Established in March of 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is the new national authority for investigating and prosecuting abuses within Olympic and Paralympic sport. But how exactly does this new system work?
Matt Johnsen, a former high school swim coach in Ohio, has been added to USA Swimming’s permanent banned list after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery.
Swimmers at the YMCA National Championships put their competitive rivalries aside last week to create a memorial devotional and banner for Nick Dworet, the high school senior and swimmer slain in a school shooting in February.
With Brett Hawke resigning after a decade as head coach, the Auburn Tigers have one of the most intriguing job openings in recent memory – and the buzz is that the frontrunners could be current head coaches at other programs.
6 out of 10 voters in our most recent poll agree with Katie Ledecky’s timing to turn pro after two collegiate seasons.
If you told Olympic-only swim fans (aka those who only realize the sport exists when it’s on mainstream NBC) that a 17-year-old from Canada was stealing the show in the early goings of 2018, they’d expect Olympic co-champ Penny Oleksiak. But it’s Taylor Ruck who is dominating the Commonwealth Games, most notably with her Commonwealth record 200 free.
Matt Grevers is back in action in Mesa. Can he keep Team Krayzelburg atop the SwimSquad points standings? And can Team Lezak cobble together a backstroker out of spare breaststrokers in time?
Welsh flyer Alys Thomas smashed the meet record with a stellar 2:05.45 in the 200 fly. That ranks her #1 in the world by more than half a second and would have taken bronze at last year’s World Championships.
After stacked fields of internationals flocked to the first two Pro Swim Series stops, the Mesa Pro Swim Series looks like a much more domestic affair, with mostly American athletes heading the psych sheets.
Bahram Hojreh, previously a coach at the International Water Polo Club in Los Alamitos, California, has been brought to court on almost two-dozen charges ranging from sexual battery to child annoyance.
With much of the Canadian national team away at the Commonwealth Games, Canada is hosting its domestic national championship meet in Montreal this week, highlighted by a dominating 200 breast win on day 1 from Sydney Pickrem.
Before this week, the fastest women’s 100 free split in world history was 51.59 – barely more than a tenth faster than the 100 free world record from a flat start.
In a shocking runaway of votes, SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly picked Caeleb Dressel’s 17.63 in the 50 free as the most impressive swim of men’s NCAAs. That that swim won the poll isn’t a surprise, but the winning margin might be. More than three-quarters of votes went to Dressel’s 50 – in fact, that event tallied ten times more votes than any of the other four events on the ballot.
Australia’s Timothy Disken is the only Paralympic champ taking the field in the same event in which he won Rio gold. Disken was the S9 100 free champ in Rio, seven tenths ahead of teammate Brenden Hall. Both are in the field this week and should battle for the event title.
One defending Paralympic champ is New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe in the SM10 200 IM. Pascoe blew out the Rio field with a 2:24.90 that still holds up as the world record.