February 26, 2018 -
The SwimVortex Safe Sport Series – after sending questions to coaches, athletes and organisations as part of our Safe Sport series, we start to bring you the answers. Today, the head of the World Swimming Coaches Association urges his global membership to back proposals to have a universal ban imposed on coaches having sexual and romantic relationships with minors in their swim squads. He also backs ‘no relationships’ at any age but recognises the difficulty of imposing such measures globally, while noting, in deep criticism of both FINA and USA Swimming, that governance structures are a fundamental barrier to the enforcement of athlete protection and safe sport measures, even those already covered by the rule book
February 17, 2018 -
Hugo Gonzalez, of Spain, appears to be thriving in his first season at U.S college ate the end of his days as a much-decorated junior in international waters, honours global, continental and national in the vault. Now Auburn freshman, Gonzalez produced the headline of the day with a 3:35.76 win over 400y IM that took down the championship record of 3:36.21 set by Chase Kalisz (Georgia) on his way to Budapest and a double-world-title summer; Brit Mark Szaranek on 3:37.50 for silver
February 15, 2018 -
Today, we start to look at the surface of why Truth, Whistleblowing & Red-Flag Waving are too often alien concepts in an Olympic realm where all who accept positions paid or voluntary carry a measure of responsibility, the ultimate end of which has to be carried by those in charge no facing calls to fall on their swords.
February 14, 2018 -
The SwimVortex safe Sport series: why its time for the Olympic creed of athletes and good folk to be: “The Games stay, the athletes, stay, all the good folk, from coaches to officials, volunteers who roll their sleeves up and whistle while they work get to stay – and the cheats and governors and their warped and self-serving governance model and structure get a lifetime ban from the Games”.
February 13, 2018 -
The SwimVortex Safe Sport series: Today, we look at child and athlete protection in sport, shifting tropes and trends in society at large and ask why the Olympic Movement is not doing much more to make athlete safety an urgent priority with global obligations that insist all nations have the kind of measures we see in the likes of the American Safe Sports Act, newly passed as the scandal of USA Gym came to a sorrowful and cathartic end in January with the passing of a 175-year sentence on Larry Nassar
February 12, 2018 -
SwimVortex will dedicate the next two weeks of our coverage entirely to the environment and governance structures – as well as people – that and who, in the opinion of many and confirmed in the book of Olympic history, enable abuse, sexual and other forms. This week, we will continue to look at the latest news, the fallout from the Ariana Kukors allegations in the wake of the Nassar crimes in USA Gym, the silence of coaches who one might expect to speak up, and consider the lot of athletes whose rights are reduced significantly by their ‘amateur’ status, whose guardians and governors accept no responsibilities remotely close to those of an employer but benefit hugely from the work of athletes, and ponder some of the things already in place to protect athletes that need spreading throughout the Olympic realm as a must for all nations – and reforms required far and wide in terms of laws and codes of practice that come with legal obligation. Next week, we will post a series of questions to key and power players in the sport of swimming and invite them to respond in the interest of open, transparent and intelligent discussion in a sport crying out for its own community to help exorcise the ghosts of a woeful past so that reform can take place at the start of a much better, brighter future that places athlete interests and rights at the top of its list of priorities – and acts accordingly.
Today, we reach into our archive to recall a 2014 lecture delivered by Prof. Joan Duda, of Empowering Coaching, at the World Aquatics Development Conference in Lund on a day of high relevance to current events. It was a day on which we also heard a call from Dr. Fiona McLachlan, academic adviser to Shane Gould in the 1972 triple Olympic champion’s PHD studies, for the guardians of swimming youth to consider “How to be Good”; and we heard telling, instructive, motivating, chilling and moving presentations from American swimmers Allison Wagner, Dana Vollmer and Caitlin Leverenz.
And after that, we weep over the relevance of Fran Crippen and his passing to events at the Winter Olympics.
February 9, 2018 -
Swimming futures: far and wide there’ll be swim meets going on at various levels this weekend. In the mix will be everything from a great deal of fun with friends, positive experience and feedback through struggle and compromise and on to a complete waste of time, money and energy for those who find the demands and environment of the local gala, meet, cup and trophy event unsustainable. Could swimming be doing better? Has the weekend meet changed for the better; if so, how? Here, we ask some questions and consider an article penned by Wayne Goldsmith and headlined “How to Save Your Sport”
February 7, 2018 -
SwimVortex invited response to some words I penned after a day at a schools swim meet. Among the replies (thank you to all who sent in their views) was one that reminded us that treading water can be a dangerous exercise if you stay in the same place failing to hear the cries of folk on the pier who wondered why you didn’t try to save yourself and have long since moved on. It was well over a decade ago that Wayne Goldsmith, an Australian coach of coaches, was to be found among those penning Cassandra-like words on the state of swimming. He says that what he’s had too say on the subject on many occasions has “gone un-listened to”. Here’s a 2010 article – does the picture he painted then – and six years before it – still ring true?
January 19, 2018 -
Premium (including gold and silver) and business subscribers to SwimVortex are invited to download the top 100 lists in full. We take the chance to trawl through the archive and consider some of the greatest champions of longevity whose world records and best times grace yet the all-time 100 lists. In 2017, more than 70 swims made e the all-suits all-time top 10s across all events. The grip of shiny suits is loosening but almost 40% of all top 10 all-time swims among men and almost 35% of all-time top 10 swims among women still belong to the 2008-2009 bodysuit blip.
January 4, 2018 -
This year marks a series of major anniversaries in swimming history, including the 10-year anniversary of Michael Phelps past Mark Spitz with eight Olympic golds and the 50th anniversary of the Mexico 1968 Olympics, of Debbie Meyer’s triple and the doubles of Mike Wenden’, Mike Burton, Roland Matthes, Charlie Hickcox and Claudia Kolb, and the last laugh on butterfly of Ada Kok. Here we trawl through some milestones we’ll be pitching our tent at throughout the year ahead
December 28, 2017 -
SwimVortex annual awards: Sarah Sjostrom, who claimed three gold and a silver at world titles, and Caeleb Dressel, winner of three solo titles amid seven gold medals at the World Championships in Budapest back in July, are the SwimVortex Swimmers of the Year. The Carlile Cup for Lifetime Achievement goes to Nancy Hogshead-Makar and the #AquaticsMeToo club of women who have, by finding the courage to speak out and then through fearless and focused advocacy for women’s sports, raised awareness of a woefully deep and dark corner of Olympic sport; there is recognition, too, for Adam Peaty for delivering the performance of the year; for the WSA and the PSA and a challenge to the status quo just getting started; in open water, top honours go to Aurelie Mueller (FRA) and Ferry Weertman (NED), the 10km World champions, Mueller’s efforts contributing to recognition of the French team as the No 1 and most improved nation in open water in 2017. The USA and GBR are recognised in the nations awards, too… the list in full
December 23, 2017 -
For the remaining days of the countdown to 2018, SwimVortex will look back at 2017 through 20 of the most significant swimming stories of the year, some about the pool, the water and the competition, some about the politics, the woe and the competition, some about the issues where the pool and the politics meet and what that has meant for the murkiness of the water. Today, we start with No19 – Bullies, Blazers & A Master(s)class From The Prof; and No 20 – Hurtling Hosszu and the risks of Iron deficiency
December 20, 2017 -
Caeleb Dressel and Sarah Sjostrom have been voted swimmers of the year by SwimVortex readers; Sjostrom and Adam Peaty top ‘performance of year’ poll; readers also voted for the USA women’s medley combine and Great Britain’s 4x200m free men as relays of the year; Rikako Ikee, of Japan, top girl, and Kliment Kolesnikov, of Russia, top boy; while France’s Aurelie Mueller and Dutchman Ferry Weertman topped the open water votes
December 5, 2017 -
There has never been a better moment to back independent journalism and coverage of the sport of swimming. That’s the bad news. The good news comes when we can say that all focus and super troupers can be trained on the swimmers and the swimming, the lore and legend of it all, because there is no longer any need to fight for the good governance that is so sorely lacking in the global pool as 2017 draws to a close. The question is: will you help us to provide that independent coverage?
November 29, 2017 -
The World Swimming Association is in talks with legal eagles designed to challenge any threats that may be made against swimmers who sign up for a Pro Ring of Fire Tour set to get underway in the 2018-19 season. SwimVortex talks to the WSA about the challenges ahead and the progress made in its first year.
November 8, 2017 -
Pro Swim Tour negotiators met key global distribution partners at the SPORTEL conference in Monaco this week with a view to getting a new era for swimming off the blocks
September 5, 2017 -
The leadership of the Olympics was sunk into the depth of a corruption crisis of huge dimension today when Brazilian police raided a number of addresses over “strong evidence” of vote-buying in the country’s 2016 Olympic bid. A French financial prosecutor statement confirmed today influential members of the IOC are at the centre of investigations into a “large corruption racket”. A statement read: “There are several consistent indications that payments have been made in return for the votes of IAAF and International Olympic Committee members over the designation of host cities for the biggest global sporting events.”
July 30, 2017 -
The racing is done, the USA is the top team, bolstered by the two medal-winning giants of the meet Caeleb Dressel, with 7 golds, and Katie Ledecky, with 5 golds and a silver. Further analysis down the line. For now, some numbers… The performances of the championships
25.95 1025 Adam Peaty GBR 50m breaststroke WR semi
51.71 1010 Sarah Sjostrom SWE 100m freestyle WR 4×100 relay lead
Dressel matches the all-time single-championships record haul of seven golds medals, collected by Michael Phelps at Melbourne 2007, however, Phelps’ tally is the greater score: it included 5 solo events and 2 relays, while Dressel built his seven achievements on three solo events and four relays that include the two mixed events that have been added to the world-championships program since Phelps swam his last race in world-title waters back in 2011.
July 30, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
World Championships Budapest, Day 8 Men’s 4×100 medley relay Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the World Championships as the USA claimed the medley relay, so matching the previous record title haul of Michael Phelps who achieved that feat in Melbourne in 2007. Dressel has taken Budapest by storm and on Saturday he… […]
July 30, 2017 -
So, we arrive at the final day of the meet, the 400IM and 4x100m medley relays for men and women all done. Eight finals remain this evening before the meet is done. The big winners are already in: top nation, the USA; top woman, Katie Ledecky (USA); top man Caeleb Dressel (USA); outstanding performers of the meet – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Adam Peaty (GBR). All big guns through on the last morning, barring Australia missing the men’s medley final. Beyond that: magnificent meet, pity about the poverty of leadership that has its grip on swimming yet. Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas but winter is coming
July 29, 2017 -
Caeleb Dressel landed the first of his three golden shots this day on target and beyond: gold, in 21.15, a world textile record 0.04sec inside the fury of 2012 Olympic champion Florent Manaudou, up in the stands for French TV, his doubt depending, perhaps, that he will ever make it make to the blocks in the pool after hanging up his goggles in the wake of Rio 2016 silver. Dressel was the kid in the wash two years ago who just sneaked into the all-time top 10 in textile. Now he leads it.
July 28, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
World Championships Budapest – Day 6 Heats Day 6 heats: men’s 50m freestyle, the women’s 50m butterfly, the men’s 100m butterfly, the women’s 200m backstroke and the men’s 4x200m freestyle. The highlight: 50.08 sec, a world textile best from Caeleb Dressel over 100m butterfly. The American sprinter is on fire. The roar the morning after… […]
July 27, 2017 -
Many a 100m race, you just can’t tell ’til its done. Not this one. Caeleb Dressel left his blocks like a bat out of hell, bolted down the Duna Arena pool to a 22.31 split feet on the wall and built a winning margin on the way home to a 47.17sec victory that fell just shy of the biggest winning margin in the history of two-lap battles back to 1973. Nathan Adrian gives USA a 1-2 finish, with Mehdy Metella taking bronze for France
July 27, 2017 -
Etiene Medeiros became the first Brazilian woman to win a world long-course title when she claimed gold in the 50m backstroke in an Americas record of 27.14 at the World Championships in Budapest.
July 26, 2017 -
Adam Peaty: 25.99, to add to his 26.10 and 25.95 world-record stunners from heats and semis yesterday. League of his own. In third CVam VD Burgh says: “Impressive – It’s not even breaststroke anymore, he’s swimming like a new kind of stroke, like a metamorphosis between ‘fly and breast’.”
July 24, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
Ben Proud, the pride of Britain: 22.75, his 0.04sec margin of victory over Nicholas Santos, the Brazilian who at 37 extends his lead at the helm of oldest world champions in swimming history, matching the smallest there’s ever been. Blink and its gone. Breath and it might. So he didn’t. And he won.
July 23, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
17th World Championships, Budapest, Day 1 Heats: Good morning from the Duna Arena in Budapest. Eight days of racing at world titles are about to get underway, the woeful politics and governance issues set aside in favour of the thing the blazers far too often forget: they are only there because the athletes and coaches and officials make it all possible. So, enter the real VIPs…
July 21, 2017 -
France may struggle to make the medals in the week ahead when racing gets underway for eight days in the pool here at the World Championships in Budapest but in Open Water, Blue has been the colour of gold this week, Axel Reymond taking to four titles the tally for his nation – over 25km – on Lake Balaton. Ana Cunha gave Brazil the gold in the women’s race
July 16, 2017 -
Rio Redemption. France’s Aurelie Muller, disqualified in questionable circumstances after a podium finish in the Olympic marathon last year, shook off her challengers on the last lap of the world-title 10km battle on Lake Balaton in Hungary this morning on her way to retaining the global crown in 2 hours 13.70sec. Samantha Arevalo, of Ecuador, took silver 3.50sec adrift Muller, while Braizil’e Ana Cunha and Italy’s Arianna Bridi shared bronze on 2:17.20
June 24, 2017 -
There was an amusing moment when Adam Peaty looked like he might not make it to his blocks this morning at the magnificent Foro Italico on day 2 at the Sette Colli International. A mix-up with the entries had left his name off the start list. Coach Mel Marshall popped along to have a word and was asked ‘how can you prove he’s done that entry time’. She pointed a finger at the top of the start list, highlighting the line that needed no further comment: – WR 26.42 GBR PEATY Adam 1994 Kazan (RUS) 04/08/2015 – ‘Nuf said. Smiles all round – let the show go on