Individual Medley

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: 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: 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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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…)