New Zealand Youth Commonwealth Games Roster Announced…….The New Zealand Olympic Committee has released its roster of eight swimmers slated to compete at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games. The Games are scheduled to take place in Samoa on September 5th through the 12th. Swimmers included in New Zealand’s line-up are Gabrielle Fa’amausili (Roskill, Auckland), Bobbi Gichard (Greendale, Hawkes Bay), Wilrich Coetzee (North Shore), Yeonsu Lee (North Shore), Annabelle Paterson (United, Auckland), Mario Koenigsperger (Howick Pakuranga), Eliot Lundon-Moore (Aquabladz New Plymouth) and Bayley Main (Howick Pakuranga). Fa’amausili and Gichard each earned bronze medals at last year’s Youth Olympic Games. Bayley Main is the brother of Corey Main who currently swims for the University of Florida Gators. Bayley will be joining his brother in Gainesville for the 2015-16 NCAA season.
Bob Bowman Advises Owner of Racehorse American Pharaoh…….Racehorse, American Pharaoh, is aiming for his Triple Crown title with the Belmont Stakes slated for today, June 6th. Helping the racing team’s effort is none other than Michael Phelps’ coach and the new head of Arizona State University swimming, Bob Bowman. The Zayat family, who owns the horse, was receptive to Bowman’s analogy to the Olympics, which included such advice as, “The first Olympics, I remember zero because it went by so quickly. For the second, I made sure I took 10 minutes every single day to just look around and take in the moment because this is never going to happen again.” As such, the horse owner says, “I try every single day to appreciate the moment because there’s a chance this could never happen again.”
Washington College Announces Team Captains…….The Washington College Swim Team has its captains for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Seniors DJ Bradshaw, Charles Logan and Lucas Morgan have been selected to lead the Centennial Conference team. Bradshaw is President of the College’s Student-Athlete Mentors and will also chair the conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the upcoming year. Logan is a member of the Shoremen’s school-record-holding 200 medley relay team and was named the program’s “Most Improved Swimmer” as a sophomore. As for Morgan, the senior holds school records in the 400 IM, 1000 freestyle and 1650 freestyle and was named the team’s co-MVP this past season.