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 12, 2018 -
Double World medley champion Chase Kalisz followed up his 4:10 blast over 400IM at the Pro Swim Series in Austin with a brace of wins on a second day of action that produced the first sub-2:10 200m medley of the year among women, courtesy of Canadian Sydney Pickrem. In April as the Commonwealth gathers Down Under, however, Pickrem, at college in the U.S., will bypass what would have been a fine battle with Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, of England. For similar reasons, there will be no clash of Joe Schooling Vs James Guy – who shared world-til;es bronze over 100m last July – Vs Chad Le Clos, because the 2016 Olympic champion from Singapore is also bypassing the Gold Coast.
January 9, 2018 -
The Swim England Winter Championships represented the final chance to book a spot for the event at Gold Coast in April but while the consequent highs and lows commanded attention, there was also a small group of Canadian women led by former Great Britain women’s coach Ben Titley. Taylor Ruck, Kierra Smith, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith may have numbered just four but between them boasted Olympic, world, world junior and Pan-American medals. Especially notable was Ruck who went 2:06.87 in the 200m backstroke. Coach Ben Titley tells Liz Byrnes: “These girls are a fabulous group to work with. It is refreshing to work with young people, there are challenges because they move away from home at a young age, they billet with families, they have to go through certain experiences we all go through as teenagers and they are doing it away from home…”
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 29, 2017 -
Top 20 Stories Of 2017: No 13 – Kylie Masse, Pioneering Canadian. Nancy Garapick was the last Canadian to own the world 100m backstroke record before 2017. Back to 1974 and we are forced to face the reality of the age: all women’s swimming falls from the page in the context of the GDR’s State Plan 14:25. Fast forward 43 years and we find Kylie Masse taking down a barrier of a different kind – and serving as a buoy to Canadian confidence on the march.
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 21, 2017 -
Fresh from some solid efforts at Britain’s Winter Meet last week, Canadian globe-trotter Taylor Ruck completed her Lausanne Swimming Cup challenge by setting three national short-course, age-group records. Japan had the national team in town, among the most notable efforts a 4:02.99 from Kosuke Hagino in the 400m medley
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 18, 2017 -
The five-day European short-course Championships that ended in Copenhagen yesterday evening provided a fine showcase for the continent’s swimmers at the end of 2017 and a glimpse of battles to come at Europe’s long-course highlight of 2018 in Glasgow come August.
As we mentioned earlier, the Danish meet outstripped the entire 2017 World Cup series when it came to how many performances shuffled the all-time top 10 short-course lists: the continental showcase topped the cup series, strung out over four months and eight rounds, by 28 to 20 impacts. If the likes of Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Sarah Sjostrom, Katinka Hosszu, Adam Peaty, Fabio Scozolli and Kiril Prigoda added to the vault of established order, the championships confirmed that Kliment Kolesnikov intends to deliver on promise. His backstroke double had gold in the gold: as he emerged, he mentioned the world record missed nay a whisker, not the junior record sunk: eyes on the target. Here: some stats and facts on those 28 all-time top 10- rankings – and sums (prize money) to sum up the meet, Stefano Nurra’s race analysis and links to our coverage of the Clash of Copenhagen
December 16, 2017 -
Aimee Willmott added the 200IM title to her long medley gold as she enjoys a fruitful return to competition after a challenging 2017 at the National Winter Championships in Sheffield, all but cementing a second race at the Commonwealth Games in April.
December 16, 2017 -
A sparkling year draws to an end for Sarah Sjostrom this weekend with her last three chances of gold at the European short-course Championships reduced to two on the fourth morning of five in Copenhagen after she withdrew from the 200m freestyle in order to focus on the 100m butterfly. Day 4 heats round-up
December 14, 2017 -
European S/C Championships. Copenhagen Royal Arena, Day 2 Semis and Finals – After comfortable heats in three events, Sweden’s aquatic Mockingjay Sarah Sjostrom came out smiling at the start of a sprint marathon, ahead of her the semis of the 50 ‘fly, then the 100m free 20 minutes later before a 55-minute break leading into the 100m medley semis. Just over half an hour after her third swim of the evening and sixth of the day, the butterfly dash showdown awaited, surely one of the safest golds of the meet? Apparently not, for one can pace oneself a touch too much sometimes, not least of all on butterfly: 25.80 – equal 9th, and out…
December 12, 2017 -
News From Swimming Canada OTTAWA—After representing Canada at the Olympic Games and winning multiple international medals, Chantal Van Landeghem and Dominique Bouchard have decided to hang up their goggles. Van Landeghem and Bouchard were key parts of the national team as Canada built towards the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Winnipeg’s Van Landeghem […]
December 7, 2017 -
Olympic medley great Alex Baumann is heading back to Australia to become the nation’s Chief Strategist, High Performance, from January 31, 2018. The 1984 double Olympic champion over 200 and 400m medley for Canada, has spent a career in professional sports management and leadership in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. What can we expect of Baumann? The source of inspiration and character rests in his swimming days under the guidance of Dr Jeno Tihanyi – we recall a special sporting relationship
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.
September 26, 2017 -
Swimming Canada has nominated a group of 26 athletes who will be focused on contributing to the Canadian medal count when they dive into the pool for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, April 4-15, 2018.
September 10, 2017 -
Selecting the best juniors of the year is fraught with difficulties such as working out which youth aces turned up at world junior championships – and which did no – and working out which world junior records broken actually did constitute the swiftest youth times ever in a FINA measure too short and lazy to have kept a proper record of its own history to work such things out before opting to say ‘we’ll only count from such and such a date because history doesn’t much matter to us and is only official when we say it is’. Whatever measure you take, the candidates for best of the year include Taylor Ruck, Kristof Milak, Kliment Kolsenikov, Li Bingjie, Qin Haiyang and Michael Andrew
September 9, 2017 -
Make a date with your diary: January 11-14, 2018. Every two years in January, a gathering of assorted gurus, swim experts, coaches, elite athletes and folk passionate about progress ion the pool that does not only come down to a time on a stopwatch gather in Lund, Sweden, for the World Aquatic Development Conference hosted by the Swedish Center for Aquatic Research. The upcoming conference will cover competitive and learn-to-swim tracks and consider what we can learn from the programs of Japan, Canada and the NCAA in the USA; and what coach/athlete-support from the realm of science can bring.
August 31, 2017 -
Penny Oleksiak, the Olympic 100m freestyle champion, is returning to her home club for the next step in her career. The 17-year-old from Toronto who followed up a stunning Olympic debut with a mixed bag of results that suggested her post-Rio commitments had disrupted her preparations, will be rejoining the Toronto Swim Club this season, under head coach Bill O’Toole, Swimming Canada has announced.
August 28, 2017 -
Canada flew south for a summer relays mission at World Junior titles in Indianapolis and this evening celebrated its finest outing at world juniors with seven gold medals, Taylor Ruck playing a part in six of those victories to emerge the hauler of the meet after she followed 200m freestyle victory and a title retained in championship-record time with a World Junior Record with medley teammates.
Ruck gathered golds (six – and one silver for seven in all – and four world junior records in that relay count) like a manic gardener of Maple leaves on a blustery day in autumn. The teenager helped Canada to gold in all women’s relays – the 4×100 and 4x200m free in the bag before today in the bag before the medley today – and both mixed relays, the 4x100m free and medley. She also set a world junior record in the semis of the 100m backstroke before claiming silver in the final inside the old mark but just shy of American Regan Smith. There were also championship records for Ruck over 100 as well as 200m freestyle.
August 25, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
World Junior titles for Kristof Milak, of Hungary, Freya Anderson of Britain, doubles from Americans Regan Smith and Andrew Abbruzzo, after adding a second title to their vaults this week, and yet another Canadian relay triumph in global-youth pace-setting time highlighted day 3 in Indianapolis.
August 23, 2017 -
Craig Lord and Liz Byrnes
At every level, Canada’s Project Team is taking hold, this day the turn of Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith and Taylor Ruck to land a Maple masterclass with a World Junior Record 7:51.47 victory over 4x200m freestyle at the global youth championships in Indianapolis. Building teams means having more than four: Mabel Zavaros raced in heats to help get the final foursome to their blocks – courtesy of Swimming Canada
August 9, 2017 -
Here we go: live from the Foro Italico’s magnificent pool, aquatic gladiators at the ready. Day 2 decider. Energy Standard multi-national squad Vs Team USA Vs Team AUS Vs Team ITA. A red-carpet end to the season beyond world titles last month.
August 8, 2017 -
A who’s who of swimmers takes to the blocks at the Foro Italico in Rome this evening for the Energy for Swim. In solo events alone, there are 11 Olympic champions; 15 World champions and more than 30 podium placers at World long-course championships. Serious firepower. They will race in teams, each race carrying 9… […]
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 -
The United States set a new world record of 3:51.55, a second global mark for Lilly King in little over two hours after her victory in record time in the 50m breaststroke.
July 30, 2017 -
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) made it a three-peat as she led from start to finish to retain her 400IM title in a championship record of 4:29.33 as husband and coach Shane Tusup looked about to combust on poolside.
July 28, 2017 -
The busy pen of indelible ink that so often takes the predictable, the forecast and the ‘smart call’ and scores all three offenders through in favour of scribbling a different script continued to fatten the book of swimming in the first final of day 6 here at the Duna Arena. A world record of 51.71 in the bag win day 1, Sarah Sjostrom arrived at her blocks the burning favourite for the crown. She emerged form battle with silver, the gold to Olympic champion Simone Manuel (USA) 52.27 to 52.31. Bronze went to Olympic dash champion Pernille Blume (DEN) in 52.69.