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Chloe Sutton triumphs in 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix

Chloe Sutton triumphs in 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix

The 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix concluded in Los Angeles on July 11, with Chloe Sutton crowned the overall Grand Prix Series High Point winner, collecting a total of $20, 000 in prize money. 

The Grand Prix series consists of eight meets, beginning in Minneapolis on November 13, 2009, with the Los Angeles meet added to the calendar for the first time this year.

The Los Angeles meet was held at the University of Southern California from July 8-11.

Ms Sutton, who was a member of 2008 USA Olympic swimming team, put in an overwhelmingly dominant performance throughout this Grand Prix series, winning a total of sixteen gold medals, six silver and one bronze, earning a total of 99 points.

Her win is even more remarkable considering Ms Sutton did not compete in the Santa Clara meet of the Grand Prix series.

The race for second and third place in the Grand Prix series was much tighter, with Dagny Knuston coming in second place with a total of six gold medals and seven silver, earning 52 points and managing to narrowly defeat Dana Vollmer, who came in third place with a total of nine gold medals as well as one silver and bronze, earning 49 points.

Three meet records fell on day four of competition in Los Angeles, with Dana Vollmer setting a new record in the women’s 100m butterfly with a time of 57.39.

Rebecca Soni set a new record in the women’s 100m butterfly with a time of 1:06.23 and Kosuke Kitajima also established a new record for the men’s 100m butterfly, finishing the event with a time of 1:00.02.

Mr Kitajima also set a new meet record in day three of the meet in the men’s 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:11.14

On Day 3 of the Los Angeles meet, Katie Hoff shattered a ten year record in the women’s 400m freestyle, which had been set by Claudia Poll in 2000.

Ms Hoff completed the women’s 400m freestyle with a time of 4:06.21, which was almost three seconds faster than the record set by Poll, which was 4:09.04

And finallykick-started the Los Angeles meet with a bang by setting a new meet record (8:31.05) in the prelims of the women’s 800m freestyle

On day two, Ziegler followed up this performance by managing to shatter her own record in the finals of the women’s 800m freestyle, with a time of 8:25.89, which beat the record she had just set on day one by five seconds

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WA swimmers set 56 records at 2010 SunSmart State Open Championships

WA swimmers set 56 records at 2010 SunSmart State Open Championships

The 2010 SunSmart State Open Championships, held by Swimming WA at Challenge Stadium from the 27th to the 30th of January, certainly lived up to the hype of being the biggest event on the WA swimming calendar.

56 records were broken by WA athletes at the event, including 38 state records and 18 country records.

200 athletes from 27 teams took part in the Championships.

But for many people, the 2010 SunSmart State Open Championships belonged to Brianna Throssell, a 13 year old superstar in the making from the City of Perth.

Ms Throssell broke 13 state records over the course of the four day competition

Blair Evans, another of the City of Perth’s brightest stars, followed very closely behind Throssell, breaking 12 state records.

In one of the most eagerly anticipated events of this year’s Championships, these two rising stars of the pool went head to head in the Women’s 100m Freestyle on day two.

Much of the excitement surrounding the Women’s 100m Freestyle came from the fact that at the 2010 SunSmart State Age Championships, held in December 2009, both Throssell and Evans achieved the fastest time in the 100m Freestyle ever recorded by a swimmer from WA.

Additionally, Ms Evans is the current holder of the WA All Time Record for the event.

The addition of Adelaide Hart, another very talented young swimmer from Applecross to the Women’s 100m Freestyle only contributed to the excitement and anticipation surrounding the event.

But in the end, it was Evans who triumphed, coming in first place with a time of 55.61.

Hart came in second place with a time of 57.60, and Throssell followed very closely behind her to finish in third place with a time of 57.63

Chelsea Unwin from Riverton Blue Marlins broke 3 state records and Alexander Taylor from Southside Penhros Wesley broke 2 state records.

Ross Hendry from Aquajets broke four records in the Boys 14yrs/U 1500m Freestyle, a record that has stood for eighteen and a half years. Hendry also broke the WA All Time & Residential in the Boys 14yrs/U 800m Freestyle record as a split time whilst completing his 1500m.

Rural WA featured strongly at the Championships, with Adele Schultz and Kate Bird, both of whom are from Bunbury Swimming Club, breaking numerous country records. Schultz broke ten country records and Bird broke eight.

Many of the athletes who took part in the 2010 SunSmart Sate Open Championships now qualify to compete in the 2010 Telstra Australian Open Championships / Commonwealth Trials in Sydney, being held from 15th -21st March 2010.

David Toll, the Executive Director of Swimming WA, said that the SunSmart State Open Championships provides athletes with an excellent chance to showcase their talent. 

“This event will be the start for many young swimmers to qualify for the National Championships held in March and is the platform from which our Olympians are discovered. It’s a really exciting time in the sport and we look forward to watching all of our young members pushing themselves onto great achievements” said Mr Toll.

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NSW Swimming – Metro South West Spring Meet

NSW Swimming – Metro South West Spring Meet

NSW Swimming - SOPAC- Metro South West Spring Meet-2436On Saturday 31st of October boys and girls ages eight and over all gathered at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre to compete in the 2009 Metropolitan South West Swim Meet.

Events that were swum on the day included all the usual freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breastroke. Relay medleys also took place.

Commendable efforts on the day were seen from Ashton Andree-Evarts who, at the age of ten, swam 100m backstroke in one minute and twenty three seconds. Jacqueline Burnand also managed to swim the 8 years and under 50meters butterfly course in under 42 seconds.

The star club of the day was the team from Cherrybrook, who managed to land the most swimmers in first place positions. Ripples swim team also managed many placed swimmers in the individual races and first place in a relay race.

Relay Results From The 2009 Metropolitan South West Swim Meet:
Mixed 10 & Under 200 LC Meter Medley Relay

PLACE CLUB TIME
1 Ripples St Marys 2:42.31
2 Toongabbie 2:44.19
3 Mount Annan 2:45.86

Mixed 11-12 200 LC Meter Medley Relay

PLACE CLUB TIME
1 Mount Annan 2:26.20
2 Ripples St Marys 2:26.21
3 Ripples St Marys 2:38.02

Mixed Open 200 LC Meter Medley Relay

PLACE CLUB TIME
1 Mount Annan 1:58.16
2 Nepean ‘A’ 2:11.93
3 Ripples St Marys 2:14.13

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World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

The grounds hosting the games.

The grounds hosting the games.

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees declared the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games officially open at the Games Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium.

With Games sailing competitor His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark among the crowd, Premier Rees opened the seventh edition of the world’s largest multi-sport event, with a record 28,292 competitors from 95 countries in Sydney.

The Games Opening Ceremony kicked off with the world’s largest competitors’ parade as the majority of Games registrants took the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Sydney 2000 Olympians by marching into the Sydney Olympic Park arena.

Games competitors ranging in age from 24-year-old Canadian swimming Facundo Chernikoff to 101-year-old Australian lawn bowler Reg Trewin walked into ANZ Stadium after being marshalled into 28 groups, corresponding with the 28 Games sports.

The world masters cauldron

The world masters cauldron

The formal proceedings included the singing of the Australian anthem in two tongues – the first verse in a traditional language of the Eora nation and the subsequent verses in English – speeches by Games Chair Margy Osmond, International Masters Games Association President Kai Holm, Minister Justine Elliot representing the Australian Government and Premier Rees and the unveiling of the Games oath.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees was happy to open the games

NSW Premier Nathan Rees was happy to open the games

The youngest Australian competitor, 24-year-old Sydney swimmer Melanie Speet, and 68-year-old Albert Armstrong, a Melbourne squash player who has taken part in every Games, lead the crowd in the reading of the Games oath written by Games competitor and well known Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

All-star Australian artists of all ages then brought down the curtain on the Games Opening Ceremony.

The world masters stadium

The world masters stadium

Nathan Foley, Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, The McClymonts, Paul Gray, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young got the Opening Ceremony crowd on their feet before, in a nod to the unforgettable Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics at the same venue, Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs and Tap Pups rounded the night’s entertainment with a spectacular dance routine.

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Vorgee Innovation Cuts Through With Australia’s First Polarised Goggles

Vorgee Innovation Cuts Through With Australia’s First Polarised Goggles

vorgee3Australian swim brand Vorgee has launched the country’s first polarised swimming goggles – the Osprey – giving Aussie triathletes and open water swimmers the cutting-edge advantage.

18 months in the making, Vorgee’s Osprey goggles use the same type of polarising lenses found in leading sunglass brands. Vorgee first had the idea a couple of years ago when they kept hearing complaints from open water swimmers of the problems they were having with reflective glare off the water and its affect on their vision and performance.

The Vorgee design team ran with the concept and began to research the kinds of polarising lenses worn by other sports people – cyclists, skiers, sailors – who need to perform to a high level in glary, reflective environments. Their findings were then applied to swimming goggle technology and the Vorgee Osprey was born.

Osprey goggles feature polarised, UV protected, anti-fog coated, enlarged lenses that provide zero distortion and optimum viewing clarity, no matter what the conditions. Combine this with an oversized, one piece lens and frame design that enhances comfort and sight lines, plus a quick fit strap system, and you have the perfect goggles for open water swimming.

Vorgee’s Osprey goggles will also be available in tinted and clear lens versions for pool swimming.

The Osprey goes on sale at participating aquatic centres throughout Australia in September 2009.

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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

The big news in swimming this week was sparked by the dwindling numbers of professional swimming coaches. On the back of a string of high profile retirements, the number of elite coaches in Brisbane has dropped from 13 to nine. Scott Volkers, the coach responsible for the swimming legends like Susie O’Neill and current head coach at the Queensland Academy of sport believes it all boils down to the leasing of public pools to large leisure companies. The poor funding and lack of resources available to coaches is resulting in fewer new faces emerging and aging coaches are either retiring or being snapped up by international programs. Previously, councils would lease pools to coaches who would earn revenue from swimming lessons, gate takings and the kiosk while devoting large amounts of time to the less-profitable art of coaching. Now companies like leisure operator Belgravia, which runs 11 aquatic centres in Queensland’s south east, are taking up the rights to pools. Volkers says high-performance coaching, which reaps rewards on an international scale but does little for the bottom line of pool operators, is often the first activity tobe pared back. As a result, professional swimming could become a sport of yester year, because without the high quality coaches, there will be no swimmers.

Actor Steve McFadden has credited swimming as his secret weapon in his war against weight. Steve, 50, will don a wetsuit to take part in the British Gas Great North Swim on Sunday, September 13. The challenge will see him making waves in Lake Windermere, Britain’s largest natural lake, with depths of up to 220ft. He is doing all this to raise money charity.

Erin McNaught takes the catwalk during the Miss Universe 2006 Preliminary Competition in Los Angeles

Erin McNaught takes the catwalk during the Miss Universe 2006 Preliminary Competition in Los Angeles

On a more social note, Erin McNaught isn’t letting her recent break-up with Braith Anasta cramp her style. Last weekend she was spotted with yet another sportsman – Eamon Sullivan. Confidential spies said the good looking pair were dominating the dance floor at Kings Cross nightclub Kit and Kaboodle on Friday night.

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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

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The big news in swimming this week was all about free diver Mike Wells and his exciting feat of swimming a 120m under sea channel on a single breath. The cave of New south Wales northern coast is said to be Australia’s longest under water cavern and is a regular haunt for sharks and has never been successfully navigated by a free diver before, and proved to be a perilous task for Wells with 3 failed attempts due to weather conditions and cramps. However he persevered and succeeded in his 4th attempt, although it was not without its dramas. Towards the end of the channel is a very narrow section known by divers as ‘the chimney’ in which Wells’ monofin became wedged. Thankfully his son Jeremy was following behind him and managed to free the fin. “My fin got jammed in the crack. It just stuck there, it was a dead stop. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, literally, so I just (put my) head down and went to work, just keep swimming” said Wells of his narrow escape. The 39-year-old free diving veteran held his breath for the lung-bursting 2 minutes and 40 seconds it took to navigate the length of Fish Rock Cave.

Across the Tasman Swimming New Zealand has recently gone into damage control with one of its young swimming stars being hospitalised in Rome for excessive alcohol consumption following the swimming championships. 19 year old Daniel Bell is no stranger to controversy following an incident where he was photographed on the loo drunk at a social function in the final days of the Beijing games. The photo was taken by team mates Dean Kent, Corney Swanepoel and Cameron Gibson who were expelled from the New Zealand team and the Olympic Village as a result of the prank. SNZ chief executive Mike Byrne made a point of commenting that SNZ would support the young swimmer despite this second incident, which will have no negative impact on his future prospects of making the New Zealand swim team. “He needs to understand that as a high profile sportsman in New Zealand, society has different expectations on him than they may have on you and I. He needs to live up to those,” Byrne said.”He just had too much to drink, like a lot of us would have to own up to having done in the past.”

In other tid bits of swimming news, A Detroit man has become the 11th person to complete the 24.3-mile swim across Lake Erie to the Pennsylvania shore near Erie. Randy McElwain took just 11 hours, 23 minutes, and 33 seconds to swim from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach in North East Township, beating the previous record for the swim by 20 minutes. The old record was set in 2006 by Josh Heynes.

Design giant Phillips- Van Heusen has licensed sportswear company Studio Ray to develop new surf inspired swim wear for its IZOD brand. The line will be available in department stores in spring. Now if you’re wondering why Phillips- Van Heusen may sound familiar, it could be because they are responsible for the backing behind brands such as Calvin Klein, Van Heusen and Bass.

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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

In swimming news this week, high profile disgraced swimmer Nick D’Arcy was named in Australia’s world cup swimming team. D’Arcy was named along with Matthew Abood, Ashley Delaney, Geoff Huegill, Robert Hurley, Lachlan Staples, Felicity Galvez, Marieke Guehrer, Leisel Jones, and Libby Trickett and are to compete in the European leg of the cup that will take place in Stockholm on November 10th and 11th and Berlin on the 14th and 15th of the same month. They will be joined by team mates Daniel Arnamnart, Leith Brodie, Adam Pine, Christian Sprenger, Blair Evans, Ellen Fullerton, Samantha Hamill, Jessicah Schipper, Emily Seebohm, Amy Smith for the second leg in Singapore on the 21st and 22nd Of November. The Australian team will be hoping to bounce back after disappointing performances recently in Rome.

A burqini designed by Aheda Zannetti

A burqini designed by Aheda Zannetti

It’s safe to say that in the past whenever swimwear has made the news or has caused outrage, it usually is about how much of the suit is missing, however in this case that cannot be further from the facts. A woman in France was reportedly turned denied entry to a Paris swimming pool for wearing a “burqini”. The “burqini” is a full body swim suit that is specifically designed for use by Muslim women, so that swimming and even water sports are no longer an unimaginable activity, due to the suits design and ability to hide a women’s figure. The “burqini” wearing patron was reportedly denied entry due to her swim wear breaching hygiene regulations, but it should be noted that regular swim wear can be and often is worn underneath the “burqini”, thus eliminating the potential hygiene breach. The “burqini’s”, design child of Aheda Zannetti, introduction has more benefits than just allowing Muslim women to swim and is being viewed as a symbol for encouraging Muslim women to be more active socially and even in the work environment.”They are choices, just women’s choices, that’s all it is.” Zanetti was quoted as saying in a statement to the Australian. And on the reasons on why she believed the patron to be refused entry, “It could be a political reason. It could be a racist reason. It could be discrimination reason. It could be millions of reasons,” she was reported in saying to the Australian. The “burqini” was introduced and has been widely in Australia in 2003 and in other European countries such as The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

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Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival: The Hottest Spot for Swimwear Fashion

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival: The Hottest Spot for Swimwear Fashion

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In a full length Jason Brunsdon dress composed of salmon pink, Stephanie Rice- Australian swimming legend- took a seat today in the front row of the opening event at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. Brunsdon was not only the designer who adorned Rice’s athletic bodice; he is also the first designer on show at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. The presence of Stephanie Rice at this event proved that Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, although more accessible to the public, is the premium place to observe the new season trends in swimwear. Alongside Jason Brunsdon, all the other designers who were on parade at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week will once again show off their collections. More excitingly, Seafolly, White Sands, Flamingo Sands, Jets by Jessika Allen and Lenny will be displaying their newest swimwear creations.


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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

There was plenty of drama in the world of swimming this week, resulting in a number of bans being imposed on various people and swim wear. First and foremost, Canadian swimming coach Cecil Russell has had his application for reinstatement rejected for a second time. Russell received a life time ban in 1997 for a doping infraction and initially was accepted. However under closer scrutiny by the CCES, it was found that Russell was convicted of conspiracy to possess ecstasy with intent to distribute and was sentenced to 4 years in prison in Arizona in March 2004, and as a result had the decision overturned. To the shock of many in the swimming world, some parents are still allowing Russell to coach their children.

The debate surrounding the new high tech performance enhancing swimsuits has finally been settled, well at the high school level anyway. The National Federation of State High Schools Association has officially banned the use of these super suits, effective immediately. They have also imposed tough restrictions on what swimmers can wear during competitions. Swimmers are now limited to one suit which must be permeable to both air and water and may not contain any zips or fasteners. For the boys they must not go above the waist or below the knee and for the girls it cannot go beyond the shoulders or below the knees, necks must remain bare. “The committee knew that in order to preserve the integrity, tradition and heritage of the sport, as well as protect and enhance the interscholastic swimming program, these new requirements were necessary to promote fair play and the educational values of high school and could not wait another year,” Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the swimming and Diving rules committee, said in a statement.

ocean-swim-bondi-to-watsons-bay-2009-images-56On a far more personal note, Speedos or the beloved ‘budgie smugglers’, an Australian icon since their introduction in 1914, has recently been banned at popular European water park Alton Towers. In a statement from management, the reason behind this ban was to help avoid embarrassment among patrons and to promote a more family friendly environment with more aesthetically pleasing and less revealing swim wear on display.

On the topic of teensy weensy swim wear, ex bay watch star Pam Anderson will be in New Zealand strutting her stuff on the catwalk to promote her new line of enviro / animal friendly swimwear during New Zealand fashion week. But the question on everyone’s lips (including her publicist) is…. will the suits be too skimpy for the casually renowned kiwis?

But it’s not all bad news this week, at the Hobart veterans swim titles some fantastic and nail biting new commonwealth records were set. New South Welshman Adam Pine carried his good form into the final of the 100m butterfly, producing a powerful finish to win in a new Commonwealth record time of 49.71 seconds and taking nearly half a second
off his own record set last year. Earlier, 30-year-old Ashley Callus set an Australian record to finish the fastest qualifier in the 50m freestyle semis, clocking in at 21.06 seconds. Queenslander Emily Seebohm won the 100m backstroke with a time of 57.47 seconds, setting a new commonwealth record, and then moments later went on to set the fastest personal time in the 100m medley and was the only swimmer to break the minute mark. Victorian Sarah Katsoulis set a new commonwealth record of 29.61 seconds in the 50m breast stroke, beating club mate Leisel Jones. Thomas Fraser-Holmes put in a mammoth effort in the 400m individual medley, prevailing over fellow competitor Leith Brodie by 3 seconds. And finally Libbie Trickett qualified fastest for the final of the 100m freestyle.

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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

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Nicholas Caine

Nicholas Caine

While most 16 year olds are at home enjoying the advancements of the technological age, Atherton teen Nicholas Caine is spending up to six hours a day training in open waters and pools to build the stamina and techniques he will need for later this year when he attempts to swim the English channel. He will swim from Dover in England to the shores of Calais in France, which is approx 20 nautical miles in waters that are a chilly 60 degrees, which the ambitious teen hopes to do in around 9 hours.    “If for some reason, I get bad weather or bad currents, then I’ll have a lot
longer swim than I planned on. If it ends up being 14 or 15 hours, hypothermia
would be a big problem to worry about.” Caine was reported in saying earlier this week. In accordance to the requirements for swimming the English Channel, Caine will embark on this swim without a wet suit. But hypothermia will not be his only opposition, with the possibility of jelly fish, huge swells and gale force winds all a real possibility. However Nicholas is not deterred, and is instead excited about the adventure.  “He just has this passion for open-water swimming,” said his mom, who plans to be on a support boat accompanying Nicholas across the Strait of Dover
sometime between July 28 and Aug. 6.

In other big news this week, the official uniform for the Australian diving team was revealed in Sydney last week. The design process began late last year when David McCabe, owner of swimwear label Ying Fa Australia, approached 17 year old Brooke Fensom to come up with a design for the team, and by all accounts the results did not disappoint. “I just sat down and put down whatever came into my head… but I knew I wanted to make it subtle and at the same time stand out,” Ms Fensom said, who has no formal training in design. The outfits include swim suits, polo shirts, track suits, shorts and singlets.

Elsewhere in the world at the Canadian swimming world championship trials, Anna may Pierse smashed her record of 2:23:77, set at the Beijing Olympics for the 200 metre breaststroke with a time of 2:20:71, the third fastest recorded in history, and just 0.49 seconds off the first.

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Swimco Swimwear: spot the before and after

Swimco Swimwear: spot the before and after

A recent study of over 200 women aged between 15 and 70 by swimsuit designer/manufacturers Swimco revealed what we all already knew, but just couldn’t quite put our fingers; the secret to looking great in a bathing suit isn’t a perfectly toned body that is cut like a diamond, it is much simpler and far more easily attainable, it is: confidence. And the easiest way to feel comfortable is to shop for your figure until you find something that complements your best physical asset while still giving problem areas attention. “It is definitely possible to find a swimsuit that is flattering, no matter what your shape or size,” states Lori Bacon, President of Swimco.” “Be prepared to take a little time, however, to get it right.” Not surprisingly the surveyed revealed that around a third of women would like to see swimsuits that help control and hide tummies which was closely followed by women seeking more bust support, bust enhancement and hip minimization whilst still allowing for that defining hour glass shape. As a response to the problem areas highlighted in this survey, Swimco have released a fashionable and exciting range to help combat swimsuit troubles. The Hip Helper which features brightly coloured eye drawing tankini’s with a feminine skirted bottom, the Tummy Toner with built in tummy panels, the Waist shaper in both high waisted and bikini cut bottoms for added torso length, the Bust Booster, an “up a cup” one piece with a supportive underband, and the C Cup and up which boasts built in moulded cups and flexible underwire to help give that much needed extra support.

The idea of being comfortable in your swimmers has carried over into the professional

world of swimming. In a controversial and somewhat rash decision, FINA is allowing swimsuits that obviously aid a swimmers performance to be worn in all races until the end of this year, when it will then change this rule and begin enforcing stricter guidelines. This has left many swimmers without swim suit manufacturer alliances in a less than ideal position. Unfortunately Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice is in one of these positions having recently being dropped from her Speedo contract. Ironically this has worked to Rice’s advantage, with no sponsorship commitments she has been free to trial different makers of speed suits including Jaked, Arena and the Adidas hydrofoil. Rice is however tipped to stay loyal to the LZR (Speedo), with her coach Michael Bohl claiming that comfort would win over minimal improvements in times.

In other swimming news, 8 time Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps has not let his high profile go to his head.”It doesn’t matter to me if I’m the favourite or I’m not, I have to make the team before I decide anything. Bob (coach Bob Bowman) and I just wanted to get here and see where we stand,” Phelps told reporters on Monday. The team he is hoping to make is the U.S championship team, which will compete in the world championships on the 26th of July in Rome. Phelps will compete in the 100 and 200 meters freestyle and 100 and 200m
butterfly.

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