Articles by Riley Overend

Lara van Niekerk Lowers Her Own 50 Breast African Record to 29.45 in Prelims

19-year-old South African standout Lara van Niekerk lowered her own African record in the 50 breast during prelims on day 5 of Short Course Worlds. 

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Noe Ponti Lowers 100 Fly Swiss Record By More Than Half a Second in Prelims

Noe Ponti clocked a 48.81 in the 100 fly prelims to lower his Swiss record by half a second while becoming the sixth man ever under the 49-second barrier. 

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2022 Short Course World Championships: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

South Africa’s Chad le Clos will try to set himself up for success in the men’s 100 butterfly heats on day 5 of the 2022 Short Course World Championships.


LIVEBARN Race of the Week: Maximus Williamson Surpasses Michael Phelps with 3:39 400 IM

Two swimmers have been under 3:44 at the age of 16: Maximus Williamson and Michael Phelps. Now, Williamson is more than two seconds faster than the G.O.A.T.


Kate Douglass Takes Down Decade-Old Championship Record in 200 Breast Win at SC Worlds

“I think the more I swim short-course meters, I could definitely have the ability to drop a lot of time,” Kate Douglass said after her 200 breast victory.

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France Breaks USA’s Mixed 4×50 Free Relay World Record with 1:27.33

Florent Manaudou posted the fastest split in the field at 20.26 to help France take down the USA’s mixed 4×50 free world record on Friday.

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Jordan Crooks Jumps From No. 114 to No. 5 All-Time with 20.36 50 Free at SC Worlds

Jordan Crooks lowered his hours-old Cayman Islands record in the 50 free by nearly a second on the fourth day of the 2022 Short Course World Championships.


UC Regents Approve UCLA’s Pac-12 Exit — With Conditions

UCLA finally received approval for its move to the Big Ten announced back in June, but the school’s Pac-12 exit will likely come at a cost. 


Watch: Bert le Clos Erupts as ‘Chad 2.0’ Surges to 200 Fly Win at Short Course Worlds

Chad le Clos used his elite turns to rally past Daiya Seto, with his dad, Bert (right), erupting each time he emerged from his underwaters to close the gap.


NCAA Announces Mass. Governor Charlie Baker as Next President, Will Take Over in March

Charlie Baker, 66, will take over for 69-year-old Mark Emmert on March 1, 2023, after his second term as governor of Massachusetts concludes Jan. 5, 2023.


Supreme Court Rejects Michigan State’s Appeal in Title IX Dispute Over Swim Team

The Supreme Court’s rejection of Michigan State’s appeal means the university must submit a court-ordered compliance plan within the next two weeks. 


2022 Short Course World Champs Pick ‘Em Contest: Who Are the Biggest Favorites?

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey was picked to win the women’s 200 free by 95.6% of voters. China’s Li Bingjie was a distant second with 3.8%. 


2022 Short Course Worlds Picks and Previews: Women’s Medley Relays

The women’s medley relays are shaping up to be a six-way showdown between defending champ Sweden, Canada, the U.S., Australia, China, and the Netherlands. 

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D-II West Chester Swim Program Penalized for Mismanaging Club on Campus

The NCAA fined West Chester $25,000 and imposed recruiting penalties that last until the end of the school’s two-year probationary period. 


FINA Votes to Change Name to ‘World Aquatics,’ Enacts Other Reforms in New Constitution

According to FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, more than 70% of the athletes who were consulted on the decision supported a rebranding.