Articles by Riley Overend

Missy Franklin Invited to Fly With Thunderbirds at Air Force Academy Graduation

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin received an invite to fly with the Thunderbirds at Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon. 

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Sources: SEC Proposes Swim/Dive Roster Limits for Men (22), Women (35) After House Settlement

According to sources, the SEC proposed a roster limit of 35 for women’s swimming and diving and 22 for men in the wake of the recent House v. NCAA settlement.

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Top 10 Swims From the 2024 Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine

Lots of meet records and lifetime bests were set over the weekend, but only one American record was broken courtesy of the red-hot Regan Smith.

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Sun Devils Split: Which Swimmers Went Where After Bob Bowman Left Arizona State for Texas

Paige Madden, Drew Kibler, and Ryan Held swam under the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) banner this month after coach Bob Bowman left ASU for Texas in March.

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2024 Speedo Grand Challenge: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

Regan Smith is the second fastest 100 backstroker this season (57.64 from March) behind only world record holder Kaylee McKeown (57.33).

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Regan Smith Breaks Speedo Grand Challenge Record in 100 Back (59.23) During Day 3 Prelims

Regan Smith claimed the top qualifying spot in the 100 back with a time of 59.23 on Sunday morning, breaking Kathleen Baker’s meet record (1:00.20) from 2018.

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2024 Speedo Grand Challenge: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

Saturday night promises to be another fast session as Paige Madden (women’s 200 free) and Regan Smith (women’s 100 fly) broke meet records in prelims. 

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Paige Madden, Regan Smith Break Speedo Grand Challenge Records During Day 2 Prelims

Paige Madden took down another Speedo Grand Challenge meet record on Saturday, this time in the 200 freestyle with the top qualifying time of 1:57.53. 

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Gabi Brito Blasts 25.71 50 Free at Age 13, Breaks Dara Torres’ LSC Record From 1982

Earlier in the day on Friday, Brito broke a legendary Southern California Swimming LSC record belonging to 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres from 1982.

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2024 Speedo Grand Challenge: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

Leon Marchand will go up against Michael Andrew in the 100 breast before taking on Hubert Kos and Chase Kalisz in the 200 IM. 

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Former Kentucky Coach Lars Jorgensen Reportedly Suspended Previously in 2019

Kentucky reportedly suspended Lars Jorgensen for six days without pay in December of 2019 for hiding sexual assault allegations against a staff member.

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Ryan Held Swims 9.57 SCM 25 Free, Wins Four-Round Tournament at Arizona State

Ryan Held, a 28-year-old Olympic champion back in Rio, posted a 9.63 in the championship round of ASU’s SCM 25 free tournament to beat Jack Dolan (9.70). 

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Leon Marchand Breaks Kitajima’s Meet Record in 100 Breast Prelims at Speedo Grand Challenge

With a personal-best 1:00.62 100 breast, Leon Marchand snuck under the meet record set by four-time Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima (1:00.63) back in 2010.

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El Paso Community Pushing Back Against Proposed Closure of Socorro Aquatic Center

Six high school teams, several club teams, and one summer league team currently share the Socorro Aquatics Center at risk of being shut down for one year.

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NCAA Approves Multi-Billion Dollar Settlement in Historic House Case, Ending Amateurism

A revenue-sharing model would allow schools to share up to $22 million annually with athletes — essentially a salary cap — likely starting in 2025. 

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