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U.S. Olympic Team Trials & Tribulations

The dust has settled on the US Olympic Swimming Trials, with 45 athletes named on the team. USA Swimming continue to be the benchmark for empowering their athletes and giving them a platform to perform on the big stage. There is nothing more exhilarating than competing in front of a large crowd, in a world class field of athletes. The adrenaline courses through your veins in that environment and drives you to better performances; exactly the atmosphere you want to create for your athletes.

The newly crowned American Olympic Team are now likely to be straight back to the pool for a short 2-3 week high intensity training cycle depending on their selected events, before commencing another taper period in advance of the Games. The US team are used to this ‘double-taper’ strategy. It has been the method of choice in recent years for USA Swimming and is often required throughout the collegiate swim season. Athletes are nominated to represent their respective college and university teams in conference and NCAA competitions just a few short weeks apart and, by in large, must peak for these before going onto to compete for selection to the major Championships at the US Nationals. (more…)

Final tune up for O’Connor and Renshaw before Rio

The burgeoning programme at the University of Edinburgh finished the Scottish Nationals this weekend in Glasgow as the top point scoring club but it was Siobhan O’Connor and Molly Renshaw who stood out from the crowd.

O’Connor, training at the British Swimming performance centre in Bath amongst a host of GB talent, broke the British Record in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.06.34 just 30 minutes after blasting an impressive 2.09.36 200m Individual Medley warning shot to her rivals around the world. This improves on her previous breaststroke lifetime best of 1.07.15 (which she rattled in the heats with 1.07.35). O’Connor looks to be in great form leading into Rio and her improvement on the breaststroke suggests an area she could close on the ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu come Brazil. (more…)

Hagino shows versatility in Vichy

Purely by definition, is Kosuke Hagino currently the best all-round swimmer in the world? If not, then who do you believe matches his ability across all stroke disciplines, underwater speed, and technique? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the handle @swimwords_

Take a look at how the textile lifetime best performances of Hagino compares with some other all-round greats across 200m of each stroke and the medley events (it’s even more interesting when you consider the 100m lifetime best times):

200m Freestyle

200m Backstroke 200m Breaststroke 200m Butterfly 200m Medley 400m Medley
Kosuke Hagino 1.45.23 1.55.43 2.13.81 1.58.69 1.55.07 4.07.75
Michael Phelps 1.44.79 1.54.65 2.11.30 1.52.94 1.54.16 4.07.89
Ryan Lochte 1.44.44 1.52.96 2.20.61 2.01.19 1.54.00 4.05.18
Thiago Periera 1.46.57 1.58.42 2.11.86 1.58.24 1.56.30 4.08.86

Daiya Seto

1.48.71 No known result 2.11.21 1.54.08 1.57.32

4.08.50

If reading this on mobile phone, turn on side to see full table (more…)

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: 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…)

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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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…)