April 6, 2018 -
England’s Max Litchfield – recovering from injury – and his 4:09 best left a big hole in the long medley but the race that remained produced a thriller for the home crowd, Clyde Lewis the new champion in 4:13.12, Scotland’s Mark Szaranek on 4:13.72 for silver and New Zealand taking its first medal of the meet, courtesy of Lewis Clareburt and a 4:14.42 effort
March 15, 2018 -
Leaders of the Athletes’ Committee of FINA are at loggerheads with the international federation’s technical swimming committee and ruling Bureau over the stance of bosses who declared that facilities rules governing the dimensions of pools and athlete safety do not apply when a world record is set.
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 22, 2018 -
The SwimVortex Safe Sport Series: After questions to coaches, American organisations and athletes representing athletes, we pose questions to the FINA leadership on just three issues that speak clearly to athlete health, welfare and safety
February 22, 2018 -
A knee injury has forced Gabrielle Fa’amausili to withdraw from competing in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, Swimming New Zealand announced today
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 11, 2017 -
The mostly keenly awaited of keenest clashes at the European Short-Course Championships in Copenhagen from Wednesday for five days will involve some of the biggest names in world swimming these past few seasons: Olympic champions Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Sarah Sjostrom, Katinka Hosszu and Federica Pellegrini. Mireia Belmonte was also set to be in town but has decided to bypass the meet. Belmonte’s coach Fred Vergnoux explains why
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.
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 -
Jerry Olszewski is believed to have resigned from his role as Swimming New Zealand head coach after just one, turbulent, year, SwimVortex understands. If confirmed, the American’s departure would make it seven lead mentors in seven years to have come and gone.
August 10, 2017 -
New Zealand Swimming has been forced by national laws to comply with FINA rules it ignored when it submitted a 1500m freestyle short-course swim for world-record ratification back in 2014. At the time, the domestic federation, backed by FINA’s leadership, suggested that “Facilities Rules” designed to preserve the health and welfare of athletes were irrelevant were merely ‘guidelines’ not rules. That was untrue then and remains so.
July 31, 2017 -
New Zealand’s five-time World Championship medallist and Commonwealth Games Champion Lauren Boyle has announced her retirement from swimming. She leaves the sport as a one of New Zealand’s all-time best. Boyle won two silver medals at the 2015 World Championships, is a Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and a three-time Olympian. Boyle bids farewell… […]
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 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…
June 21, 2017 -
Roll-up, roll-up. The Pro-Swim Classic is born. Some have dubbed it Swimbledon: swimming’s attempt to create a race-for-wages series that doesn’t clash with the sport’s premium showcases at the Olympic Games and World Championships and hands swimmers control of their own destinies at the start of a new professional era in the pool. The following is an editorial and fictional account of where swimmers might dream about swimming to
June 12, 2017 -
The swimming community far and wide across the world is in mourning today as the news ripples out that coach Clive Rushton passed away overnight. A coach, educator and mentor in Great Britain, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, an Olympic swimmer for Britain at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Clive was 69. He had been battling cancer since a tumour was discovered in his neck last Christmas. He died at home in Bali, Indonesia, where he lived with his wife Martini. Clive was once asked to describe himself. He replied: “Swimming Coach. That’s it really. What else is there?” Campaigner for doing the right thing, one might well add, considering the work that ran alongside his pursuit of knowledge of how the human can move most efficiently through water
June 1, 2017 -
New Zealand ace Lauren Boyle is out of the World Championships after having had surgery on a hip that caused her problems in the build-up to Olympic year. Boyle was operated on last month and now faces recovery and rehabilitation before she can return to training. She has set her sights on the defence of her Commonwealth 400m freestyle title in 2018.
April 7, 2017 -
Swimming New Zealand has announced a team of 12 for the World Championships in Budapest this July. The squad includes eight who made the cut for solo events during at the New Zealand Open Championships that came to a close at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre this week. Lauren Boyle, the 2013 and 2015 world-titles medallist on distance freestyle was selected for the team based on her times from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at a time when she is recovering from injury.