Articles by Braden Keith

Iranian National Team Swimmer Banned 3 Years for Anabolic Steroid

Iranian National Team swimmer Kia Afzali has been suspended for three years for the use of Oxandrolone, an anabolic steroid.


Kelly Pash Swims 57.7, Shaine Casas Swims 50.5 in Austin 100 Flys

The Texas Longhorns continued to roll on Saturday in Austin, with all-time top US times from undergrads Kelly Pash and Carson Foster, and pro Shaine Casas.


2021-2022 High School Swimming & Diving All-Americans Announced

Olympian Claire Curzan finished as the high school “national champion” in both the 100 fly and 100 back after breaking records in both.


Tickets Go on Sale for 2022 Duel in the Pool Between Australia and United States

The world’s two most successful swimming nations, Australia and the United States, are scheduled for a head-to-head matchup in August.


University of St. Thomas (Houston) Adds Men’s, Women’s Swimming Programs

The school has announced the hiring of Hanna Houston, an assistant coach at nearby D1 program Rice University, as its first head coach.


FINA Proposes Radical Overhaul to Artistic Swimming (Synchro) Scoring System

Synchronized swimming, after consulting with gymnastics and figure skating federations, is proposing an update to its scoring system.


FINA Appoint 3-Member Stabilization Committee to Manage Kenyan

FINA has appointed a three-member ‘stabilization committee’ to manage day-to-day activities in the Kenyan Swimming Federation.

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The Olympic Channel Will Shut Down in September 2022

NBC will shut down the Olympic Channel, which aired the most recent FINA World Aquatics Championships in the United States.


Louisville Gets Verbal From Junior National-Caliber Diver Samm Helmboldt

Samm Helmboldt, who trains in West Texas, has verbally committed as one of Louisville’s best diving recruits in recent history.

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UCSC Breaks Canadian Age Group Relay Record Set in 2009 By an Olympian & WR Holder

The University of Calgary Swim Club broke the Canadian 15-17 National Age Group Record in the 200 SCM freestyle relay last week. The previous record had stood for 13 years.


Pros and Age Groupers Alike Impress in Club Meets Across Texas

US National Team member Sam Stewart raced at the Senior Circuit Meet in College Station last weekend. Elsewhere, Army commit Kalvin Hahn added a new US Open Cut.


Seattle University Hires Former Utah Head Coach Joe Dykstra

Seattle University has hired Joe Dykstra as its new head swimming coach. Dykstra spent the last 9 seasons as the head coach at Pac-12 school Utah.


Olympic Gold Medalist Bill Woolsey, Indiana’s First NCAA Swimming Champion, Dies

Hawaiian Bill Woolsey was an NCAA and Olympic champion who after retirement founded a learn-to-swim methodology taught throughout Hawaii and California.

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Pavel Samusenko Swims PB in 100 Backstroke at Open Cup of Belarus

Pavel Samusenko is the latest world-class Russian backstroker to emerge after dropping a second in the 2022 calendar year already.

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York, PA Coach, Former College Swimmer, Suspended By US Center for Safe Sport

The US Center for Safe Sport, and by extension USA Swimming, have issued a temporary suspension for a former York YMCA lifeguard and former NCAA swimmer.