Rikako Ikee is after her 8th medal of these Games, leading heats of the 50 free. She’s already won the 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay and 4×100 medley relay, and took silver in both the mixed medley relay and the 4×200 free relay.
The penultimate day of the 2018 Asian Games wraps up tonight with six medal events. China’s Xu Jiayu seeks a backstroke sweep for 2018, sitting second in the 200 back after winning the 50 and 100 earlier on. Meanwhile, Chinese teammates Li Bingjie (who won the 200 free) and Wang Jianjiahe (who won the 1500) will meet in the 800 free, clashing for gold.
As it currently stands, Team USA has won 15 medals in 9 events – the max a team could have won by this point is 17 medals based on the two-per-country limit into the A final.
The NCAA Division III time standards for the 2018-2019 season are out, though there isn’t much significant change from last season.
U.S. Junior Pan Pacs assistant coach Sarah Weitze Holman has resigned from her coaching position at SwimMAC Carolina.
Brandeis University coach Mike Kotch is no longer a part of the school’s swimming & diving program, Brandeis says. A local newspaper reports that Kotch had been put on administrative leave following a human resources investigation.
Almost two-thirds of respondents picked Cate Campbell’s 50.93 as the best relay split of last week, beating the combined totals of Townley Haas’s 1:43.78, Yulia Efimova’s 1:03.95 and Rikako Ikee’s 55.48.
At the Asian Games, China’s Liu Xiang broke the world record in the women’s 50 back, a record with one of the odder histories in swimming’s record books.
Two-time open water U.S. National champ Becca Mann has turned professional, forgoing her final two seasons of NCAA competition for USC to focus on next year’s Olympic qualifying in open water swimming.
The Ohio State University Diving Club is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against it over allegations that a former coach sexually abused his divers.
Daniel Kostovny, a former assistant swim coach at West Mifflin High School, has been banned by SafeSport after pleading guilty to assault earlier this summer.
An assistant district attorney said in court this week that the prosecution has “photographic evidence” and a confession from former Marlins of Raleigh coach Nicholas Walkotten, accused of improprieties with an child.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has lifted a lifetime ban on taekwondo coach Jean Lopez and replaced it with temporary restrictions, reports indicate. A lawyer for women who say Lopez sexually assaulted them indicated that the ban was lifted because the alleged victims wouldn’t testify in person, though SafeSport has denied that claim.
The second day of the 2018 Asian Games will see Xu Jiayu seek a second backstroke win and Sun Yang a second freestyle win, while Rikako Ikee chases two wins of her own.
Former Marlins of Raleigh coach Nick Walkotten has been arrested and accused of having inappropriate contact with a child under the age of 15.