FC Porto and Diogo Carvalho, the best in Winter Nationals
A top-class Futebol Clube do Porto as a team, and Diogo Carvalho individually were simply the best at the recent Portuguese Winter Championships (short course) in the ancient city of Leiria (129 km north of Lisbon).
From December 4-6, most of the best Portuguese swimmers gathered to the first national event of the season, without the presence of many valuable swimmers such as Simão Morgado, Pedro Oliveira, Carlos Almeida and Tiago Venâncio, in a meet where the club from the North of the country demonstrated its supremacy: 12 gold - 8 silver - 8 bronze medals, a total of 28, way far from Sporting (Lisbon) with 5-7-8, total of 20, but with more national records (counting all ages).
Corinthians wins the 15-16 years old Brazilian Championship
The Sport Club Corinthians Paulista won the Brazilian 15-16 years old Swimming Championship (the Carlos Campos Sobrinho Trophy). The club scored 344 points. Minas Tênis Clube finished the event in the second position with 303 points and Unisanta was third with 255 points. Overall, 24 new event records were set in this competition. The championship was held at the Curitibano club in the city of Curitiba.
Cheng becomes surprise winner as China tops Asian swimming championships
Slicing three seconds off personal best within one month, Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wan Jun stunned to win the women's 200 meters individual medley title of the last day at the 8th Asian Swimming Championships on Foshan (CHN) on Nov. 28.
After the eight-day Asian championships, the hosts swept 46 golds in swimming, diving and synchronised swimming.
Olympic champion Liu Zige to shine in Asian swimming championships
Olympic champion Liu Zige and world champion Zhang Lin will lead a group of Chinese elite swimmers at the Asian Swimming Championships which ran through Nov. 21-28.
The Championships, which include swimming, synchronised swimming and diving, are being held by China Swimming Association (CSA), Guangdong Provincial Sports Administration and People's Municipal Government of Foshan, under the auspices of the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF).
Junya Koga, "Swimmer of the Year" in Japan
The national annual meeting of Japan Swimming Federation for November was held in Tokyo on November 22. On that occasion the “Swimmer of the year” award was announced: Junya Koga, men’s 100m backstroke gold medallist at the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009.
Also in Japan, Kousuke Kitajima, gold medallist in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke both in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olymopics, came back to the swimming pool after the Beijing Olympic Games. He enjoyably swam at the Tokyo Swimming Center Invitational Meet, which was held on November 21-23, 2009.
Organisers receive $500,000 in funding from Heritage Canada for 6th FINA World OWS Champs
Swimming Canada and Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean inc., greeted with joy and great satisfaction the $500,000 contribution from Heritage Canada to help organise the 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming championships (Roberval 2010) set for July 15-23, 2010 in Roberval, Que. The announcement was made on November 20, 2009 at a news conference by the Honourable Denis Lebel (Roberval-Lac St-Jean), federal Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) for the Honourable Gary Lunn (Saanich-Gulf Islands) Minister of State (Sport).
Pinheiros wins the 13-14 years old Brazilian Championship
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the Brazilian 13-14 years old Swimming Championship (the Maurício Bekken Trophy). The club scored 298.5 points and conquered its seventh title in this event. Corinthians finished the event in the second position with 257.5 points and Botafogo was third with 230 points. Overall, 28 new event records were set in this competition. The championship was held at the Álvares Cabral club in the city of Vitória.
Swimming Canada announces new Coaching Mentoring Initiative
A new coaching development program that recognizes the considerable value of the mentoring process in facilitating a coach’s development was announced on Nov. 17, 2009 by Swimming Canada.
“Coach mentoring is seen as a critical component of the coach’s developmental pathway,” said Ken Radford, Technical Director for Swimming Canada. “To this end, Swimming Canada has secured funds to support mentorship opportunities.”
How synchro has changed
Over the last decade, a huge metamorphosis has taken place within synchronised swimming. This has occurred for three main reasons: the sport has become increasingly popular worldwide – about 100 nations have regular programmes in this discipline; the performances have dramatically changed, as new figures and movements, and a new event - the combination - have made synchro more spectacular; and, last but not least, the top-three hierarchy at the three major events – Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups – has significantly evolved. We could say that all these three items are deeply connected – more participation leads to more interest, more interest leads to more stars - but let us take a look into the last topic and recall the evolution since 1973; the date on which the first edition of the FINA World Championships was launched - the first major competition for synchronised swimmers worldwide.
Brenda Villa (USA) - The taste for gold
Her resume happens to break the traditional one page rule, but that is what happens when you have played in three Olympic Games, and concluding this past August in Rome, Italy, six FINA World Championships. She is Brenda Villa of USA Water Polo and these latest World Championships were just another for Villa where she ended up wearing the Gold.
Anyone that has followed women’s water polo over the last decade knows Brenda Villa all too well. The Stanford grad from the largely Hispanic community of Commerce, California grew up playing with the boys, and hit the National Team scene exactly at the right time. Coming on board in the late 90s, Villa was able to step into a new world for the sport that saw inclusion in the Olympic Games and an increased presence in women’s university action.
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