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 18, 2017 -
Mzansi’s swim stars continued to shine bright on the third day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships with another nine Commonwealth Games Qualifying times posted at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre tonight.
December 16, 2017 -
South Africa’s top swimming talent celebrated the Day of Reconciliation in true Mzansi style with a total of four Commonwealth Games Qualification times during the opening day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre tonight. Qualifiers on day 1: Calvyn Justus – 100m backstroke (55.57); Ayrton Sweeney – 200m breaststroke (2:11.64); Erin Gallagher – 100m butterfly (58.93); Brent Szurdoki – 400m freestyle (3:53.24)
December 14, 2017 -
Danas Rapsys started the day outside the top 30 all-time over 200m freestyle in the short-course pool but by the time he emerged with gold around his neck after a dominant 1:40.85sec victory, he stood at 6th behind Biedermann in shiny, Olympic champion Agnel, Izotov and Hayden in shiny and McEvoy. There were also golds for Russia’s Kirill Prigoda in the 200m breaststroke and Hungarians Peter Bernek and Katinka Hosszu, respectively in the 400m medley and 100m backstroke, as well as an Italian 1-2 in the 100 ‘fly from Matteo Rivolta and Piero Codia. In the rush of showdowns, a 49.25 World Junior Record in the 100m backstroke semis from Kliment Kolesnikov, of Russia and Energy Standard, suited the fast-tick mood music. Plus: race analysis of finals from Stefano Nurra of SwimLab
December 12, 2017 -
Olympians Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will lead Mzansi’s aquatic stars at South Africa’s Commonwealth Games trials and nationals at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, from December 16-22.
December 8, 2017 -
How scientific advances could unlock pioneering performance in the pool in the years ahead. Cameron van der Burgh, the London 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion from South Africa, has “developed an uncanny ability to listen to his body” during his years of preparation as a world-class swimmer but he has scope for improvement yet, genetic test results have revealed. Find out how Van der Burgh’s genetic make-up impacts his athletic ability, what the swimmer scored well on, what diet tests said was best for him – and what he must watch for if he wants to unlock the best of his potential.
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 15, 2017 -
Nothing like being pipped by Ranomi Kromowidjojo to provide the nudge for a world-cup record from Sarah Sjostrom, the sharp edge of competition on the global short-course tour there to show the sport what life might be like if the blazers both knew and cared about the ingredients required for entertaining world-class sport. Today, the surface speed stretched to two world junior records for Japan’s Rikako Ikee and a world-cup mark for national teammate Daiya Seto.
November 14, 2017 -
Sarah Sjostrom and Daiya Seto stole the limelight on the first day of the penultimate round of the series in Tokyo, the home crowd treated to a world junior record from Rikako Ikee.
November 11, 2017 -
There was no getting down to that 50.25 world record Cate Campbell set at Australian nationals last month nor even a sub-51 in sight but the racing lost nothing for all that in the women’s 100m freestyle. Campbell was at the half-way mark in 24.72, Sarah Sjostrom, of Sweden, just 0.03sec away, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, of the Netherlands, on 25.17. On the way home there was just 0.01sec between the pace of Campbell and Kromowidjojo on their way to respective efforts of 51.45 and 51.91 but Sjostrom’s 25.50 return gave her the edge, the clock stopped in 51.25. Sjostrom also claimed the 100 ‘fly – in a dominant 55. There were world junior marks from Wang of China and Andrew of USA; and Vlad Morozon produced the swim of the meet when he fell 0.06sec shy of his own world record in the 100IM.
November 10, 2017 -
Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos extended their winning ways at the helm of women and men on World Cup tour with more strong performance as the troubled, long-drawn-out and poorly attended series limped towards its conclusion in Asia.
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
October 5, 2017 -
World Cup leaders Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos continued along a trajectory to triumph on tour as the series reached Doha over the past couple of days.
October 1, 2017 -
News Round-Up: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) consolidate their positions at the helm of the World Cup series as the tour limps along; European Swimming League raises the prize money for the Euro S/C Champs in Copenhagen in December ; and Frédéric Vergnoux, coach to Mireia Belmonte, the Olympic and World 200m butterfly champion, and Luisa Domínguez Lago have been chosen by their peers as Spain’s top coaches in 2017
September 27, 2017 -
In a move that will be widely seen as anything between panic to another piecemeal response to pressure for change in the slow-reactive world of FINA, the international federation has upped prize money for the remainder of a World Cup series that is being largely ignored by the bulk of the world’s top-ranked swimmers.
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 -
Energy for Swim – USA vs AUS vs ITA vs Energy Standard – Champions For Charity will get underway at 9pm. SwimVortex will bring you live coverage as events unfold here at the Foro Italico pool in Rome. Relays take on a twist as Energy Standard puts together impressive multi-national line-ups
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 26, 2017 -
The cheer was the loudest of the week. In lane 5, Laszlo Cseh (HUN). Sling a rope round the girders, hold the rafters down. The defending champion, a popular chap at home (and if you ever have the pleasure to meet him, you’ll understand why) and among peers sauntered out to get his kit off, get his goggles on and stand in the space between Chad Le Clos (RSA) and the man still missing. Lane 4, Daiya Seto, of Japan. Cue theme to Gladiator.
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 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 19, 2017 -
It was little more than a fortnight after the swimming concluded at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when the Berlin leg of the World Cup got under way. For some it was a chance to continue in the magic of dreams realised, the lights still bright and the fanfare deafeningly loud. For others, however, Berlin came after dreams had been dashed, four years of hard work and gut-bursting toil culminating instead in a deafening silence, a disappointment so acute to be suffocating – among them Chad le Clos and James Guy.
July 10, 2017 -
The world of elite sport is relentless, one in which few mere mortals can survive let alone thrive, the glare of the spotlight at times unforgiving. For those who experience the highest of highs, there are countless more who have to absorb the lowest of lows. In a quest for success some choose to take the darker path, to turn to artificial assistance, the pool awash with the broken hearts and dreams of those clean athletes in their slipstream, hard work and lifelong commitment left trailing in the cheats’ wake. It is a damning, destructive path taken to be ‘the best’ but one that International Swimming Club Energy Standard stands unequivocally and vocally against, anti-doping protocol central to the contracts of those who join the squad.
July 6, 2017 -
Calls for swimming to ‘go-pro’ are on the wind, change and improvement the theme, but such things are not only confined to representation of coaches and swimmers in the decision-making process of their sport. New model armies are on the move in the pool. SwimVortex caught up with coach James Gibson to find out a little bit more about a work in progress called the Energy Standard Swimming Club
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