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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…)

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…)

European Swimming Championships 2016: Performance review of British athletes and media

The dust has settled and we reflect on the LEN European Swimming Championships, and in particular, some of the major talking points emerging from the British performance.

James Guy’s 400 free on the first day has been talked about throughout the week. He laboured to a 3.52.91 and the Millfield swimmer touched the wall in 27th position; a far cry from his Silver medal performance at the World Championships in Kazan last summer. This performance, however, was not as ‘shocking’ as the media have illustrated to the general public. Perhaps, in large part, a lack of knowledge was displayed in their characterisation of the young World Champion. Allow us to digress… (more…)