“In a country where cricket, soccer and rugby soak up all the media and sponsors, 21 year old Chad Le Clos became a nationally-celebrated icon after beating his idol Michael Phelps in the 200 metre butterfly in London…” (Photo Credit: US PRESSwire)
MIssy Franklin (right) is the defending Olympic Champion in the 100 back, but her future training partner Liz Pelton (left) is looking to crash the podium party in Barcelona. (Photo: Janna Schulze/SwimSwam.com)
This pool in South Korea, designed to be shaped like a water drop, will host the 2015 World University Games and now the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. (Photo Courtesy: Gwangju organizing committee)
South Africa’s Roland Schoeman had a last-minute warmup before leaving for Barcelona at the Arizona State Masters Championships. (File Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Ryan Lochte’s breaststroke leg should make the difference between him and Kosuke Hagino at Worlds. (Photo: Janna Schulze/SwimSwam.com)
All signs abroad are that James “the Missile” Magnussen has his sights set on a 100 freestyle gold in Barcelona. (Photo: Swimming Australia)
Roland Schoeman versus Murphy Lee McCaffrey. Who will win?
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh has pulled out of the French Open this weekend, though he hopes to be ready in time for Worlds.
Can Nathan Adrian go from not qualifying in 2012 to gold in 2013? (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry will be sworn in Wednesday by the IOC; and the stroke 50’s took a huge blow for their Olympic hopes. (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Felipe Lima posted this shot of the Canet pool from day 1 of the 2013 Mare Nostrum series.
Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte now owns both sprint records on the Continent.
Chad le Clos (above) is part of a loaded field that will compete in Europe over the next month. Also on the list is a pair of Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo Credit: Staccioli/Arena)
Conor Dwyer has been on a roll so far at the Santa Clara Grand Prix, and will hope to stay hot in the last finals session in the 200 IM. (Photo: Bill Collins)
Mike Alexandrov has been on fire this year, but he’ll face his biggest challenge yet in the young Kevin Cordes in Sunday’s 100 breaststroke. (Photo: Bill Collins)