Barcelona 2013 World Titles – Women’s Grades

Missy Franklin [Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

The 15th FINA World Championships wrapped up two weeks ago, which means there has been enough time to digest what took place at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. As a result, SwimVortex has developed some brief report cards which grade the performances of various countries over the eight days of the World Champs. The Grades Are In: Women

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The 15th FINA World Championships wrapped up two weeks ago, which means there has been enough time to digest what took place at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. As a result, SwimVortex has developed some brief report cards which grade the performances of various countries over the eight days of the World Champs. The Grades Are In: Women

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DanishSwimFan

Go Danmark! Now we just need to get our men sorted out. We have a couple of good talents just coming out of their junior years and our new head coach is starting some initiatives to try and bring up the level of our male swimmers, so watch this space…

McGillRocks

You don’t have to nitpick to find issues with the American women, a quick glance at the medal table does that.

Other than Missy, the backstroke was a little weak (no medals) despite having a very deep group of swimmers who could challenge for medals.

The IM events were also not so strong. Beisel took home the only medal, a bronze. The US only qualified one swimmer in the 200 IM disappointingly, and Leverenz was not really in the running for a medal

While I suppose that cold qualify as nitpicking, the fly was where I noticed room for improvement. One bronze in three events is definitely below par for the course in American swimming

Lane Four

Great articles as always, Craig. The women were the real show of the World Championships. We saw a huge drop off in the men’s performances (as a whole) while the women went above and beyond what I personally expected. I don’t take this too seriously because it IS the post-Olympic year. I never really take the post-Olympic year seriously. I appreciate the great performances, but I also know that so many of the athletes are scaling down their training levels while trying to remain competitive. Next year will be interesting but from years of experience, I can safely say that 2015 will be THE World Championships to keep an eye on. Can’t wait.

Stephen Fritzdorf

Go Denmark!

Here’s hoping for an A-plus from the European Short Course!

DanishSwimFan

+1 to that Stephen. I can’t wait 🙂

On behalf of all fans of Danish swimming, thanks to you and your Team Danmark colleagues for the great work you are doing with our swimmers, we are very proud of them and their achievements.

Mike in Dallas

TEAM USA – women 0- simply off the charts! Yes, the fly could be better, but on the whole world records, relay wins, lots of medals — Happiness!
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China – I guess the doping issues have finally caught up with them – a miserable performance all the way around.
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Japan – Women and Men both had dreadful appearances – and this from a country with 100+million inhabitants!
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Australia – well, yes, the women did better than the men, but HECK, this is the nation that gave us Shane Gould
and Dawn Fraser — yes, some of us are old enough to remember those great swimmers; and don’t forget Kieren Pierkens (sp?) – Aussies have got to go back to the drawing boards, women included. Grade: B
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Hungary – nice job all for all the girls!
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Russia – women just did not perform well — Kazan was a BIG part of the problem for women AND men!
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