Last lap for Japan's swimming stars before Olympic Trials
The stars of Japan Swimming such as Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda and Aya Terakawa were missing at the Nationals (25m) Championships held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center ( T-TISC ) in Tokyo, Japan from February 11-12, 2012 due to a heavy training they are undergoing for the upcoming Japan Olympic Trials taking place at T-TISC from April 2-8, 2012. Each of them trains in different places.
Kosuke Kitajima, Olympic gold medallist in 2004 and 2008, has been training very hard with teammates, such as Americans Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy under Coach Dave Salo at his U.S. training base, the Trojan Swim Club in Southern California, since the beginning of February. Takeshi Matsuda, silver medallist in the men's 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, has been enjoying his strong stress training under Coach Yumiko Kuze at 1900m above sea level at the La Loma Altitude Training Center in Mexico since February 15, and will be back home around the first weekend of March. Aya Terakawa, silver medallist in the womens 50m backstroke also in Shanghai, has been training with her team under Coach Norimasa Hirai at the University of Northern Arizona, USA since February 15.
Meanwhile, the annual meeting of the Japan Swimming Federation was held at the Shinagawa-Prince Hotel in Tokyo on February 26, 2012. About 70 delegates from 47 different districts in Japan attended the meeting. The committee of Open Water Swimming Japan reported the results of the 2012 Australian Open Water Championships held in Perth from February 17-19, 2012. Japan's open water swimmers such as Yasunari Hirai, Yuto Kobayashi among men and Yumi Kida among women swam well at the Championships, so they will swim at the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 to be held in Setubal, Portugal from June 9-10, 2012.
Moreover, the eight divers that competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in London from February 20-26, 2012 had a safe trip back home. The number of divers to have an Olympic ticket for London 2012 will officially be announced by the Japan Swimming Federation on April 9, 2012.