Mare Nostrum

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…)

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.



SwimWords does Euro2016

As a tribute to the ongoing UEFA European Football Championships in France, and as a bit of fun, here at SwimWords we wanted 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.

The idea will be to represent the win in the form of a football score and see how close this prediction is to the actual footie match played in France. All these predictions are subjective, and the swimmers selected to represent their country will be the ‘in form’ international athletes this year, but if you disagree with the selectors or management we would love to hear from you…

First up sees the start of the second round matches in the group stage format… (more…)

Top 5 swims in Canet

There was a plethora of great performances at the second leg of the Mare Nostrum tour in Canet. Many swimmers travelled across from Monaco to continue the tour, however a number of additional international teams joined the travelling athletes in the South of France including groups from Japan and China. With many excellent swims, it is difficult to list them all, but here are the SwimWords top 5 performances from the two-day competition.

The top 5 swims were selected by considering the following:

  • FINA points scored
  • Margin of victory
  • Where the swim is ranked in the World
  • Previous swims and victories already secured in the Canet finals.

Canet Mare Nostrum Full Results (more…)

Aussies shine in California

A strong Australian team have travelled over to the American West Coast to continue their preparations for the Olympic Games this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was very apparent that preparations are going well for the team from down under, as they took another five titles in the finals session on the last day of the Arena Pro Series in Santa Clara yesterday.

Having taken the 400m freestyle convincingly earlier in the weekend it was no surprise that Jessica Ashwood kick started the Day 3 finals with a dominate 800m freestyle display. Aussie Ashwood clocked a time of 8.18.14, which is a time that only Katie Ledecky has beaten this year (8.06.68). Although Ledecky is swimming times that are changing the history of the event, Ashwood is now the next name on the list as a favourite for an Olympic medal this summer. (more…)

Plummer shows his cards in Indianapolis

American Backstroke swimmer David Plummer obliterated the field in the 100 metres backstroke last night at Day 2 of the Arena Pro Series in Indianapolis. The 30-year-old veteran swam a lightening 52.40 to shoot right to the top of the world rankings in 2016. Whilst his American compatriot, Ryan Murphy, was beating the Australian World Champion Mitch Larkin on the West Coast in a time of 52.76, Plummer is showing he knows how to peak at exactly the right time with the USA Olympic trials only weeks away. Plummer has sent a message to the youngster Murphy (best time of 52.18 on a relay lead off) and Olympic Champion Matt Grevers (best time of 52.08) that they will have their work cut out if they wish to take the two Rio qualifying births instead of him.

The other stand out swim of Day 2 in Indianapolis came in the final of the Women’s 400 freestyle. Leah Smith, having already won the half distance the night before, cruised through the field to take the victory in 4.03.33. Not only was this yet another lifetime best for Smith, this puts her second in the world behind her team mate, the unparalleled Katie Ledecky, but more importantly makes her favourite to take the second spot behind her American team mate at the trials. (more…)