Articles by Annika Johnson

Mission Viejo’s Joey Gracia Named Head Coach at Kentucky Aquatics

Joey Gracia discusses his mid-pandemic move to Kentucky Aquatics as their new head coach and “starting from scratch” with his athletes post-quarantine.


Dartmouth Class of ‘74 Alumni Completes 15 Mile Swim To Raise Pledges for DCSD

The Big Green community gathered together for Jim Bayles’ (68) open water swim which was dedicated to raising pledges for the recently cut swim and dive team.

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Eastern Michigan Hall of Fame Swimmer Jay Jones, 59, Has Died

Dr. Jay Jones, a 5-time individual MAC champion at Eastern Michigan University, died at age 59. He was inducted into the EMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.


Lifelong Seminole Supporter Brooke Arnold Sends Verbal to Florida State

Brooke Arnold has cheered on the FSU Seminoles since childhood. Now, the Winter Juniors swimmer has joined the Noles’ Class of ’25 verbal commitments.

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14-Year-Old Lily Christianson Swims 26.0 in 50 Meter Free Twice in August

At a dual meet in Indiana, Lily Christianson (14) dominated the 50m free with a time of 26.08 – her second 50 free under 27 seconds in the past month.

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Local Artists Donate To Raise Funds For Forest Park Aquatic Center

Forest Park Aquatic Center, home to Noblesville Swim Club (above), replaced their annual BrewFest fundraiser with a COVID-safe alternative: an art auction.

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University of North Florida Builds New Pool as Part of Title IX Compliance

By June, 2021, the University of North Florida women’s swim team will have a new on-campus training facility. Their last on-campus pool was shut down in 2013.


West Virginia University Announces Virtual 1650 Swim

Registration is open to join West Virginia Mountaineer’s alumnus and the public swimming community in their virtual 1650 swim on October 17th – 18th.

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#2 Recruit Baylor Nelson Posts 2 Best Times in Charlotte

Junior Nationals swimmer Baylor Nelson (above) finished SwimMAC’s Intrasquad with three victories and two best times after a close race in the 100 fly.


Former USC Water Polo Coach Jovan Vavic Prepares For Trial

A judge has denied Jovan Vavic’s dismissal request and ordered him to prepare for trial alongside 4 other “Varsity Blues” scandal defendants.


Ball State Hires Geena Freriks, Promotes Chris Bals to Round Out Coaching Staff

J. Agnew filled out the Cardinal’s coaching staff by promoting Chris Bals (above) and hiring Olympic Qualifier Geena Freriks as a graduate assistant coach.


European Water Polo Championships Returns to Croatia, Set For September 2022

After 12 years, Croatia will host the European Water Polo Championships again. The LEN Bureau has postponed the Championships from July to September 2022.

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1 Event (50 Fly), 2 European Swimmers, 3 Best Times

Switzerland’s Manuel Leuthard closed in on Noe Ponti’s (above) 50m fly National Record while 17-year-old Pawel Uryniuk dominated the 50m fly in Poland.

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Argentine National Team Completes Return to Pool

After 5 months, Argentinian swimmers are finally back in the water. Agustín Hernández was the final Argentinian National Team member to return to the pool.

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CSCAA Head: Dartmouth Cut Is “Stark Example of Inept Leadership”

On August 15th, CSCAA executive director Greg Earhart voiced his support of Dartmouth Swim and Dive in a letter to Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon.