Articles by Varun Shivakumar

2013-2014 NCAA Women’s College Preview: #9 Texas Hurt by Loss of Sogar, Still a Force to be Reckoned With

With the loss of Laura Sogar, the Texas Longhorns will have to rely on a deep returning squad and a strong incoming freshmen class if they want to improve on their 9th place finish at NCAA”s from last year.

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Missy Franklin Nominated for 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award

Missy Franklin has been nominated for the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award, which recognizes female athletes for their outstanding athletic accomplishments over the past year. (Image Courtesy of FINA)

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New FINA Technical Swim Committee and Technical Open Water Swim Committee Members Appointed

The new members of the FINA Technical Swim Comittee and Technical Open Water Swim Committee have been appointed for the 2013-2017 term. (Photo Credit: fina.org)

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Santa Clara Swim Club’s Catherine Ladd Verbally Commits to California

Catherine Ladd has verbally committed to the University of California, Berkeley, and will look to contribute immediately to the Golden Bears.

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Tom Shields Sets Pair of American Records in 100/200 SCM Butterfly

Tom Shields set a pair of American Records at the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup Series in the 100 and 200 meter butterflies. He now holds the American record in all three butterfly distances. (Photo Credit: Mike Lewis)

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President Obama, USOC, Louganis Oppose Sochi Olympics Boycott

Four-time diving gold medalist Greg Louganis has openly voiced his disapproval of a potential boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, and he is joined by the President of the United States and the United States Olympic Committee as well. (Photo Credit: realclearsports.com)

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Mireia Belmonte Garcia Blasts New World Record in 800 SCM Free, First Woman Under 8:00 Barrier

Mireia Belmonte Garcia posted a 7:59.34 in the 800 SCM Freestyle to become the first woman to ever break 8:00. This is her first freestyle world record. (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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Caeleb Dressel At It Again, Breaks 50 LCM Freestyle NAG in Prelims

The Bolles School Sharks’ Caeleb Dressel broke his own 15-16 NAG record in the prelims of the 50 meter freestyle at the Junior National Championships in Irvine, CA. He continues to make his case as one of the most exciting, young sprinters to look out for in years to come. (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures)

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Ranomi Kromowidjojo Clips World Record in 50 SCM Free

Ranomi Kromowidjojo is the now the Olympic, World, and World Cup Eindhoven champion in the 50 freestyle. (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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Katinka Hosszu Lowers 200 SCM IM World Record Again In Finals

Katinka Hosszu can now add a world record to her already impressive resume with a victory in the 200 SCM IM at the FINA World Cup stop at Eindhoven (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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Le Clos Cracks World Record/Shields Smashes American Record in 200 SCM Butterfly in Eindhoven

Chad Le Clos is now the world record holder in the SCM version of the 200 meter butterfly, the race in which he bested Michael Phelps at last year’s Olympics. Le Clos is also now the reigning World champion in the race. (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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United States Report Day 8: Franklin, Vollmer help US Women Finish Strong

Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, and Megan Romano combined to give the United States a sweep of the relay events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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United States Report Day 7: Ledecky Lights-Out Again

Katie Ledecky is now the American record holder in the 400 meter freestyle, and the world record holder in the 800 meter and 1500 meter freestyle races. She is the first American to do this since Janet Evans held all three world records simultaneously in 1988. (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

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