Wednesday's Swim Report - I Hereby Offer Jillian Michaels Free Swimming Lesson & Other Swim Bits

Lane 1 - The Japan News posts "Carrying on an Olympian’s passion for swimming.  Two women are coaching young swimmers in Tokyo and Nagasaki in an effort to pass on the passion for swimming of the late Olympic swimmer Michiko Kihara."

Lane 2 - FINA posts "12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Doha 2014.  The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) is a five-day competition held every 2 years, where the world comes to witness record-breaking feats and action-packed races with swimming stars from all continents.  The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will be staged by Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014."

Lane 3 - Ocala Star Banner posts "Ocala man wins big swim event.  Ocala native Dane Griffin clinched a national swimming championship in the U.S. Masters 2.4-mile open water event last month at Dana Point on the California coast."

Lane 4 - PR Web posts "Former Olympic Medalists Set to Host Most Challenging Open Water Swim in History.  The Fighting Manatees Swim Club, Jon Olsen, and Jeremy Linn host kick off open water swim clinic for grueling Swim Alligator Lighthouse event."

Lane 5 - KPLC 7 posts (w/video) "Olympic medalist making a splash in hopes of saving lives.  We've watched him swim on the world stage and bring home Olympic gold, but that wasn't always the case for Cullen Jones.  "I almost drowned at the age of five. I was with my parents at an amusement park. I was fully supervised - there were lifeguards there and I was still able to go under water. A child can drown in only 20 seconds. And that is really just turning your head," said Jones.  Jones eventually learned to swim and competed in his first meet at the age of 8 years old."

Lane 6 - Yorkshire Post has "Olympic champion inspires the next generation.  IT’S barely six months since she announced her retirement.  But Olympic gold medallist Becky Adlington is far from hanging up her swimming costume for good, and is now set to make a splash with her new learn-to-swim clubs, which were officially launched in Sheffield yesterday."

Lane 7 - British Gas Swimming posts "David Walliams dives in to SwimBritain at Blenheim Palace.  David Walliams waded in for his latest swim challenge joining hundreds of eager swimmers from around the country to take on British Gas SwimBritain at Blenheim Palace's Great Lake. The comic actor joined forces with a host of Olympic and Paralympic swim stars including Keri-anne Payne, Duncan Goodhew, Cassie Patten and Graham Edmunds to encourage the nation to get back in the water this summer."

Lane 8 - TMZ posts (w/video) "Jillian Michaels 'I Guess I Need Cara to Train Me' 'Biggest Loser' Star Hits Back At Co-Star After Triathlon Diss.  This weekend, Michaels returned to Malibu -- where she offered up some brand new excuses for her abysmal showing (bad wet suit, bike problems, a horse?) and vowed to do better in the race next year.  Then, it was open season on Cara."

Friday's Swim Report: Swimming Towards Los Angeles and 2024?

Lane 1 - The Hollywood Reporter posts "Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson to Host ABC's 'Splash'.   The celebrity diving series, which premieres March 19, will include the actor and former "Dancing With the Stars" competitor and the ESPN personality."

Lane 2 - Arena posts via youtube "Alain Bernard et sa nouvelle vie - Arena Swim Academy.  Alain Bernard se prête au jeu des questions-réponses à propos de sa nouvelle vie d'ancien athlète de haut niveau ! (Alain Bernard is ready to play and answer questions about his new life as a former elite athlete!")

Lane 3 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "AOC appoint barrister to swim probe.  The Australian Olympic Committee has appointed leading Sydney barrister Bret Walker SC to head its 624198-australian-olympic-4-x-100m-relay-swim-teaminvestigation into drug use and bullying by swimmers at the London Games.  The AOC on Friday said Walker would immediately begin investigating the use of Stilnox by members of the men's freestyle relay team as well as other misbehavior."  The Herald Sun posts "Moment of truth looms for disgraced relay team.  AUSTRALIA'S shamed relay swim team are set to learn their fate in meetings next week with swimming's Integrity Panel and an investigator from the Australian Olympic Committee."

Lane 4 - Gawker posts "Booting a Bookworm Off the Treadmill.  Is your gym an Olympic Training Center? Are you a professional runner who is unable to train because some retired swimmer from the 1952 Helsinki Olympics is hogging the only treadmill? Because that is the only scenario in which it would be appropriate for one gym member to complain to management about another gym member making use of the equipment they have paid to use."

Lane 5 - Daily  Record posts (w/video) "Scots swimmer Hannah Miley ready to make waves at Glasgow 2014.  SCOTTISH swimmer Hannah Miley says she is working harder than ever in her bid for Commonwealth Games glory."

Lane 6 - Daily Breeze posts "Los Angeles throws its hat in the ring for 2024 Olympics.  Los Angeles wants the 2024 Olympic Games.  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa informed the United States Olympic Committee on Thursday that the city is interested in hosting the Olympics for a third time. L.A. previously hosted the 1932 and 1984 games.  Last month, the USOC sent a letter to at least 30 cities gauging their interest in hosting the games. Los Angeles is believed to be the first city to throw its hat in the ring."

Lane 7 - US Masters Swimming posts via youtube "SWIMMER Magazine: Open Water Starts w/ Sara McLarty.  Sara McLarty walks us through Open Water starts for the March/April issue of SWIMMER Magazine."

Lane 8 - Today posts "Surf's up: Athletic beach gear rides the designer wave.  It seems the same goes for fashion, where designers have been dipping their toes into surfing-inspired apparel for the last two seasons. Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Cynthia Rowley have each infused their recent runway collections with neoprene materials, neon-colored zippers and other cheeky surfer girl details.  But the trend seems to have hit an all-time high with actual surf apparel and gear hitting stores, items which were once solely reserved for sporting retailers — and which often came in dull, basic monochromatic styles."

Wednesday's Swim Report - Get Swim Fit For Celebrity Speedo Season

Lane 1 - Courier Mail posts "Olympic swim star Stephanie Rice lands TV gig with Nine .  VEN the model good looks and world-beating athletic ability haven't been enough to spare Olympic swim star Stephanie Rice an ugly introduction to life in the spotlight. While she's yet to decide just when she'll hang up her goggles, the glamorous new TV star says her new job has renewed her focus and hunger to learn.  Moving to Sydney before Christmas, and launching a kids' swimwear range 7856042.binfor the next gen of little Olympians, she says has also found personal "stability'' after a string of high-profile relationships and equally public break-ups."

Lane 2  - The Vancouver Sun posts "Brent Hayden goes from the pool to B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Brent Hayden may no longer be swimming competitively, but you had to know the lanky kid out of Mission, who grew into a world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, wouldn’t stray far from the pool.  “I’ve been coaching swim clinics and doing public speaking,” Hayden, 29, said Tuesday after being a B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2013. “I was just in the Northwest Territories last week for a six-day tour in Hay River and Yellowknife."

Lane 3 - Thanyapura Phuket posts via youtube "Thanyapura Interview: Dutch Elite Swim Team Coach - Jacco Verhaeren.  Live at Thanyapura with Jacco Verhaeren 10x Olympic Gold Medal winning swim coach in Phuket, Thailand. Jacco provides a great insight into the Dutch Olympic Swim Team's training camp as they begin their build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. With swimmers such as 3x Olympic Gold Medalist, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, swimming legend Pieter Van Den Hoogenband and Olympic Gold Medalist Femke Heemskerk going through their paces at Thanyapura's world class training environment."

Lane 4 - Gossip Extra posts "Venus Williams’ Boy Toy Heats Up Miami Beach.  Tennis superstar Venus Williams‘ boyfriend showed off . . . just about everything! . . . in a barely-there Speedo Elio-Pis-mainyesterday afternoon in Miami Beach!  The 24 year old’s name is Elio Pis. He is a Cuba-born model who graduated with a BA in Psychology from Florida International University in 2010."

Lane 6 - 9 News posts "Aussie swim team's Gold Coast camp.  In another bonding initiative following the fallout from the London Olympics, the Australian swimming team will train alongside the country's rising stars at a six-day national camp on the Gold Coast next week.  Fresh from the success of the inaugural Super Series team event in Perth, the Australian squad will rub shoulders with the country's "generation next" across eight pools throughout the tourist strip from Monday.  It ensures James Magnussen will train with teenager Luke Percy who collected a gold medal and set a new Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) record in the men's 50m freestyle (22.46) in Sydney."

Lane 7 - News Sun posts "Gold Medal Swimmer to drive at Skip Barber Shootout.  Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary will be at Sebring International Raceway this week with the Skip Barber Racing School INDYCAR Academy.  Clary's passion for racing began when he was young.  "I've always been around fast cars and sand rails, so naturally it's been an interest of mine. For as long as I can remember, I've always sought the thrill of being at the wheel of any fast car," he said.  That, combined with the fact that he "just loves driving," has fueled his pursuit of racing."

Lane 8 - MTV UK posts "Tom Daley: 'I'd Like To Play Tarzan In Movie'  Olympic diver ready to swing into film career as lord of the jungle...he 18-year-old hunk told OK! magazine that he'd like a crack at playing the lord of the jungle when asked if he fancied a movie career.  "I would give it a go – how about a remake of Tarzan or George Of The Jungle," he replied."

Tuesday's Swim Report - Schmidt Don's A Speedo & We Call Go Swimmingly

Lane 1 - The Australian posts "Swim trio appointed to review panel.  FORMER swimmers Kieren Perkins, Petria Thomas and Tim Ford will help conduct the review into the sport that follows Australia's disappointing and controversial London Olympic campaign.  The trio was yesterday announced as members of the independent review panel to be chaired by former sports minister Warwick Smith."

Lane 2- USA Swimming posts via youtube "Conditionng Corner: It Takes an Olympian Like Effort.  Before you set your sights on becoming the next MIchael Phelps, or Missy Franklin, realize that it's going to take an incredible amount of work to get there- both in and out of the pool."

Lane 3 - E! posts "New Girl's Max Greenfield Spotted in Skimpy Swimwear.   The New Girl star spotted in a Speedo on the Los Angeles set of his show on Monday.  And while we're not exactly sure what the scene involved, given the two pumpkins, we can only assume that maybe it has something to do with Halloween."

Lane 4 - 9news posts (w/video) "Missy Franklin answered fan questions in Greenwood Village.  Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin spoke to a group in Greenwood Village, where young swimmers were fixated on their hero.  "Does anyone here have morning practice?" Missy Franklin asked looking out over a sea of raised hands.   The gym floor at the Greenwood Athletic Club was filled with children, including some of the Greenwood Tigers swimmers.  "Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed," Franklin said. "But you just remember hard work is always worth it."

Lane 5 - MetroNews posts "Mission Olympian Brent Hayden to concentrate on photography, coaching.  Brent Hayden is ready to work with the next generation of swimmers and support his wife’s passion for music the way she stood by him in his long swim to the Olympic podium.  The Mission native just got back from an action-filled summer — finally winning his first Olympic medal at the London Games and marrying his fiancée Nadina in her home country of Lebanon a few days later."

Lane 6 - Collegiate Times posts "Olympic athletes share inspiratio.  Even after having to be fully resuscitated at a waterpark after nearly drowning on a massive waterslide, Cullen Jones still could not resist being in the water.  Jones is a decorated Olympic swimmer, and along with track and field world record holder and Paraolympic gold medalist Marlon Shirley, he spoke to a crowd of Virginia Tech students last week as part of a ten-campus tour."

Lane 7 - The Wall Street Journal posts "Upper East Side 'Pool Party' Goes for Gold.  nd the gold medal for most inventive event we've been to so far this year goes to…Darcy Miller Nussbaum. She hosted a "pool party" in her Upper East Side apartment to celebrate Asphalt Green and its recent Olympian, the 17-year-old Brooklyn swimmer Lia Neal, who returned from London with NY-BX534_NYScen_D_20120924173651the Bronze…Then Ms. Miller Nussbaum asked the cookie company Eleni's to make cookies in the shape of bathing suits. She called a downtown bakery named Shellco and asked if they could make blue petit fours and blue doughnuts. For the party, she lined the blue doughnuts along a big piece of Lucite over a blue piece of wrapping paper to make it look like a pool. Lanes were demarcated by whole punches of red and white paper…Mr. Callahan brought trays that were meant to look like swimming pools, embellished by cutouts of swimmers Ms. Miller Nussbaum had designed and drawn."

Lane 8 - The New Zealand Herald posts "Baywatch star David Hasselhoff: 'I hate swimming'.  Baywatch star David Hasselhoff is scared of water.  The actor - who is famous for his role as heroic lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the iconic TV series - admitted he hates swimming and tries to avoid water where possible, although he does like giving mouth-to-mouth."

Friday's Swim Report - Hanging Up The Speedos

Lane 1 - Contact Music posts "Scott Speedman - Scott Speedman Turns His Back On Swimming.  Underworld star Scott Speedman has hung up his Speedo and turned his back on his swimming obsession - because he was bored of the daily lengths he had to do in the pool.  The Canadian star was a youth distance freestyle champion and at one point considered becoming an Olympian, but an accident ended his dream."


Lane 2 - 9 posts "Klim expects tough time at swimming champs.  Michael Klim knows he'll likely be left in the backwash of world champion James Magnussen when they meet for the first time at next week's NSW swimming championships."

Lane 3 - ESPN posts "Talented swimmer Ajulu-Bushell quits Team GB.  Team GB's first black female swimmer Achieng Ajulu-Bushell has taken a swipe at the sport's governing body for failing to support her after giving up on her Olympic dream."

Lane 4 - posts "Stephanie Rice and Nick D’Arcy expected to resume competitive swimming – Swimming News.  The three-time Olympic champion, Stephanie Rice, and Pan Pacific silver medallist, Nicholas James D’Arcy are expected to resume competitive swimming after recovering from their severe injuries.  The duo of Australian veterans is going to participate at the 2012 New South Wales (NSW) State Open Swimming Championships starting from February 10."


Lane 5 - WaPo has "University of Maryland swimmers struggle to save their program from elimination.  Signs hang on the pool wall showing support for the Maryland men’s and women’s swim and dive programs that are slated to be cut.  At first, all Megan Lafferty wanted to do was lie on her bed in the dark. Like all of her teammates, she was devastated when Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson informed them last November that the university planned to drop its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams."  Meanwhile Silver Chips Online posts "For UMD, cutting their sports can only lead to losses.  Cutting varsity sports teams is an unfair solution to Maryland’s budget shortfall."

Lane 6 -  ESPN posts "Chloe Sutton chooses pool over open water.  Chloe Sutton turned 20 this week with a unique goal in sight. If all goes well for the next few months, she could become the first U.S. swimmer to have made Olympic teams in both open water and pool events.  Sutton, who swims for the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores club, blazed onto the open water scene at age 14 and over the next two years would win gold in the 10K at the Pan American and Pan Pacific Games and a bronze medal in the 5K at the 2008 World Championships. Sutton was the only U.S. woman to compete in the 10K race in Beijing in 2008, the first year the grueling discipline of open water was included in the Summer Games, and finished 22nd."

Lane 7 - Jaunted posts "Hanging Out at Singapore's Changi Airport: The Outdoor Pool. Yes, a Pool. There's a reason Singapore-Changi International Airport consistently wins awards; it's because the place is ah-may-zing. After spending much time at the three main terminals earlier this week, we're sharing with you our favorite, can't-miss bits of this massive travel hub.  Today: The famous pool atop Changi Airport's Terminal 1  Look, you have to believe us when we say that one of the terminals at Changi Airport has a swimming pool. Why? Because, crazily enough, it's true. You'll find the clear blue waters of the outdoor pool above Terminal 1, just follow the "swimming pool" signs and an escalator to reach it."

Lane 8 - Dread Central posts "2-Headed Shark Attack.  1 Body, 2 Heads and 6,000 Teeth declares the tagline.  More like 2 heads, many boobs and no brains.  2-Headed Shark Attack is a total Joe Bob Briggs kind of movie, if you know what that means. It’s more Piranha 3D than Mega Shark vs., more in the vein of a drive-in b-movie of the past than a Syfy original movie of today. Blood, boobs, and beast are the three b-movie fundamentals, and there is no shortage of all three b’s in this one."

Thursday's Swim Report - Food For Swim, errr... Thought

Lane 1 - posts "What Dara Torres Eats (Almost) Every Day.  Greek Yogurt
This delicious yogurt is a staple in Dara Torres' diet. Creamy, low-fat. and versatile, Greek yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, or lunch. Looking for ways to get more Greek yogurt? Cheese "I love cheese!" Torres says. "I always have it in the fridge."  Applesauce  Torres keeps the fridge stocked with applesauce for her 5-year-old daughter Tessa, who she says loves it…"

Lane 2 - KXAN posts (w/video) "Gold medalist promotes healthy eating.  Weber-Gale shares Athletic Foodie recipes.  Garrett Weber-Gale made his name in the swimming pool.  The former Longhorn earned two Olympic gold medals for swimming in Beijing.  Weber-Gale still trains in Austin.  But now, he's taken up a second career - in the kitchen."

Lane 3 - Namibia Sport posts "US swimming star in Namibia.  Seven time Olympic medallist and former American swimmer Aaron Peirsol will be in Namibia at the invitation of the Namibian Swimming Union (NASU).  Peirsol will give a motivational speech at an event where former South African Olympic champion, Ryk Neethling will also speak."



Lane 4 - The West Australian posts "Thorpe not drowning, just warming up.  Australian head swimming coach Leigh Nugent has backed Ian Thorpe to lift for the occasion by swimming significantly faster at the Olympic trials in March than he has so far in his modest comeback.  Five-times Olympic Games gold medallist Thorpe's bid to make the team for London seemed doomed when he failed to make the final of the 100m freestyle at last week's Victorian State championships.  The 29-year-old went on to restore hopes in the 200m freestyle, finishing fifth in the final, and looked much closer to the Thorpe of old, settling into a comfortable rhythm in the four-lap race in which he once held the world record."

Lane 5 - Payton Communications posts "Lifesaver Contest Reveals Dramatic Rescues.  The National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation invite the public to choose who will be honored at the annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium, set for March 7-10 in San Diego, Calif.  he public is invited to help select who will receive the 2011

“Lifesaver of the Year” award to be given by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation. Ten finalists were selected after a two-month submission period that began in October.  The ten finalists represent a broad cross section of the country, including the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida."

Lane 6 - Mail Online posts "That's not your normal workout gear! Rihanna hits the cross trainer... wearing just a TINY white bikini.  Most people dress down when they hit the gym, wearing loose tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt to be the most comfortable while exercising.  But Rihanna opted for something slightly more daring in Hawaii yesterday, sharing a picture of herself on her Twitter page wearing just a tiny white bikini as she posed on a cross trainer.  The 23-year-old singer teamed the triangle two-piece with a pair of huge sunglasses, and tweeted the shot with the caption: Haha, come tap this @Khloekardashian!!!'"

Lane 7 - Some morning music with "Tango in the Attic - Swimming pool" via youtube

Lane 8 - WaPo posts "Shark bites swimmer’s arm at Australian beach; nation’s 3rd shark attack in less than 3 weeks.  A 10-foot (3-meter) tiger shark has attacked a swimmer off a remote beach in Australia’s third attack this month. That’s as many attacks as the country generally sees in an entire year.  Western Australia Police Sgt. Gerry Cassidy says the man was swimming in a lagoon at Western Australia’s Coral Bay on Thursday when the shark bit the man’s arm. The attack left the swimmer with severe lacerations."

Friday's Swim Report - The Speedos-sporting Personal Trainer.

Lane 1 - The Spectrum has "Mother-daughter success in the pool.  Not too many weeks after St. George/Santa Clara educator Elaine Heger completes her competition in the swimming portion of the Huntsman World Senior Games, her daughter Leah Heger will take her place in the waters of the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center as a valued member of the Snow Canyon swim team."

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01539219edfe970b Lane 2 - "In Touch (October 17, 2011) treats us to these candid shots of Hugh Jackman frolicking in the surf with his Speedos-sporting personal trainer." via Boy Culture (NSFW site)

Lane 3 - posts "British swimmers target internationals on road to 2012.    Britain’s swimmers are preparing for action on the international circuit as they supplement their intense early season training with race preparation ahead of the Olympic year.  With eyes firmly focused on the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 (Selection Trials) at the London Aquatics Centre in March, athletes have been working hard towards meeting the criteria for nomination to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games."

Lane 4 - The Telegraph posts "London 2012 Olympics: Sir Steve Redgrave on how Mark Spitz's magnificent seven inspired his golden dream.  Sir Steve Redgrave reveals his most memorable and inspiring Olympic moments."

Lane 5 - The Independent Florida Alligator posts "Gators swimming motivated by potential Olympic berths.  As the Florida men’s and women’s swimming teams prepare for the 2011-12 season, there will certainly be no shortage of motivation.  Aside from their usual goals within Southeastern Conference and NCAA competition, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are fast approaching, and plenty of Florida swimmers hope to give themselves the opportunity to perform for their respective nations on the world stage."

Lane 6 - The West Australian posts "Like a fish to water in Subiaco.  It seems that A_250811freeamon01_178sjfs-178sjft Olympic swimming hero and all-round nice guy Eamon Sullivan can do no wrong these days.  His new cafe in Subiaco, Louis Baxters, is going gangbusters and he has just released his first book - a cookbook called Eamon's Kitchen.  Oh, and he was crowned 2011 Cleo Bachelor of the Year in April."

Lane 7 - The Guardian posts "Sinking or swimming?  I was listening to the programme “Mixed Nuts” on Radio 105FM some Friday mornings ago, and was very pleasantly surprised to hear George Bovell III speaking as a guest on the show.  The conversation addressed the problem of the lack of popularity of swimming as a spectator sport and the difficulties of promoting it. The fact is that most spectators at swim meets are parents and maybe even a few friends. This is reflective of the youthful population made up of kids and adolescents involved in swimming. But what of the longevity of the athletes? Why do we not have more adult swim meets? The answer is as simple as the fact that we have very few adult swimmers who choose to compete. Those who are good enough to make it to international competition are lost to scholarships and greater opportunity in foreign countries."

Lane 8 - ABC Australia (video report) "Shark feeding frenzy may become thing of the past.  Fish mix blamed for altering the behaviour of great whites."

Wednesday's Swim Report - Hugh Spotted At Bondi Beach Sans Togs

Lane 1 - Alligator posts "Swimmer arrested Monday on cocaine possession charge.  Former Gators swimmer Lily Ramirez, 21, was arrested Monday night for cocaine possession and resisting an officer without violence at the Alachua County Fair Grounds.  The drug charge is a third-degree felony and the latter is a first-degree misdemeanor.  It is Ramirez’s second arrest since February, and it cost her any future she had with the Gators’ swimming and diving team."

Hugh-jackman-12 Lane 2 - StarPulse posts "A Jacked Hugh Jackman Swimming In Sydney.  We spotted a very fit Hugh Jackman going for a swim in the ocean at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach after an early morning training session yesterday."

Lane 3 - Swimming World posts "Third Annual Rowdy Gaines Classic To Feature Olympic Medalists, SwimmingWorld.TV To Interview Top Swimmers.  THIS year's Rowdy Gaines Classic will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 14-16. Besides featuring the eponymous Olympic legend racing in the short course meters meet and hosting and a free swimming clinic, this year will also bring back a few Olympians to competitive swimming.  On his Facebook page recently, Gaines announced that 1988 Olympians Tracey McFarlane (silver, 400 medley relay) and Mitzi Kremer (bronze, 400 free relay) will be racing in their first Masters competitions. Also, two-time Olympic diver Mark Ruiz will step up to the starting block instead of the diving board to compete in a couple of races.  Olympic champion Martin Zubero (200 back, 1992) is also on the list of competitors. Zubero is no stranger to Masters swimming. He is a former USMS national record holder in the individual medley and backstroke events.  SwimmingWorld.TV's Jeff Commings will attend the meet to conduct interviews with top swimmers and participate in the swimming clinic as he prepares to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials."  I will also be swimming at this event but will be struggling just to finish the 200 butterfly.

Lane 4 - Asahi posts "Kitajima overcame self-doubt to get back on podium.  During a period of painful self-reflection this summer, Olympic swimming gold-medalist Kosuke Kitajima found himself staring into the abyss. The valuable lessons he learned at the World Championships in July, however, might just help get him one step closer to Olympic gold at his third consecutive Games.  At the World Championships in Shanghai, Kitajima almost gave up on himself."

Lane 5 - But how will Lisa over at The Swim Brief ever win the coveted Swim Blogger Damon+Albarn+shower2 Award?  I mean besides posting shower photos of Damon Albarn?  Business Insider posts "The New York Times Lays Off 15 From's Editorial Staff*"

Lane 6 - SI has "Phelps kicks off Olympic training regimen, including time with Ohno.  It's still September, and Michael Phelps has already been training for six weeks.  He couldn't say that in any of the last three years since his record-setting Beijing Olympics. The 16-time medalist is swimming more yards per week now - 10 months before the London Games - than he ever did in the lead-up to this past summer's world championships."

Lane 7 - Goldcoast has "McEvoy to line up alongside Thorpe. CAMERON McEvoy's dreams of swimming against his idol were crushed when Ian Thorpe retired.  But the rising star of Australian sprint swimming will realise his goal after all when he lines up alongside Thorpe in his return World Cup meet."

Lane 8 - Arizona Daily Star posts "Ex-Cat Chandler already has the smile of winner.  A few days ago, a film crew from Indianapolis arrived at her house to get some video for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Because Chandler will be at the Pan Am Games on the night of the ceremony, they asked if she would tape an acceptance speech in advance."

Monday's Swim Report - More Classic Beach Fashion Malibu 1965

Lane 1 - I am just loving the beach ware fashion of 1965 "Natalie Wood Paul Newman Jane Powell Malibu 1965. Silent home movies given to me personally by Roddy McDowall." via youtube

Lane 2 - Bleacher Report posts (slideshow) "USA's Top 5 Male Swimmers with Shots at Multiple Golds.  The US men's swim team was the dominant pool force at the Beijing Olympics, raking in 31 medals and 12 golds.  So this year, team USA will see many young, ambitious swimmers come up through the ranks and compete for medals. This makes predictions much more interesting than in other previous years because there is a lot more competition for open spots.  That being said, these are my predictions for top five USA Men's Olympic swimmers most likely to win multiple golds."

Lane 3 - Speedo Australia has Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Speedo Final via youtube

Lane 4 - WOWT has "Olympic Dream For An Omaha Swimmer.  He's heard the word *no* so many times, he doesn't even listen.  Brandon Vander Horst understands the doubters because his goal is beyond ambitious, to swim in the Olympic Trials here in Omaha next summer. He only took up the sport two years ago.  Go to Lifetime Fitness where Brandon works out and chances are you'll see him in the pool. The three hour workouts begin at 6:30 in the morning and he's back at it again later in the afternoon."

Lane 5 - The Star has "'McCabe Olympics' stepping stone for swimmer.  They called it the 'McCabe Olympics.'  And you’re excused if you never have heard of it. Luckily, the International Olympic Committee didn’t either, or they’d have sued for copyright infringement.  But in Toronto swimmer Martha McCabe’s family, this was a big deal.  McCabe had a breakout performance at the FINA world aquatic championships last month, winning a surprise bronze medal in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke.  The Leaside High School grad clearly is not taking her newfound status for granted heading toward the 2012 London Olympics."

Lane 6 - The Telegraph has "Inside story of James Magnussen's success - Q&A with his 276774-james-magnussen-and-coach-brant-best coach Brant Best. AMES Magnussen is our first 100m world freestyle champion since Michael Wenden. Mike Hurst asks his coach Brant Best how he did it.  BRANT BEST, 39, NSWIS elite swimming coach, is best known for having coached James Magnussen to win the 100m freestyle gold medal and set up victory over the USA in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay at the FINA world swimming championships in Shanghai, China in 2011."

Lane 7 - Card Player has "Interview With Jeff Gross, Roommate Of Olympian Michael Phelps.  Gross Talks About His Live Tournament Success.  Jeff Gross is a 24-year-old poker pro with a lot going for him. Before Black Friday, he was a successful online tournament grinder playing under the name “kidwhowon.” Post Black Friday, he’s a budding live tournament star Gross-235x234 with 14-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps in his corner.  The two are friends and roommates, and both are masters of their particular craft."

Lane 8 - Sky News reports on "Wild swimming is latest craze.  Swimming in rivers and lakes is the latest craze for people who want to exercise without joining a health club.  So-called wild swimming groups say their membership is booming despite the UK's unreliable weather and chilly open water.  Comedian David Walliams is being given some of the credit for the increased popularity of the sport - after swimming the channel for charity five years ago and swimming the entire length of the Thames.  Swimming outdoors became unfashionable after the Second World War - all but killed off by cheap travel and a burgeoning health and safety culture.  Its revival is being helped by social networking sites that make it easy to arrange meetings and promote suitable stretches of water around the country."

Sunday's Swim Report - Classic Beach Fashion Malibu 1965

Lane 1 - It doesn't get more classic then this "Christopher Plummer Sal Mineo Natalie Wood Juliet Mills Malibu 1965. Silent home movies given to me personally by Roddy McDowall." via youtube

Lane 2 - Gawker posts "Bodyboarding Tourist Ripped Apart by Shark.  Looking to re-ignite your childhood fear of sharks? Look no further! A tourist bodyboarding off a beach in western Shutterstock_63605551_01 Australia was killed in a gruesome shark attack on Sunday, the first in the area in some two decades."

Lane 3 - AFP reports "Happy Feet the penguin begins long swim home.  Happy Feet, the lost penguin who became a worldwide celebrity after he washed up on a New Zealand beach was released back into the Southern Ocean on Sunday to begin a long swim home to Antarctica."

Lane 4 - BBC reports "Man missing after sponsored swim off Dorset coast.  Some of the participants went home without telling organizers.  A man remains unaccounted for after a sponsored swim off the Dorset coast."

Lane 5 - Daily Telegraph posts "Sydney Roosters ban players from getting tattoos 930117-todd-carney during the season."  Okay so that isn't swimming but if you scroll down you will find this "SWIMMING Australia is to talk to  Channel Ten bosses about the television coverage of the Olympic trials in Adelaide in March, traditionally an event that attracts massive ratings. It will be even more so next year in March with comeback superstar Ian Thorpe on the blocks against our new sprint champion, the Missile - James Magnussen.  Channel Ten has a deal to cover all major swimming events in this country until 2016 but has shunted it off to the ONE HD channel since it  did the deal. Swimming boss Kevin Neil will be demanding it goes live on the main channel for this event."  Hey, and look we got some eyecandy out of it!

Lane 6 - The Telegraph posts "James ' The Missile' Magnussen is one in a million.  HE'S the pin-up boy of Australian swimming with the potential to earn more than $1 million dollars.  In just under 12 months, James "The Missile" Magnussen has gone from little-known teenager from Port Macquarie to the man poised to surpass Ian Thorpe as the golden boy of Australian 276768-james-magnussen-and-coach-brant-best swimming."

Lane 7 - Herald Sun posts "Ease up on the false starts.  SHANE Kelly groaned again this week. Of all the millions worldwide who tuned into the track and field championships and witnessed Usain Bolt's dramatic false start in the 100m, few shared the great sprinter's pain more than the now-retired Melbourne track cyclist…There have been two others of note. Sprinter Raelene Boyle was disqualified for allegedly breaking twice during the semis of the 200 at the Montreal Olympics, and who can forget swimmer Ian Thorpe falling in at the Olympic trials in 2004.  It probably cost Boyle a gold medal -- she was favourite -- but Thorpe was reprieved by having his spot in the 400m handed back and went on to win in Athens."

Lane 8 - Daily Bulletin posts "Shark encounter draws crowd at Los Angeles County Fair…New this year are the Shark Encounter and a show featuring grizzly bears. The shark encounter showcases six nurse sharks and one lemon shark.  During one show Saturday afternoon, a man in scuba gear swam in the small tank along with two sharks. During the standing-room only show, an announcer spoke over a speaker system."