Le Clos to spearhead South African team in Glasgow
Chad Le Clos, golden boy of South African swimming, finished the trials for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with seven gold and one silver medal, qualifying in five events for the Games. Karin Prinsloo was the top woman swimmer bagging five gold medals and qualifying for four events.
It was a week of up and downs as some events delivered disappointing results but in all nine swimmers qualified for the Games in 17 events. Graham Hill, national coach of Swimming South Africa (SSA), was disappointed after he expected at least 12 swimmers to qualify at the trials in the Kings Park pool in Durban.
Australia looks to future with Games squad
James Magnusson may be the World 100m freestyle champion and the public face of Australian Swimming, but he still walked away from the country’s National Championships yesterday without a single title.
Despite the result Australian Swimming officials, and indeed Magnusson himself, are upbeat about the team’s performance ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs.
Big changes for Diving Australia
Diving Australia’s quest for Rio 2016 glory has received a huge boost, with the recruitment of a world-class international coach and a major expansion of the sport’s High Performance programme.
As well as its traditional base in Brisbane, Diving Australia is to establish ‘Performance Pillars’ in Sydney and Adelaide, with the Adelaide programme to be run by highly regarded current Canadian national head coach, Michel Larouche.
British swimmers to race at open water World Cup's first legs
A small team of British open water swimmers will be heading to South America for two legs of the FINA Open World Cup Series.
Olympian Dan Fogg, who secured his best result on the world stage with a fifth place in the 10km at London 2012, will lead the team of six which also includes European Junior 5km Open Water silver medallist Tom Allen (British Gas Swansea ITC), Tom Sunter (City of Sheffield) and Jack Burnell who trains with Fogg at British Gas Loughborough ITC.
Sarasota to Host 2013 Pan American Masters Championship
U.S. Masters Swimming is pleased to host the 2013 Pan American Masters Championship. The Championship, sanctioned by Union American de Natacion, will be hosted in partnership with the Sarasota Family YMCA, in Sarasota, Fla. Masters synchronised swimming and pool swimming competition will be held at the Selby Aquatic Center adjacent to the Sarasota Y’s Evalyn Sadlier Jones branch in Sarasota. The event dates for synchro and swimming are June 1–12. An open water swim will be hosted June 13 at Siesta Key in Sarasota.
This will be the first time the USA has hosted the biennial event. The Championship is expected to attract up to 2,000 adult swimmers from the South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the USA.
Japan welcomes home Olympic medallists with big celebration
Japan's swimming team brought home 11 medals from the 2012 London Olympic Games (three silver and 8 bronze). It is the second largest number of medals in Japanese Swimming history at the Olympics, together with the equally successful tally of 11 medals earned at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Japan picked up their biggest medal tally, 12, at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, USA.
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and fans reserved a big reception for the national athletes who collected altogether 38 Olympic medals - 7 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze - when they returned home after the Games in mid August. This is Japan's biggest overall medal tally in the history of the Games.
Minas TC takes Jose Finkel Trophy in Brazil's short course championships
In the team race, Minas Tenis Club overtook Cl De Regatas, 2333.50 points to 2314.50, for the Trophy. The Corinthians claimed third spot with 1843 points while Esport Clube took fourth with 1812 points. Six new South American records and 24 new championships records were set in the finals and heats.
The competition took place in Sao Paulo at the Sesi Vila Leopoldina Aquatic Center from August 19-25, 2012. The Finkel 2012 is a qualifying competition for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from December 12-16, 2012.
Ghana elevates its open water swimming Officials
The Ghana Swimming Association hosted its first National Open Water Swimming Championship in June this year with races in the 14-16, 17-18, 19 & over age groups over 5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km courses.
With the swimmers now ready for even more races, the Ghana Swimming Association along with the other open water swimming officials from Namibia and South Africa, is preparing its officials to raise the bar of its national competitions.
Samoan tyro begins his international career
It’s not all about the Olympics in 2012, as 15-year-old Samoan Jamal Tamasese attests. While the superstars are all preening for the London Olympic Games, at the other end of the world, Jamal is beginning to get to grips with the sport and has just returned home from his first major international competition — the Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
While there are just a handful of swimmers at the top level in Samoa, Jamal is at the forefront of his sport in a country more known for its rugby prowess. Jamal attended the Fijian Championships in April, landing silver in 15-17 boys’ 100m Fly, 100m Free and 200 IM.
Japan's swimming stars riding wave to London
After the Japan Olympic swimming trials in April, 27 swimmers were announced for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Many fine-tuned their Olympic preparation at the Japan Open 2012, held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center (T-TISC ) from May 25 -27. Home hero Kosuke Kitajima did not attend the event but many of his teammates were on-hand: Ryo Tateishi, Ryosuke Irie, Takeshi Matsuda, Aya Terakawa, Natsumi Hoshi, Satomi Suzuki.
Ryo Tateishi clocked 2:09.07 in the 200m breaststroke, Ryo Irie 53.30 in the 100m backstroke and 1:54.80 in the 200m backstroke, Takeshi Matsuda touched home in 1:54.69 in the 200m butterfuly, Aya Terakawa established a new national record in the 100m backstroke (59.08) and swam the 200m backstroke in 2:07.84, Natsumi Hoshi's time in the 200m butterfly was 2:07.78 and that of Satomi Suzuki in the 200m breaststroke, 2:24.67. At the conclusion of the Japan Open, team captain Takeshi Matsuda spoke addressed his fans and the media: “We will do our very best to get as many medals as possible at the London Olympic Games."
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