With former University of Hawaii head coach Dan Schemmel making the leap to coach the Stanford men, Hawaii has filled his role with former assistant Elliot Ptasnik, who will now become the head coach for both men and women.
A former swim school instructor has been charged with a felony and three misdemeanor charges based on his interactions with teenage female employees. Robert N. Keller is accused of giving alcohol to the teens, using inappropriate and sexual language with them and trying to entice them away from their parents.
Nadia Tudo broke Andorra’s national 100 breast record and Anton McKee did the same for Iceland’s record one event later on the final day of the Games of the Small States of Europe.
Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler set another national record, and Pit Brandenburger set a Luxembourgish record on day 2 of the Games of the Small States of Europe.
Julia Hassler won twice and broke a Liechtensteinian national record, while countryman Christoph Meier also won an event and cracked a national record on day 1 of the Games of the Small States of Europe.
Though May has been marked by major staff turnover in Bloomington (with assistant coaches Coley Stickels and Caitlin Hamilton both leaving for head coaching gigs and Kirk Grand moving to a different state), the month was also a banner one for IU-trained athletes, particularly the breaststroke group.
It’s been an outstanding month of May for high school junior Luca Urlando, in both short course and long course.
More than half of voters preferred the hiring of Coley Stickels for the Alabama head coaching role, compared to Mark Gangloff to UNC (24.2%) and Dan Schemmel to Stanford (18.4%).
Last summer was a breakthrough season for Katie McLaughlin, who booked a return trip to the World Championships with a stellar 100 fly. But McLaughlin, who was a 2015 World Champs team member before missing the team in 2017, is sneakily becoming a multi-event threat for next summer’s Olympic Trials.
The Games of the Small States of Europe begin this week in Montenegro, with the top swimmers of Luxembourg holding a number of top seeds.
USA Swimming has added a number of documents to its MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program) page: a number of permission forms for parents to allow minor athletes to travel or stay with a specific adult, or receive care from a massage therapist or mental health professional, plus some information for clubs to include in meet information to ensure MAAPP compliance.
USA Swimming will require all of its adult athletes to complete an “Athlete Protection Training” (APT) program by June 23, 2019, or risk ineligibility. An adult athlete who gets an Olympic Trials cut without completing the training could invalidate that qualifying time.
The University of Missouri has promoted interim head coach Andrew Grevers to the permanent head coaching position, ‘reassigning’ suspended coach Greg Rhodenbaugh from his position.
Urlando has dropped two and a half seconds since last summer, and already ranks #6 in USA Swimming history for the 17-18 age group.
USA Swimming has announced the rosters of juniors who will travel internationally to both the Mare Nostrum tour in June…