kara Lynn Joyce bring Olympic medals, experience to help Saginaw youth swimmers.  Davis Tarwater watched, just one of the many, as the four members of the United States 800-meter freestyle accepted their gold medals and listened to the Davis_tarwater_swim_tournational anthem at the 2012 London Olympics.  But the former University of Michigan swimmer knew that there were more than four swimmers and more than four gold medals.  Tarwater brought his gold medal to Heritage High School for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, a swim clinic Saturday that attracted 54 swimmers, ages 6 to 16."

Lane 4 - The Monitor posts "Olympian Soni makes impact on Valley swimmers.  On Saturday, Soni emphasized having fun and fundamentals. She implored her students to swim through their core, wade with the proper hand movements and fall forward in the water while not scrunching the shoulders.  Every September, McAllen Memorial swim coach Roxanne Balducci and the McAllen Swim Club bring in a prominent swimmer or coach to host a clinic. In previous years, Ricky Berens, Chloe Sutton, Brendan Hansen and Eddie Reese have made the trek."

Lane 5 - M Live posts "Olympic swimmers visit East Grand Rapids: 'We just want them to see the dreams that are in front of them'.   Olympic medal winning swimmers Brendan Hansen and Kim Vandenberg have competed all around the world and have shined in the sport’s biggest and hottest spotlights.  The two agreed Saturday that the pools that they are most comfortable in, though, are the ones in which they are teaching children how to best follow their own dreams.  The East Grand Rapids Waves Swim Club hosted the Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinic on Tracy_plungeSaturday at EGR High School, and Hansen and Vandenberg were guests. The two worked with over 100 children, providing instruction on performance techniques."

Lane 6 - Tracy Press posts "Of swimming pools past, future.  I tuned in the City Council meeting Tuesday night on Channel 26 and watched and listened to the discussion of what kind of an aquatic center could eventually wind up in Tracy.  And as several members of the council indicated, the discussion has gone on a long, long time without any decision being made to move the process along toward actual development.  The Tracy Plunge, shown in 1954, was a busy place during the summer months from its opening in 1931 through 1986, when it was closed with the opening of the community swimming pool — later named for Recreation Director Joe Wilson — in Dr. Powers Park."

Lane 7 - The Race Club posts "Fast Swimming Techniques - Flip Turn - The Flip.  In our second part of Fast Swimming Techniques Video Series on Flip Turns, Gary Hall Sr discusses 3 common mistakes made during the Flipturn along with swimming drills that can improve your own swim training program. Learn innovative swimming drills for the flipturn and know the proper position of the head, arms and feet. The Flipturn is the part of the Race where there is the greatest opportunity to gain on your competitors so take notes!"

Lane 8 - Timothy Dansie posts (w/video) "Video Letter/Vlog to my family back home during my trip to IGLA in Seattle for Water Polo. Seattle is an amazing city I never expected to visit but glad glad I took the chance to.  Big thanks to the IGLA organisers for a great event, all the polo teams for awesome games, À Contre-Courant for all their support, Mark our coach for be so positive no matter what and our extra players Kevin and Gareth for saving our asses."