Sprint News 10/2/12: Canadians Get Big Honor; UCLA Gets Big Commit; Beard’s Sister Gets Big Job

Ryan Cochrane and Brent Hayden have both been nominated as finalists for Male Athlete of the Year at the 40th Canadian Sports Awards. The reception will be held on October 17th in Calgary. Cochrane was nominated on the strenghth of his silver medal at the Olympics in the 1500, and Hayden on the strength of his bronze in the 100 free. The only other nominee for the male award is Adam van Koeverden, a Kayaker who took a silver in the k-1 1000m race in London (his third-straight Olympics with a medal)…

…UCLA has picked up their second verbal commitment of the year, as Maggie Burton has pledged her services to the Bruins for the next four years. Burton hails from University High School in Irvine: one of the state’s top high school teams, and will join her former high school teammate Megan Rankin in Westwood. Burton is an elite breaststroker, with bests of 1:01.69 and 2:16.54, both done as a sophomore. She joins will have the tall task of replacingAllison Gargalikis, who was 4th at the Pac-12 Championships last season as a freshman but seems to have left the team…

…The Olympic Aquatic Club in Northwestern Seattle has hired Taryn Beard, sister of four-time OlympianAmanda Beard as their new Head Age Group Coach. Beard swam collegiately at San Francisco State university, and had been coaching and teaching in California…

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9 years ago

OAC is actually across the waters to the west of Seattle.on the Peninsula… Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk, and Nathan Adrian all swam for OAC as age groupers. Must be something in the water!

9 years ago

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Reply to  Suzzie2012
9 years ago

I’m not sure this is what this site is about – even if you’re “quite certain this is accurate”.

Reply to  MarkB
9 years ago

Congrats to all on their accomplishments.

Isn’t what this site should be about (news and a celebration of international swimming), but is indicative of what this site has become (petty partisan collegiate and ideological sniping). Every post that even tangentially mentions college recruiting is immediately followed by a comments section train wreck.

Swimming is a great sport with a small passionate community. The US is extremely fortunate to have so many terrific college swimming schools/programs/environments. Live and let live.

Nancy Drew
Reply to  duckduckgoose
9 years ago

I agree…if every great swimmer went to the same school, that would take the fun and excitement out of it! I can’t wait to see who signs where, and if there will be any really big surprise commitments. NC State is recruiting big time this year! I know they are not top notch, but it will be really exciting to see who they recruit. I hear they have 2 top 40 boys in the USA coming for trips. It’s all good.

9 years ago

Nice breastroke pick up for UCLA, who already have a commit from top recruit Madison White. Is there any news/speculation about Gargalikis? She went to the same prep school as Natalie Coughlin which is @15 miles from the Cal campus. Cal will be pretty thin at breastroke after Leverenz graduates this spring.

John Sampson
Reply to  h2ofan
9 years ago

I hope your not serious..

John Sampson
Reply to  John Sampson
9 years ago

Opps, meant for suzzie vvvvvvvv

Reply to  John Sampson
9 years ago

I am quite certain this is accurate

Reply to  h2ofan
9 years ago

It’s going to be interesting to see who else UCLA lands for next year. Between White and Burton they’re off to a great start after having a strong recruiting class last year. We hear they have a strong offer out to another stud that is seriously considering UCLA. Good for the Bruins! It’s about time with all that school has to offer.

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