Swimming’s TopTenTweets of the Week: #1 Agnel’s Clear 2nd Place Finish


Every swimmer remembers their first Olympic Trials cut. Congrats, Jake!


Happy birthday to Reed Malone of USC and the USA National Team.


Another happy birthday in the NCAA ranks to 200 IM American record-holder Ella Eastin.




Josh Prenot is done swimming in the NCAA for Cal, but he has his eyes set on making the U.S. Olympic team this summer.


Are you ready? Canadian Olympic Trials will begin on Tuesday, and with the rise of the Canadian youth ranks along with the presence of some international stars, this meet is going to be fast.


Typo or April Fool’s joke..?


Lauren Boyle, New Zealand’s distance swimming star, qualified for her third Olympic Games this past week at the New Zealand trials.


Can’t stop watching, too mesmerizing.


“I’ll let you judge…”

What happened here is the biggest controversy in the swimming world this week besides the ongoing doping issues. At French Nationals, 2012 Olympic 200 free gold medalist Yannick Agnel clearly touched in 2nd place and assumedly would have been able to swim the 200 free in Rio. But, because he touched too low and the pad didn’t register correctly, he was the 3rd place finisher at the end of the day, and won’t compete in Rio individually.

Read more about the controversy here.


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Tom from Chicago

I’m not sure I agree with the phrase “because he touched too low on the touchpad” because it sounds like it’s Agnel’s fault. The touchpads should work the same everywhere. There is no rule as to where on the wall a swimmer has to touch.

The equipment was faulty and the French administrators are too cowardly to make the right decision.

bobo gigi

About Agnel
“won’t compete in Rio individually”

I’m not so sure. 🙂
Let’s wait for next Wednesday.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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