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Swimmer suicide report finds Mizzou failed to follow federal law

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 20:20


An independent report released Friday says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer’s suicide.

The report concludes administrators on the Columbia campus should have investigated 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey’s 2011 death after her parents raised questions about the events leading to her suicide. Menu Courey alleged she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year by as many as three football players, 16 months before she died.

The school previously said it didn’t act sooner under the Title IX law because neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn’t respond to a later request for information.

The case has since been referred to Columbia police.

15-foot Oarfish Spend Last Moments Swimming With Tourists Off Mexico

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 19:56

See for instance Indian Country and Examiner

An oarfish in Mexico was filmed by tourists as it swam right up to the beach. After being turned away gently from the beach sand with a paddle, the 15-foot oarfish swam under a kayak, continued to swim around the Mexican tourists, and eventually disappeared. The oarfish and human encounter was caught on video and shows the amazing beauty of the sea serpent of the ocean. According to an April 7 Popular Science report, the video was taken by the tourists during a recent March Shedd Adventures trip to the Sea of Cortés, in Baja, Mexico. The trip was organized by Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

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Five anglers swim to safety after ice shifts on Lake Winnebago

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 18:48

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Five men had to swim to safety after the ice they were fishing on broke loose on Lake Winnebago.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Lake Winnebago near Waukau Road in the town of Black Wolf Thursday shortly before 10:30 a.m. When deputies arrived they found a 58-year-old West Allis man and a 56-year-old Menasha man on shore, said Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Anthes.

The men told deputies they were with three other men on the ice when they noticed their lines were angled differently and that the ice had shifted away from shore, leaving a 30-foot gap of open water that was seven feet deep, Anthes said.

All five men swam back to shore.

Photo by sailorbill

Rikke Møller Pedersen gives up sweets in pursuit of world record

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 20:29

At the Danish Open / European Trials in March, Rikke Møller Pedersen was only 0.83 sec from the 200 meter breaststroke world record, that she set at the Barcelona 2014 World Championships. She wasn’t fully rested at the trials, but is that now at the Swim Cup Eindhoven 2014, with a declared mission to take down the world record sometimes between tomorrow and the European Championships in Berlin in August.

It was in the Barcelona 2013 World Championships semifinals, that Pedersen broke the world record, and became the first Danish swimmer to hold a world record in an Olympic event, since Ragnhild Hveger lost her 400 free standard to Australia’s Lorraine Crapp in August 1956. She was beaten by Yuliya Efimova in the Barcelona 2013 final, 2.19.41 to Rikke’s 2:20.08, but kept the world record.

In December 2013, Efimova and Pedersen battled again at the European Short Course Championships in Herning, Efimova then ending up denying Pedersen a home win in the final, 2:14.39 to Pedersen’s 2:15.21. Efimova broke Rebecca Soni’s 2:14.57 from the 2009 US vs Europe Duel in the Pool, but then in January the news broke that Efimova in October had tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), bringing her Herning 2013 European short course titles and records in serious doubt.

Fueled by the successes in Barcelona and Herning, Rikke Møller Pedersen in January proclaimed that she had literally put a lid on sweets and other cravings, admitting that she had not only one but ‘a mouth filled with sweet teeth’. She bought a plastic box to stuff it all in, and wrote a big sign on it saying ‘Rikke control yourself! 2:19.11 going down”. The goal according to her Facebook profile to take down the world record at the Berlin 2014 European Championships. The box went behind locks in the loft, Pedersen joking that it was ‘an idiot proof plan’, as she usually is too lazy to walk the stairs.

Image courtesy of Rikke Møller Pedersen

Already at the 2014 Danish Open / European Trials in March, Pedersen surprised herself with a world-leading time of 1:06.19 in the 100 meter breaststroke, and a 2:19.94 and second-best result ever in the 200 breaststroke. Several seconds ahead of the world competition this year, with 12 days to go before the full taper that they plan for now at the Swim Cup Eindhoven 2014. She indulged herself in two wine gums, in celebration.

On her personal blog rikkemoller.com, she notes that the new and healthier lifestyle has already given a tremendous boost to her career, with improved results both in physical tests and in swimming times. By cutting down on unhealthy junk food, her appetite for ‘real food’ has improved, resulting in improved energy levels in the pool and daily life. Her body composition has improved, and the benefits from training has resulted in improvements also where it matters the most: in races.

Now at the Swim Cup Eindhoven 2014, Rikke Møller Pedersen clocked 1:06.42 in the 100 meter breaststroke, noting on Facebook that it was ‘not the time that I had hoped for, but still the second best time swum this year, meaning that I have the 2 world best times for now in 2014’. She repeats that she is tapered for this event, and looks forward to the 50 and 200 meter events. If all goes well, she might have to change the text on the box.

Featured image courtesy of Svoem.dk, CC BY 2.0

BTS video of Cesar Cielo’s Swimming World shoot

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 19:55

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Sioux Falls Swim Teams Looks Forward To Possible Indoor Pool

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 19:16

See keloland.com

On Tuesday, 70 percent of Sioux Falls voters voted “no” for the construction of an outdoor pool complex at Spellerberg Park. That vote leaves room for an indoor pool in the area. It’s something some swim team members are looking forward to.

Summers mean swimming for area swim teams like the Snowfox and the Sioux Falls Seals and soon swimmers across Sioux Falls could see a new indoor pool option.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m very happy for the Snowfox Swim Team, but I’m elated for the citizens of Sioux Falls and what they have,” President of Snowfox Swim Team Russell Miller said.

Ottesen and Friis among 20 nominees for Denmark’s Greatest Sports Name title

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 18:30

Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet is arranging a vote for Denmark’s Greatest Sports Name as of now, starting with 36 two days ago that have now been narrowed down to 20. Two of the 20 are swimmers Jeanette Ottesen and Lotte Friis, whom we all can for vote for now until Sunday morning. The public vote will count for 50% of the decision, while a panel of branding experts, media and sports politicians will decide the other 50%, to be announced Monday morning. Go do your bit ! :-)

Images courtesy of Svoem.dk here and here, CC BY 2.0

BTS clip from Journey Gym’s infomercial shoot with Ryan Lochte

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 16:43

‘The world’s first truly portable universal gym’, see journey gym

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Katinka Hosszu: “I always learn something new, even after 20 years of swimming!”

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 16:23

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is attending the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey this week. The current 200m and 400m IM World champion is on-hand both in and out the pool as she is to take part in a practice session with kids from the local swimming clubs today and the first-ever “Youth Club” discussion panel on Thursday April 10, together with other outstanding young athletes.

Always flashing a smile, the 24-year-old is creating the buzz at the FINA stand in the Susesi Convention Centre. The Iron Lady of swimming takes a moment to reflect on her career, goals and aspirations for the sport she loves so much.

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Winner of the 2012 and 2013 FINA World Cups, what is your training secret to swim so many events?
I train eight to nine hours a day, five in the morning and three to four in the afternoon. It’s a lot of work but it’s also my passion: I love to swim.

Do you train differently for the World Cup than for other championships? In which way?
Given that my specialty is IM, I have to train all strokes and that’s also why I’ve been competing in all the different strokes during the World Cup. Of course, for the World Championships and the Olympics I will only prepare for 200m IM and the 400m IM.

Read more here on fina.org

Thorpe ‘in good spirits’ as he fights infection: Manager

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 16:18

Photo by Doha Stadium Plus, CC BY 2.0

Read The Peninsula and see video on Today

“He’s fine, he’s a battler,” James Erskine told Channel 9’s Today programme.

“He’s in good spirits, you know, he’s got drips in, he’s got antibiotics and all that sort of thing so he’s not exactly going to swim in the Commonwealth Games tomorrow.”

Erskine said he was not sure how long Thorpe, who attended the wedding of Britain’s Prince William in 2011 and might have been expected to catch up with the royal on the upcoming tour of Australia, would remain in hospital.

“As of yesterday he’s not in intensive care. He’s a sick boy, he’s not going to get out and have a cup of coffee and go and meet Prince William,” he said of the 31-year-old.

listen to ‘Ian Thorpe’s manager: swimmer faces another op on "serious" shoulder injury ’ on Audioboo

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“At the end of the day he’s fighting it, he’s got an infection and like any of these infections you get in hospitals, they have to take it seriously.”

As for Tuesday’s reports that the infection could leave Thorpe without the use of his left arm, Erskine was dismissive.

“I think that’s all poetic licence,” he said.

“You could say what’s the worst case scenario, I mean, people have died from these infections. But that’s just people making it up, that’s just nonsense.”

The Morning Swim Show on Shoulder Surgery Risks

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 15:50

In light of the tragic news of Ian Thorpe’s infection after shoulder surgery, host Jeff Commings speaks with USA Swimming team physician Dr. Scott Rodeo about treating shoulder injuries and lowering the risk of infection.

Record swim sends NZ women’s team to Commonwealth Games

Ley, 12/04/2014 - 15:43

See video on TVNZ

A record-breaking swim at the New Zealand Open Championships has seen the women’s 200-metre relay team qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Emma Robinson, 19, knocked three and a half seconds off her personal best to propel her team past the notoriously tough qualification standards.

Robinson’s fast finish will be an exciting opportunity for her to compete in an senior international event.

“The only international experience I’ve had is at junior level in the Pan Pacific Games and Junior Commonwealth Games,” Robinson told ONE Sport today.

New research suggests 3-5 min of 30s sprints as healthy as 1 hour at moderate speed

Frí, 11/04/2014 - 14:12

See the research article on Hindawi

A new study performed in the Faroe Islands suggests that it is as effective for cardio-vascular health to do 3-5 minutes of (effective) high-intensity swimming, as it is to swim for an hour at a more moderate pace.

To test the hypothesis that high-intensity swim training improves cardiovascular health status in sedentary premenopausal women with mild hypertension, sixty-two women were randomized into high-intensity (; HIT), moderate-intensity (; MOD), and control groups (; CON). HIT performed 6–10 × 30 s all-out swimming interspersed by 2 min recovery and MOD swam continuously for 1 h at moderate intensity for a 15-week period completing in total and sessions, respectively. In CON, all measured variables were similar before and after the intervention period. Systolic BP decreased () by and  mmHg in HIT and MOD; respectively. Resting heart rate declined () by bpm both in HIT and MOD, fat mass decreased () by and  kg, respectively, while the blood lipid profile was unaltered. In HIT and MOD, performance improved () for a maximal 10 min swim (% and %), interval swimming (% and %), and Yo-Yo IE1 running performance (% and %). In conclusion, high-intensity intermittent swimming is an effective training strategy to improve cardiovascular health and physical performance in sedentary women with mild hypertension. Adaptations are similar with high- and moderate-intensity training, despite markedly less total time spent and distance covered in the high-intensity group.

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A Tale of Two Atolls

Hós, 10/04/2014 - 12:18

Save Our Seas Foundation’s director of conservation and National Geographic Magazine photographer, Thomas P. Peschak, has always been fascinated by the ocean. He has spent much of his career as a scientist and and photojournalist searching for a pristine marine wilderness. He discovered his “holy grail” of marine environments in a remote section of the Mozambique Channel when he joined a Save Our Seas Foundation Expedition to Bassas Da India and Europa attols. In this video he shares his experiences of some of the last perfect underwater ecosystems on the planet.

A Tale of Two Atolls from Save Our Seas Foundation on Vimeo.

You Can Play – Libby Trickett And Others Promote Anti-Homophobia Campaign

Hós, 10/04/2014 - 09:30

See youcanplay.com.au

You Can Play is a national Anti-Homophobia in Sport Initiative bought to you by Play by the Rules. Play by the Rules is a national program that promotes safe fair and inclusive sport. It is supported by multiple government and non-government partners including the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation and equal opportunity commissions, the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and the Office of Childrens Guardian (NSW).

Go Time For Swim Cup Eindhoven 2014

Mik, 09/04/2014 - 23:52

The 10th Swim Cup Eindhoven is about to start, 10th to 13th April 2014, with a spectacular field of participants including local swimmers vying to qualify for the Berlin 2014 European Championships, and swimmers from Sweden, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, …

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Stephanie Rice announces retirement with YouTube video

Mik, 09/04/2014 - 10:11

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Demonstrating the class with which she’s typically carried herself within the sport of swimming, three-time Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice waited for the completion of the Australian National Championships before making her retirement public with an emotional YouTube video.

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Colombian Olympian Omar Pinzón exonerated by CAS in cocaine case

Mik, 09/04/2014 - 09:50

Read Howard Jacobs Athletes Lawyer Blog

Omar Pinzon’s long fight to clear his name is finally over, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) issuing its final decision exonerating him earlier this week.

Despite the fact that he has never used cocaine, Mr. Pinzon tested positive for cocaine while competing at the Colombian National Games in Cali, Colombia, on November 10, 2012. Confident that he was innocent, Mr. Pinzon submitted to a polygraph examination, and was found to be truthful that he had not knowingly used cocaine. When he was suspended by the national swimming federation for Colombia (FECNA) for 2 years, Omar Pinzon appealed to the CAS.

Following a hearing in New York in February 2014, CAS has now issued its final decision, fully exonerating Omar Pinzon. In its decision, the CAS tribunal noted the following:

  • the CAS tribunal did not believe that Omar Pinzon had ever used cocaine;
  • the testing laboratory in Colombia had not used the standard test for cocaine, and did not establish that it even followed its own required testing protocols;
  • there is no known scientific study that would support the test results reported by the testing laboratory in Colombia;
  • the results reported by the testing laboratory in Colombia are virtually impossible in a human urine sample after the ingestion of cocaine, meaning that the test results are inconsistent with biology; and
  • the lab result can only be explained by lab error, manipulation of the sample or adulteration of the sample.

In addition, the CAS tribunal ordered that FECNA must pay Omar Pinzon in excess of US $50,000 for the costs of the arbitration and his legal fees.

In responding to the CAS decision, Omar Pinzon stated as follows:

“I am extremely happy with the CAS decision, because it proves what I already knew, which is that I was completely innocent. The past year has been extremely difficult for me and my family, and I look forward to returning to competition later this month.