Sprint News 7/10/12: Pierse Gets New Gig, Can Spitz Beat Phelps?

…Canadian 200 breaststroke World Record holder Annamay Pierse will be going to the Olympics in 2012, but in a slightly different capacity than 2008. CTV, the rights-holder for the Games north-of-the-border, has put Pierse on their Olympic broadcasting team. “I feel very honored to be part of our media consortium, a different role and side than I was expecting but amazing all the same,” Pierse told us upon finalizing her new job. “I can’t wait to see the amazing swimming that is going to happen, from my Canadian team, and the rest of the world”…

…Much has been said in the past few days about who can or cannot beat Michael Phelps, and tonight we’re going to get one more highly qualified opinion. The man-before-the-man Mark Spitz will be on Piers Morgan’s show Tuesday night on CNN (9 PM Eastern) to discuss whether or not he could have beaten Phelps on an even playing field. In the past, the 9-time Olympic champion had always claimed they’d tie, but according to the show’s official Twitter feed, Spitz is going to give an honest answer tonight…

…The European Junior Open Water Championships begin this week in Kocaeli, Turkey, and for the first time the event will be split into two age classifications: 15-16 and 17-18. All of the major LEN nations will participate, and the defending champions Svenja Zihsler and Rob Muffels, both from open water powerhouse Germany, will look to defend their titles. Under the new rules, the 17-18 age group will swim a 7.5km race, while 15-16’s will remain at 5kms. There will also be a 3km team race. In 2011, the Germans swept all three golds, but the path won’t be as easy this year. The 17-18 races will be held on Friday (July 13th), with the 15-16 swims coming on Saturday (July 14th). The team battle will wrap the meet on Sunday…

…Boise State’s Justin Brosseau has been promoted to associate head coach after he and head coach Kristin Hill guided the Broncos to the best season in program history last year. This coming year will be Brosseau’s 5th with the team, and Hill called the move a “great way to recognize the work that Justin puts into Boise State…it is a testament to both his determination and skill level as a member of our staff”…

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Spitz should just say he’d win in the shorter Fly/Free events, “tie” in the 200s and lose in everything else. But, ya know, egos.

Who really cares what he thinks about that topic? Oh, right, the American public.


Phelps would have destroyed him. He’s so much faster it’s silly.

s gomez

yeah even with a lzr, dome cap and goggle spitz would not be able to hang w phelps in a brief. honestly the only thing spitz has going for him is the speed stache, which has been proven almost as effective as a tech suit. why does anyone care about this? congrats at boise, they had a most incredible season last year and will hopefully only do better this yeah

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