Month: June 2016

New kids on the block

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Full Results

Three days into the US Olympic team trials and they have not disappointed in their drama and quality. Matching the expansive light shows of the CenturyLink Center the swimming coming from the United States has also lit up the pool and turned the heads of the world of swimming.

The storyline for the meet so far is pencilled in as the ‘changing of the guard’. A script that shows how Olympic champions of yesteryear are missing out to a new wave of kids who want their own chance at Olympic glory. With a talent pool like the United States have always had, upsets and places missed are inevitable, but not many would have predicted as many reigning Olympic champions (Lochte, Grevers, Franklin, Coughlin, Vollmer) to be overshadowed by those who have treated them as idols. (more…)

U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview

Today the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials begin in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the next eight days (26th June – 3rd July) approximately 2000 swimmers will race across 26 individual events, hoping to make the possible team of 52 (maximum places available) travelling to Rio De Janeiro later this summer to represent their country. This will be the third consecutive Olympic swimming trials that have been hosted in Omaha, an event that has become notorious for its atmosphere, excitement and fierce competition.

The purpose built temporary pool is once again been constructed in the CenturyLink Center, but for the first time this qualification competition has been sold out with an estimated 200,000 fans attending throughout the week. No doubt this is due to not only the level of the competition, where only two Olympic places are available per event, but also the excitement Omaha has added to the spectacle with the introduction of lights, music, fire and fireworks which only intensifies audience engagement and increases athlete adrenaline. It is refreshing to see the USA recognising the need to move the sport on and make the event more of a showcase to develop new intrigue and interest in what is still a less mainstream sport. (more…)

Euro2016: Walker-Hebborn Vs. Klobucnik

Tonight sees England meet Slovakia in St Etienne on the field in a very important third group game in Euro2016. The result of which will qualify the teams for the knock out stages. So here at SwimWords we are excited to continue our version of the European Championships my matching up two swimmers from the respective countries in terms of past success and present form to pick a victor.

Already in the England squad is James Guy who faced Welsh starlet Jazz Carlin in the second round and took a minor win (2 – 1). In the Slovakian line up, medley maestro Richard Nagy conceded a tough loss to the Russian Anton Chupkov.

Who will join them in the starting line up…?  (more…)

Euro2016: Iron Vs. Ice

As the second round of the group stages come to an end, we continue our tribute to the ongoing European Football Championships in France, and for some amusement here at SwimWords, we continue to do our very own Euro16 tournament in swimming. The idea being, as each of the group matches in the football are played, here on SwimWords we will mirror this in the pool by battling top swimmers from their respective nations head to head. These top international athletes will compete against each other in terms of past success and present form to find a victor. Think ‘Top Trumps’ does swimming… (more…)

SwimWords Euro2016: Pellegrini Vs. Sjoestroem

As the world turns its eyes to the likes of Zlatan Imbrahimovic and Gianluigi Buffon this afternoon as they lace up their boots on the French turf in Euro2016, SwimWords turns its attention to the pool and two of the biggest swimming stars in Europe. Just like the previous articles, these two supreme athletes will compete against each other with their swimming credentials like the well-known game ‘top trumps’. Let the fun begin…

Group E: ITALY vs SWEDEN, KO: 2:00pm GMT, Friday 17th June (more…)

Euro2016: Local rivals go head-to-head

After very successful SwimWords prediction in today’s earlier Wales Vs. England fixture, this evening sees Germany face local rivals Poland at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, and once again SwimWords are replicating this by selecting two of the best swimmers in their respective countries to dual against each other in the pool. The swimmer with the highest credentials, not only earns themselves bragging rights amongst their peers but a predicted score for their nation’s football team to emulate.

Group C: GERMANY vs POLAND, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Thursday 16th June (more…)

Euro2016: England Vs. Wales

After one correct prediction out of the three games yesterday, SwimWords hopes to strengthen the correlation between the European nations’ football stars and their swimming stars. Once again, for newcomers to this idea, we are mirroring this famous football tournament on a daily basis, by selecting one swimmer to represent their respective countries and battling them head-to-head. It’s a fun and relevant way to talk swimming as the group stages of the Football continues. Let us know if you agree with the selections below…

Group B: ENGLAND vs WALES, KO: 2:00pm GMT, Thursday 16th June

Representing and suiting up for the English: 


Athlete: James Guy 

·         Born: 1995

·         Height: 1.90cm

·         Best Senior Result: Gold 200 Freestyle, World Championships, Kazan, 2015

Representing and suiting up for the Welsh:

 ·         Athlete: Jazz Carlin

·         Born: 1990

·         Height: 1.77cm

·    Best Senior Result: Bronze 800 Freestyle, World Championships, Kazan, 2015

The England selection is the reigning 200 metre freestyle World Champion – James Guy. A man who loves to stand up and compete, he and the English will relish a head-to-head performance like this particularly when home nation bragging rights are up for grabs. Guy has built on his excellent year in 2015 where he ranks globally as No.2 and No.3 in the 200m and 400m free respectively. Heading into this tournament, Guy will also be pleased with his current form at the European Championships and the Mare Nostrum tour. The Millfield man picked up an impressive Gold in Barcelona in 1.46.91 for the 200 freestyle, and won a Bronze at the Europeans in London in the same event (1.46.42). Not bad for a man whose primary focus is the Rio Games in 51 days. Guy’s uncanny ability to out-touch his competitors when the race is tight, suggests that a team is never safe even in the dying minutes of injury time.

An idea that the Welsh representative knows only too well. Jazz Carlin, a well-known Manchester United supporter, will have fixed in her memory the famous Champions League final in 1999 where United scored two late injury time goals to lift the cup. The Welsh distance Queen will only be too careful to not let this happen to her. Like her rival, Carlin has also been in scintillating form in 2016 collecting medals around Europe as she goes. The World Bronze medallist in the 800 free in Russia last year, picked up two silvers at the European Championships in London, and then went on to twice win the 400m/800m double in Canet and Barcelona on the Mare Nostrum tour. Her 400 metre best this year ranks her 6th in the World, but there is a feeling that her peak in 2016 is still yet to come. Jazz competes in events that require great toughness and incredible fitness, so watch out for the engine of the Welsh team and their ability to adopt a high press system that can go from box-to-box for the full 90.

But who takes the head-to-head matchup between these two heavy hitters. With the ability and talent on show here there will definitely be plenty of scoring chances created and sure to be some goals in this one. With everything considered, SwimWords has to edge towards a slight England victory. The higher World ranking and Gold in Kazan in 2015 just gives England the nod.

SwimWords Euro16 Score:          

 ENGLAND     2       :       1      WALES

 This is a huge match up against swimmers who are generally team mates on the GBR team. Although England and Wales have teamed up to protect themselves against the Russian Ultras in France, now it is time to split and prepare for the battle ahead.

 

 

‘Sid the Kid’ takes on the Olympic Champ

The final match on June 15th in the UEFA Euro2016 Football Champs sees France host Albania. For those just joining us, here at SwimWords we are mirroring this famous tournament on a daily basis, by selecting one swimmer to represent their respective countries and battling them head-to-head. It’s a fun and relevant way to talk swimming as the group stages of the Football continues. Let us know if you agree with the selections below…

Group A: FRANCE Vs. ALBANIA, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 15th June

Standing behind the block for FRANCE:

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  • Athlete: Florent Manaudou
  • Born: 1990
  • Height: 1.99cm
  • Best Senior Result: Gold 50 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Standing behind the block for ALBANIA:

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  • Athlete: Sidni Hoxha
  • Born: 1992
  • Height: 1.94cm
  • Best Senior Result: 2 x Olympian, 2008 & 2012

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SwimWords Euro2016: Romania Vs Switzerland

Here comes the second instalment of SwimWords Euro2016. If you haven’t already seen the first article; this is where we have our own head-to-head match ups with swimming representatives mirroring the games that are kicking off in France at the UEFA Euro2016 Football championships. Let us know what you think…

Group A: ROMANIA vs SWITZERLAND, KO: 5:00pm GMT, Wednesday 15th June

Representing ROMANIA in the pool:

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Representing SWITZERLAND in the pool:

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