Ami Matsuo and Cameron Simpson finish on a high at Oceania Championships
Hosts New Zealand claimed the overall honours for number of wins in a tight battle with Australia on the final night of the Mayfair Pools Oceania Championships in Auckland.
Starting the night locked on 16 wins each, the Kiwis won three of the last four events for the 21-19 final scoreline.
Kiwi Stanley and Kent finish 1-2 in 200m free at Oceania Swimming Champs
Competition is good, even among friends as Commonwealth Games teammates found out on the opening night of finals at the Mayfair Pools Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on May 20, 2014.
National record holder Matthew Stanley came from behind to pip the fastest qualifier Steven Kent by just six hundredths of a second in the final of the 200m freestyle at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson.
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.
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