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Kate Dwelley: Working Toward her Dream
Kate Dwelley is no stranger to putting in a hard day&#146;s work. Having grown up helping on her family&#146;s fruit and vegetable farm in California, Dwelley knows what it takes to be successful &#150; whether it&#146;s growing crops, selling green beans and watermelon at the family fruit stand, or putting in many hours of practice in the pool.<br>

USA Swimming Foundation launches new website
The USA Swimming Foundation launched its new website, http://swimfoundation.org, Nov. 18 during the Foundation&#146;s premier annual fundraising gala, The Golden Goggle Awards.

December issue of USAS Insider Newsletter now posted
Check out what&#146;s going on at USAS in this month&#146;s issue of Inside USA Swimming.

March to Beijing Journal
This week&#146;s journal entry comes from Olympian and world record holder Vollmer.<br>

Curl-Burke swimmers learn spirit of giving
group of young swimmers from Loudoun County, Virginia learned not only to give thanks at Thanksgiving but also to give. The Curl-Burke Swim Club made its Nov. 18 swim meet more memorable when the group of 7- to 9-year olds invited 12 other teams to join them in donating food to the needy.<br> <br>

Three swimmers nominated for USSA Athlete of the Year
The United States Sports Academy has nominated Natalie Coughlin, Michael Phelps and Kate Ziegler for its 2007 Academy Athlete of the Year.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from David Swensen, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and assistant coach for the YMCA of the North Shore in Beverly, Mass. Swensen offers some advice on how to stretch before swimming.

Coughlin, Lochte wrap up SC Nationals with American records
The 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships ended Saturday in much the same way it began earlier this week &#150; with American records from Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Lochte. <br>

Club Wolverine shatter relay record at SC Nationals
Club Wolverine set the American and U.S. Open records in the 800-yard free relay Friday at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. The team of Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Davis Tarwater and Chris DeJong finished with a time of 6:12.43, more than five seconds faster than the previous American record set by Stanford at the NCAA Championships in March, and about a second and a half faster than the U.S. Open record set by the University of Arizona at that same meet.<br>

Coughlin, Lochte set American records at SC Nationals
Two American records fell Thursday night at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach Swimming took down the first in the men&#146;s 200-yard IM, beating rival Michael Phelps to the wall with a time of 1:40.08. One event later, Natalie Coughlin took to the blocks to shatter the mark in the women&#146;s 50y free in 21.46.<br> <br>

New Swimnetwork.com to Webcast 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships Live
Sixteen U.S. Olympians and numerous 2008 Olympic hopefuls will compete in Atlanta this weekend in the last national U.S. swimming event prior to the 2008 Olympic Team Trials. For the first time ever the event will be available via live webcast at the newly-launched, Swimnetwork.com. All races during the finals sessions will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be webcast from Thursday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 1.<br>

America&#146;s top swimmers head to Atlanta
America&#146;s top swimmers will gather in Atlanta Thursday through Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center for the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. With less room to chase down the gold in a yards pool, expect the 1,000 athletes, including 16 Olympians, to battle every inch of the way.

March to Beijing Journals
With the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a year away, America&#146;s top swimmers have begun preparing for what could be the biggest and most important meet of their careers. Every week until then, two athletes &#150; Olympic veteran Dana Vollmer and up-and-coming hopeful Caitlin Leverenz &#150; will share their perspectives as they inch closer to the March to Beijing.

Bal wins FINA Swimming World Cup
Randall Bal concluded the 2007 FINA/Areana Swimming World Cup with 186 points to finish first by 85 points. The five-time national champion completed the seven-stop circuit with 21 gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke to take home the winning prize of $100,000.

USA Swimming National Team Division posts three job openings
The USA Swimming National Team Division is seeking three qualified individuals to fill openings. Visit the International Games Prep Assistant, Sports Medicine Coordinator and Technology Services Coordinator links to view the job qualifications and summaries, as well as contact information. <br>

Golden Goggle Awards: Male Performance of the Year Nominees
Designer duds, the red carpet and a star-studded gala. No, it isn&#146;t the Grammys, Emmys or even the Oscars. It&#146;s the fourth annual Golden Goggle Awards. On Nov. 18, Hollywood celebrities, National Teamers and swimming enthusiasts will come together at the Beverly Hilton to honor America&#146;s fastest swimmers.

Boyle proves you can’t break an Ironman
After a horrific accident shattered Brian Boyle&#146;s body, doctors told the Maryland swimmer he&#146;d never walk again. He was lucky to be alive. That was three years ago. Last month Boyle, now 21, surprised even himself when he competed in the Kona Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, completing the triathlon in 14 hours, 42 minutes. NBC will feature Boyle&#146;s inspirational story when the Ironman airs Dec. 1.<br>

Paul Peavy: Lessons from being Married to an Ironman
My wife just completed her second Ironman triathlon. Yes, that&#146;s a 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run (in the same day). Here are some key points I would pass along to my swim friends that I learned from her.

Toyota Grand Prix series kicks off in Minnesota
A deep field of top American swimmers, including world-record holders Kate Ziegler and Ryan Lochte, are set to kick off the first of eight stops on the Toyota Grand Prix series Nov. 9-11 in Minnesota.

Michael Klueh &#150; Learning from the Best
Michael Klueh has learned &#150; and benefited from &#150; a valuable lesson during the two years he’s been swimming at the University of Texas and Longhorn Aquatics. It’s tough not to get better when you’re training with Eddie Reese and his band of Olympians.<br> <br>

USA Swimming announces scoring system for Grand Prix Series
For the first time in its history, USA Swimming will keep a running leaderboard for the 2007-2008 Toyota Grand Prix Series. The eight-meet scoring race, which kicks off Nov. 9 in Minneapolis, will culminate with recognition of the top medal-winner at the series&#146; conclusion, June 8 in Omaha, Neb.

Internet Distance Challenge is underway
The 2007-2008 Internet Distance Challenge is underway. This meet is a great way to compete with swimmers all over the country without leaving your own pool.

Wildman-Tobriner signs four-year contract with Speedo
Speedo today announced the signing of a four-year contract with world champion Ben Wildman-Tobriner. In a breakout year for the 22-year old Stanford graduate, Wildman-Tobriner captured his first world title in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 FINA World Championships with a time of 21.88. <br>

March to Beijing Journals
With the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a year away, America&#146;s top swimmers have begun preparing for what could be the biggest and most important meet of their careers. Every week until then, two athletes &#150; Olympic veteran Dana Vollmer and up-and-coming hopeful Caitlin Leverenz &#150; will share their perspectives as they inch closer to the March to Beijing. This week&#146;s journal entry comes from Olympian and world record holder Vollmer.<br>

20 Question Tuesday
Just when it looked like the men&#146;s sprint races couldn&#146;t get any closer &#150; or deeper &#150; Auburn&#146;s Scott Goodrich emerges as a well-qualified force in his own right. In this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller, Goodrich talks about his other favorite &#150; the backstroke &#150; and how family ties make his drive to succeed even stronger.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Chris Carr, a sports psychologist in Indianapolis. Carr offers some advice on what to do when you&#146;re feeling burned out.

Swimming helps teen conquer K-T
Talin Boyadjian turned 16 recently. There&#146;s no doubt in the high school junior&#146;s mind that swimming is the reason she&#146;s alive today.<br>

Golden Goggle Awards: Relay Performance of the Year
Designer duds, the red carpet and a star-studded gala. No, it isn&#146;t the Grammys, Emmys or even the Oscars. It&#146;s the fourth annual Golden Goggle Awards. On Nov. 18, Hollywood celebrities, National Teamers and swimming enthusiasts will come together at the Beverly Hilton to honor America&#146;s fastest swimmers. Every Tuesday and Thursday until then, usaswimming.org will present a closer look at the nominees in each award category. Today we bring you the nominees for Relay Performance of the Year.<br>

Mary DeScenza: Discovering Life’s Priorities
After a disappointing World Championships, where she finished a surprising 17th in the 200 butterfly and failed to make the consolation finals, Mary DeScenza took a mental inventory of her life. Somehow, in the throes of her everyday responsibilities and expectations, she had lost her joy.<br>

March to Beijing Journals
With the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a year away, America&#146;s top swimmers have begun preparing for what could be the biggest and most important meet of their careers. Every week until then, two athletes &#150; Olympic veteran Dana Vollmer and up-and-coming hopeful Caitlin Leverenz &#150; will share their perspectives as they inch closer to the March to Beijing.

Golden Goggle Awards: Coach of the Year Nominees
Designer duds, the red carpet and a star-studded gala. No, it isn&#146;t the Grammys, Emmys or even the Oscars. It&#146;s the fourth annual Golden Goggle Awards. On Nov. 18, Hollywood celebrities, National Teamers and swimming enthusiasts will come together at the Beverly Hilton to honor America&#146;s fastest swimmers. Every Tuesday and Thursday until then, usaswimming.org will present a closer look at the nominees in each award category. Today we bring you the nominees for the Coach of the Year Award.

20 Question Tuesday
Matt Patton is tired. The Michigan standout is having a big year, but he tells special correspondent Bob Schaller all he really wants right now is take a big nap in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday.<br>

Natalie Coughlin sets world record at FINA World Cup
Olympian Natalie Coughlin and Pan American gold medalist Randall Bal each had impressive showings on the second stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup this weekend in Singapore. Coughlin stole the show when she lowered her own five-year old short course world record in the 100m backstroke from 56.71 to 56.51 on the second day of the meet. <br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Jim Steen, head coach at Kenyon College. Steen, who has led Kenyon to a combined 49 men&#146;s and women&#146;s NCAA DIII national championship titles, offers advice to swimmers preparing for a new season.<br>

Kara Lynn Joyce: Swimming Up to Expectations
Kara Lynn Joyce is no stranger to living with high expectations. When she became the first female Olympian to train with coaching legend Jon Urbancek at Club Wolverine, she handled the expectations placed upon her with grace and focus at the 2004 Olympics.

Golden Goggle Awards: Perseverance Nominees
Designer duds, the red carpet and a star-studded gala. No, it isn&#146;t the Grammys, Emmys or even the Oscars. It&#146;s the fourth annual Golden Goggle Awards. On Nov. 18, Hollywood celebrities, National Teamers and swimming enthusiasts will come together at the Beverly Hilton to honor America&#146;s fastest swimmers. Every Tuesday and Thursday until then, usaswimming.org will present a closer look at the nominees in each award category.

March to Beijing Journals
With the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a year away, America&#146;s top swimmers have begun preparing for what could be the biggest and most important meet of their careers. Every week until then, two athletes &#150; Olympic veteran Dana Vollmer and up-and-coming hopeful Caitlin Leverenz &#150; will share their perspectives as they inch closer to the March to Beijing.

Golden Goggle Awards: Breakout Performer Nominees
Designer duds, the red carpet and a star-studded gala. No, it isn&#146;t the Grammys, Emmys or even the Oscars. It&#146;s the fourth annual Golden Goggle Awards. On Nov. 18, Hollywood celebrities, National Teamers and swimming enthusiasts will come together at the Beverly Hilton to honor America&#146;s fastest swimmers. Every Tuesday and Thursday until then, usaswimming.org will present a closer look at the nominees in each award category<br>

SWIMS, Web site outage on Oct. 24
SWIMS will be down on Wednesday, October 24, from 3:00pm MST to midnight to replace/upgrade our network servers, storage and switches. Our public site will be down during this time as well. We apologize for any inconvenience.<br>

Bal, Coughlin strike gold in Durban
American swimmers Randall Bal and Natalie Coughlin each won three gold medals this weekend at the FINA World Cup meet in Durban, South Africa. Bal swept the backstroke events, turning in times of 23.79 in the 50, 51.13 in the 100 and 1:53.15 in the 200. Coughlin won the 100m back (57.21), the 100m butterfly (56.60) and the 100m IM (1:00.59). Both swimmers were named &#147;Most Valuable Performers&#148; of the meet for their efforts and are now in the lead in the World Cup&#146;s overall rankings.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Allison Beebe, a coach at First Colony Swim Team. Beebe, whose swimmer Kirsten Groome qualified to compete at the 2008 FINA Open Water World Championships this weekend, offers advice to swimmers when sighting in open water events. <br>

Mark Warkentin, Chip Peterson advance to Open Water World Championships
Mark Warkentin (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.) secured spots to the 2008 FINA Open Water World Championships today at the 10K Open Water World Championships Trials in Fort Myers, Fla., when they garnered first and second-place finishes, respectively.

Micha Burden, Kirsten Groome qualify for Open Water World Championships
Micha Burden and Kirsten Groome each qualified for the 2008 FINA Open Water World Championships today at the 10K Open Water World Championships Trials in Fort Myers, Fla. The World Championships, held April 29-May4, 2008 in Seville, Spain, will serve as a direct qualifier for the debut Open Water event at the 2008 Olympic Games.

’Do or die’ for open water swimmers this weekend
Despite having been in very competitive situations &#150; past World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and U.S. Open Water National Championships, for instance &#150; Chip Peterson is quite aware that this weekend&#146;s Open Water World Championship Trials in Fort Myers, Fla., carry a heavy price tag.<br>

Jersey Wahoos raise nearly $3,000 for breast cancer awareness
When a group of parents in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey formed an organization last year to support their kids&#146; swim team, they wound up giving their youngsters a lot more than T-shirts and pizza parties. The kids of the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club also got a lesson in supporting their community.<br> <br>

FINA World Cup begins Friday
The 2007 FINA World Cup begins Friday, Oct. 19, in Durban, South Africa. The meet in Durban is the first of seven stops on the World Cup Circuit, which runs between now and Nov. 25. Stops on the circuit include Singapore, Sydney, Moscow, Stockholm, Berlin and Belo Horizonte. Action from the world cup will be broadcast live on WCSN.com. Coverage begins Friday at noon ET.<br>

WCSN provides free coverage of 2007 FINA World Cup
The World Championships Sports Netowrk (WCSN) announced today it will provide free same-day coverage of the 2007 FINA Swimming World Cup. World-record holder Kate Ziegler is slated to compete in the event, while Olympian Natalie Coughlin and Randall Bal are expected to make appearances on the tour. <br> <br>

Vote online for the Golden Goggle Awards
USA Swimming today released the nominations for the 2007 Golden Goggle Awards, a red carpet event celebrating the accomplishments of top American swimmers in 2007. The star-studded celebration will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 18, and will feature U.S. Olympic swimmers as well as entertainment industry celebrities. Late night talk show host Carson Daly (NBC&#146;s &#147;Last Call with Carson Daly&#148;) will host this year&#146;s event.<br>

The Cross-Country Course of the Swimming World
It is the cross-country course of the swimming world. But instead of strong breezes and rocky hills, open water swimmers deal with currents thwarting their progress, the elbows and feet of their competitors, and when the event is in an ocean instead of the usual lake or rowing basin, water-bound wildlife.<br> <br>

Swimming documentary receives notoriety
Parting the Waters, a film documenting the trends of underrepresented communities in swimming through the lives of Cullen Jones and Maritza Correia and other young black and Latino swimmers, has gained recent notoriety in the entertainment industry.

USA Swimming named to Most Influential Sports Educators List
USA Swimming has been named one of the &#147;15 Most Influential Sports Education Teams&#148; by the Institute of International Sport. The three-year study honored 100 individuals and 15 organizations that have &#147;creatively and effectively used sport in the very best way - as a means to educate and shape positive values.&#148; <br> <br>

20 Question Tuesday
Chloe Sutton is just 15 years old, but she&#146;s already among the top open water swimmers in the country. She will be competing this weekend (Oct. 20-21) at the Open Water World Championship Trials in Fort Myers, Fla. Sutton talks about open water myths and realities, and what the future holds in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Ziegler breaks short course record in 800m free
Kate Ziegler broke the short course world record in the 800m free for the second time in three days Sunday, while competing in the Alex Athletics Jubilaeums Challenge in Essen, Germany. The record now stands at 8:08.00.

Hispanic Heritage Month: The Canales Brothers
Just like Hollywood, trends on the pool deck are constantly changing. Last year it was fashionable to wear Uggs. The year before, that it was Splish suits. This year it seems to be in vogue to accessorize your national titles with a few Olympic siblings. But like many trends, training with your Olympic brother or sister is retro fashion. Just ask Fernando and Harry Canales. <br> <br>

Make a Splash hero swims Channel
On Aug. 7, Dave Cameron did what few people have done before him. He made his second swim across the English Channel.<br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Erica Rose, an eight-time open water national champion. Rose, who will vie for a chance to compete at the 2008 World Championships this weekend, offers advice to swimmers looking to gain experience in the sport.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Robert Strauss
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sept. 15, USA Swimming will showcase a series of features on successful and influential Hispanic swimmers and coaches. Our first story features Swim Gym head coach and director Robert Strauss.

National Team and National Junior Team rosters posted
The 2007-08 National Team and National Junior Team rosters have now been posted. The National Team is composed of athletes who post the top six times in Olympic events swum in finals from World Championships, Pan AMs, World University Games and Nationals. An age and time standard must be met to qualify for the National Junior Team.

20 Question Tuesday
Kathleen Hersey is among the top college recruits in the nation and one of the most articulate athletes in any sport. She was also a top performer for the U.S. in Brazil this summer at the Pan American Games. The Georgia teen talks about her special family, and what&#146;s going on in her life now, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Jeri Marshburn, the associate head coach for Irvine Novaquatics. Marshburn, who served as the 2007 World University Games Head Manager, offers swimmers advice for maintaining energy throughout practice.

National Select Camp participants announced
The 2007 National Select Camps will be held October 11-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. For the first time the Boys&#146; and Girls&#146; National Select Camps will be held at the Training Center on the same weekend.

Open Water Alumni Reunion information posted
USA Swimming, in association with Toyota, would like to invite all former open water National Team members to the 2007 Open Water National Team Alumni Reunion Oct. 20 in Fort Myers, FL. The event will be held at the Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse from 6-9 p.m., and will include live music, as well as a Toyota beachside clam bake.

USA Swimming announces partnership with NCAA
USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, has partnered with the NCAA to improve the accuracy and reporting process for collegiate swimming results. The partnership, which kicks off in October, will utilize USA Swimming&#146;s staff, volunteers and database to create a central clearing house for all Division I swimming results.

Janet Evans inducted into Great Sports Legend HOF
Swimming legend Janet Evans was inducted into the Great Sports Legend Hall of Fame Monday, Sept. 17, in New York City.

New officials’ video released
It&#146;s here. After months of anticipation, the new and improved officials’ video, &#147;Starting-Philosophy and Protocol&#148; is available for sale on usaswimming.org.

Sutton wins Tiburon mile
U.S. National Teamer Chloe Sutton and Russian Vladmimi Dyatchine won the female and male elite division races Sunday at the RCP Tiburon Mile open water swim in Tiburon, Calif., near San Francisco. The race, founded in 1999, bills itself as one of the most competitive and prestigious open water swims in the world.

20 Question Tuesday
Fran Crippen thought it might be time to get out of the pool &#150; for good. But then he found something. Or maybe he lost it. He cut time off his personal records left and right. Now, the Virginia graduate is a threat in both the pool and the sea as an open-water standout. He talks about that &#150; and what&#146;s up next &#150; in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from University of Toledo coach Lars Jorgensen. A former Olympian who has led swimmers to six Mid-American Conference championships, Jorgensen offers athletes advice for returning to shape quickly in preseason training.

Bal, Brunelli medal on second night in Japan
American swimmers picked up two more medals on the second night of competition Wednesday at the International Swim Meet 2007 in Chiba, Japan. Randall Bal won silver in the 100m backstroke, while Nick Brunelli finished with a bronze in the 100m free.<br>

USA Swimming seeks assistant coaches for National Select Camps
National Select Camps will be held October 11-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The boys’ and girls’ camps will be held simultaneously. USA Swimming is seeking six assistant coaches to work with the camps.

Fifteen world records at ParaPan American Games; 6 more at World Deaf Championships
Last week, Paralympians set the pool on fire at the ParaPan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, the world’s top deaf swimmers traveled from across the globe to Taipei to compete at the 2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships this week. In the end, six more events witnessed lowered world standards. <br>

Soni earns silver at Japan International Swim Meet
Team USA totaled three medals on the first day of the Japan International Swim Meet at the Chiba International General Swimming Center. Trojan Swim Club&#146;s Rebecca Soni and Olympian Tara Kirk stole two of the Top 3 spots in the women&#146;s 100m breast.

Japan International blog with Russell
USA Swimming’s biomechanics coordinator Russell Mark brings us an inside perspective from the International Swim Meet 2007 in Japan.

20 Questions with Dara Torres
The whole world is watching Dara Torres. The 40-year-old mother and multi-Olympic medalist is going for another Olympic team, and if her performance at Nationals was any indication, she&#146;s right on track. She talks about the challenges she is facing in the fourth decade of her life and what her huge and always growing fan base means to her in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Help Phelps become the Sports Illustrated Kids’ Athlete of the Year
World Champion Michael Phelps is a finalist for the Sports Illustrated Kids&#146; 2007 Athlete of the Year award. Phelps, who received the award in 2004, has been nominated alongside Peyton Manning, Tim Duncan, Sidney Crosby, Alex Rodriguez, Candace Parker, Roger Federer and Kevin Durant.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Kathleen Woolf a registered dietician and a member of the American Dietetic Association. Woolf offers some advice on pre-event meals.

U.S. claims five more medals on last night of WUGs
Chad LaTourette (Mission Viejo, Calif. / Mission Viejo) won his second gold medal of the meet and set a new Games record in the 1500m freestyle and Team USA added another five medals as swimming competition concluded at the World University Games in Bangkok Tuesday. The men&#146;s 400m medley relay won the silver medal to complete Team USA&#146;s streak of relay hardware. The six U.S. relays finished with four gold and two silver medals and broke eight Games records at this meet.<br> <br>

WUGs blog with biomechanics coordinator Russell Mark
USA Swimming’s biomechanics coordinator Russell Mark brings us an inside perspective from the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

20 Question Tuesday: Nick Brunelli
Nick Brunelli is back in the water after shoulder surgery and looks ready to challenge for a spot on next year&#146;s U.S. Olympic Team. He talks about his comeback and where he wants to take it in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

August Podcast: Traveling Shenanigans
Tune in to hear National Team horror stories about their trips, how they pass their time while traveling and some tricks they play on each other in this month’s podcast.

Ashley Evans sets meet record at Speedo Junior Championships
The 2007 Speedo Junior Championships got off to a quick start with a meet record broken on the first day of competition. Some familiar faces filled the top spots, with teenage standouts such as Ashley Evans and Chloe Sutton competing this evening. <br>

Torres sets the American record in the 50m free
The ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships concluded with a night of record-breaking performances. Dara Torres kicked off the record-breaking trend when she eclipsed her own American record in the 50m free. Erik Vendt followed suit in the 800m free when he set U.S. Open and National meet records in that event.

Phelps, Hoff set U.S. Open and meet records on Day 4 of Nationals
The competition remained heated on the fourth night of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, as Michael Phelps posted two meet records, and Katie Hoff posted a record of her own. <br>

From the Deck: Day 4 Prelims
No apologies today. Just some random notes from the deck on the fourth morning of prelims at the Indiana University Natatorium, on the campus of IUPUI.

Ziegler, Phelps set meet records on Day 3 of Nationals
One U.S. Open and two meet records fell on the third day of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. Kate Zeigler lowered her own U.S. Open record and set a meet record in the 400 free, while Michael Phelps set a meet record in the 100 fly. <br>

From the Deck: Day 3 Prelims
Even after six years of covering national and international events for USA Swimming, I&#146;m destined to make a mistake or two during the course of a meet. So after day 2 of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, it seems some apologies are in order for a few of the blunders I&#146;ve made so far. Without further ado, let&#146;s make with the mea culpas.<br>

Phelps sets U.S. Open, meet record in 200m back at Nationals
The ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships continued with fast swims on the second day of the meet. Superstar Michael Phelps broke the U.S. Open and National meet record in the 200m backstroke, while Dara Torres earned her 14th national title. <br>

From the Deck: Day 2 Prelims
It&#146;s Day 2 of the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, and this intrepid reporter is sitting in the stands watching countless heats of the women&#146;s 400m IM dive in the water. As I watch, I&#146;m reflecting on some of the swims in last night&#146;s finals, debating in my mind as to which was the best. I&#146;ve narrowed it down to three: the women&#146;s 200m breaststroke, the women&#146;s 800m free and the men&#146;s 1500m free.<br> <br>

Vendt, Soni set meet records at Nationals
The ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships got off to a blazing start, with two meet records broken on the first day of competition. Olympian Erik Vendt of Club Wolverine eclipsed his own meet record in the 1500m freestyle, while Trojan Swim Club&#146;s Rebecca Soni broke meet record in the women&#146;s 200m breaststroke. <br> <br>

From the Deck: Day 1 Prelims
The biggest meet of the year for USA Swimming, the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, is underway today at the IUPUI Natatorium.<br>

Splash Online Extra: Your Photo
Splash selected a submission from Michael Gan of Kensington, Md., to run in the &#147;Your Photo&#148; department of the July-August issue of Splash. The theme for July-August was victory. We received lots of great submissions. Check out Gan&#146;s photo (left) in the July-August issue of Splash. We&#146;ve posted the best of the rest in our SwimCam Gallery right here on usaswimming.org.<br>

20 Question Tuesday: Lindsay Mintenko
Lindsay Benko is someone fans will never forget. Now married and living in Colorado, Lindsay Mintenko is USA Swimming&#146;s National Team&#146;s managing director and has a pending arrival. She gets us up to speed on her evolving &#147;adult life&#148; in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Team USA wins five more golds, Pan Am competition concludes
Team USA continued their dominance in the pool Sunday, winning five more gold medals on the final day of the Pan American Games swim competition. Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, Calif.), Caitlin Leverenz (Phoenix, Ariz.), Teresa Crippen (Philadelphia, Pa.), and both men&#146;s and women&#146;s 400m medley relay teams broke Pan American Games records on their way to winning gold. Team USA finished the competition with 38 total medals: 19 gold, 14 silver, and five bronze.

Kathleen Hersey leads Team USA, earns third gold
Kathleen Hersey (Atlanta, Ga.) won her third Pan American gold medal Saturday with her standout swim in the 200m fly. Hersey finished five seconds ahead of the field in 2:07.64 to break the Pan American Games record she set in Friday&#146;s semifinal. Chip Peterson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) also won gold and set a Pan American Games record in the 1500m free. Team USA took home a total of five medals Saturday, increasing its overall total at the pool to 30 medals.

Team USA swims to four more golds at Pan Ams
Team USA had another strong showing at the pool Friday, winning four golds and three silvers to continue its success at the Pan American Games. USA swimmers have won 25 medals to lead the competition with two more days of finals still to come.<br>

Smit leads field, wins two golds at Pan Ams
Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and the rest of Team USA had another strong morning at the pool Thursday, taking home a total of three golds, one silver, and one bronze on day four of swim competition at the Pan American Games. Smit won the women&#146;s 100m back and was part of the winning women&#146;s 400m free relay team that helped increase Team USA&#146;s total medal count to 18 at the pool.

Matt Patton is golden at Pan Ams
Matt Patton (Charlotte, N.C.) added to Team USA&#146;s gold medal count Wednesday with a win in the men&#146;s 400m free. Patton swam a personal best to finish in 3:49.77, setting a new Pan American Games record. Kathleen Hersey (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jessica Rodriquez (Austin, Texas) also won their second gold medals of the Games. In the second day of swimming finals, Team USA increased its total medal haul to 13 (5 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).<br>

Hersey and Rodriquez swim to gold at Pan Ams
Kathleen Hersey and Jessica Rodriquez won gold medals Tuesday on the first day of swimming finals at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the two gold medals, Team USA took home three silvers and one bronze to lead the total medal count.

Peirsol, Peterson win distance events in Santa Clara
The Toyota Santa Clara International Invitational Swim Meet opened Thursday night with timed finals of the women&#146;s 1500m free and the men&#146;s 800m free. Winning the women&#146;s 1500 was Club Wolverine&#146;s Hayley Peirsol, with a time of 16:12.08. North Carolina Aquatic&#146;s Chip Peterson took the men&#146;s 800 in 8:02.59.

Kaitlin Sandeno: Making the Most of her Times
When it comes to training and competing, Kaitlin Sandeno shares a similar philosophy with fellow Olympic gold medalist Gary Hall Jr. Train and swim for the Olympics. To her, that’s what’s most important. <br> <br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from David Swensen, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and assistant coach for the YMCA of the North Shore in Beverly, Mass. Swensen offers some advice on an in-season, dry-land program for a distance swimmer.

Breeden wins two at Pan Pac Invite
American swimmers won five events this past weekend at the Pan Pacific Invitational in Stanford, Calif. The event featured some of the top swimmers from U.S., Japan and Australia, including the 2007 U.S. National Junior Team.

Swimmers nominated for ESPY awards
The sport of swimming received several acknowledgments this year for ESPN&#146;s annual ESPY Awards, fielding nominations in several categories. National Teamers Michael Phelps and Kara Lynn Joyce, along with Paralympian Jessica Long and the feature-length film &#147;Pride&#148; all received nominations.

Alex Vanderkaay: Setting His Own Course
Growing up the third of four boys, Alex Vanderkaay faced the normal rites of passages all younger brothers must endure. Loogies. Wedgies. Noogies. All the regular torture methods older siblings &#150; boys, in particular &#150; inflict upon smaller, often helpless little brothers.

20 Question Tuesday
Kristy Kowal, a medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, might have moved on in life, but anyone who met this young woman will never forget her.

Make a Splash program launched in Atlanta
USA Swimming has joined with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to launch the first local manifestation of its national Make a Splash campaign to promote water safety awareness and the importance of physical activity to more than 3,000 Atlanta-area children.

USA Swimming Podcast: Lightning Round Part 2
Duncan Bywater returns poolside for USA Swimming’s monthly podcast.

Mare Nostrum wraps up in Monte Carlo
American swimmers won 12 medals &#150; eight gold, three silvers and a bronze &#150; as the Mare Nostrum Series drew to a close this past weekend in Monte Carlo.

Philadelphia proclaims Water Safety Week
Philadelphia mayor John F. Street will proclaim the week of June 24-30 as "Philadelphia Make a Splash Water Safety Week" Wednesday, at an award ceremony for Philadelphia Make a Splash Local Hero Jim Ellis.

Ziegler breaks 19-year-old world record in 1500m freestyle
World champion Kate Ziegler (Great Falls, Va.) took down Janet Evans&#146; 19-year-old world record in the 1500m freestyle by almost 10 seconds Sunday at the TYR Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Alshammar sets WR at Mare Nostrum
The Mare Nostrum Series continued Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain, with Sweden&#146;s Therese Alshammar breaking the world record in the 50m butterfly with a time 25.46. The top American swimmers were once again Tara Kirk and Peter Vanderkaay, who won two medals apiece.<br>

Free online coaching clinics offered in June
USA Swimming is offering two FREE online clinics this June. These are the tenth and eleventh web-based USA Swimming Coaching Clinics.

Mare Nostrum live on WCSN.com
Catch Mare Nostrum, the annual European swimming series held in three cities around the Mediterranean Sea, live and on-demand exclusively at WCSN.com.

20 Question Tuesday: BJ Bedford Miller
B.J. Bedford-Miller went from nearly making the team in 1996 to winning Olympic gold in 2000 in Sydney. She talks about how swimming continues to affect her life, and how close to her heart those Olympic memories and teammates remain in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

2007 Toyota Grand Prix Series: Charlotte UltraSwim
The Charlotte UltraSwim was held June 7-10. Complete coverage here.

UltraSwim to begin on Thursday
Three-time Olympian and owner of 10 Olympic medals Gary Hall, Jr. will join Olympians Amanda Weir and Mark Gangloff in a deep field of swimmers set to compete at the Charlotte UltraSwim June 7-10, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C. In addition, 17 members of the U.S. Pan American Games Team will swim at the meet.

Peterson, Sutton win open water 5K
Two highly favored swimmers won the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 5K race Thursday at USA Swimming&#146;s Open Water National Championships. Defending 5K national champion Chip Peterson, of North Carolina Aquatic Club, took the men&#146;s race in 52:39.20, while last year&#146;s runner-up, Chloe Sutton, of California Capital Aquatics, came out on top of the women&#146;s race in 58:23.45.

Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix: Day 1 Finals Report
Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif.) each earned two individual first-place finishes on day two of the 2007 Eric Namesnik Grand Prix at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. today. Sandeno and Phelps were winners in the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle.

Prelims Report: Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix-Day 1
The Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix kicked off in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight, with top swimmers advancing in six events. The finals of the 400m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle will begin tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. the Namesnik Grand Prix is the third stop on the 2007 Toyota Grand Prix Series, and the first to feature the Olympic-like schedule of evening prelims and morning finals.

Two big meets to be held this week
Colorado Springs, Colo. &#150; Previewing the 2008 Olympic schedule, top American swimmers in both pool and open water events will compete in a pair of meets beginning Thursday, May 17, in two U.S. locations. Olympians and world record holders including Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif.) will race at the Eric Namesnik Grand Prix in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Thursday, May 17-Sunday, May 20.

Jones to be featured on BET
Cullen Jones will be featured on the BET&#146;s television program &#147;Ballers,&#148; Tuesday, May 15, at 11 pm ET. The show will feature a day in the life of Jones, one of America&#146;s top freestyle sprinting stars. For more information, go to BET.com.

Road to Beijing begins in Fort Myers for open water swimmers
The qualifying process for the 2008 Olympic 10K open water competition begins this week for American athletes at USA Swimming&#146;s Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The competition begins Thursday, May 17, and will run through May 21.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Jessica Knowles, a sports nutritionist from Evergreen, Colo., and a member of USA Swimming&#146;s Sports Medicine Database. Knowles offers some advice on pre-race meals.

Gary Hall: Father, Businessman, Competitor
After winning 10 medals &#150; five gold, three silver and two bronze &#150; in three Olympics, Gary Hall Jr., has nothing more to prove to anyone. No one except himself, that is. A consummate competitor, Hall still has a few things left to accomplish.

No Such Thing as a Dumb Question?
This month we had to ask, &#147;Is there such thing as a dumb question?&#148; Our correspondent, Dunkin Bywater, challenges some of our top National Team athletes with quirky questions to see if they are as quick on deck as they are in the water. Hear the latest installment of USA Swimming’s podcast.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week’s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. David Swensen, a certified strength and condition specialist and an assistant coach for the YMCA of the North Shore in Beverly, Mass. Swensen offers some advice on imprementing a dry-land training program.

Crocker headlines Cinco de Mayo clinic
Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Ian Crocker will conduct a free swim clinic for more than 400 age group swimmers Friday at the San Antonio Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. The clinic runs in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo Competition Swim Meet, May 5-6 in San Antonio.

Pride in your Club contest winners announced
USA Swimming would like to thank all clubs who participated in the Pride in Your Club contest. Close to 4000 PRIDE movie ticket stubs were mailed and/or faxed to USA Swimming. The participation was inspiring. Five clubs came away with great prizes for their incredible level of participation. And the winners are...

Tara Kirk: Fighting the Good Fight
Heading into World Championships this past March, one of the most anticipated contests was the match-up between American Tara Kirk and Australian world record-holder Leisel Jones in the 100 breaststroke. While the end result didn&#146;t disappoint &#150; the two finished 1-2 with Jones earning the gold and Kirk winning silver &#150; the best was yet to come for Kirk.

20 Question Tuesday with Larsen Jensen
Larsen Jensen is all grown up &#150; graduating from USC &#150; and has a place to go &#150; Mission Viejo, where he will resume training as he did before he swam for coaches Mark Schubert and more recently Dave Salo, at USC. The budding financial manager and distance star talks about the future, the interesting interaction he had with the Australian media and what it&#146;s like being a recent college graduate in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Lenny Wiersma, a PhD in sport psychology and a member of USA Swimming&#146;s High Performance Network. Wiersma offers some advice on friendly rivalries in the pool.

Breaking news from ISHOF
The International Swimming Hall of Fame made several announcements Friday, March 27, 2007.<br> Ellis to be honored with President&#146;s Award<br> Jim Ellis, long-time coach for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and the subject of the recently released film, &#147;Pride,&#148; will receive the 2007 President&#146;s Award during ISHOF&#146;s 43rd Annual Toyota Honoree Induction Weekend, May 10-13. <br>

Longhorn Aquatics takes fourth straight Club Excellence title
For the fourth straight year, Longhorn Aquatics, based in Austin, Texas, has earned the top spot in USA Swimming&#146;s Club Excellence Program, scoring 47,293 points. Each year, the voluntary program identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to excellence in operation, performance, and for their support of the sport and USA Swimming.

Jessica Long: Picture of Determination
Even though she has lived in the same city and has even trained at the same pool as Michael Phelps, Jessica Long has never met the World and Olympic champion. There was a time, in fact, when the 2004 Paralympic gold medalist wasn&#146;t even sure Phelps knew her name. But now that she has beaten him and a host of other top American amateur athletes for the AAU’s 2007 Sullivan Award, she&#146;s hoping that has all changed.

Splash Online Extra: The College Recruiting Process
BY ARLENE DOUGLAS//Special Columnist<br> Being recruited to swim for an NCAA Division I university is a tremendous achievement. The recruiting process can be daunting. However, knowing the steps to the process and getting an early start can put you ahead of the game.

Two new staffers join USA Swimming
Two new members have joined the USA Swimming staff in the last week. Martha Johnson joins the Foundation staff as annual fund manager. Nate Boyle joins USA Swimming&#146;s National Team Division as physiology coordinator.

Longhorn Aquatics takes fourth straight Club Excellence title
For the fourth straight year, Longhorn Aquatics, based in Austin, Texas, has earned the top spot in USA Swimming&#146;s Club Excellence Program, scoring 47,293 points. Each year, the voluntary program identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to excellence in operation, performance, and for their support of the sport and USA Swimming.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Russell Mark, USA Swimming&#146;s biomechanics coordinator. Mark offers some advice on technique to concentrate on early in the season.

Swim Valor braves Catalina Channel
Six California Baptist University swimmers chose Friday the 13th to defy superstition, make some local history, and raise a bunch of money for charity. Swim Valor members Lindsey Eastman, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Melanie Lentz, Apple Valley, Calif.; Angie Rodriguez, Camarillo, Calif.; Louis Boehle, Ontario, Calif.; and Barrett Wilson and Garrett Miller, both of Las Cruces, N.M. took off from Cabrillo Beach, Calif., April 13 in a relay swim to Catalina Island and back, a total of nearly 50 grueling miles in less than 24 hours.

Perspectives with Paul Peavy: Talking to Your Kids About a Meet
So how do you talk to your kid about a good, bad, or middlin&#146; swim meet? <br> <br> Well, first, let&#146;s deal with the worst case scenarios. <br> <br> DQ&#146;ed will always mean a Dairy Queen certificate in our house. I&#146;ve never actually had to follow through with this, but it brings a smile and can temporarily stop the tear flow. No kid is happy about being DQ&#146;ed so there&#146;s no point in berating them about it. The simple question to ask is, &#147;What did you think you did wrong?&#148; followed by &#147;So what do you need to do differently?&#148; <br>

Jessica Long sets two world records at GTAC Disability Open
Sullivan Award Winner Jessica Long (S8) set two world records in the 200m free and 1500m free at the 4th Annual GTAC Disability Open, April 13-15 at Oakland University in Rochester, Minn. Marcus Titus, a deaf swimmer competing for the Pan-Am and World Deaf Championship Team, set four American records in the S15 class 50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast and 50m fly. Marin Morrison, a first-time Paralympic competitor who had been a Junior National qualifier prior to suffering from a debilitating brain tumor, set American and Pan-American records in the 50m back and 50m fly.<br>

Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool on NBC April 21-22
The most storied Olympic rivalry in history between two of the most dominant swimming nations of all-time has come again, and NBC Sports has all the action. NBC Sports will air the meet on Saturday, April 21, from 2-3 p.m. (EST), and Sunday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. (EST).

20 Question Tuesday
Daniel Madwed has his hands full these days. Madwed, a member of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, talks about NBAC, signing with the University of Michigan and 2008 in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the Sept.-Oct. 2006 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Sara Knott writes about a good medicine ball routine. Here are some highlights.

USA Swimming seeking Media Specialist
USA Swimming is seeking an experienced, self-motivated PR professional to serve as the Media Specialist for the national governing body for the sport of Swimming. <br> <br> Reporting directly to the Communications Director, the Media Specialist will serve as a vital member of the communications team, with a key role in publicity and media services. <br>

Hall signs with Speedo
Speedo has announced the signing of Olympic veteran Gary Hall Jr. to a multi-year contract through 2010. <br> <br> A 10-time Olympic medalist, Hall represented the U.S. in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and is training for the 2008 Olympic Games in his specialty, the 50m freestyle.<br>

Phelps, Coughlin names U.S. Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month
Following dominant performances at the FINA World Championships, American stars Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin won the United States Sports Academy&#146;s Male and Female Athlete of the Month award for March.

Jessica Long honored with Sullivan Award
Jessica Long, a U.S. Paralympic swimmer, was honored this week in New York as the recipient of the 77th AAU Sullivan Award, which is presented to the USA&#146;s top amateur athlete.

Record holders Phelps and Xiang meet in China
During a tour of China to promote the 2007 Special Olympics, U.S Olympic gold medalist and record holder Michael Phelps had a chance to meet another record holder, Chinese hurdling gold medalist Liu Xiang. Tuesday, April 10.

Robert Margalis: Third Time the Charm?
While his friends were making decisions about whom to take to prom and where to hang out on Friday night, Robert Margalis was facing a choice that would shape the rest of his life.

Visa&#146;s Friendship Lanes Tour Anchored by Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff
In their continual effort to grow the sport of swimming internationally, Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff anchor the &#147;Visa Friendship Lanes Tour&#148; of goodwill, friendship and cultural experience through a series of events that will celebrate the dreams of people of all abilities and cultures. The athletes visit to China, also supported by Speedo and Special Olympics, represents their support of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

WMG forms partnership with USA Swimming
Colorado Springs, Colo. &#150; Wasserman Media Group (WMG) has entered into long-term exclusive partnerships with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Track & Field to represent the trio in the marketplace for sponsorship, events and marketing opportunities, and develop digital platforms to broaden distribution and original programming. Through this first-ever partnership with WMG, these national governing bodies (NGBs) are joining forces to promote their sports, attract commercial partners, and better serve their athletes, coaches and fans with the support of one of the world&#146;s leading sports marketing and media companies.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Russell Mark, USA Swimming&#146;s biomechanics coordinator. Mark offers some advice on adding a dolphin kick to your breaststroke pullout.

2007 FINA World Championships by the Numbers
The 2007 FINA World Championships was arguably one of the most successful World Championships for Team USA since the meet&#146;s advent in 1973. How does it stack up? Look at the numbers and decide for yourself.

April Fool’s Day Pranksters in high gear
Check out what your favorite athletes had to say about their memorable pranks...

Phelps, Hoff Break Individual Medley World Records at World Champs
Two more world records fell on the final night of swimming at the FINA World Championships, as the Baltimore duo of Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff both took down world marks in the 400m individual medley. It was Phelps&#146; seventh gold medal and fifth world record for the week, a performance that earned him Male Swimmer of the Meet honors.

Crippen, Margalis win Kiphuth Award at Spring Champs
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. &#150; The 2007 USA Swimming Spring Championships wrapped up Saturday night at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. <br> <br> <br> <br> Robert Margalis of Saint Petersburg capped off his meet with his fourth win, while Germantown Academy&#146;s Teresa Crippen took home the women&#146;s Kiphuth Award for high points for her efforts this week.<br>

Day 8 Prelim Report: Four American athletes advance as relay is DQ’d
Four American athletes advanced and one relay team did not in the last preliminary session of the FINA World Championships today. <br> <br> <br> Katie Hoff (Towson, Md.) easily won her heat and took the top seed in the 400m individual medley by nearly two seconds, completing the race in 4:38.21 this morning. Ariana Kukors (Auburn, Wash.) also advanced after posting the fourth-fastest prelim time of 4:42.80. The number two seed is Jennifer Reilly of Australia.<br>

Rose nominated as USOC Developmental Coach of the Year
Bill Rose, head coach of Mission Viejo Nadadores, was nominated today as one of six finalists for the United States Olympic Committee&#146;s Developmental Coach of the Year honors.

Lochte breaks 200 back world record, men’s relay smashes world mark
During a week in which one name has dominated the headlines, Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) produced the upset of Friday night&#146;s finals, setting the world record in the 200m backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne. Lochte then returned later in the evening to swim on the world record-setting 800m freestyle relay with teammates Michael Phelps, Klete Keller and Peter Vanderkaay.

Members of the Pan Am Team dominate Day 3 of Spring Champs
Members of the U.S. Pan American Games team ruled Thursday night&#146;s finals of the 2007 USA Swimming Spring Championships, taking first in each of the four individual events contested. Lauren Thies of Multnomah Athletic Club won the women&#146;s 200m free Thursday, her second title of the week after winning the 100m free on Wednesday.

Falling records alert- Phelps, 800m freestyle relay and Vaziri in the books
The red line has become the Americans&#146; new best friend this week in what has become a magical display of dominance at the FINA World Championships. The Americans set three world records to bring the team&#146;s meet total to eight. On Day 5, Michael Phelps lowered his own mark in the 200m individual medley, Leila Vaziri matched the world record she set in the 50m backstroke in last night&#146;s semifinal, and the women&#146;s 800m freestyle relay shattered the world record from lane eight.

Spring Champs in full swing
The first night of finals kicked off Wednesday at USA Swimming&#146;s Spring Championships. Champions were crowned in 10 events, including the women&#146;s 800-meter freestyle, the men&#146;s 1500m freestyle, and the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 100m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly.

A View from the Stands: 2007 World Championships
A Truly Citywide Experience<br> Melbourne is the &#147;Home of Australian Sports.&#148; Its residents regularly enjoy world-class sporting events, including the Australian Open. With the city covering a majority of the bill for this year’s World Championships, the organizing committee made every effort to make this event a truly citywide experience.

More Blogs from Rod Laver Arena
Lots of big events this morning! As if any event isn&#146;t &#147;big&#148; for us. Swimming fast in the morning prelims is important and Team USA definitely doesn&#146;t take it for granted. Getting into the semis or finals is the only path to having an opportunity any medal. Swimming fast in the morning will be even more crucial next year in Beijing with finals being held in the morning.<br> <br> <br> <br> Today we start out with 17 heats of women&#146;s 100 free&#133;which means plenty of time to work and blog simultaneously. Seriously, it&#146;s a good thing I can type as fast as lightening while thinking about 10 different things at once.<br> <br>

Phelps smashes 200m fly world record
Michael Phelps was once again the buzz of the swimming world Wednesday, smashing his own world record in the 200m butterfly on the fourth day of swimming at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Leila Vaziri set a world record in the 50m backstroke and Katie Hoff again lowered the American record in the 200m freestyle.

Blogs from Rod Laver Arena
Check in with USA Swimming’s Biomechanics Coordinator, Russell Mark for his first-hand account of all the action on and off the deck at Rod Laver Arena.

Speedo make waves from Melbourne
The latest video podcast celebrates our swimmers with the first of a light-hearted series of insights into a number of our athletes, in this edition we find out what they each like to have for breakfast. From the USA, Team Speedo stars Kate Ziegler, Natalie Coughlin, Ian Crocker, Tara Kirk, Katie Hoff, Margaret Hoelzer, Pete Vanderkaay, Kara Lynn Joyce, Davis Tarwater and Ryan Lochte all weigh in. International athletes including Thomas Rupprath (GER), Michael Klim (AUS) and Liam Tancock (GBR) also share their favorite foods to start the day with.

Prelim Report: Vaziri sets American record in 50m back on day four
Six Americans advanced to tonight&#146;s semifinals, which will be contested in addition to finals in the men&#146;s 200m butterfly, women&#146;s 200m freestyle, men&#146;s 50m breaststroke and men&#146;s 800m free.

Zone Select Camp staff selections are complete
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the selection of the coaching and managerial staffs for the 2007 Zone Select Camps. The Western Zone camp will be led by Peter Banks from Brandon, Florida with 2000 Olympian Maddy Crippen as head manager.

A View from the Stands: 2007 World Championships
Editor&#146;s Note: 2004 Olympian Dana Kirk is currently training in Australia and took some time to catch the U.S. Team in action at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne. Her sister Tara is competing this week.

U.S. Swimmers Break Three World, One American Record at FINA World Championships
U.S. swimmers broke three world records and one American record on the third night of finals at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia tonight. Olympic medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) and Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) each broke world records as Team USA claimed five world championship medals at Rod Laver Arena.

Prelim Report: Four prelim events contested on day three of Worlds
Seven Americans advanced to the next round of swimming Tuesday on the third day of competition at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, an almost perfect record for the morning preliminaries.

Hansen, Hoff defend world titles in Melbourne
Olympians Brendan Hansen and Katie Hoff defended their world titles and captured the two American gold medals on the second night of swimming at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Team USA notched four medals for the evening to bring the team total to six &#150; three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Prelim Report: American swimmers advance to semis, finals in day two of FINA World Champs
The second morning of prelims at the 2007 FINA World Championships saw seven American competitors advance to semi-finals tonight and both Hayley Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) and Kate Ziegler (Great Falls, Va.) qualified for the final of the 1500m freestyle.

Prelims Report- Team USA off to strong start at FINA World Champs
The U.S. Women&#146;s Team was four-for-four in the opening preliminary session of the 2007 FINA World Championships today, advancing two swimmers in each of three individual races, and grabbing the top seed in the women&#146;s 400m freestyle relay. <br> <br> The men&#146;s team also put on a strong showing, advancing four swimmers in three events. In addition, the men&#146;s 400m freestyle relay qualified for tonight&#146;s finals, taking the third seed with a time of 3:16.43.<br>

Kalyn Keller wins silver in open water 25k
MELBOURNE, Australia &#150; Call it &#147;extreme swimming,&#148; if you wish. The women’s open water 25k had a little bit of everything &#150; from intense weather, to tough competition, to a re-start a day later, and a swimmer who made a last-minute decision to swim the longest of all open water races at the FINA World Championships. And that decision paid off for Kalyn Keller (Phoenix, Ariz.) when she won Team USA’s first swimming medal &#150; a silver in the women&#146;s 25k at St. Kilda beach Sunday. She finished the race in 5 hours, 39 minutes, 39.62 seconds.

U.S. relays medal twice in opening night of World Champs
MELBOURNE, Australia &#150; Team USA opened the first night of competition at the FINA World Championships with a pair of relay medals in the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 400m freestyle relay. The relay finals capped a busy night for the U.S, which saw six swimmers finish high in semi-final races to advance to finals in four different individual events.

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With the second-biggest event of the quad just one day away, Olympians Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and Katie Hoff faced an enthusiastic press corps at the opening press conference on Saturday for the 2007 FINA World Championships. Joined by head coach and general manager Mark Schubert, head men&#146;s coach Bob Bowman and head women&#146;s coach John Collins, USA Swimming&#146;s brightest stars fielded questions and smiled for a flurry of flash bulbs throughout the one-hour session at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Leila Vaziri: Peaking at the Perfect Time
Less than two weeks after her final NCAA Championships, Leila Vaziri is Down Under with her U.S. teammates preparing to compete in the 2007 FINA World Championships. "A year ago, I would have never believed I&#146;d be swimming at Worlds. It just goes to show anything can happen if you want something badly enough," Vaziri said.

Coach Jim Montrella to join USA Swimming Master Coach program
Jim Montrella has been named master coach consultant for USA Swimming, the organization announced today. Montrella will begin his part-time position as a member of the three-year-old Master Coach program which is designed to utilize the experience and expertise of retired USA Swimming coaches to counsel and develop young programs and coaches across the nation. To date, 120 swim clubs across the nation have benefited from the experience of a USA Swimming master coach.

Pride in Your Club Contest
USA Swimming is happy to announce the Pride in Your Club Contest. During the following period, March 23rd &#150; April 15th, all USA Swimming club members are encouraged to go see the movie Pride at their local theater. <br> <br> After seeing the movie club members are asked to fax or mail a copy of their ticket stub along with the full name of their club and LSC to USA Swimming. Clubs will be broken up into five levels based on club size. The club that sends in the most ticket stubs at each level will win a Dartswim software program and a Pride movie prize pack. For more information about the Pride in Your Club contest,

USA Swimming web site maintenance today
USA Swimming will be conducting web site maintenance today between 3 and 5p.m. MST. There will be interruptions during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

20 Question Tuesday
Kelsey Ditto isn&#146;t even in college yet, but she&#146;s already a veteran National Team member. She talks about where she is, and where she&#146;s headed in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Warkentin finishes 20th in 10K in Melbourne
Mark Warkentin was the top American finisher in the men&#146;s open water 10K Wednesday at the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, placing 20th in the Olympic-distance race. American teammate Scott Kaufmann crossed the finish line in 33rd.

Long Island&#146;s Eisenhower Park to Host 2007 USA Swimming Spring Championships
The 2007 USA Swimming Spring Championships will return to Long Island&#146;s Nassau County Aquatic Center Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31, 2007. Heats begin at 9 a.m. each morning with finals starting at 5:30 p.m. The meet, which is officially sanctioned by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport, will feature talent including Olympic medalists, national champions and Long Island&#146;s top local talent.

Keller notches top-10 finish in 10K
Olympian Kalyn Keller notched a top-10 finish for the Americans in the women&#146;s open water 10K Tuesday, finishing ninth in the Olympic distance at the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

USA Swimming offers Coach Fellowship
Position Title: Coach Fellowship<br> <br> <br> NGB: USA Swimming<br> Division: National Team<br> Group: Performance Science & Technology<br> <br> <br> Start Date: September 1, 2007<br> Type: Full-time. This is a temporary 1 year position. <br> Salary: $1500 per mo, including Health/Dental/401k benefits <br> <br> <br> Description: <br> <br> The Coach Fellow (CF) is responsible for assisting USA Swimming&#146;s National Team Division with the implementation of technical programs designed to support National Team athletes and coaches. The CF is involved in projects and tasks in the areas of biomechanics, video technology, physiology, data analysis, and general NT Division operations. The CF also performs and supports a variety of performance evaluation and educational services with swimmers and coaches attending training camps and meetings at the US Olympic Training Center. The CF is encouraged to develop his/her interest in Physiology, Biomechanics, Technology, or Coaching and to take a lead role in one practical application project, based on personal interest and/or experience. Through the opportunities presented, the CF will have a very broad and unique hands-on learning experience that is directly applicable to coaching. Individuals with a long-term interest in coaching swimming and a desire to contribute to USA Swimming while enhancing their technical knowledge are encouraged to apply. <br> <br> Requirements:<br> <br> Must have completed Undergraduate Degree <br> <br> Swimming and/or coaching experience <br> <br> Long-term interest in career coaching <br> <br> Strong written and verbal communication skills <br> <br> Proficiency with computers and database software <br> <br> Enthusiasm for swimming, learning, and the Olympic movement <br> <br> Strong organization and time management skills <br> <br> <br> How To Apply:<br> <br> Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references by May 1, 2007 to: <br> <br> Ronlyn Griggs, Human Resource Manager<br> rgriggs@usaswimming.org<br> Subject: Coach Fellowship <br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the Sept.-Oct. 2006 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Emily Vance writes about dealing with setbacks. Here are some guidelines.

Taormina honored with Jim Thorpe award
Olympic gold medalist swimmer Sheila Taormina has joined the ranks of ultra-elite athletes such as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Herschel Walker and Dan O&#146;Brien. On March 15, Taormina became the first swimmer to be honored with the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award for athletes who excel in multiple sports.

Busting the Fat Myths, Nutrition Month week 3
What kind of respectable athlete would in their right mind purposely put something called &#147;fat&#148; in their diet? Well, if you have been following the nutrition articles this month, you&#146;ll know that most nutrients, even fats, can be good for the body if kept under a close watch. Fat is an ugly word with bad connotations but similarly to proteins and carbohydrates, the source of the fat in your diet is the most important consideration.

Auburn wins fifth straight men’s NCAA title
Auburn University won its fifth straight NCAA title Saturday at the Division I Men&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Tigers set two NCAA and U.S. Open records on the final night of competition, one in the 100-yard freestyle and one in the 400y free relay.

Americans compete in open water 5K
All of the swimming action from Melbourne kicked off today as the first medals of the 12th FINA World Championships were handed out in the women&#146;s and men&#146;s 5K races. All four Americans finished in the top 20.

Open Water Blogs from Melbourne - 5K update
Open water assistant coach Steve Munatones has been checking in daily from the beaches of St. Kilda, and after an early-morning check of the conditions, he had this to report. Read further down for his day-by-day account of the open water team&#146;s experience here in the land down under.

Four NCAA and U.S. Open records fall at NCAAs
Four NCAA and U.S. Open records were broken Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Records fell in the 200-yard medley relay, the 100y butterfly, the 100y breaststroke and the 800y free relay.

50 free records take a beating at NCAAs
Stanford&#146;s Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner broke the American record in the 50-yard freestyle three times Thursday at the NCAA Division I Men&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The record now stands at 18.87.

Whitney Myers: Heart of a Giant
Even though she&#146;s only 5-5, don&#146;t call Whitney Myers small or short. Spunky? Yes. Motivated? Always. Champion? Definitely. But as someone who has never allowed her small stature to be a hindrance or excuse, Myers &#150; known as Munchkin to friends, teammates and coaches &#150; is definitely a big-time force in the water.

NCAA Men’s Div. III Championships Preview
Change is in the air in Division III. There&#146;s talk of splitting the division. Discussion of combining the men&#146;s and women&#146;s meets. There&#146;s likely to be a shakeup of the top 10, and by the end of Saturday night, there might even be a new national champion.

Blogs from Melbourne - Let the games begin
Blogs of Open Water in Melbourne, Australia for the 2007 World Championships. Steven Munatones gives you the scoop in and out of the water. <br> <br> <br> <br> Day: One<br> Date: Sunday, March 11, 2007<br> Location: St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne<br> Purpose: Advance Planning <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Mark Schubert, Lindsay Mintenko and Steven Munatones arrived in Melbourne on a blustery, warm late summer day after a 13.5-hour flight from LAX to Sydney, a layover and a 1-hour flight from Sydney to Melbourne. The organizing committee met them at the airport, which features a beautiful light blue carpet in the Customs Area with an image of an 8-lane pool. <br>

Show your Support for Water Safety
Jump in and Make a Splash in your community! There are many ways to get involved and show your support for USA Swimming’s Make a Splash campaign this year. Visit makeasplash.org to find out how you can get involved.

Mike Unger named assistant executive director of USA Swimming
Mike Unger has been promoted to assistant executive director of USA Swimming, the national governing body announced today. Unger, who most recently served as chief operating officer, has held six different positions at USA Swimming since beginning his tenure in 1993.

20 Question Tuesday
Leila Vaziri was hoping to go out on a strong note as a swimmer at Indiana University, and she did more than that. She won the 100m backstroke at Nationals last summer and made the U.S. World Championships Team. Vaziri talks about her unique upbringing out of the pool, and her sudden surge in the water in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from special correspondent Sarah Knott, who writes about balancing a training diet with a competition diet for your best season-ending performances. Here are some guidelines.

Auburn wins NCAA title, Cal sets third AR
Auburn University overcame a 32-point deficit to claim the team title Saturday at the NCAA Division I Women&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis. In other highlights from Saturday night, the University of California set its third American record of the week, this time in the 400-yard free relay.

More records for Arizona, Cal at NCAAs
The University of Arizona and the University of California both set American records for the second night in a row Friday at the NCAA Division I Women&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Wildcats Hailey Degolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Lindsey Kelly finished the 200y medley relay with a time of 1:36.09, which also shattered the NCAA and U.S. Open marks. Later in the meet, Cal&#146;s Dana Vollmer, Emily Silver, Blake Hayter and Erin Reilly set the American and NCAA meet record in the 800y freestyle relay with a time of 7:00.89. <br>

WCSN to broadcast coverage of FINA World Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; For the second year in a row, USA Swimming is teaming with the World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) to provide television coverage on Fox Sports Net and live web coverage on WCSN.com of the action from the 12th FINA World Championships, March 17-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia. In 2006, WCSN gave fans the opportunity to watch the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships on television and via webcast.

National Team Distance Camp
USA Swimming would like to select some distance swimmers to compete in a National Team distance camp here in Colorado Springs May 20- June 10. We would like to select this group from Spring Championships as well. The top 6 in both the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 800 and 1500 will be chosen. The distance camp is open to all swimmers.

Arizona, Cal set NCAA, U.S. Open and American records
Two NCAA, U.S. Open and American records were set Thursday night at the NCAA Division I Women&#146;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis. The University of Arizona set the first in the 200-yard freestyle relay, turning in a time of 1:27.23. The University of California set the second in the 400y medley relay, turning in a time of 3:30.18.

Mark Warkentin: Model of Persistence
Despite all of his best efforts for many years, Mark Warkentin kept coming up short. No matter the event, he just couldn&#146;t beat the Vanderkaays and Kellers of the world, and slowly but surely, he saw the writing on the wall. Although he never stopped training and never missed a practice, nor did he ever experience a sickness or injury, his times remained stagnant &#150; and frustrating.

2007 NCAA Championship Women&#146;s Preview
Last season, Auburn and Georgia treated fans to one of the most thrilling finishes in NCAA history. Auburn edged the Bulldogs by a scant three points, but their battle could pale in comparison to what&#146;s on tap at this year&#146;s women&#146;s NCAA Division I Championships.

United States, Australia face off at Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; It&#146;s one of the most storied Olympic rivalries in history between two of the most dominant swimming nations of all-time. Bragging rights are at stake as the United States and Australia meet for the third Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, April 3 at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> The 12th FINA World Championships, March 18-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia, will set the stage for this fast-paced head-to-head match-up between these two swimming powerhouses. The unique event will boast a worldwide television audience, highlighted by NBC coverage in the United States. NBC Sports will air the meet on Saturday, April 21, from 2-3 p.m. (EST), and Sunday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. (EST). <br>

USA Swimming unveils new Club Recognition Program
USA Swimming unveiled the new Club Recognition Program Monday, March 5, which offers club members a working blueprint for developing strong, stable, financially sound and athletically productive organizations.<br><br>Designed over a two year period by USA Swimming’s Club Development Committee, this voluntary program presents four levels of achievement across four component areas deemed critical to long-term club success. The program encourages clubs to establish organizational goals and to benchmark their progress toward those goals. The ultimate objective of the program is to strengthen the club system in USA Swimming by guiding clubs through a development process that ultimately positions the program and its coaches to better serve athletes. Find out more about this exciting new tool in the Swim Clubs section. <br>

Take the Aussie Quiz
Or just listen to what the National Team had to say about Aussie slang. We’re gearing up for World Championships in Melbourne, Australia with this month’s Aussie Quiz podcast.

Build Self-esteem and a Positive Self-image
Learning about oneself while enjoying the sport is one of the most important aspects of swimming. The swimming environment encourages learning and fun, helping your child to develop a positive self-image. Athletes who find their self-worth through winning will go through tough times when they lose, and everyone, even Michael Phelps, will lose sometime!

Chloe Sutton: Open Water Turns
To most people in this country, September 11, 2001, has special interest. But for first-time U.S. World Championship team member Chloe Sutton, the day and its events bear personal significance and memories. Almost six years later, Sutton, 15, is experiencing another life-changing event.

PRIDE screening the hottest ticket in town
USA Swimming, in cooperation with Lionsgate Films, will host more than 3,000 members of the swimming community at exclusive screenings of PRIDE. The screenings, which will take place in 28 U.S. markets, are an exclusive benefit for USA Swimming members and friends, and all theaters are expected to fill quickly. As is typical industry policy, each special screening has been oversold, so attendees are advised to arrive early, as seats are not guaranteed.

20 Question Tuesday
Scott Kaufmann has gone from thinking about the job market to finding a new home as an open water swimmer and member of the U.S. World Championship team. The native of Nevada talks about his new role and what he hopes the next year will bring in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

USA Swimming launches Make a Splash campaign
The Make a Splash campaign, a major public service initiative of USA Swimming, will launch today. The campaign is aimed at decreasing the number of drowning accidents in the U.S., fostering greater diversity in the sport and encouraging people of all ages to embrace swimming as a direct route to a healthier lifestyle. The first phase of the Make a Splash campaign will be executed through a number of new programs and partnerships.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the July-August 2006 issue of Splash magazine, in which special correspondent Sarah Knott writes about the best way to warm up for a big race. Here are some guidelines.

20 Question Tuesday
One person to watch heading into 2008 is Cal sophomore Jessica Hardy. She talked about her recent Pac-10 success, what it&#146;s like cooking &#150; and eating &#150; with Natalie Coughlin, and what she hopes for in the future in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with Bob Schaller.

Water Depth Change - Special Notice
Pursuant to USA Swimming Rule 504.8, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has decided to amend Rule 103.2.2 (page 43 of the 2007 Rules & Regulations) which specifically applies to teaching racing starts.

Phelps takes two more on final night in Columbia
Michael Phelps went 2-for-3 on Monday night at the Missouri Grand Prix, bringing his three-day meet total to five victories at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The eight-time Olympic medalist picked up wins in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke, in addition to finishing fourth in the 100m breaststroke.

Monday prelim results from the Missouri Grand Prix
The final day of the Missouri Grand Prix began Monday with prelims of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Sunday prelim results from the Missouri Grand Prix
The third day of the Missouri Grand Prix began Sunday with prelims of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 400m individual medley at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Coughlin sets U.S. Open record in 200m free on Day 2 in Missouri
Olympians Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine) and Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif. / Cal Aquatics) were the big winners on Sunday night at the Missouri Grand Prix, as both captured two victories apiece to bring their meet totals to three wins for the meet.

Phelps smashes 200m butterfly world record
COLUMBIA, Mo. &#150; Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine) delivered the shock of the evening Saturday at the Missouri Grand Prix, breaking his own world record in the 200m butterfly. His time of 1:53.71 bested his own world record of 1:53.80, which he set on August 17, 2006, at the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. This is the fifth time he has broken the 200m fly world record.

Saturday prelim results from the Missouri Grand Prix
The second day of the Missouri Grand Prix began Saturday with prelims of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Phelps smashes 200m butterfly world record
Michael Phelps broke the world record in the 200m butterfly during the finals of the Missouri Grand Prix tonight. His time of 1:53.71 bested his own world record of 1:53.80, which he set at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships. <br>

Olympians win distance, sprint events
Olympians Tara Kirk and Rachel Komisarz were two of the four Olympians who notched victories on Friday to kick off the 2007 Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Kirk won the 50m breaststroke, while Komisarz finished first in the 50m butterfly.

Black History Invite held this weekend in D.C.
The 21st Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Takoma Community Aquatic Center in Washington, D.C. Co-founded in 1987 by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the United Black Fund, the invitational is the first and only swim meet held in honor of Black History Month.

The 2007 Missouri Grand Prix begins today
The Missouri Grand Prix begins today with timed finals in the women&#146;s 1500-meter freestyle and the men&#146;s 800m free. The meet is the third stop on the 2007 Toyota Grand Prix Series and is also the last major competition before Team USA heads to Melbourne for the 2007 FINA World Championships, March 18-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia.

Jason Lezak: No Shame in his Game
Despite being one of the oldest members of the U.S. men’s National Team, Jason Lezak wants the rest of the swimming world to know he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Stronger, fitter and more determined than ever to win his first individual World title, Lezak is heading to Melbourne on a mission, and to send a message.

Diversity Select Camp applications are now available
USA Swimming will host the second annual Diversity Select Camp, April 26-29, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Qualified applicants must submit applications by March 20, 2007 in order to be considered. Thirty-two athletes will be selected for the camp, which combines pool training with motivational and educational sessions ,as well as team-building activities.

Speedo releases third generation of Fastskin
Speedo released its third generation of Fastskin suit today, the Fastskin FS Pro. Athletes are expected to compete in the suit at the 12th FINA World Championships, March 18-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia.

WCSN to broadcast teleconference with Cullen Jones
The World Championship Sports Network will broadcast a live stream of a teleconference with Cullen Jones Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. ET for site subscribers. The teleconference is one in a series of teleconferences with top American swimmers leading up to the FINA World Championships, which will be held March 25-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia.

Speedo Tip of the Week
Speedo Tip of the Week<br> This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the July-August 2006 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Linda Hass writes about handling nerves before a big race. Here are some guidelines.

Elizabeth Beisel &#150; Surfing into Swimming Stardom
Elizabeth Beisel wasn&#146;t even born when Janet Evans set her world records in the late 1980s. But that certainly doesn&#146;t mean the Olympic gold-medalist from the 1988 and 1992 Games still can&#146;t be her hero.

Twenty-One Olympians to Compete in Columbia
Swimmers flock to Missouri Grand Prix as a final tune-up before FINA World Championships. More than half of the 2007 World Championship team and a total of 21 American Olympians are expected to compete at the Missouri Grand Prix, Feb. 16-19 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo. The third stop in the Toyota Grand Prix Series, it is the last major competition before Team USA heads to Melbourne for the 2007 FINA World Championships, March 18-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia.

See advance screening of PRIDE
Don’t miss the advance screening of PRIDE beginning February 26, 2007. Based on true events, Lionsgate tells the inspiring story of USA Swimming coach Jim Ellis, a charismatic school teacher in the 1970s who changed lives forever when he founded an African-American swim team in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods. Starring Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, and Kimberly Elise.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Aimee Kimball, the director of mental training at the University of Pittsburgh&#146;s Medical Center&#146;s Center for Sports Medicine. Kimball offers some advice on how to undo bad mental habits.

Swim Parent Tip of the Month
Keep Things Balanced <br> Some children become so involved in athletics that they neglect studies, families and social responsibilities. Both you and your child need to remember that swimming is only part of life. Sometimes children overemphasize sport because their parents do. Ask yourself if you&#146;re giving unbalanced attention to your child&#146;s &#147;swimming career.&#148; If so, slack off and show interest in other areas of your child&#146;s life.

USA Swimming Podcasts
Tune in every month as USA Swimming’s brings you the latest scoop from your favorite athletes. And best of all, you can take it with you!It’s simple! Just follow the instructions below and your favorite audio will be sent directly to your iPod or mp3 player.

Internet Distance Challenge results are posted
The results of the 2005-2006 Internet Distance Challenge have been tabulated and posted. You can view team scores and individual scores for both Short Course Yard and Meter competitions. If your team has not participated in the Internet Distance Challenge in the past, why not compete in the 2006-2007 event? You can hold the competition right at your own pool.

Frank Busch-Foundations for Success online Clinic
This is the eighth web-based USA Swimming Coaching Clinic. Participants will watch a PowerPoint presentation given over the Internet while listening to the audio of the presentation through an &#147;866&#148; toll free conference call number. <br> <br> Coach Busch believes that the foundation for success in all strokes is directly related to the swimmers ability to have a very effective kick. His comments will focus on building a kick for success. <br>

Scott Usher: Finding the Fire Inside
It wasn&#146;t all that long ago that Scott Usher was swimming under the world&#146;s radar in small-town Nebraska. In spite of his untapped potential, when it came time to look for a college swimming scholarship, very few teams were looking at him.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from USA Swimming&#146;s Biomechanics Coordinator Russell Mark. Mark offers some advice on proper butterfly arm recovery.

2006-2007 Scholastic All-American Application is here!
Become a member of the All-American Team<br> Just fill out the application and return it before the deadline of August 1, 2007 for review.

Are you feeding yet? USA Swimming Feeds available
Are you feeding yet? Bring up to date news from USA Swimming right to your members through your club site. Want to keep members up to date on press releases, weekly features such as Speedo Tip of the Week, 20 Question Tuesday, meet results and wrap ups? RSS feeds bring the action right to your site.<br> <br> What you get:<br> 1. Daily News<br> 2. Weekly Features<br> 3. Upcoming meet information, results, wrap ups and more<br> <br> When you get it:<br> Daily! Whenever we have news, you’ll have news!<br> <br> A variety of free tools are out there to get code to integrate USA Swimming news into your Club website. We have three styles of RSS Feeds to choose from to integrate into your Club site. <br> <br> The instructions are simple, so you will have your feed ready to go in minutes. Bring USA Swimming news right to your members with the easy to follow instructions available right here. Click for more information and to get your feed.<br>

Ariana Kukors: World at her Feet
National Teamer Ariana Kukors knows what&#146;s important to her. Family and friends. School. Shopping. Vegging out on the couch. And of course, swimming. She and her U.S. National teammates will put their swimming skills to the test March 25-April 1 against the world&#146;s best swimmers at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

2007 Swim Camps and Clinics
USA Swimming offers this club listing as a service to our members. These clubs are not conducted by USA Swimming. For additional camp and clinic information, please contact the organizations listed below.

USA Swimming seeking Annual Fund Manager


20 Question Tuesday
Katie Hoff, named America&#146;s top female swimmer at the Golden Goggle Awards, is on a roll. She turned pro last year and is regarded as one of the best and most diversely talented swimmers in the world. She talked about what&#146;s up next in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dick Taylor, head swim coach of the Four Corners Aquatic Team in Towaoc, Colorado. Taylor, New Mexico&#146;s 2006 Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some simple advice to fellow age group coaches.

Dana Vollmer: Snapping Back to Form
It&#146;s in Dana Vollmer&#146;s mental make-up to focus on the big picture and not sweat the little things. Rather than concentrate on what she hasn&#146;t done or didn&#146;t do, she&#146;s driven by the desire to see how good she can be.

"Pride" coach featured on AOL’s Black Voices
Philadelphia Department of Recreation coach Jim Ellis is featured today on AOL.com&#146;s Black Voices. Ellis looks back at his career, his club and the many issues facing black swimmers in a story written by William Douglas. He also talks about the Lionsgate film, &#147;Pride,&#148; which is based on his coaching career at PDR. The film is set to be released March 23. <br>

Paralympians named USOC Athlete of the Month
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; The U.S. Olympic Committee today announced Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long as its December (2006) Female Athlete of the Month. The USOC Team of the Month was awarded to the U.S. Paralympics women&#146;s 400-meter freestyle relay. <br> <br> Long, of Baltimore, Md., won nine gold medals and set world records in the 100m freestyle (1:07.03), 400m freestyle (4:53.14), 100m butterfly (1:13.25) and 200m individual medley (2:43.60) Dec. 2-7 at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa. <br>

From the Deck: Random Musings
LONG BEACH, Calif. &#150; Some random musings from the deck of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool: <br> <br> Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Jason Lezak is swimming unattached and working out on his own with a small group of training partners. <br> <br> Imagine how tough that would be. I have a hard enough time getting motivated for relatively easy lunchtime swims on my own, never mind training for big meets like the World Championships or the Olympics. <br>

From the Deck: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool
LONG BEACH, Calif. &#150; At first glance, you&#146;d never guess the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool is anything special.<br> <br> <br> <br> But the facility is an icon of Southern California swimming, its lofty rafters echoing with close to 40 years of tradition.<br> <br> <br> <br> Originally built for the 1968 Olympic Trials, Belmont Plaza has played host to a number of big meets over the years, including the 1976 Olympic Trials, a number of NCAA Championships, the Pac-10 Championships, the Big West Championships, the CIF Southern California High School Championships, Speedo Championship Series meets and the annual Southern California &#147;Q&#148; meet.<br>

From the Deck: Short Course Mania
LONG BEACH, Calif. &#150; Once the world&#146;s top swimmers graduate from college or turn pro, it&#146;s not often fans get to see them do their thing in a 25-yard pool. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> And that&#146;s too bad, because it&#146;s quite a site to behold. <br> <br> I&#146;ve had the privilege of watching Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Natalie Coughlin, Kailtin Sandeno and all the others this weekend at the 2007 Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming, and so far, it&#146;s been a real treat. <br>

Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming - Day 3 Prelims
The 2007 Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of swimming resumed Sunday morning with prelims of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 200-yard freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 50y freestyle and 400y individual medley. The top 24 swimmers in each individual event will swim in Sunday night&#146;s &#147;A,&#148; &#147;B&#148; and &#147;C&#148; finals. Timed finals of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 800y free relay will also be contested Sunday night.

From the Deck: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool
At first glance, you&#146;d never guess the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool is anything special. But the facility is an icon of Southern California swimming, its lofty rafters echoing with close to 40 years of tradition.

Coughlin breaks American record in 200y free
Natalie Coughlin broke her own American and U.S. Open record in the 200-yard freestyle Sunday night at the 2007 Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming, turning in a time of 1:41.66. It was the first of two wins for the five-time Olympic medalist Sunday.

Sandeno, Phelps take two in Long Beach
Olympians Michael Phelps and Kaitlin Sandeno, both representing Club Wolverine, won two events apiece Saturday night at the Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming. Phelps came out on top of the men&#146;s 100-yard free and 500y free, while Sandeno took a tough double in the women&#146;s 200y butterfly and 500y free.

2007 Junior Pan Pacs Day 3 Recap
Cory Chitwood led a 1-2 finish in the men&#146;s 200 Back to highlight U.S. performances on the third day of the Junior Pan Pacific Championships on the island of Maui. Chitwood and teammate Matt Thompson blitzed the field by over two seconds, with both under the meet record.

Sandeno, Mellouli win on first night in Long Beach
The 2007 Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming kicked off Friday night at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool with timed finals in the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 1000-yard freestyle. Winning the women&#146;s race was Olympian Kaitlin Sandeno of Club Wolverine, who finished with a time of 9:37.06. Ous Mellouli of Trojan Swim Club came out on top of the men&#146;s race, finishing in 8:48.23.

2007 Junior Pan Pacs Day 2 Recap
Mary Beck (Longhorn Aquatics, Austin, Texas) and Scott Flowers (FAST Swim Team, Riverside, Calif.) both powered to gold medals and meet records in the 400 IM for Team USA on Night 2 of the Junior Pan Pacific Championships on the island of Maui. The gold medals were the first two earned by the U.S. at the biennial competition. <br>

20 Question Tuesday
Chip Peterson is swimming for the University of North Carolina and has emerged as an open water specialist on the international scene. The soft-spoken and articulate swimmer talks Tar Heels, cool currents and what&#146;s cool in college in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Steve Varney, coach of the Rochester Swim Club Orcas in Rochester, Minn. Varney, who was recently named Minnesota&#146;s Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some advice on mental imagery.

Seventeen American Olympians to swim at Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming
Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg headlines a stacked field of 17 American Olympians expected to compete at the 2007 Toyota Southern California Grand Prix of Swimming, Jan. 12-15 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. This event is the first stop in the seven-meet Grand Prix series and is one of three more meets in Southern California leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Future swimming stars to compete at Jr. Pan Pacific Championships
The 2007 U.S. National Junior Team, comprised of America&#146;s top young swimming talent, will compete at the 2007 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Jan. 11-15 at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. Approximately 200 athletes from 11 countries are expected to swim in the meet, which will include both pool swimming events and the 10K open water swim.

Megan (Quann) Jendrick: Passion for the Pool
Believe it or not, but there was a time not so long ago when Megan (Quann) Jendrick considered calling it a swimming career and hanging up her goggles. A few years had passed since winning two gold medals as a bright-eyed 16-year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and swimming had become a chore. It had lost its appeal, her attention was shifting and her love for the sport was waning.

Mutual of Omaha Teams with Olympic Swimming Champion
Mutual of Omaha and Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis today introduced the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic program, a unique swim clinic experience designed to inspire and motivate a new generation of swim stars to pursue their dreams.

20 Question Tuesday
After her 200 breaststroke winning performance at U.S. Open, Caitlin Leverenz certainly has new goals heading into 2007. The teen phenom talks about her life in Arizona, what it&#146;s like competing against her idols, and what she hopes to do in the future in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Online coaching clinic with Catherine Vogt
USA Swimming will host the seventh in a series of web-based Coaching Clinics on Tuesday, Dec. 19. This clinic features Catherine Vogt, the open water head coach for the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships and coach of open water international medalist, Chip Peterson.

USA Swimming staff recognized for service
USA Swimming recognized a number of staff members with service awards Thursday, for those who have worked with the organization for 10 years or more. <br> <br> Those receiving awards were as follows: <br> <br> Club Development<br> Tom Avischious, 10 years (2005) <br> <br> National Team<br> Charlene Boudreau, 10 years (2006)<br> Candi MacConaugha, 10 years (2003)<br> Jonty Skinner, 10 years (2004) <br> <br> Executive<br> Kathy Parker,10 years (2003)<br> Mike Unger, 10 years (2003) <br> <br> Business Operations<br> Larry Herr, 10 years (2003)<br> Rob Hinds, 10 years (2004)<br> Carol Burch, 20 years (2002)<br> Cathy Durance, 20 years (2000) <br> <br>

Online coaching clinic with Catherine Vogt
USA Swimming will host the seventh in a series of web-based Coaching Clinics on Tuesday, Dec. 19. This clinic features Catherine Vogt, the open water head coach for the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships and coach of open water international medalist, Chip Peterson.

Internet Distance Challenge is underway
The 2006-2007 Internet Distance Challenge is underway. New this year is the opportunity to compete in either a meters (25 m or 50 m) or a yards course. All events are held at your own pool, with results submitted to USA Swimming. See the Open Water/Internet Distance page of this website for more information.

Natalie Coughlin: Picture Perfect
Natalie Coughlin is an accomplished photographer. It&#146;s one her great passions along with cooking and winning U.S., world and Olympic titles. No matter the lens or filter you look through, Coughlin&#146;s swimming career has been picture-perfect in almost every way.

Ziegler betters AR in 1000 free
Kate Ziegler set an American Record in the 1000-yard freestyle Sunday at the Tom Dolan Invitational at George Mason University &#150; Fairfax, in Fairfax, Va. Her time of 9:21.57 lowered the previous mark of 9:24.80, which Ziegler set last year at this same meet.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Ben Harlow of the ConocoPhillips Splash Club in Bartlesville, Okla. Harlow, a three-time Oklahoma Age Group Coach of the Year, offers a number of different breaststroke drills to improve your swimmers&#146; techniques.

Long Beach Grand Prix tickets now available
The hosts of the Long Beach Grand Prix, taking place January 12-15, at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, have just announced the sale of tickets for the big event. There are a limited number of all session passes available for purchase as well as individual session passes. <br> <br> The first Grand Prix event of the new year will feature swimming greats such as Michael Phelps, Kaitlin Sandeno, Klete Keller and Erik Vendt.<br>

Zone Select Camp rosters are posted
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the participants for the 2007 Zone Select Camps. Four camps will be held in the spring, one in each Zone. The sites are Indiana University, University of Utah, The US Naval Academy and The Baylor School. 56 swimmers were selected for each camp based on individual event times and IMX scores.

Ziegler breaks Evans’ record in 1650 free
World champion and U.S. National Team member Kate Ziegler set an American record in the 1650-yard free Dec. 7 at the Tom Dolan Invitational at the George Mason University &#150; Fairfax, in Fairfax, Va. Her time of 15:37.17 breaks Janet Evans&#146; former record of 15:39.14, set on March 17, 1990 in Austin, Texas.

See official highlights of 2006 Golden Goggle Awards
The third annual Golden Goggle Awards took place on Sunday, November 19, at the world-famous Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The gala evening has quickly become the signature event for the USA Swimming Foundation and an unsurpassed, unprecedented celebration of the sport of swimming.

Changes to 2007 Guide to Prohibited Substances
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Advisory regarding the changes to the Prohibited Substances List for 2007. This list goes into effect January 1, 2007. The List <br> <br> The Advisory addresses the changes made to the current list. To download the 2007 Prohibited Substances List visit the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website at http://www.wada-ama.org/en/prohibitedlist.ch2. <br> <br> THE CURRENT 2006 LIST IS IN EFFECT THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2006. <br> Athletes should always check with USADA via the Drug Reference Line (800-233-0393) or Drug Reference Online prior to taking any medications (over the counter and prescription). <br> <br> For more information about doping control,<br>

Cullen Jones: Breaking Down Barriers
At a lanky yet athletic 6-foot-5 inches tall and with a wingspan that would make a prehistoric pterodactyl envious, Cullen Jones is tailor-made for swimming. His long, powerful limbs accelerate through water like a hot knife through butter and complement his fierce competitive drive to win.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Bruno Darzi, the head age group coach of the Coral Springs Swim Club and 2006 Florida Gold Coast Age Group Coach of the Year. Darzi offers some advice on balancing yardage and technique when working with swimmers aged 8 to 12.

Phelps, DeScenza win high point to close out U.S. Open
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. &#150; Michael Phelps and Mary DeScenza took away the men&#146;s and women&#146;s individual high point awards Saturday on the final night of the 2006 U.S. Open. Katie Hoff also earned some recognition, winning the ConocoPhillips Performance Award for her meet record in the 200m IM, which she swam on Thursday. <br> <br> Phelps, of Club Wolverine won two individual events Saturday &#150; the men&#146;s 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly. He took the men&#146;s 100m free in 49.16, about a second ahead of NC State&#146;s Cullen Jones, who finished in 50.15. Simon Burnett of Tucson Ford was third in 50.21. Phelps then won the men&#146;s 200m butterfly in 1:55.77, just 11-hundredths off the meet record set by Tom Malchow in 2002. Juan Veloz of Tucson Ford was second in 1:59.39 and Club Wolverine teammate Davis Tarwater was third in 1:59.99. <br>

From the Deck: A Good Way to go Out
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. &#150; When finals wrap up tonight at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center, an era comes to an end. The 2006 U.S. Open will be the last U.S. Open. Next year, the meet will be replaced on USA Swimming&#146;s competition calendar by the short course national championships. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> The U.S. Open began in 1985 and has traditionally been the first elite-level meet of the swimming season, giving swimmers the opportunity to race against some of the best athletes in the world and gauge their progress after a few months of hard training. <br>

Four meet records fall, DeScenza takes two at U.S. Open
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. &#150; Four more meet records fell Friday at the 2006 U.S. Open, with Kirsty Coventry, Ryan Lochte, Katie Hoff and Ous Mellouli all shattering marks in their respective events. Mary DeScenza also made a splash at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center, winning a tough double in the women&#146;s 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> &#147;I&#146;m extremely happy,&#148; DeScenza said. &#147;It&#146;s always hard to do a double. It&#146;s just a tribute to my training to do that. It shows I&#146;m in a good place right now, and I&#146;ll be looking for better things in the future.&#148; <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> DeScenza, of Athens Bulldog Swim Club, won the first of her two events in the women&#146;s 200m free, turning in a time of 2:01.05. Chanelle Watson of Laval University was second in 2:02.27, while Brittany Reimer of the University of British Columbia was third in 2:02.53.<br>

USA Swimming launches background screening program
This past September, the 2006 House of Delegates adopted legislation to require background screening as a condition for coach membership and approved implementation of this requirement for the 2007 membership year. After completion of a successful pilot program during the month of October, USA Swimming is ready to launch the national rollout of the new Background Screening Program. In order to successfully accommodate the 10,000 individuals that must be screened over the next few months, each LSC has been given a specific deadline by which to complete its Background Screening Process. In order to maintain their USA Swimming coach membership in good standing, all coaches are required to initiate the USA Swimming Background Screening process on or before the deadline assigned to the LSC in which they are registered.

From the Deck: Return of the King?
After a little more than a two-year break from the national and international swimming scene, Lenny Krayzelburg returns to the pool today at the 2006 U.S. Open. He will swim just one event &#150; the 100-meter backstroke.

U.S. Open Prelim Report - Day 2
The 2006 U.S. Open resumed Friday morning at Purdue University with the prelims of the women&#146;s and men&#146;s 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 400m IM. The top 24 swimmers from each event will return to swim in tonight&#146;s A, B and C finals. Timed finals of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 400m medley relay will also be contested Friday, with the top two seeded heats competing in tonight&#146;s finals.

Four meet records fall at U.S. Open
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. &#150; Four U.S. Open meet records fell during Thursday night&#146;s finals of the 2006 U.S. Open. Katie Hoff, Michael Phelps, Margaret Hoelzer and Cullen Jones all took down marks in their respective events. <br> <br> Hoff, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, got the ball rolling in the first event of the night, the women&#146;s 200m IM, turning in a time of 2:11.58. The reigning world champion in this event, Hoff finished more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field, outpacing Olympian Kaitlin Sandeno of Club Wolverine (2:13.65) and Zimbabwe&#146;s Kirsty Coventry (2:13.96). <br> <br> <br>

U.S. Open - Day 1 Prelim Report
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. &#150; The 2006 U.S. Open kicked off Thursday morning at Purdue University with the prelims of the women&#146;s and men&#146;s 200m IM, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 50m free. <br> <br> <br> <br> The top 24 swimmers from each event will return to swim in tonight&#146;s A, B and C finals. Timed finals of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 800m free relay will also be contested Thursday, with the top two seeded heats competing in tonight&#146;s finals. <br> <br> <br>

Phelps nominated for Academy Athlete of the Year
Michael Phelps is one of a number of athletes who has been nominated for the 2006 United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Year, presented by USATODAY.com and MSNBC.com. <br> <br> Beginning today, sports fans worldwide can vote for the 2006 United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Year online, at the Academy website, at USATODAY.com or at MSNBC.com. Voting runs through Dec. 25.

Speedo podcast features Golden Goggle red carpet video
See Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin, Katie Hoff, Kate Ziegler and many more walk the red carpet on Speedo’s podcast. <br><br> About Speedo Make Waves Podcast<br> Speedo Make Waves Podcast brings you an inside view into the world of swimming from the world’s leading swimwear brand. The biweekly show includes interviews with the world’s top swimmers (Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Grant Hackett, Libby Lenton and Leisel Jones, among others), as well as news from around the swimming world and expert insight into upcoming competitions. In addition, special edition video podcasts bring you up close and personal with some of today’s swimming superstars. <br> <br>

Katie Hoff: Headed in the Right Direction
Even though Katie Hoff has no trouble finding her way to the medals stand or to a fast finish at the wall, the same cannot be said for her ability to navigate behind the wheel of her car. But whether she can make it to the pool or mall without getting sidetracked down a dead-end road or ending up on the wrong side of town, one thing is sure: Hoff is heading in the right direction when it comes to staking her claim as one of the best swimmers in the world.

Klein Aquatics swimmers raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
On October 29, 2006 Gulf LSC swimming team, Klein Aquatics, participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society&#146;s &#147;Light the Night&#148; walk around The Woodlands Market Street. For three weeks prior to the event, the swimmers collected donations totaling over $1300. On the evening of the event, the swimmers, their families, and coaches walked along with other supporters and cancer survivors approximately two miles carrying illuminated balloons.<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> &#147;Light The Night&#148; is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s one-to-two-mile evening walk held in communities across the country to commemorate lives touched by cancer and celebrate cancer survivorship. Cancer patients and survivors carry illuminated white balloons while supporters carry illuminated red balloons, creating a sea of hope, perseverance, and progress.<br> <br> <br> Funds raised by teams of co-workers, friends, and families support the Society&#146;s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin&#146;s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. <br> <br> Contact: <br> Robert Kelly<br> Gulf Swimming<br> Media and Press Coordinator<br> P.O. Box 7650<br> Pasadena, TX 77508-7650<br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Erin Miller, a coach of the New Jersey Wave Swim Team. Miller was recently named New Jersey Swimming&#146;s age group coach of the year. Here, she offers a freestyle drill designed to lengthen your stroke and help you concentrate on your underwater pull.

More Golden Goggle Awards Photos
Check out photos from the big night. See all of your favorite athletes, who brought who, who wore what, and how the night progressed. Check back regularly, as more photos will be added soon.

Golden Goggle Awards Photo Gallery
Check out photos from the big night. See all of your favorite athletes, who brought who, who wore what, and how the night progressed. Check back regularly, as more photos will be added soon.

2007 Zone Select Camp Dates and Sites Announced
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the dates and sites of the 2007 Zone Select Camps. All four camps will return to the same sites where the camps were held so successfully last year. The dates and sites are:<br> <br>

Ian Thorpe hangs up his bodysuit
Australian Olympic champion and world record-holder Ian Thorpe announced his retirement Tuesday at a news conference in Sydney. <br> <br> According to Associated Press reports, Thorpe said the decision came &#147;after facing injury, illness and questions about his motivation ahead of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.&#148; A recent training stint in Los Angeles helped put his life and his career into perspective. <br>

20 Question Tuesday
After a great summer, 2004 Olympian Tara Kirk is gearing up for the 2007 FINA World Championships, where she will swim the 100m and 200m breaststroke. The Stanford alum talked about Thanksgiving, what&#146;s going on in her life and what she hopes to accomplish in the pool in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Swim Nut Zeke Christmas Story
Zeke and Santa have been at odds since way back in 2003, when Zeke first got the bright idea that Santa could give the kind of gift that would really count: 5 seconds off Zeke’s freestyle time. Here’s a look at how things got started, and how they’ve gotten more interesting.

Phelps, Jones win two at the Golden Goggles
It was a night when new stars shared the stage with old ones, as world record-holder Cullen Jones and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps brought home two awards apiece at the third-annual Golden Goggle Awards, Nov. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees
The third-annual Golden Goggle Awards are just days away! The record-setting USA Swimming National Team will soon converge on the world-famous Beverly Hilton, along with celebrities, business leaders, politicians and swim fans just like you &#150; for a night of fine dining, entertainment and prestigious awards. If you&#146;ve been tuning in to our weekly web features, you know we&#146;re down to the end. It&#146;s time to take a look at the best athletes of the year. We broke down the women on Tuesday &#133; today, we&#146;re evaluating the men.

Updated Open Water Quad Plan


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Aaron Peirsol: More to Prove
With all that is already known about Peirsol and all that he&#146;s accomplished in his swimming career, one thing people can&#146;t say about the two-time Olympian is that he&#146;s complacent. If anything, he is constantly striving to be the best he can be. Tough orders for someone who really has very little left to prove.

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees for the Golden Goggle Awards
The third-annual Golden Goggle Awards are less than a week away! The record-setting USA Swimming National Team will soon converge on the world-famous Beverly Hilton, along with celebrities, business leaders, politicians and swim fans just like you &#150; for a night of fine dining, entertainment and prestigious awards. If you&#146;ve been tuning in to our weekly web features, you know we&#146;re down to the end. It&#146;s time to take a look at the best athletes of the year. First off &#133; the women.

20 Question Tuesday
Courtney Kalisz is making quite a statement. The former National Junior Team member is heading to Brazil for the Pan American Games in 2007 and has her eyes on the 2008 Olympic Game as well. Recently turned 16, Kalisz took time out from her busy schedule to visit with Bob Schaller in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday.

Rodriquez wins three in San Antonio
The 2006 Grand Prix circuit drew to a close this weekend with the 2006 Short Course Grand Prix at the Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio. Jessica Rodriquez of Longhorn Aquatics won three individual events, including the 200-yard free (1:47.57), the 200y IM (2:00.40) and the 400y IM (4:12.37).

Six Olympians headline San Antonio Grand Prix
USA Swimming will close out its 2006 Grand Prix circuit with the 2006 Short Course Grand Prix at Palo Alto College, Nov. 10-12 at the Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio. Six U.S. Olympians are expected to compete, including: Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen, Tara Kirk, Margaret Hoelzer and Allison Wagner. National champion and world record-holder Cullen Jones is also entered in the meet.

Male Race of the Year Nominees
We&#146;re nearing the end of our award categories, which means the days are numbered before we roll out the red carpet to honor America&#146;s top swimming stars and Hollywood celebrities. The third-annual Golden Goggle Awards are set for Sunday, November 19, at the world-renowned Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Amanda Weir &#150; Taking Control in and out of the Pool
Amanda Weir&#146;s days of needing to be bribed with candy to complete her dry-land workouts are a thing of the past. Even though weight training still isn&#146;t one of her favorite things to do, she understands the pay-off in the pool.

Female Race of the Year Nominees
We&#146;re nearing the end of our award categories, which means the days are numbered before we roll out the red carpet to receive some of America&#146;s top swimming stars and Hollywood celebrities. The third-annual Golden Goggle Awards are set for Sunday, November 19, at the world-renowned Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Chris Thompson, the American record holder and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500m free. Thompson offers some advice on swimming distance races.

Watson invites USA Swimming to make a difference in LA
Congresswoman Diane Watson formally invited USA Swimming to bring its water safety efforts to her home district of Los Angeles today during an appearance at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs. <br> <br> <br> A committed advocate of water safety and diversity, Watson touted the numerous opportunities swimming could provide to the youth of her constituency. <br> <br> <br> &#147;We hope this will be the beginning of a new relationship that will lead to future joint programming efforts in Los Angeles that directly relate to promoting water safety and exposing children from diverse backgrounds to swimming,&#148; USA Swimming&#146;s executive director Chuck Wielgus said. <br> <br> <br> Wielgus presented Watson with a Team USA warm-up jacket as a token of appreciation for her appearance. <br> <br> <br> USA Swimming will be in Los Angeles later this month for the third-annual Golden Goggle Award, to be held Nov. 19 at the Beverly Hills Hilton.<br>

Relay Performance of the Year
We flipped the calendar to November this week, and in the world of swimming, that can mean only one thing: it&#146;s time to celebrate. Dressed in their Hollywood best, some of American&#146;s top swimming stars will step out of their &#147;fastskins&#148; and glam it up for photographers and videographers on the red carpet at the third-annual Golden Goggle Awards, the ESPYs for the sport of swimming. The date is Sunday, November 19, and the location is the world-renowned Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Chip Peterson: Open Swim Toward Beijing
BY MIKE WATKINS//Special Correspondent<br> Charles &#147;Chip&#148; Peterson was destined to be a swimmer long before he took his first plunge into the Bogue Sound behind his house in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. <br> <br> <br>

CVST holds Halloween costume practice party
The Carrollwood Village Swim Team of Tampa, Fla., held its annual Silver-Gold and Bronze Halloween Costume and Practice Party on Monday at its Copeland Pool facility. Each swimmer wore a costume to practice that he or she could also swim in. The practice began with the judging of the costumes, and prizes were awarded. Then the swimmers hit the pool for a short workout. Afterward, they enjoyed snacks provided by the club. Some of the club&#146;s festivities can be seen in our SwimCam Gallery.<br>

National Select Camp Participants Announced
Athletes selected for the 2006 National Select Camps have been announced by USA Swimming. The camps will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November. The Girls’ Select Camp will be November 9-12 with the Boys’ Select Camp the following week, November 16-19. 30 girls aged 14 and under and 30 boys aged 16 and under are invited to attend along with their personal coaches. Athletes are selected based on both individual events and IMX rankings.

Tuesday Q&A
Veteran Neil Walker is a four-time Olympic medalist and has been a member of the USA Swimming National Team since the 1994 Goodwill Games. Most recently, he was a member of the Americans&#146; gold medal-winning, world record-setting 400m free relay at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. Special correspondent Emily Vance catches up with Walker in this week&#146;s Tuesday Q&A.

Speedo Tip of the Week
Speedo Tip of the Week<br> This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Aimee Kimball, the director of mental training at the University of Pittsburgh&#146;s Medical Center&#146;s Center for Sports Medicine. Kimball offers some advice on getting motivated for morning practice.

USA Swimming statement regarding change in Olympic swimming schedule
USA Swimming put out a statement from Executive Director Chuck Wielgus this morning regarding the change in the 2008 Olympic swimming schedule. The new schedule will feature prelims in the evening and finals in the morning local time in Beijing.

Coach of the Year Nominees
We&#146;re less than a month away from one of the biggest events on the swimming calendar &#150; the third-annual Golden Goggle Awards, the ESPYs for the sport of swimming. This year&#146;s star-studded gala will be held on Sunday, November 19 at the world-renowned Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. We continue our look at the nominees in each category with this week&#146;s focus: Coach of the Year.

Jessica Hardy: Feeling the ’Need for Speed’
Jessica Hardy: Feeling the &#145;Need for Speed&#146; <br> She&#146;s not a racecar driver or a bobsledder, but Jessica Hardy&#146;s thirst for speed makes her a perfect fit for the sport she&#146;s made her life&#146;s passion. Knifing through the water and stroking her way from one end of the pool to the other, Hardy &#150; the American record-holder in the 100m breaststroke &#150; thrives in her quest to swim faster and faster.

Q&A: Mark Schubert on Mecklenburg Aquatics
Mark Schubert, USA Swimming&#146;s National Team head coach and general manager, sat down with usaswimming.org to discuss the recent hiring of David Marsh as CEO and head coach of Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC). He also discussed the support provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming and Speedo in this initiative.

Speedo Tip of the Week
Speedo Tip of the Week<br> This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from USA Swimming&#146;s biomechanics coordinator Russell Mark. Mark offers some advice on the butterfly arm recovery.

Final Top 16 lists now available


Perseverance Award Nominees
It has become the signature celebratory event of the swimming community, the one time of year when formal attire and the red carpet replace Fastskins and the black line. The Golden Goggle Awards are the ESPYs for the sport of swimming. This week, we take a closer look at the nominees for our Perseverance Award.

Top NCAA coach David Marsh signs with Mecklenburg Aquatic Club
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg Aquatic Club has signed Auburn University Head Coach David Marsh as its head coach and chief executive officer. Marsh, who has led the Auburn Tigers to six men’s and four women’s NCAA crowns and a combined 15 Southeastern Conference titles, will take the position next spring, at the conclusion of the 2006-07 NCAA swimming season. The hiring was made possible in part through the efforts of the United States Olympic Committee.<br>

Ian Crocker: Rocker and Swimmer at Heart
On the surface, Ian Crocker appears quiet and unassuming &#150; cerebral and psychological. But beneath the surface of the water, he&#146;s a completely different animal &#150; determined and daring, competitive and cunning.

Sign up for text alerts from USA Swimming and Speedo
USA Swimming and Speedo are pleased to offer text message alerts for one of our regular features and an upcoming special event!<br> <br> The Speedo Tip of the Week has been a long-standing element of usaswimming.org. Now you can receive a first-hand look at what some of the top coaches and experts in the swimming community are saying. Follow the link to <br> sign up for this weekly text alert. <br> <br> Interested in finding out the Buzz from this year’s Golden Goggle Awards? Who’s nominated for different awards? What celebrities are coming to the event? You always see the swimmers in their cap and goggles, but what sassy duds are they sporting on the red carpet? Follow the link to sign up for Golden Goggle text alerts leading up to the big night.<br>

Deck Pass talks about Golden Goggles nominees
The Deck Pass staff went pre-game this past week on the show. <br> <br> <br> <br> With the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2006 Golden Goggle Awards, the Deck Pass broke down the nominees and gave their thoughts on who will take home the hardware. It is the Golden Goggle Pre-game Show on the only internet radio broadcast dedicated to swimming. <br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is from the May-June 2006 issue of Splash magazine, in which special correspondent Sarah Knott writes about adding boxing to your dry-land training program. Knott solicits advice from 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall.

WANTED: WET OR DRY - A Water Safety Hero
Who is your aquatic hero? Is there someone from your town or region who has made a difference in water safety? Has someone saved a life or taught generations of kids to swim? Maybe they’ve had an impact on promoting water safety in your community. Whatever their story, USA Swimming wants to know.

Who will win this year’s Golden Goggle Awards? Take our poll
Cast your vote for who you think should win this year’s Golden Goggle Awards. Our poll will run until the big night. The Golden Goggle Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton on November 19, 2006.

Breakout Performer of the Year Nominees
It has become the signature celebratory event of the swimming community, the one time of year when formal attire and the red carpet replace Fastskins and the black line. The Golden Goggle Awards are the ESPYs for the sport of swimming. And with so many stellar performances in the pool in 2006, what a year we have to celebrate!

USA Swimming announces Golden Goggles nominees
USA Swimming today released the nominations for the 2006 Golden Goggle Awards, a red carpet event celebrating the year&#146;s top performances in competitive swimming in the USA. A total of 13 U.S. Olympians are nominated for awards in eight categories.

New Jersey swim team raises funds for Susan G. Koman Foundation
The Jersey (N.J.) Wahoos of Laurel, N.J., put their heads together to get involved Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The team was able to raise over a thousand dollars by creating and selling white swim caps featuring a pink ribbon along with the team’s name. Proceeds from the sale of the swim caps will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Central & South Jersey Affiliate.

Kate Ziegler: Compassionate, Caring and Determined to Succeed
Considering everything she&#146;s accomplished over the past two years, it&#146;s easy to forget Kate Ziegler is still a teenager. Amidst national and world championship titles Ziegler tries as hard as she can to live the normal life of a young woman. But she’s anything but normal when it comes to her accomplishments in the pool.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the May-June 2006 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Sarah Knott writes about planning a healthy diet for swimming families constantly on the go. Here are some general guidelines.

Speedo Swimmers "Unleashed"
For the first time, Speedo offers digital downloads of its top swimmers, part of the overall "My Life Unleashed" campaign, which is a first person look into the person behind the athlete. The image downloads can be used on MySpace and Facebook pages, as well as for screen savers and wallpaper.

This week on "Weekly Deck Pass"
The collegiate calendar is upon us, and Nathan Jendrick and Scott Goldblatt will be previewing the women’s NCAA season, as well as reviewing this week’s latest news and events. <br> <br> Auburn University is coming off a narrow victory over the University of Georgia at last year’s championships, and the hosts will be discussing the upcoming season with special guests Kim Brackin, the head coach at the University of Texas, adn Dana Vollmer, now swimming with the University of California after a year at the University of Florida.<br> <br> Tune in this Saturday at Noon PST at: www.DeckPass.com. If you missed last week’s show, be sure to check the archives where you can find all of the past episodes. <br> <br> See you on deck!

San Antonio Grand Prix meet to be held in November
USA Swimming has added an additional Grand Prix meet to the 2006 schedule. Alamo Area Aquatic Association will host the 2006 Short Course Grand Prix on Nov. 10-12 at the Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio. Morning preliminary heats for the meet, which will be swum in short course yards, begin at 9 a.m., and finals will start at 5 p.m.<br>

Coaches Named For Pan American Games and World University Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; USA Swimming today released the coaching staffs for two international competitions in 2007. The events include the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

National Teamers play roles in "The Guardian"
World University Games gold medalist Tanica Jamison and Olympian Mark Gangloff will appear as featured extras in the film, &#147;The Guardian,&#148; to be released Friday, Sept. 29. The film stars Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Jamison and Gangloff will play the part of rescue swimmers going through &#147;A-School,&#148; a 16-week program that prepares recruits for duty both on land and in the water

USA Swimming announces Scholastic All-American Team
USA Swimming announces the 2005-2006 Scholastic All-American Team. The Scholastic All-American Team is comprised of high school student-athletes, who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have competed in an individual event in the 2005 US Paralympics Swimming National Championships, 2005 Open Water National Championships, 2005 Summer Speedo Championships Series (summer sectionals), 2005 ConocoPhillips Nationals, 2005 Junior Swimming Championships, 2005 U.S. Open, 2006 Speedo Champions Series (spring sectionals), and 2006 Spring Championships. The award is based on a point system for grades and competition. <br>

Picture This: Aaron Peirsol’s World-Record Swim in the 100m Back
At the 2005 World Championship Trial in Indianapolis, Aaron Peirsol set the world record in the 100m backstroke with a time of 53.17. No one seemed to expect it &#150; not the crowd, not the announcers not even Peirsol himself. Here&#146;s Peirsol&#146;s recollection of that remarkable swim, in his own words.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from USA Swimming&#146;s biomechanics coordinator Russell Mark. Mark offers some advice on the importance of working on technique in practices and provides some helpful guidelines for making stroke adjustments.

National Team releases quadrennial plan
USA Swimming today released its National Team plan for the remainder of the quadrennium leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The plan is highlighted by two annual national championships &#150; one in the summer for long course events (50-meter pool), and one in the fall for short course events (25-yard pool) &#150; as well as several international meets.

20 Question Tuesday: Cullen Jones
Cullen Jones established himself as one of the top sprinters in the world, winning the 50m free and helping set the world record in the 400m free relay at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. In this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday, he lets our readers know a little bit more about his life outside of the pool, as well as in it. <br>

Olympian Brendan Hansen named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year
Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa. / Longhorn) was voted the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year on Saturday at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, held Sept. 12-16 at the Hyatt Dearborn in Detroit.

USA Swimming elects Jim Wood as president
USA Swimming&#146;s House of Delegates voted to elect Jim Wood of New Providence, N.J., as president of the organization on Saturday. Wood has been involved in USA Swimming&#146;s volunteer leadership for more than 25 years and has served on the board of directors since 1992.

Wielgus gives "State of the Sport" address
Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming, presented the annual &#147;State of the Sport&#148; address to the approximately 650 delegates in attendance at Saturday&#146;s House of Delegates meeting at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Annual Convention in Dearborn, Mich. Wielgus focused on the continued commitment to USA Swimming&#146;s &#147;Core Objectives,&#148; the state of the National Team and plans for upcoming events. <br> <br>

USA Swimming names 11 award winners at annual convention
On the fifth night of its Annual Convention in Dearborn, Mich., USA Swimming handed out 11 awards to its athlete, volunteer and coach members. Among the highlights of the night, Michael Phelps won the ConocoPhillips Performance of the Year Award and newly-named Olympic Head Coach Eddie Reese won the American Swim Coaches Association Coach Award. <br> <br>

One-year subscription to Dartfish Connect now available
Dartfish Connect is video analysis software designed to provide the essential tools to anyone who want to start using digital video. It enables the user to perform in depth analyses, copy and read annotated clips from experts or other users. It provides an easy to use medium to communicate and share expertise.

Hansen named USOC Athlete of the Month
Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa. / Longhorn) was named the U.S. Olympic Committee&#146;s August Athlete of the Month, announced today.

20 Question Tuesday
Erik Vendt changed after the 2004 Olympic Games. He left swimming and went on a long vacation where he found out a lot about the world and a lot about himself. Vendt tells special correspondent Bob Schaller what he&#146;s learned about himself, and just how he ended up back in the pool again in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday. <br>

Correia, Jones keynote speakers at diversity clinic
More than 600 USA Swimming delegates will attend the 2006 Aquatic Sports Convention, Sept. 12-17 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn near Detroit, Mich. The annual event will feature seminars and meetings that will impact USA Swimming&#146;s rules, events, programs and governance in the coming years.

Hayley Peirsol named Alabama Athlete of the Month
Auburn swimmer Hayley Peirsol was named Alabama Athlete of the Month for August by the United States Sports Academy after upsetting world champion Kate Ziegler to win the 800m freestyle at the U.S. Summer National Championships.

"Clothes Off Our Back" auction with Speedo
The auction of Michael Phelps’ signed poster and Fastskin FSII swimsuit, as well as Amanda Beard’s autographed swimsuit, is now live.

Bauerle, Reese named 2008 head Olympic coaches
USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee today named Eddie Reese (Austin, Texas) as head coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men&#146;s Swimming Team and Jack Bauerle (Athens, Ga.) as head coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women&#146;s Swimming Team. Both appointments were announced by Mark Schubert, USA Swimming&#146;s National Team head coach and general manager, at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Rose to compete in open water World Cup event
Erica Rose (Evanston, Ill.) will be the lone U.S. representative at the Marathona del Golgo Capri-Napoli, the sixth stop in the open water World Cup circuit. She&#146;ll swim the 36K race on Saturday, covering the 22.4-mile distance from Capri to Naples.<br>

"Clothes Off Our Back" auction with Speedo
The auction of Amanda Beard’s autographed FHM magazine and swimsuit, as well as Michael Phelp’s signed poster and Fastskin FSII swimsuit, is now live.

Incentive Programs for Swimmers with a Disability
The USA Swimming Disability Committee announces the debut of two new initiatives for USA Swimming members.<br> <br>

USA Swimming&#146;s annual convention heads to Detroit
More than 600 USA Swimming delegates will attend the 2006 Aquatic Sports Convention Sept. 12-17 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn near Detroit, Mich. The yearly event will feature seminars and meetings which will impact USA Swimming&#146;s rules, events, programs and governance in the coming years.

3rd Annual Build a Pool Conference is now accepting registration
Is your club thinking about building a new pool or renovating an existing pool? Are you trying to figure out how to successfully program your facility to provide the income you need? If so, USA Swimming can help. The 3rd Annual Build a Pool Conference will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 11-14, 2007.

Rose finishes fourth in 25K
American Erica Rose narrowly missed a medal in the 25K race Saturday at the 2006 FINA Open Water World Championships in Naples, Italy, finishing fourth. Her time was 6 hours, 24 minutes, 13.7 seconds.

Peterson takes silver in 5K
American Chip Peterson won a silver medal in the 5K race Tuesday at the 2006 FINA Open Water World Championships in Naples, Italy. Peterson finished with a time of 1 hour, four minutes and 32.7 seconds, just four-tenths of a second behind gold medalist Thomas Lurz of Germany.

Be sure to catch Nationals on TV
A number of cable outlets began airing the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships Sunday, Aug. 20. Broadcasts will continue through the month of September. Click here to view the schedule and to find dates and times in your area.<br>

World Youth Champs draws to a close
The 2006 FINA World Youth Swimming Championships wrapped up this past weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. American swimmers finished the last two days of the meet with seven medals &#150; two gold and five bronze.<br>

Kalisz, Flowers medal at World Youth Championships
American swimmers took two medals, a gold and a bronze, on the first day of the FINA World Youth Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Courtney Kalisz took the gold, winning the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:12.34. Tyler Clary won bronze in the 200m free, turning in a time of 1:52.23.

Peterson, Sutton win the Pan Pac open water 10K
In a pool, it is almost impossible to be far from a wall. There is always something within an arms reach for support. There is a wall at each end that provides comfort and security. But today at Elk Lake in Victoria, British Columbia, that was not the case. Twenty-three swimmers started the race this morning at the inaugural 10 kilometer event at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships.

Hansen, Phelps set world records on final night of Pan Pacs
The United States dominated the final day in the pool at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, setting two world and six meet records and winning eight of the 10 events contested Sunday at the Saanich Commonwealth Place. Michael Phelps broke his second world record of the week, this time in the 200m IM, with a time of 1:55.84. Brendan Hansen followed suit in the 200m breaststroke, setting the world record with a time of 2:08.50.

Team USA sets two world and an American record at Pan Pacs
Team USA set two world records Saturday at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. Aaron Peirsol set the first, winning the men&#146;s 200m back with a time of 1:54.44. The men&#146;s 400m free relay of Michael Phelps, Neil Walker, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak followed suit, turning in a time of 3:12.46.

2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships: Day 3 Prelims
The 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships resumed Saturday with prelims in the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke. The top 16 swimmers in each event will return to swim in tonight&#146;s &#147;A&#148; and &#147;B&#148; finals. Timed finals of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 400m free relay will also be contested tonight. <br>

Men’s 800m free relay sets American record at Pan Pacs.
American swimmers dominated just about every aspect of the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships Friday, winning seven of the eight finals contested and shattering meet records in six. The men&#146;s 800m free relay of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller also capped the night with an American record, turning in a time of 7:05.28.

Phelps breaks world record in 200m fly
Michael Phelps led the Americans to a solid first night at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, breaking his own world record in the 200m butterfly with a time of 1:53.80.

USA Swimming sending 56 athletes to Pan Pacs
Fifty-six of the nation&#146;s top swimmers will head to Victoria, B.C., to compete in the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, Aug. 17-21 at the Saanich Commonwealth Place Pool. The swimmers, including 25 Olympians, were selected from the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, which concluded on Saturday.

Junior Nationals wraps up in Irvine
The 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships came to a close Friday night at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. Meet records were set in each of the eight events swum on Day 5. Here is a list of those records, and the swimmers who broke them.

Nine meet records fall on Day 4 of Juniors
Meet records fell in nine of the 10 finals contested Thursday at the 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Here is a list of swimmers who broke records on Day 4 of the competition.

Three more meet records fall at Juniors
The 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships resumed Tuesday with the Three meet records were broken Wednesday at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Titus Knight of Longhorn Aquatics set the meet record in the men&#146;s 200m free, while Fast Swim Team and Club Wolverine bettered the marks in the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 800m free relay. <br>

LaTourette, Vanden Berge set meet records at Juniors
IRVINE, Calif. &#150; The 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships kicked off Monday at the William Woollett Aquatics center with timed finals in the women and men&#146;s 800m free and 200m medley relay.

Hansen sets second world record in Irvine
The 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championship ended Saturday in the same way it began &#150; with one world and one American record. And once again, Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa.) of Longhorn Aquatics stole the show, setting a world record in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:08.74. Olympian Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of Swim Atlanta set the American record, winning the women&#146;s 100m free with a time of 53.58. <br> <br>

Lezak, Coughlin win 100 free on day 2 of JEI
Jason Lezak won the men&#146;s 100-meter freestyle in the fastest time posted by an American swimmer in the event this year, and 2004 US Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin captured the women&#146;s 100-meter freestyle Friday at the Janet Evans Invitational at the USC McDonald&#146;s Swim Stadium. <br> <br>

Binder, Jensen score wins at JEI
USC senior Larsen Jensen captured the men&#146;s 800-meter freestyle and Santa Barbara Swim Club&#146;s Adrienne Binder won the women&#146;s 800-meter freestyle during Thursday&#146;s first day of competition at the 13th annual Janet Evans Invitational at the USC McDonald&#146;s Swim Stadium.

11 Olympians expected to compete at JEI
The USA Swimming Grand Prix series wraps up this weekend at the Janet Evans Invitational, July 13-16 in Los Angeles, as a handful of Olympians will compete in the final stop in the five-meet Grand Prix circuit.

Myrtha Pools to sponsor USA Swimming
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Myrtha Pools USA and USA Swimming are partnering on what will be the first indoor temporary pool for a U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the largest event in USA Swimming&#146;s history. Myrtha joins USA Swimming as its latest corporate sponsor through 2008, with Myrtha providing swimming pools for the competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 30-July 7, 2008.

Beard begins media tour Thursday
Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard begins an extensive media tour beginning Thursday, July 13 in New York. Beard will be appearing on the &#147;CBS Early Show&#148; and ESPN&#146;s &#147;Cold Pizza&#148; that morning, and her interview with &#147;Cold Pizza&#148; will also air on ESPN.com. <br>

2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships
Everything you need to know!<br> <br> TV Schedule, Webcast info, Meet Books and more. it’s all here!

Speedo debuts its first-ever swimming Podcasts
Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps stars in Speedo&#146;s inaugural podcast, which launches July 10. &#147;Speedo Make Waves,&#148; an ongoing series of podcasts, will offer unique insight into the world of swimming, featuring the world&#146;s top athletes and the latest swim news from around the world. The podcasts will be available for download at iTunes and online at www.speedo.com/podcasts.

20 Question Tuesday
Justin Mortimer has emerged as a contender in the 1500 free after an outstanding career at the University of Minnesota. The New England native and Minnesota honors graduate is training on the West Coast now with coach Bill Rose and the Mission Viejo Nadadores. Mortimer talks about his penchant for being on the move both in and out of the pool in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Twenty Olympic gold medalists to swim at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; With less than two years to go until the selection of the 2008 Olympic Team, USA Swimming&#146;s premier domestic event returns to Irvine, Calif. This time, a ticket to as many as five National Team international competitions is on the line. The ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships will be Aug. 1-5 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Chris Carr, a sport and performance psychologist at the Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis. Carr offers some advice for those days when you don&#146;t feel like waking up for morning practice.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dr. Alan Goldberg, an expert in the field of applied sports psychology and the former sports psychology consultant for all of the teams at the University of Connecticut. Here, Goldberg offers some advice on preparing yourself mentally for your best swims.

Proposed amendments to rules and regulations have been posted
Proposed amendments to 2006 USA Swimming Rules and Regulations have been posted online, in the United States Aquatic Sport Convention section of this web site. These proposed amendments will be voted on at the House of Delegates meeting, Sept. 15-16 in Dearborn, Mich.<br>

USA Swimming to deliver Nationals to TV, online viewers "Anyway they want it"
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; USA Swimming has created more options than ever for fans to get information, results, video and entertainment from the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. For the first time at USA Swimming, fans can get information any way they want it &#150; TV, online, iPod or even wireless.

20 Question Tuesday with Bill Rose
Bill Rose coaches the Mission Viejo Nadadores, and he&#146;s also coached U.S. National teams, as well as the Canadian National team and the Mexican Olympic team. He talked about his long involvement in the sport, what a successful club is all about, and a few of his upcoming potential Olympians in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

USA Swimming, USSA Partner on educational CD
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Looking for tips on nurturing your future Olympian? Then look to the new CD produced by USA Swimming and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, &#147;Successful Sports Parenting,&#148; now available. Packed with tools and information for parents, coaches and club administrators, &#147;Sports Parenting&#148; is the most comprehensive resource ever created to support the successful development of young athletes &#150; from novice to elite level &#150; of all sports.

Vanderkaay named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year
Olympian Peter Vanderkaay was named the 2006 Big Ten Conference Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, as announced by the Big Ten office on June 26. The Big Ten has recognized a Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year since 1982.

Phelps finishes with six titles at Santa Clara
Michael Phelps continued to dazzle on the final night of the 39th annual Santa Clara International Meet, winning three events Sunday to bring his meet total to six. Phelps captured victories in the 100m free, 200m IM and 100m back to win the Male High Point award.

Reese selected as 2005 USOC National Coach of the Year
Eddie Reese, who coached seven swimmers that accounted for nine U.S. medals (eight gold and one silver) at the 2005 World Championships, was named the 2005 United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year Friday night at the Night of Champions event in La Jolla, Calif.

Six meet records fall at Santa Clara
The records continued to drop on the third day of the Santa Clara International Meet as American swimmers broke five meet records Saturday. The Australians also lowered the record in the 800m freestyle relay team to bring the day&#146;s total to six.

Coughlin dominates sprint events on first day at Santa Clara
Natalie Coughlin&#146;s two victories in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the Santa Clara International Meet on Friday night were convincing for a couple of reasons. Not only did the five-time Olympic medalist narrowly miss her four-year-old American record in the 100m free by seven-hundredths, but Coughlin&#146;s margin of victory in both races &#150; well, in both sprints &#150; was two seconds.

Santa Clara International begins today
A stacked field of 15 American Olympians is scheduled to compete against a strong contingent of international swimmers at the 39th annual Santa Clara International Meet, June 22-25 in Santa Clara, Calif. The meet is the third stop in the 2006 Grand Prix series.

Four Olympians headline A&M Grand Prix
In a weekend full of Grand Prix meet action, four American Olympians are scheduled to swim at the Texas A&M Grand Prix, June 23-25 in College Station, Texas. Along with the Santa Clara International Meet, which is also being contested this weekend, it is the fourth meet in the 2006 Grand Prix series.

20 Question Tuesday
Alicia Aemisegger has made quite a name for herself, qualifying for the 2005 National &#147;B&#148; Team in the 400 IM and for the 2006 U.S. Short Course World Championships team. The Germantown Academy swimmer, who is headed for an Ivy League education this fall, talks about her future plans in the pool and out of it &#150; and how to correctly pronounce her last name &#150; in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Henry Fryczynski of Scarlet Aquatic Club in Piscataway, N.J. Fryczynski was New Jersey&#146;s 2005 Age Group Coach of the Year. Here, he offers some of his favorite breaststroke drills.

USA Swimming names Open Water National Teams
USA Swimming has selected the 2006-07 Open Water National Teams that will compete at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships, 2006 Open Water World Championships and 2007 World Championships.

USA Swimming Safety Committee looking for slogan
USA Swimming is looking for a safety catch-phrase to place in publications, print on registration cards and to promote swimming as a healthy activity and as the world&#146;s greatest sport. <br> <br> Send in your ideas by August 31 to <br> <br> Carol Burch<br> USA Swimming<br> 1 Olympic Plaza<br> Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5770<br> cburch@usaswimming.org <br> <br> The winning entry will be selected by the Safety Education Committee during the USAS Convention in Detroit this September. The winner shall receive a $100.00 gift certificate to Kiefer Sports, courtesy of the Safety Education Committee and Adolph Kiefer. <br> Why not take a minute and submit your slogan now!

USA Swimming announces National Junior Team qualifying criteria
The 2006-07 National Junior Team qualifying criteria has been posted. For complete details about age restrictions, events, athlete selection, time standards and more, read more...

UltraSwim wraps up in Charlotte
Fifteen meet records fell this past weekend at the Charlotte UltraSwim in Charlotte, N.C. Olympians Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Peter Vanderkaay emerged as the top swimmers of the meet, winning multiple events in meet record times.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the January-February 2006 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent and Olympic gold medalist Nicole Haislett offers some nutritional tips for eating healthy Here, she offers a few simple, general rules to follow.

Reese, Benner named finalists for USOC coaching awards
Eddie Reese and Jay Benner are among the finalists for two of the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year honors, announced Wednesday. Reese is one of five finalists for the USOC National Coach of the Year, and Benner is a finalist for the USOC Development Coach of the Year.

Grand Prix series continues this week with Charlotte Ultraswim
CHARLOTTE, N.C. &#150; The USA Swimming Grand Prix series will make its second stop of the summer this week at the Charlotte UltraSwim, June 8-11 in Charlotte, N.C. Fourteen U.S. Olympians are scheduled to compete, including individual Olympic medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla. / Florida), Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif. / Club Wolverine) and Erik Vendt (North Easton, Mass. / Club Wolverine).

Rose, Warkentin win 25K titles
The 2006 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships came to a close Tuesday in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., with the 25K race. Open water star Erica Rose won the women&#146;s title with a time of 5 hours, 29 minutes and thirteen seconds. The men&#146;s race went to Mark Warkentin of Santa Barbara Swim Club, who finished in 5:01:34.

Staciana Winfield named USC assistant coach
Staciana Winfield, a 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and four-time Pan Am Games gold medalist, was named an assistant swimming coach at USC, Trojan men&#146;s and women&#146;s swimming head coach Dave Salo announced on Monday (June 5).

20 Question Tuesday with Dara Torres
Dara Torres set the bar high as one of the most experienced multi-Olympians, competing &#150; and medalling &#150; well into her 30s. Now, just short of 40, Torres had her first baby seven weeks ago, Tessa Grace Torres-Hoffman. When we last caught up with the multi-media star, she had stopped swimming; and now, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller, Dara Torres explains how swimming has shaped her as a mother.

Peterson, Sutton up to speed in 10K
Chip Peterson won his second title of the week Sunday at the 2006 Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., finishing the 10K race with a time of 1 hour, fifty minutes and 13 seconds. Chloe Sutton, meanwhile, was the top swimmer on the women&#146;s side, turning in a time of 2:00:20.

Kids play all day FREE at Endurance Experience
USA Swimming has joined forces with Discovery Kids for the 2006 Endurance Experience. This is your chance to compete in activities like the kids on the popular TV show, "Endurance." Come out for a day filled with awesome games, fantastic prizes and the opportunity to audition for a chance to be on TV.

Peterson, Groome win 5K race in Fort Myers
Chip Peterson and Kirsten Groome swam to convincing victories in the 5K race Friday at the 2006 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. In the men&#146;s race, Peterson, of Carteret Currents proved to his competitors why he is considered one of the world&#146;s foremost open water specialists.

Open Water Nationals begin Friday
With their eyes set on the 2008 Olympic Games, some of the nation&#146;s top distance and open water swimmers will compete at the 2006 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, June 2-6 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. This is the first Open Water Nationals since the 10K open water races were added in October 2005 to the 2008 Olympic program in Beijing.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Henry Fryczynski of Scarlet Aquatic Club in Piscataway, N.J. Fryczynski was New Jersey&#146;s 2005 Age Group Coach of the Year. He offers some advice on butterfly drills.

Jessica Long, Curtis Lovejoy dominate 3rd Annual GTAC Disability Meet
14 year old double amputee Jessica Long wowed spectators and swimmers alike by scoring a hat trick of records at the GTAC Disability Open, May 27 and 28, at Eastern Michigan University. Beginning the first day, with her world record swim of 2:27.19 in the 200 free, Long, classified as an S8, proved as versatile as she was strong by nailing the 1500 free world record on Sunday with a time of 20:54.28, and then rounding out her trio by achieving a Pan-American record time of 1:09.03 in the 100 free later in the morning.

20 Question Tuesday
Matt Grevers showed the country what he could do in the 100 backstroke swimming for Northwestern, but it&#146;s in the 100 freestyle where the U.S. National Teamer thinks he might make his biggest mark. He talks about his training, what it&#146;s like being nearly 6-foot-8 and discusses other heights he&#146;d like to reach in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Wielgus receives CSCAA award
USA Swimming&#146;s executive director Chuck Wielgus received the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America&#146;s Charles McCaffree Award at the organization&#146;s 46th annual award banquet and convention May 21-24 in Nashville, Tenn. Named after the longtime Michigan State coach, the McCaffree Award is bestowed on an individual who has achieved outstanding success in a field other than aquatics. <br>

3rd Annual GTAC Disability Open
Hosted by the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club <br> May 27 and 28, 2006<br> <br> Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan<br> <br> This is a Long Course Meters competition. This is an IPC approved meet. The meet is open to swimmers with a disability from all nations. It is the responsibility of each nation to ensure that the swimmer has proper documentation to enter the US. The due date for this will be April 1st. This competition shall be governed by the most recent IPC Swimming technical rules.<br> <br> Host: The Greater Toledo Aquatic Club <br> Location: Michael H. Jones Natatorium <br> Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti<br> <br>

Swim with the Stars announces Essay Contest Winner
Swim with the Stars would like to congratulate Thomas M. for his winning essay on &#147;Why do you want to Swim with the Stars&#148;. For his winning words, Thomas has won free tuition to the June 16-17th 2-day Swim with the Stars commuter camp. Swim with the Stars would like to thank the numerous contestants for their submissions. Remember there is still time to sign-up for the country&#146;s most unique camp experience. Go to SwimWithTheStars.com for more details. Once again, congratulations Thomas M!

2006 Swim with the Stars Show tickets available
Swim with the Stars is proud to announce that the exciting nation-wide tour that swept the country in 2004 is back for one night only this June 15th at 6pm at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA. Watch Gold Medalists Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker and Lenny Krayzelburg compete in stellar match races, perform unbelievable swimming feats, share their secrets for success and compete with local swimmers in the Swim with the Stars Relay. Hosting the event will be 2-time Gold Medalist Shaun Jordan.<br>

20 Question Tuesday
Mary Descenza has gone from college standout at the University of Georgia to professional in the past month. The National Collegiate Swimmer of the Year now hopes to build on her budding international resume. In this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday, she talks with special correspondent Bob Schaller about her short- and long-term plans, and how she&#146;s put the disappointment of missing the 2004 Olympic Team behind her once and for all.

Hoff the top swimmer in Ann Arbor
The 2006 Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Katie Hoff of North Baltimore Aquatic Club emerged as the top swimmer of the meet, winning four individual events and setting a U.S. Open record in the 200m IM. On the men&#146;s side, Peter Vanderkaay and Michael Phelps, both representing Club Wolverine, won three events each.

Peterson, Rose take 10K title at Pan Ams
American swimmers Chip Peterson and Erica Rose capped the Pan American Open Water Championships Friday with wins in the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 10K races. It was their second victory of the week after winning the 5K races on Wednesday.

Americans claim top spots at Pan Am Open Water 5K
Team USA claimed the top spots on the podium Wednesday at the Pan American Open Water 5K Championships in Salinas, Ecuador. Chip Peterson and Erica Rose captured gold in the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

Lochte repeats as Swimmer of the Month
For the second straight month, Olympian Ryan Lochte of the University of Florida received your vote for usaswimming.org&#146;s Swimmer of the Month. In April, Lochte won three gold medals at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Shanghai &#150; one in the 200m IM, the 400m IM and the 200m backstroke.

Longhorn Aquatics hooks USA Swimming’s 2006 Club Excellence title
For the third straight year, Longhorn Aquatics has been named USA Swimming&#146;s Club Excellence Team Champion. Head coach Randy Reese&#146;s Austin, Texas-based club took top honors in the five-year-old program with 47,056 points. North Baltimore Aquatic Club placed second with 32,976 points, followed by Irvine Novaquatics with 30,271 points.

Team USA swept the top spot at Pan American Open Water 5K on Wednesday
Team USA swept the top spot on the podium in the Pan American Open Water 5K on Wednesday as Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. / Carteret Currents) and Erica Rose (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Lake Erie SC) captured gold in the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

5 Myths about Drowning
USA Swimming hopes to raise awareness about water-related injuries this summer with our campaign for water safety. See the myth busters below and then sign the Water Safety Pledge to keep the ones you love safe in the water.

20 Question Tuesday
Life is changing for Kaitlin Sandeno. The two-time Olympian &#150; who owns medals of every kind, and even a world record &#150; is shifting back into high gear and moving to Michigan this week to train at Club Wolverine with coach Bob Bowman. She talks about the trepidation she&#146;s feeling about the move, and explains why she&#146;s ready to ratchet it up again, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the January-February issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about training with open water star Chip Peterson. Here, Peterson offers some advice on drafting in open water races.

Janet Evans’ record falls in the 400m free
The second-oldest world record in the women&#146;s record book has fallen. Laure Manaudou of France has broken Janet Evans&#146; 17-and-a-half-year-old record in the 400m freestyle at the French Championships, turning in a time of 4:03.03.

Cast your vote for April Swimmer of the Month
Below is a list of candidates for usaswimming.org&#146;s April Swimmer of the Month. Take a look at the nominees, and then cast your vote by dropping an email to our webmaster. (Subject: Swimmer of the Month). Please include a brief explanation (1-2 sentences) about why you chose this swimmer for Swimmer of the Month. The results will be posted next week.

20 Question Tuesday
Caroline Burckle hit her stride last year, making the World Championship team and emerging as one of the up-and-coming 200 freestyle swimmers. The Florida standout struggled through the school year. She explains what happened, what she learned, and just how excited her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, gets for the Kentucky Derby each year, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Swimmers become leaders at Diversity Camp
Swimming is spreading nationally at a pace like never before. Still, the sport has yet to reflect the population of the country in terms of minority representation. That&#146;s something USA Swimming wants to change.

Jendrick wins Iba Citizen Athlete Award
Olympic gold medalist Megan Jendrick is this year’s recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, given in recognition of America&#146;s premiere athletes who have excelled in their sport and have shown by their actions a desire to help others.

20 Question Tuesday
Sarah Wanezek saved her best for last, taking relay gold at the World University Games last summer &#150; and then retired. The former University of Texas star talks with special correspondent Bob Schaller in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday about the timing of her retirement, and what swimming has meant to her throughout her life.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Francis Neric, a certified strength and conditioning specialist from Downey, Calif. A member of USA Swimming&#146;s Sports Medicine Database, Neric offers some advice on strength and conditioning programs for young swimmers.

Tarwater named 2006 DAC College Athlete of the Year
The Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), in keeping with its longstanding tradition of supporting athletics in the community, announced on Monday (April 24) that University of Michigan senior Davis Tarwater (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) is its first recipient of the Michigan Male College Athlete of the Year award.

20 Question Tuesday
Ian Crocker is at a different stage in his career. The one-time Texas freshman sensation is an Olympic veteran and world record holder. The butterfly specialists talks about the success of his documentary, &#147;Unfiltered,&#148; and what it&#146;s like hanging out with fellow Longhorn standouts Aaron Peirsol and Brendan Hansen, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Sheila Klausner, a certified strength and conditioning specialist from Winter Park, Fla., and a member of USA Swimming&#146;s Sports Medicine Database. Klausner offers some advice on dry-land training for breaststrokers.

Brackin named head women’s coach at UT
Kim Brackin, former co-head women&#146;s coach at national swimming powerhouse Auburn University where she directed the Tigers to NCAA team titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004, has been named Texas women&#146;s swimming and diving head coach. The announcement was made Thursday by Christine Plonsky, University of Texas Women&#146;s Athletics Director.

USA Swimming launches Seasonal Planning Designer
USA Swimming has launched its Seasonal Planning Designer (SPD). Coaches can use this tool to design an optimum season based on weekly daily training volumes and intensities. The program also gives coaches adjustable guidelines they can use to develop their daily workouts.

Film starting to feel like a reality for Ellis
Even though filming began this past Monday in New Orleans and other shots of Philadelphia are &#147;in the can,&#148; Jim Ellis remains skeptical. The coach and driving force of the swim program at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation (PDR), Ellis said he&#146;ll only believe the feature film about his life and the many kids he&#146;s mentored over the past 35 years is a reality when he finally sits in a theater and watches it.

20 Question Tuesday with Michael Phelps Part 2
Another week, another chance to catch up with Michael Phelps. In the second of a two-part installment of 20 Question Tuesday, the best swimmer in the world opens up about his relationship with his top rival in the 100 butterfly, and how seriously Michael takes his role as the face of U.S. Swimming, with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the November-December 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about training with breaststroke star Jessica Hardy. Here, Moss writes about the importance of technique in Hardy&#146;s training regimen, and also offers some drills from Hardy&#146;s former club coach, Dave Salo.

2006 Short Course World Championships Prelim Report - Day 3
SHANGHAI &#150; The Americans cruised on the third day of prelims at the Short Course World Championships (April 5-9, Shanghai), as three U.S. swimmers are the top seed for their individual events for tonight&#146;s finals.

Lochte leads U.S. to six medals on Day 2 of SC Worlds
Any fatigue Ryan Lochte experienced after racing five times on the first day of the Short Course World Championships (April 5-9) seemed to have disappeared overnight once he hit the water on Thursday. However, it wasn&#146;t just Lochte who felt revived on Thursday. The American team as a whole rallied after a sluggish start on the first day of the meet to rack up six medals on Day 2, bringing the team total to eight &#150; one gold, one silver and six bronze.

Cast your vote for March Swimmer of the Month
Below is a list of candidates for usaswimming.org&#146;s March Swimmer of the Month. Take a look at the nominees, and then cast your vote by dropping an email to our webmaster. (Subject: Swimmer of the Month). Please include a brief explanation (1-2 sentences) about why you chose this swimmer for Swimmer of the Month. The results will be posted next week.

Two bronze for Americans in Shanghai
SHANGHAI &#150; Team USA relied on its relays to bring home the hardware on the first day of the Short Course World Championships (April 5-9, Shanghai). The men&#146;s 400m freestyle relay and women&#146;s 800m free relay both captured bronze medals on Wednesday to bring the American medal count to two after Day 1.

Hoff named USOC SportsWoman of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Olympian Katie Hoff (Towson, Md. / North Baltimore) was voted the 2005 United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year Wednesday, the first time a swimmer has received the award since Jenny Thompson won in 1999.

Diversity Select Camp Attendees Announced
30 swimmers will attend the 2006 Diversity Select Camp in Colorado Springs, April 27-30. Close to 150 swimmers applied for consideration. The swimmers were selected based on accumulated power point scores of individual events and IMX scores. The purpose of the camp, conducted at the Olympic Training Center, is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations as well as encourage these swimmers to become ambassadors for the sport when they return to their home clubs and communities.

Team USA to travel to China for Short Course World Champs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Twelve American Olympians highlight a talented team of 26 who will represent the United States at the 8th FINA World Championships (25m), April 5-9 at the Qizhong Stadium in Shanghai, China. More than 125 countries are expected to compete at the event, which will be contested in short course meters in an indoor temporary pool.

Cruzat to spearhead USAS diversity efforts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; John Cruzat will join USA Swimming in the newly created position of Diversity Specialist, effective April 17.

USA Swimming launches Make a Splash campaign
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Janet Evans started swimming for one great reason: water safety. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> It remains so important to her that the five-time Olympic gold medalist has partnered with USA Swimming for its award-winning &#145;Make a Splash&#146; water safety campaign, an initiative that will run throughout the months of April and May. <br> <br> <br>

Ziegler tunes up at Spring Champs
As Kate Ziegler dove in the water for the finals of the women&#146;s 800m freestyle Wednesday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the question wasn&#146;t really whether the reigning world champion would win that event, but by how much.

2006 Spring Championships Prelim Report - Day 1
The second day of USA Swimming&#146;s 2006 Spring Championships kicked off Wednesday morning at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center with prelims of the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 100m free, 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly. Here are the highlights from each event, along with the top three qualifiers in each. For complete results from the meet, go to our special 2006 Spring Championships section.

Spring Championships begin Tuesday
It will be an easy commute for two-time Olympic gold medalist Megan Jendrick at next week&#146;s Spring Championships, March 28-April 1 in Federal Way, Wash. Jendrick will make the 20-minute drive from her home to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center to compete with approximately 700 athletes at the Spring Championships, one of three elite domestic meets that USA Swimming will sanction in 2006.

USA Swimming launches Toyota Virtual Club Championships
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the launch of the Toyota Virtual Club Championships Program. This program serves as a key part of the Athlete Development and Performance component of the Club Recognition Program, and recognizes clubs that are developing athletes and achieving success at multiple levels in the club swimming continuum.

Wildcats, Joyce set American records
The University of Arizona broke two American records Thursday, on the first night of the NCAA Women&#146;s Division I Championships. Olympic sprinter Kara Lynn Joyce of the University of Georgia also got in the act, setting the NCAA, American and U.S. Open record in the 50-yard free.

The "Big Dance" for women’s swimming begins Thursday
The 2006 NCAA Women&#146;s Division I Swimming Championships will be held March 16-18 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. Here&#146;s a look at how some of the top teams are expected to fare, courtesy of CollegeSwimming.com.

Minnesota forecast calls for Purple Reign
There&#146;s snow falling in Minneapolis right now, but with the NCAA Division III men&#146;s swimming championships starting this morning, the forecast calls for reign. Purple reign.

Internet Coaching Clinic-The Development of Kate Ziegler
This is the fourth web-based USA Swimming Coaching Clinic. Distance freestyle sensation Kate Ziegler has steadily improved during the past couple of years culminating in two World Championship titles last summer in the 800 & 1500 meter freestyles. But how did she get there?

Brackin added to DartSwim program
DartSwim is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Brackin to its innovative video technique analysis service, eCoach. Provided exclusively by DartSwim, eCoach allows swimmers to have video of their technique analyzed by some of the top coaches in the United States.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Rob Skinner, a member of USA Swimming&#146;s Sports Medicine Database. Skinner, a registered dietician from Atlanta, offers some advice on eating healthy for athletes on the go.

Schubert named National Team Head Coach & General Manager
Mark Schubert was appointed to the newly-created position of USA Swimming National Team Head Coach & General Manager. One of the most influential leaders in the history of the sport of swimming, Schubert brings 37 years of coaching experience to the position.

Penny Taylor to be inducted into Purdue HOF
The following information was published in the March 5, 2006 edition of the Arizona Daily Star, about USA Swimming volunteer Penny Taylor: <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Tucsonan Carol "Penny" Taylor, a staple of America’s international swimming competitions for the last 25 years, will be inducted into the Purdue sports hall of fame on April 21. The 1948 Olympian, a finalist for the 1951 Sullivan Award, is a Boilermaker alumna.<br>

Forrester voted February Swimmer of the Month
Alex Forrester of Badger Swim Club received your vote for usaswimming.org&#146;s February Swimmer of the Month. Forrester, 14, was the youngest medalist at the FINA World Cup in New York (Feb. 3-4), earning a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly.

2005 Swim-a-Thon Results are posted
The results of the 2005 Swim-a-Thon have been tabulated and posted. A total of $2,778,520.50 was raised nationwide with 375 clubs participating. In September, USA Swimming designed a unique &#147;match or exceed&#148; program by encouraging its nearly 3,000 clubs in the United States to designate an additional contribution of its Swim-A-Thon proceeds toward Katrina relief.

Not your ordinary NCAA Championships
BY GREG EARHART//CollegeSwimming.com<br> When the horn sounds tonight (March 8) at the IUPUI Natatorium, it will mark the start of the 43rd annual men&#146;s and 25th annual women&#146;s NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships.

March is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Swimming Nutrition features will be posted every Thursday throughout the month of March.

2008 Olympic Trials hotel reservations now available
The 2008 Olympic Trials are approachig faster than you think. Visit Omaha’s Web site to get housing information now, along with information on attractions, venues, night life, and so much more.

SCSC to celebrate 55 year reunion
SANTA CLARA, Calif. &#150; Santa Clara Swim Club (SCSC) will celebrate its 55 year reunion with a tribute to seven-time Olympic coach and club founder George Haines June 23-25, 2006. Attending the reunion will be many of the club&#146;s swimmers from it&#146;s 1951 inception to its current crop of swimmers along with past and present swimming and sporting greats like Donna de Varona, Chris Von Saltza, Mark Spitz and Don Schollander.

UNH swimmers plan last-ditch rally
The University of New Hampshire&#146;s men&#146;s swimming team, along with three other athletic programs cut at UNH, will be holding a rally at the New Hampshire state house on March 2. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact team member Jacob Torok.<br>

20 Question Tuesday
Maritza Correia won Olympic gold in 2004 and then rebounded this past summer by leading the U.S. team to an outstanding, record-breaking performance at the World University Games in Turkey. Just back from World Cup, she took time to train back home in Tampa before returning to Athens, Ga. Correia took time out to discuss her past, her future, Black History month, and how excited she is to support her Georgia Bulldogs in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the November-December 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about training with Jessica Hardy. Moss writes about the importance of technique work in Hardy&#146;s training.

Conference championship season begins
The college conference championships began last week and will continue through the upcoming weeks. Here’s a look at the winners from some of the major conferences around the country, along with links to complete results.

20 Question Tuesday
She&#146;s been an Olympian and a member of several other U.S. National Teams. Now she&#146;s an assistant coach at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. But don&#146;t think Staciana Winfield (formerly Stitts) is out of the water for good, because she shined at FINA World Cup earlier this month in New York and Brazil. She talks about it in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Train with a Champ Swim Camp
Minnesota Train with a Champ Swim Camp <br> May 6-7, 2006<br> <br> <br> <br> Josh Davis, Brendan Hansen & Glen Mills Video Analysis. <br> Pre-Registration before February 24th. Space is limited!<br> <br><br> Maryland Train with a Champ Swim Camp<br> May 20-21, 2006 <br> <br> <br> <br> Josh Davis, Aaron Peirsol & Glenn Mills Video Analysis. <br> See registration form for more details.<br>

USA Swimming invites swimmers to Diversity Select Camp
USA Swimming announced today the new Diversity Select Camp. The goal of the camp is to create more opportunities for the development of outstanding athletes from diverse backgrounds. The camp will be April 27-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2006 Club Excellence Program Announced
USA Swimming is proud to honor the commitment of our outstanding clubs as we introduce the fifth year of the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program. The focus of this voluntary recognition program is to identify and reward USA Swimming clubs that have attained a high level of performance and organizational success.

2006 Club Excellence Program Announced
USA Swimming is proud to honor the commitment of our outstanding clubs as we introduce the fifth year of the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program. The focus of this voluntary recognition program is to identify and reward USA Swimming clubs that have attained a high level of performance and organizational success. The club programs within our organization are vital to the success of all of our athletes &#150; from the Olympic medalist to the novice trying to complete a 50 butterfly for the first time. This program is one way in which USA Swimming is attempting to identify the best practices of successful clubs and reward them for a job well done.<br> <br>

National Open Water Select Camp announced
USA Swimming will host the first National Open Water Select Camp May 31-June 3 in Fort Myers, Florida at Florida Gulf Coast University. USA Swimming seeks to identify the best distance swimmers, offering them a unique motivational and educational experience. The National Open Water Select Camp is viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the pool to Open Water, then to the international scene. 9 male and 9 female athletes will be selected off of the top times in the Swims database in the 1500 meter freestyle. Home coaches will be invited to attend with the athletes. USA Swimming is also seeking assistant coaches for the camp.

All’s fair in love and water
Swimmers usually don&#146;t have much free time. With swimming, weights, dry land and everything else, who has time for love? It turns out that not only are American swimmers the best in the world, they are also very romantic. Here are some of our nation&#146;s best swimmers talking about their favorite Valentine&#146;s Day memories.

20 Question Tuesday
Teri McKeever has long been known as &#147;Natalie Coughlin&#146;s coach.&#148; While that&#146;s true, it misses the big picture. As head coach of the University of California&#146;s women&#146;s team, she&#146;s got several of the fastest young swimmers on her roster. And later this summer, she will lead the U.S. women&#146;s squad at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships.

FINA World Cup finishes up in Brazil
The 2005-06 FINA World Cup drew to a close this weekend with the final meet in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Each of the four American swimmers competing brought home medals, with Staciana Winfield leading the way. Meanwhile, Peter Marshall finished the series with the top American performance this year.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the September-October 2003 issue of Splash, in which editor Jim Rusnak writes about the process clubs take in developing elite athletes. Here, Kansas City Blazers coach Pete Malone and Alex Braunfeld, formerly of Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, weigh in.

Jessica Long honored by USOC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee today honored Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long as its female January Athlete of the Month.

Quick joins team of USA Swimming master coach consultants
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Richard Quick will join coaches Jon Urbanchek, Bob Steele and Ed Spencer as the fourth Master Coach Consultant, a contract position created in April 2004 to enhance athlete performance and educate and mentor coaches. In this capacity, Quick will provide field service consultation and support to coaches and clubs.

Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacs to air on NBC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; USA Swimming and Mutual of Omaha announce the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships television broadcast on NBC Sports. As a result of Mutual of Omaha&#146;s sponsorship, this is the third year that USA Swimming will have a national swimming event on NBC.

New Hampshire to cut men’s swimming
The University of New Hampshire announced last week that it will cut its men&#146;s swimming and diving program, effective in September of this year. The move was made to curtail a $1 million budget deficit by the university&#146;s athletic department.

Bowman, Collins named head coaches for 2007 Worlds
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Bob Bowman (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Michigan) and John Collins (Larchmont, N.Y. / Badger Swim Club) will serve as head coaches for the 2007 World Championships, March 25-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia. <br> <br> <br>

Gingrich voted Swimmer of the Month
National Junior Team member Leah Gingrich received your vote for usaswimming.org&#146;s January Swimmer of the Month. Gingrich, 15, a member of the West Shore YMCA swim club, took home five medals from the Victorian State Championships in Melbourne, Australia, and was a member of the National Junior Team&#146;s women&#146;s 800m free relay, which won gold and broke a 26-year-old Victorian all-comers record. Here&#146;s what voters had to say about Gingrich.

20 Question Tuesday
Bob Bowman is known widely as Michael Phelps&#146; coach. While that&#146;s not a bad title to lug around, Bowman is doing an outstanding job coaching the University of Michigan men&#146;s swimming team, in addition to Club Wolverine. Bowman talks about his second year on the U of M campus, and looks ahead in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the September-October 2003 issue of Splash, in which editor Jim Rusnak writes about the process clubs take in developing elite athletes. Here, Rusnak writes about what coaches look for when identifying potential elite swimmers.

Phelps wins two more golds on Day 2
The highly anticipated 200m freestyle showdown at Saturday&#146;s World Cup did not disappoint, as Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine) swam a blistering 1:42.78 and broke his second American record in as many days in front of a sellout crowd at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

Phelps, Ziegler break American records on Day 1 of FINA World Cup
After six months away from competitive meets, Michael Phelps showed very little sign of rust Friday night in the FINA World Cup.

Zone Select Camp Head Coaches and Site Directors Announced
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the selection of Head Coaches and Site Directors for the four Zone Select Camps to be held this spring. <br> <br> Zone Dates Site Head Coach Site Director <br> Western May 18-21 University of Utah Don Lemieux Mike Litzinger <br> Central May 18-21 Indiana University Josh Stern Pam Swander <br> Eastern June 1-4 US Naval Academy Rick Shipherd John Morrison <br> Southern June 8-11 The Baylor School Jim Sheridan Rick Bishop <br> <br> <br> Applications for assistant coaches at each of the camps will be accepted through February 15 and are available in the Camp and Clinics section of the USA Swimming website.<br>

FINA World Cup to air on OLN
The 2006 FINA World Cup meet, to be held Feb. 3-4 in East Meadow, N.Y., will be broadcast Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. ET, on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Check local listings for times in your area.<br>

20 Question Tuesday
Natalie Coughlin sets world records, promotes the sport and gives back to her university without drawing any additional attention to herself. But that will change next month when Coughlin serves as an in-studio host for MSNBC at the Winter Olympics. She talks about her upcoming broadcasting work and her future plans in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Cast your vote for January Swimmer of the Month
Take a look at the nominees, and then cast your vote by dropping an email to our webmaster at webmaster@usaswimming.org (Subject: Swimmer of the Month). Please include a brief explanation (1-2 sentences) about why you chose this swimmer for Swimmer of the Month. The results will be posted next week. <br> <br> <br>

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the September-October 2003 issue of Splash, in which editor Jim Rusnak writes about the process clubs take in developing elite athletes. Here, Rusnak writes about building the foundation, with the help of Seacoast Swimming Associtation’s Mike Parratto, former Dynamo Swim Club coach Alex Braunfeld and Desert Thunder Aquatic Club’s Stephen Schaffer.

USA Swimming Announces Staff Changes
USA Swimming accepted the resignation of National Team Director Everett Uchiyama on Friday. Uchiyama&#146;s resignation is effective immediately.

Phelps headlines list of stars to compete in NY
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is one of 10 American and approximately 50 international Olympians scheduled to compete at the FINA World Cup Feb. 3-4, in East Meadow, N.Y. This short course meet is the seventh of eight stops on the 2005-06 World Cup circuit.

Open Letter to College Swimming Coaches
As ASCA president I was asked to begin work on developing a running list of programs that currently have endowed scholarships. If your program has endowed scholarships please email John Leonard (ASCA executive director) who will compile this information at the ASCA office.

Weir nominated for Atlanta Sports Award
Olympian Amanda Weir has been nominated for the inaugural Atlanta Sports Awards Amateur Athlete of the Year. The Awards, created by the Atlanta Sports Council and presented by Applebee&#146;s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, will honor the most accomplished athletes and teams at all levels from throughout the metro Atlanta community.

World Cup Psych sheet available
The psych sheet for the 2006 World Cup, being held in New York, NY is now available. Visit the main event page for the psych sheet and other event information.

World Cup meet wraps up in Moscow Thursday
Rachel Komisarz cleaned house at the 2005-06 FINA World Cup Series meet in Moscow this week, taking home three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. Her haul accounted for two-fifths of Team USA&#146;s total medal count in the Russian capital, where American swimmers tallied 15 medals overall &#150; 10 gold, three silver and two bronze.

20 Question Tuesday
Megan Jendrick was known as Megan Quann when she won Olympic gold in 2000. Don&#146;t look know, but Megan is once again in top form, and getting faster. After following up her 2000 with a forgettable 2004, she made the most of her World University Games team spot in 2005, and is once again among the best in the country, and world. She talks about that, and what challenges she faces now as a self-described &#147;veteran&#148; in today&#146;s youth movement.

World Cup action from Berlin
The 2005-06 FINA World Cup resumed this past weekend (Jan. 21-22) in Berlin. American swimmers hauled away eight medals from the German capital, including five gold, one silver and two bronze.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the September-October 2005 issue of Splash, in which former Olympian Nicole Haislett writes about the benefits and drawbacks of a vegetarian diet. Now a chef, Haislett offers some recommendations on how to get the proper intake of nutrients on a vegetarian diet.

Memorial fund established for Namesnik
A memorial fund has been established in honor of Eric Namesnik, to benefit his two children Austin and Madison. Contributions can be made to SNIK’S KIDS, C/O United Bank and Trust, 2723 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> In addition to the SNIK&#146;S KIDS memorial fund, Wolverine Aquatics in Ann Arbor, Mich., is planning to start a &#147;Swim 4 SNIK&#148; wristband program. Go to the Wolverine Aquatics Web site for more details.<br>

One of America’s top swimmers turns 300
Tuesday, Jan. 17, marks Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday. While many people are aware of Franklin’s role as one of the founding fathers of the United States and are familiar with his portrait on the $100 bill, not many people realize that he was an avid swimmer. In fact, he’s the only founding father to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Franklin taught himself to swim in an era in which most people could not, and even thought about becoming a full-time swim instructor. His journal entries include descriptions of inventions thought to be the forerunners of hand paddles and fins, and ISHOF counts him as one of the United States’ first marathon and synchronized swimmers. He also advised on water safety and proposed the idea of universal learn-to-swim classes. <br><br> For more information on Franklin&#146;s contributions to the swimming world, check out his profile at ishof.org

Three golds for American swimmers in Stockholm
The 2005-06 FINA World Cup resumed Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden, with American swimmers winning five medals overall &#150; three gold and two silver. Olympian Rachel Komisarz led the charge, finishing first in the women&#146;s 100m butterfly (58.94) and taking second in the 200m free (1:56.37).

20 Question Tuesday
There are very few athletes who define an era like distance legend Janet Evans. Now 34 years old and married, she is staying busier than ever, spending a good part of her time giving back to the sport that made her a household name and face. The woman with one of the most memorable smiles in swimming talked with special correspondent Bob Schaller in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday.

Hansen advocates for kids with Leukemia
As someone who hasn&#146;t experienced the personal or family heartache and heartbreak of disease, Brendan Hansen counts himself among the fortunate. &#147;I&#146;ve been a lucky guy. Not much bad has happened to my family and friends in my life,&#148; Hansen said. &#147;Because of this, I wanted to find a way to give back some of the good fortune I&#146;ve had.&#148;

Eric Namesnik passes away Wednesday
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Eric Namesnik died on Wednesday morning (Jan. 11) at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Mich., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Namesnik, known as &#145;Snik&#146;, was critically injured in an automobile accident on Jan. 7, caused by icy road conditions.

Katie Hoff signs with Speedo
LOS ANGELES &#150; SPEEDO&#174;, the top-selling swimwear brand in the world, today announced the longest athlete contract in the brand&#146;s history with 16-year-old American swim star Katie Hoff. The versatile swimmer earned three gold medals at the 2005 FINA World Championships, making her an early gold medal favorite for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Hoff trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the same club that produced Olympic superstar Michael Phelps. <br>

20 Question Tuesday
Kevin Swander&#146;s journey includes a lot of lessons for young swimmers. His first try at college, at perennial power and well-regarded Auburn, didn&#146;t work out. However, he found a swimming and educational &#147;home&#148; near his own home, at Indiana University. The 2005 World University Games team breaststroker dissects his path, and what he&#146;s learned.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from the September-October issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about training with Aaron Peirsol. Here, Peirsol offers some advice on technique and talks about some drills he uses to improve his stroke.

Namesnik critically injured in auto accident
Olympian Eric Namesnik is in critical condition following an automobile accident Saturday in Pittsfield Township, Mich., and is being treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti. USA Swimming will provide further updates as more details become available. For more information, click on the links below for articles from SwimmingWorldMagazine.com and The Ann Arbor News.

Namesnik critically injured in auto accident
Olympian Eric Namesnik is in critical condition following an automobile accident Saturday in Pittsfield Township, Mich., and is being treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti. USA Swimming will provide further updates as more details become available. For more information, click on the links below for articles from SwimmingWorldMagazine.com and The Ann Arbor News.

Junior Teamers haul in 10 medals on Day 5
MELBOURNE, Australia &#150; The U.S. National Junior Team added an exclamation point to a stellar performance at the Victorian State Championships (Jan. 3-7, Melbourne, Australia), capturing 10 medals on the final night of competition, including six gold, three silver and a bronze.

Gingrich leads Junior Team on Day 4
MELBOURNE, Australia &#150; Leah Gingrich (Enola, Pa. / West Shore YMCA) captured her first individual gold on Day 4 of the Victorian State Championships (Jan. 3-7, Melbourne, Australia), highlighting another strong day of performances for the U.S. National Junior Team. The Americans captured six medals on Friday to bring its meet total to 29: nine gold, eight silver and 12 bronze.

2006 Rules and Regulations online now
USA Swimming&#146;s 2006 Rules and Regulations Handbook has been posted on this web site. All non-athlete members will receive a hard copy in the mail soon.

Junior Teamers rack up 11 medals on Day 3
MELBOURNE, Australia &#150; The U.S. National Junior Team almost doubled its medal count from the previous two days of competition, racking up 11 medals on Day 3 of the Victorian State Championships (Jan. 3-7, Melbourne, Australia). <br> <br>

Junior National Team Profile: Meet David Mosko
The U.S. National Junior Team are in Melbourne, Australia for the Victorian Swimming Championships this week. We recently caught up with a few of the team members, pinned them down, and asked hard-hitting questions in order to help you learn more about them.

Zone Select Camp applications for coaches are now available
USA Swimming is seeking enthusiastic, motivated coaches for the upcoming Zone Select Camps. Each camp will have a staff of four assistant coaches working under a nationally known head coach. This is your opportunity to work with the outstanding 12-14 year old swimmers from your Zone while mentoring under the head coach and USA Swimming support staff. Applications are due by February 15, 2006. Be sure to apply for the camp within your Zone, i.e. Eastern, Central, Southern and Western. Applicants from outside the Zone will not be considered. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the exciting new Zone Select Camps!

All Victorian Swimming Results


Junior Teamers grab six medals at Victorian Championships
The women&#146;s 800m freestyle relay might have been the last race of the day, but it was one of many shining moments for the U.S. National Junior Team on Day 1 of the Victorian State Championships. The Americans won six medals overall on Tuesday, including two gold, two silver and two bronze.

20 Question Tuesday
Want to see how a winner &#147;goes out?&#148; Look at Bryce Hunt. The 2004 Olympian swam one more year after he returned from Athens and finished his career representing the U.S. at the World University Games in Turkey. For this 20 Question Tuesday, correspondent Bob Schaller caught up with the recent Auburn grad, who was in Atlanta Monday waiting to board a plane to Chicago. Hunt talked about walking away from the sport he loves with his head held high.

Zone Select Camp applications for coaches are now available
USA Swimming is seeking enthusiastic, motivated coaches for the upcoming Zone Select Camps. Each camp will have a staff of four assistant coaches working under a nationally known head coach. This is your opportunity to work with the outstanding 12-14 year old swimmers from your Zone while mentoring under the head coach and USA Swimming support staff. Applications are due by February 15, 2006. Be sure to apply for the camp within your Zone, i.e. Eastern, Central, Southern and Western. Applicants from outside the Zone will not be considered. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the exciting new Zone Select Camps!<br> <br>

Ziegler breaks Evans&#146; mark in 1,000 free
Kate Ziegler set an American record in the 1,000-yard free in December, at the Tom Dolan Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Her time of 9:24.80 eclipsed the record of 9:25.49 set by Janet Evans in 1989. It is also a U.S. Open and 17-18 girls national age group record.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the May-June 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about training with two-time Olympic medalist Erik Vendt. Here, Moss writes about some of Vendt&#146;s technique work.

Special DVD Promotion for the Holidays
&#147;Swim with the Stars&#148; is proud to announce an &#147;Unfiltered&#148; holiday special. Order the groundbreaking DVD starring Olympians Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker before December 21st and receive free shipping and handling. &#147;Unfiltered&#148; is sold exclusively online at www.swimwiththestars.com for $24.99.

Junior National Team Profile: Meet Dan McMahon
The U.S. National Junior Team is preparing for the Queensland State Championships, January 3-6, in Melbourne, Australia. We recently caught up with a few of the team members, pinned them down, and asked hard-hitting questions in order to help you learn more about them. This week, check out Dan McMahon.

20 Question Tuesday
He&#146;s still as humble today as he was back when he competed. Rowdy Gaines is now in the USOC Hall of Fame, yet another chapter in his legend. He talks about his life after swimming, and his future, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Zone Select Camp Participants Annouced
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the athletes selected to participate in the inaugural Zone Select Camps. 28 males, aged 13 and 14 and 28 females, aged 12 and 13 have been invited based on criteria which includes the fastest swimmer in each event with the remaining participants selected based on IMX scores.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the September-October 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss takes a look into Aaron Peirsol&#146;s training. Here, Peirsol offers some advice on being mentally prepared for a big race.

Junior National Team Profiles Meet Megan Romano
The U.S. National Junior Team is preparing for the Queensland State Championships, January 3-6, in Melbourne, Australia. We recently caught up with a few of the team members, pinned them down, and asked hard-hitting questions in order to help you learn more about them. Check back every Thursday for the newest profile.<br>

December Clinic Reminder
December Clinics (12/7/2005) <br> <br> <br> Date: December 11 , 2005<br> Clinician: Kristy Kowal <br> Contact: John Coates <br> Location: Berwick, PA <br> Phone: 570.594.6918 <br> Email: jocjjre@homtail.com <br>

Rowdy Gaines to be inducted into Olympic HOF tomorrow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Rowdy Gaines will be one of a distinguished group of athletes inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. In addition to the five individual Olympians, a Paralympian, an Olympic coach, veteran and team to be inducted, the honorees will include a special contributor, Chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Dick Ebersol.

20 Question Tuesday
Two years ago, Eric Shanteau might have been the best swimmer you&#146;ve never heard of, but that&#146;s changed. He became the first American to sweep both IM events at the World University Games this summer. The likeable Auburn senior explains how he perseveres, and what he&#146;s hoping for in the future, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the July-August 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss takes a look into Natalie Coughlin&#146;s training. Here, Coughlin offers some advice on the importance of technique.

Hoff, Lochte score third titles at U.S. Open
The 2005 U.S. Open is shaping up to be quite a meet for Katie Hoff and Ryan Lochte. The two U.S. Olympians picked up their third titles Friday night at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Hoff scored wins in the women&#146;s 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly, while Lochte picked up one in the men&#146;s 100m backstroke. Both came out on top of some tight races.

Brunelli upsets van den Hoogenband in Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. &#150; The 2005 U.S. Open drew to a close Saturday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> The meet gave swimmers one of the first opportunities of the season to gauge where they stand after a few months of tough training, and also gave up-and-comers a chance to compete against some of the best swimmers in the world &#150; including members of the U.S. Olympic and World Championship teams. <br>

Three meet records fall at U.S. Open
AUBURN, Ala. &#150; Olympian Katie Hoff kicked off the 2005 U.S. Open with a couple of solid swims Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.

Junior National Team Profiles: Meet Mark Dylla
The Junior National Team is preparing for the Queensland State Championships, January 3-6, in Melbourne, Australia. We recently caught up with a few team members, pinned them down, and asked some hard-hitting questions in order to help you learn more about them.

Golden Goggle Awards Red Carpet Interviews
Miss the big event? Watch the red carpet interviews from the big night right here.

Olympians headline list of swimmers to race at U.S. Open
A number of U.S. Olympic swimmers and high-profile international stars are slated to compete at the 2005 U.S. Open, Dec. 1-3 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Approximately 600 athletes are registered for the meet.

20 Question Tuesday
Hayley Peirsol is coming off another good summer, traveling to Turkey as part of the U.S. team for the World University Games, where she won gold in the 1,500 free, silver in the 800 free, and picked up gold on the 800 free relay. The Auburn swimmer talks about her famous brother Aaron, and just where in the world you might find her later in life in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo and Fina join forces against Malaria
On the 23rd July, SPEEDO, the world&#146;s leading swimwear brand and FINA, the world governing body of aquatics sports, officially announced they would be lending their support to World Swim for Malaria 2005 (WSM). Through the medium of swimming, World Swim For Malaria aims to raise funds to purchase millions of mosquito bed-nets that will help prevent the spread of malaria, a disease that is responsible for 1 to 3 million deaths a year.<br>

Ian Crocker to Host In-Store &#147;Unfiltered&#148; Autograph Session
McLean, VA USA/ Portland, ME (November 21, 2005) &#150; Former Longhorn All-American and Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker will host a special &#147;Unfiltered&#148; DVD autograph session at RunTex&#146;s Riverside location on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm (central). Crocker and fellow Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps co-star in &#147;Unfiltered&#148;, the first behind-the-scenes documentary in the sport of swimming.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is an excerpt from the July-August 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss takes a look into Natalie Coughlin&#146;s training. Here, Coughlin offers some advice on the importance of technique.

Dave Denniston, American Swimming Idol
It&#146;s always nice to hear good things from others. A while back, we posted a poll that asked for who your Swimming Idol was. We asked you to nominate a person and give ten reasons why that person has touched your life and inspired you in and out of the pool. There was almost a unanimous winner. So Dave, this is for you.

20 Question Tuesday with Chris Thompson
Chris won the bronze medal in the 1,500 free at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, injured his elbow training dryland in 2004 and missed the Olympic team despite a courageous effort at Trials, where he finaled. He blazed to second places in both the 800 free and 1,500 free at 2005 World Championship Trials. He talks about that and his recent shoulder injury.

2nd Annual Build a Pool Conference Announced
The 2nd annual "Build a Pool Conference" will be held in Colorado Springs on April 6-8, 2005. The theme this year is "Hometown USA" with the conference based around an actual project. You will experience the entire planning and development process and sit in on meetings with some of the foremost aquatic and design experts in the country who have been hired to develop &#147;Hometown USA&#148;. These experts will be interacting with each other and you have a seat at the table. Don’t miss it!

CSCAA seeks new Executive Director
Dr. Rich Morris, President of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced today that the organization is conducting a Search for a new Executive Director and will accept applications for the position beginning immediately.

Coughlin wins three golds at Sydney World Cup
The second leg of the FINA World Cup series was held Saturday and Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Superstar Natalie Coughlin won three events Downunder, while fellow American Peter Marshall won two.

Quotes from 2005 Golden Goggle Award recipients


Texas swimmers clean up at second-annual Golden Goggle Awards
It was a big night for Texas swimmers at Monday&#146;s Golden Goggle Awards in New York City, as four of the eight awards went to athletes with ties to the University of Texas. The Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming&#146;s annual year-end gala, recognized the outstanding swimming accomplishments of 2005.

2004-2005 Final Top 16 List
The Top 16 lists are complete and official for the 2004-2005 swimming season. To make these lists, an athlete must achieve the NRT standard and be ranked in the top 16 times in that event. There are some instances this year in which events did not fill out to 16 because 16 swimmers did not achieve the NRT standard in that event.

Speedo Offers Winter Internships
The Speedo Sports Marketing department is accepting resumes for their Winter program. The popular program is offered out of the company&#146;s Los Angeles headquarters. Ideal candidates would be able to start in January.

Peterson to sign with North Carolina
After crisscrossing the country, Chip Peterson &#150; reining gold medalist in the 10K Open Water swim at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal &#150; found what he was looking for in his own backyard.

Cramer wins four medals in Durban
The 2005-2006 FINA World Cup series kicked off Friday, Nov. 11, in Durban South Africa. Jayme Cramer emerged as the top American swimmer of the meet, taking home four medals overall &#150; two silver and two bronze.

Olympic swimmers, celebrities to attend Golden Goggles
Seventy-five Olympians and the majority of the 2005 U.S. World Championships team will attend the Golden Goggle Awards, Nov. 14 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. A number of local celebrities are also scheduled to make an appearance on the red carpet.

Olympic HOF ceremonies to air on NBC
NBC will broadcast the 2006 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

20 Question Tuesday
Giordan Pogioli rode a series of strong performances to make the World University Games team, and now the National B Team. The Purdue senior breaststroker explains his unique major and his goals in the pool in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dan Zeek, head coach of Weston Swimming in Weston, Conn. Zeek, who was recently named Connecticut Swimming&#146;s 2005 Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some advice for monitoring head position for stroke technique and development.

Swim Parent Tip of the Month
Provide Support for Your Swimmer <br> One resounding theme coming from kids is that parents increase the fun in swimming by providing unconditional encouragement and support. A physical presence at meets and interest in what the child is doing both go a long way toward enhancing swimming enjoyment. Kids enjoy swimming when they feel their parents support them regardless of the performance outcome. Your main job is to feed, shelter and transport your swimmer while showing love and support!

Swim-a-Thon Leader Boards Posted
Do you want to see where you club ranks in total Swim-a-Thon earnings? How about in average amounts collected per swimmer? You can now check out where your club ranks in both categories. USA Swimming will update these charts monthly.

Tell us what you think about Splash and win prizes
USA Swimming is conducting a survey about Splash magazine. Maynerd, a fury little critter, is talking trash about swimmers in this issue of Splash magazine (See page 55). Tell us what you think about the magazine and then give Maynerd a virtual wedgie. <br> <br> <b>PLUS, you can win one of 25 $100 USA Swimming shopping sprees. </b><br><br> Go to usaswimming.org/survey to complete the survey and enter for a chance to win today.

12 Olympians headline Short Course Worlds
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Twelve Olympians will lead a strong contingent of U.S. swimmers at the 2006 FINA World Championships (25m), April 5-9 in Shanghai, China. The squad boasts a collective 142 medals from previous international competition.

USA Swimming seeking Diversity Coordinator
USA Swimming is searching for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve in the new position of Diversity Coordinator. This individual will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of a plan to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity at all levels of the sport and organization. He/she will oversee and coordinate a comprehensive and integrated approach to achieve and sustain a diverse and pluralistic community of swimmers, coaches, volunteers, administrators and staff as well as design educational and developmental materials and programs to support the diversity effort.

20 Question Tuesday
She&#146;s young and she&#146;s fast. Ariana Kukors, of King Aquatic Club in Washington, was recently named to the National B team. An 11th grader with a 3.9 GPA, Kukors talks about her need for more speed and what it&#146;s like being this fast at such a young age in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from David Weeks, head coach of the Carrollton Bluefins in Carrollton, Ga. Weeks, who was recently named Georgia Swimming&#146;s 2005 Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some advice on allowing variety in the training of younger athletes.

"A Pool of Dreams" - The Rockwood Project
When spring time rolls around in the world of competitive swimming, the athletes know one thing for sure &#150; that it&#146;s time to transition from 25 yard short course training to 50 meter long course competition.

Open Water swimming to be added to Olympic program in 2008
The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board announced Oct. 27 that it will add the men&#146;s and women&#146;s 10K open water races to the Olympic program in Beijing. The decision comes on the heels of requests made by the international swimming federation, FINA, to the Executive Board.

"Unfiltered" now available on DVD
Swim with the Stars is proud to announce the DVD release of &#147;Unfiltered,&#148; an unprecedented behind-the-scenes documentary film featuring the lives and rivalry of swimming greats Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker.

20 Question Tuesday
Kim Vandenberg made the World University Games team last summer and is now in her senior year at UCLA. She talks about her silver medal at WUGs and where she sees her swimming career headed in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week is from Jeff Hiestand, head coach of the Green Terror Aquatic Club in Westminster, Md. Hiestand, the 2005 Maryland Age Group Coach of the Year, offers parents and coaches some advice on teaching swimmers responsibility.

Live Chat with Katie Hoff Tuesday at 11 a.m. MST
USA Swimming will be hosting a live Halloween chat with Katie Hoff Tuesday, October 25 at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. <br> <br> Login to chat with Katie about her plans for Halloween, her oddest costume ever, favorite trick or treat story, and more. <br> <br> Chat will begin at noon on Tuesday. To chat with Katie, Click on Forums & Chats, then Chat Rooms, then Special Guest Chat on the USA Swimming Tools on the left hand sie of the home page. Or click here. Sign in using a username and password and begin chatting. The chat is moderated, so be sure to come up with good questions for Katie. <br>

National Select Camp Participants Announced
USA Swimming is pleased to announce the participants in the 2005 National Select Camps. The camps will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on November 10-13 for girls and November 17-20 for boys. Select Camps are an important step in the Olympic development process designed to prepare athletes for membership on USA Swimming National Teams. The National Select Camp emphasizes education and motivation and is critical component in the athlete&#146;s preparation for the National Team experience.

U.S. Open Registration online
Online Registration for the 2005 U.S. Open is now available. <br> <br> James E. Martin Aquatic Center, Auburn, Alabama<br> Thursday, December 1, 2005 to Saturday, December 3, 2005<br> Entry Deadline: Thursday, November 17, 2005

National Junior Team selected
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. &#150; Some of the top young swimming talent in the United States will convene in Colorado Springs for the annual National Junior Team Training Camp, Oct. 28-30.

Popovich named WSF’s Sportswoman of the Year
Erin Popovich (Silverbow, Mont.) was chosen from a group of eight of the best female athletes in the world as the winner of the Women&#146;s Sports Foundation&#146;s Individual Sportswoman of the Year on Oct. 17.

20 Question Tuesday with Peter Carlisle
"Unfiltered," a documentary film starring Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker will be released this week on DVD. Sports agent Peter Carlisle, who represents a number of Olympic swimmmers - including Phelps, Crocker and Katie Hoff - produced the film. In this week’s 20 Questions Tuesday, Carlisle talks about the video and answers some questions about his clients.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Dave Kraft of the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club. The 2004-05 Potomac Valley Age Group Coach of the Year, Kraft offers some advice on linking aerobic-based training to meet goals.

Swim Parent Tip of the Month
<b>Emphasize Fun, Skills and Effort </b> Children find success and fun in developing and improving skills. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of sports. The most important question you can ask following practice or a meet is &#147;did you have fun today?&#148; <br>

Zone Select Camp Sites and Dates Announced
Zone Select Camps will be held for the first time in the spring of 2006. USA Swimming is pleased to announce the sites and dates for the camps. <br> <br> Western Zone: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, May 18-21<br> <br> Central Zone: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 18-21<br> <br> Eastern Zone: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., June 1-4<br> <br> Southern Zone: The Baylor School, Chatanooga, TN, June 8-11<br> <br> USA Swimming is currently notifying the coaches of selected athletes. Following that notification, invitations will be sent to the athletes.

Direct Club Support after Katrina
After giving affected teams time to evaluate their situation, and in a response to the overwhelming outpour of USA Swimming teams willing to help teams in need, the USA Swimming Hurricane Katrina Task Force has compiled a list of ways that your team can directly help USA Swimming clubs and families affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Gaines to be inducted into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
Swimming Olympian Rowdy Gaines will be inducted in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2006, announced today by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Gaines is part of a phenomenal 2006 class of inductees, which also includes track & field athletes Evelyn Ashford and Bob Hayes, gymnast Shannon Miller, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1984 men&#146;s gymnastics team, ice hockey coach Herb Brooks and Paralympic skier Diana Golden-Brosnihan.

20 Question Tuesday with Rebecca Soni
Rebecca Soni won silver in the 100m and 200m breaststrokes, as well as a gold in the 400m medley relay this summer at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. She was recently named to the National &#147;A&#148; Team and has made the move from her club in New Jersey to college at the University of Southern California. Soni talks about what&#146;s up next in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with special correspondent Bob Schaller.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Jerry Adams, head coach of the Schenectady Swim Club in Schenectady, N.Y. Adams, the 2005 Adirondack Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some advice on race planning.

October Swim Clinics
Get all the information about October’s Swim Clinics.

Peirsol named honorary Honolulu lifeguard
The City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii made three-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol an honorary lifeguard this summer in honor of his dedication to water safety and responsible aquatic recreation.

USA Swimming announces 2004-2005 Scholastic All-America Team
The Scholastic All-America Team is comprised of high school student-athletes, who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have competed in an individual event in the 2004 ConocoPhillips Summer Nationals, 1004 Summer Speedo Championship Series (sectionals), 2004 U.S. Open, 2005 World and WUG Trials, 2005 Speedo Championship Series (sectionals), 2004 National Disability Championships and 2004 Open Water National Championships.

20 Question Tuesday
Leah Retrum was recently named to the National A Team after an incredible 2005. One of the world&#146;s best backstrokers, she&#146;s also one of the more versatile up-and-coming swimmers, with high levels of success in several strokes. She tells special correspondent Bob Schaller about what got her to where she&#146;s at, and where she goes from here, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday.

Golden Goggle Awards - who do you think should win?
Last chance to get your vote in for who you think should win the Golden Goggle Awards this year. <br> Take our poll.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Chris Plumb of the Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Ind. Plumb, Indiana&#146;s 2005 Age Group Coach of the Year, offers some sculling drills designed to help swimmers improve their feel for the water.

USA Swimming releases National Team lists
USA Swimming has announced the members of the 2005-06 National A and B Teams, selected based on swimmers&#146; performances in 2005. &#147;The National A and B teams recognize athletes who have performed at the highest level on the world stage each year,&#148; said Everett Uchiyama, USA Swimming National Team Director.

Swimmers to jump in pool for hurricane relief
USA Swimming announced today the largest charitable donation program in the history of the organization to support hurricane relief. The organization committed its projected Swim-A-Thon revenue for the next year by guaranteeing a minimum donation of $130,000.

20 Question Tuesday: Lacey Nymeyer
Lacey Nymeyer is coming off a big year, and she thinks things could be getting even better. She talks about here love for her home state, and what she loves about being a teammate, in this week&#146;s 20 Question Tuesday with Bob Schaller.

New breaststroke and backstroke rules
The amendments passed at the 2005 U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention to the USA Swimming rules regarding the breaststroke and backstroke to conform to FINA rule changes can be found on the Rules and Regulations page on this web site.

Golden Goggle nominees released
Olympians Ian Crocker and Katie Hoff and newcomer Kate Ziegler headline the ballots with three nominations apiece for the second annual Golden Goggle Awards, Nov. 14 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.

Speedo Tip of the Week
This week&#146;s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from the July-August 2005 issue of Splash, in which special correspondent Bonnie Moss writes about Natalie Coughlin&#146;s training regimen. Here, Coughlin talks about the importance of technique and offers a balancing drill.

Katie Hoff loving life as a pro swimmer
A week into becoming a professional swimmer, and not much has changed for Katie Hoff. In fact, the 16-year-old superstar from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club said she actually feels less pressure now. &#147;I think it&#146;s an amazing opportunity, because how many people can say their first job is doing something they truly do love."

Tappin faces post-traumatic stress in aftermath of Katrina
I had a dream last night. It was the middle of NuWave&#146;s practice at the University of New Orleans. With no explanation, I was being pulled from my chair and escorted out of the building. Is this a big deal? Probably not, I&#146;m an adult and can deal with a little post-traumatic stress. I&#146;m guessing that&#146;s what it is. But what about the kids&#133; how are they dealing with this?

Peirsol named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif./Longhorn) was voted the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year on Saturday at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention (Sept. 13-18, Greensboro, N.C.).

Susan Keating’s speech to the House of Delegates
It is an honor to be here tonight, and to have the opportunity to tell you about the new USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors was organized less than a year ago. During this time we have taken the important step of constructing a philosophical and operational baseline for the Foundation that we believe will be critical to future long-term success which I will outline this evening. This evening, I will give you some background information about the USA Swimming Foundation, why it was created and who is involved. I will share with you where we are and provide a context for our work to date.

Ron Van Pool’s State of USA Swimming address
Ron Van Pool’s State of USA Swimming address

2005 State of the Sport Report
I honestly believe I have the best job in the sports world. I&#146;m fortunate to work with people who are passionate, dedicated, and focused on success. I&#146;m in a position where the Board of Directors has encouraged me to keep pushing the envelope to pursue new ideas and opportunities for our organization. To its credit, the USA Swimming family has embraced change and growth as positive attributes. I think the sport has adopted the philosophy that change is an essential part of growth and progress. As a result, USA Swimming finds itself in a position of leadership in the Olympic sports industry and our athletes and coaches enjoy great success in the competitive arena.

Finding a routine for our swimmers
These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of getting settled into our new homes. My husband Russell and I arrived in Buckhead (Atlanta) on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and the rest of the team arrived Thursday. The two days I had to get organized before they showed up was not enough.

20 Question Tuesday with Michael Raab
Michael Raab has made a lot of memories this year. The University of Virginia standout has a lot of interests outside the pool as well. He talks about what he expects from his swimming career now that he&#146;s finishing college, and if he&#146;ll be singing a different tune in the near future.

Tappin returns home after Katrina
One week since the storm. Time to go home. We left Fairhope (Ala.) at 3:45 a.m. bound for New Orleans via Interstate 10. The interstate was so dark from downed power lines that we couldn&#146;t see what was ahead of us until our own head lights lit it up. What we did see as we drove in was amazing&#133;

State-by-State Training Sites for Hurricane-Displaced Swimmers
The following clubs and college programs have offered training facilities for swimmers. Please contact them directly for specific information on location, availability and terms.

GPAC: A Blueprint to Hurricane Recovery
On Sept. 15, 2004 the Pensacola area was hit by Hurricane Ivan, a Category 3 storm. The effects were devastating to Pensacola, as many people lost their homes and businesses and many families were displaced. The effects of Ivan are still felt today.

Dues Increase Progress Report II
This report is a summary of progress to date in the implementation of the initiatives/programs that were recommended by the Dues Increase Task Forces and the Marketing/Promotions Project Team. The primary objective of this report is to provide the House of Delegates and USA Swimming members with a follow-up to the first Due Increase Progress Report provided at the time of the 2004 Convention.

Facilities Development Update
As we approach the second USAS Convention since the inception of the Facilities Development Department, we would like to give you a very brief overview of where we are at with our service goals and planning.

Host Families for Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort
USA Swimming has created a list of USA Swimming members who have opened their homes to displaced swimmers. Please contact USA Swimming Member Services for information about families hosting in a city near you.

Hurricane Update: Club Report
Throughout the coming days, USA Swimming will update the list of clubs impacted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. In a preliminary count, up to 26 teams and 2,084 USA Swimming member athletes are in the impacted area. Please submit any updates.

Michigan State to Host Disability Coaching Clinic
Michigan State University will host a Disability Swimming Coaches Clinic on Saturday October 15, 2005 in East Lansing, MI. The clinic will focus on teaching coaches about coaching swimmers with cognitive, physical and sensory disabilities. Coaches will also learn more about Paralympic and Special Olympic swimming competition.

20 Question Tuesday
Courtney Hamilton and Erica Pasquini

Weekend update from Ashley Tappin
Our refugee house is packed. My friends will never say it, but we are wearing each other down. The good news&#133; Jenny (Beth&#146;s sister) made it out of New Orleans. She and 11 other ICU nurses left Touro Hospital and made it safe to BR.

Fueling for Performance-Internet Coaching Clinic
This is the second web-based USA Swimming Coaching Clinic. Participants will watch a power point presentation given over the internet while listening to the audio of the presentation through an 800-number conference call.

State-by-State Training Sites for Hurricane-Displaced Swimmers
The following clubs and college programs have offered training facilities for swimmers. Please contact them directly for specific information on location, availability and terms.

Aftermath of Katrina, a long road ahead
New day, new problems&#133; My husband Russell and I have been discussing the possibility of getting into New Orleans on Monday. The problem is the lack of gas. We spoke to friends along that route and the stations are all dry. So, do we go on and forget our house or buy a large plastic tank, fill it up here and take the risk?

Ashley Tappin writes more in the aftermath of Katrina
Tuesday morning&#133;<br> We woke up to the water rising in New Orleans. They are unsure where it&#146;s coming from. <br> <br> We lost power and cable. The dial-up internet connection on my husband Russell&#146;s computer was all we had to find out what was going on. We are getting conflicting stories on water levels and what areas are flooded.