Minnesota’s Bowen Becker went 19.70 to pace prelims of the 50 freestyle on the first morning of the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa.
Just over half of voters predicted that we would see the first man ever to break 20 seconds in the 50-meter (short course) freestyle at Short Course Worlds in December.
Konstantin Grigorishin, the head of both the Energy Standard Group and the International Swimming League (ISL), sent a letter to athletes today, harshly criticizing FINA for what he called “self-serving tactics” and promising to use “all legal means available” after what he termed as a postponement of the Energy for Swim meet.
Maggie MacNeil went 50.09 in the 100 fly last weekend, proving that while we often overestimate long-course-to-short-course conversions, we can sometimes underestimate them, too.
While we normally run World Cup point updates after each stop, the nailbiter of a points race between Sarah Sjostrom and Katinka Hosszu calls for a closer eye. Sjostrom led Hosszu by just 15 points with one stop to go, but that lead could* actually shrink to 12 after day 1 in Tokyo.
Documents obtained by SwimSwam show that it wasn’t until October 30 that FINA informed the Italian swimming federation (FIN) that its Energy for Swim 2018 meet had been classified as an international meet operating without FINA approval. The documents detail the negotiations between meet organizers and FINA, which ultimately broke down and led to the meet’s cancellation this morning.
Though Bach didn’t mention the specific organizations by name, the issue connects to the ongoing struggle between FINA and the ISL in swimming.
An analysis by an Italian legal expert suggests FINA bans on athletes who participate in the Energy for Swim 2018 event won’t hold up in European courts, based on sport-related precedent.
Katinka Hosszu is a single event win away from becoming the third swimmer this year to crack six figures in World Cup earnings. Meanwhile Vladimir Morozov’s $126,400 still leads all earners this season.
In what is easily the most exciting World Cup points race in a long time on the women’s side, Sarah Sjostrom and Katinka Hosszu put up identical 48-point totals in Tokyo, leaving Sjostrom with a 15-point lead heading into the tour’s final stop.
58-year-old Gerard Dunn competed at the Irish Open Diving Championships, becoming the oldest senior competitor in event history.
The battle for #1 is heating up, with at least three teams in contention, and our staff is split across the top of the NCAA.
On November 18, four former U.S.national teamers will draft the current crop of National Team swimmers to four fantasy-style teams, the start of a season-long competition running through the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series.
Sources say the current conflict between FINA and the Energy for Swim 2018 meet is the next step in a conflict between FINA and the International Swimming League that has lasted more than a year, and that FINA is purposefully delaying an agreement between the two parties.
Seven Italian swimmers have signed contracts to compete at the Energy for Swim 2018 meet, including 2017 World champs Gabriele Detti, Gregorio Paltrinieri and Federica Pellegrini.