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16-Year-Old Maya Merhige Successfully Swims the English Channel

The California resident is one of the youngest in history to complete the Triple Crown of open water swimming and helped raised funds for cancer research.


Turkey’s Kuzey Tuncelli Obliterates World Junior Record With 14:41.89 1500 Free

The 16-year-old Tuncelli dropped more than 12 seconds from his PB and broke the World Junior Record by over four seconds in a stunning 14:41.89.


USA Swimming Named In Lawsuit Accusing Coach Joe Bernal of Sexual Abuse

Bernal, who died in 2022, was given a lifetime ban by USA Swimming in 2016 for the abuse of an unnamed athlete, who filed the lawsuit on June 14.


Luka Mijatovic Might Be Within Reach of the Seemingly Unattainable Jack Simon Award

History suggests that Pleasanton Seahawks coach Steve Morsilli will have to be careful with Luka Mijatovic to avoid burning out the young distance star.


Tuncelli Becomes Youngest Swimmer Ever To Crack The 15-Minute Barrier In 1500 Free

In addition to becoming the youngest swimmer under the 15-minute barrier, Tuncelli took five and a half seconds off the Turkish National Record.


arena Swim of the Week: Kuzey Tuncelli Becomes First 15-Year-Old Sub-15 In 1500 Free

Tuncelli is now the fastest 15-and-under swimmer in the 1500 free by nearly 10 seconds and is more than seven under the current U.S. NAG record.

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arena Swim of the Week: 15-Year-Old Emir Batur Albayrak Drops 15:06 1500 Free

Albayrak put up a scintillating time of 15:06.24 in the 1500 free which is the fastest from a swimmer 15 and under by nearly eight seconds.


Controversial Former Olympic Coach Joe Bernal Dies

Joe Bernal, an accomplished but controversial coach who received a lifetime ban from USA Swimming in 2016, died on Saturday night.


Ivy League Makes Presence Felt at Men’s NCAAs

Penn’s Matt Fallon, who finished 3rd in the 200 breast, was one of a slew of Ivy League swimmers smashing records at NCAAs this week.


The 1976 Summer Olympic Games of Montreal: Olympic Swimming Training Camp

In 1976 the Branin Natatorium was brand new and Canton was a good place for a bunch of young Olympic swimmers to stay focused on the tasks ahead of us.


10 Oldest Remaining U.S. NAG Records

Since our last look at the records back in July of 2015, only 2 of the 10 oldest NAG records have been broken, but there’s a fresh class of contenders hungry to get their names in the history books.


Star Tucson Coach Hojnacki to Take Helm of Boy & Girls Club Metro Team

Zachary Hojnacki, the Head Age Group Coach for the prestigious Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, is taking over as the head coach of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester “Marlins” Swim Team.

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10 Oldest Long Course U.S. NAG records still on the books

With the next month or so likely to bring with it a healthy wave of new National Age Group (NAG) records, SwimSwam decided to take a look at the current record book for the oldest NAGs on record.


Lessons from Legends: Under The Shade of a Freeway

“People say they love the music they grow up with, especially through their transitional years of high school and college.”