Category Archives: World Championships

Croatia and World Championship schedule

Judging by the photos posted on Instagram and Facebook by the U.S. National team members, they are loving their stay in Opatia, Croatia for the overseas training camp before the pool competition of the World Championships begin Sunday.

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian posted this picture Monday on his Facebook page of the swimming venue. Not a bad place to train I sup11813257_1069781363052908_5253569831081195579_npose…

Also, here’s a link to the TV schedule for the championships, which will be on both Universal Sports (live and NBC (taped, of course).

All times listed on the link are Eastern times, but for us in Kitsap (and the West-best Coast) the live broadcast Monday-Friday starts at 7:30 a.m. and the taped portion is Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.



Playing catch up on the blog with this and that

I’ve been a bit busy covering high school sports this week as we head to the playoffs, but I wanted to take a moment to post some links on the Arena Pro Swim in Charlotte last weekend.

Coming off his third-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100 free in 48.85 seconds.

“That’s a good starting point,” the 2012 Olympic champion said. “I came here trying to shake a little rust loose, and I think I did a solid job of it. Anytime you dip under 49, you can’t be displeased with it.”

It looks like Nathan’s next meet will be at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara June 18-21.

Now on to the national scene.

Associated Press columnist Paul Newberry (one of my favorites) wrote this story on USA Swimming and Michael Phelps. In other words, let Phelps swim at Worlds. They won’t regret it…

Column: Phelps should be at world championships this summer
PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When the world’s top swimmers head to Russia this summer for the biggest meet outside the Olympics, one important name will be missing from the U.S. team.

Michael Phelps has been relegated to a backup meet in Texas.

“Is it frustrating? Of course,” Phelps said Friday night after swimming at the Arena Pro Series meet.

He brought this on himself, of course. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history received a six-month suspension following his drunken-driving arrest last September, an appropriate punishment given it was Phelps’ second DUI and he could’ve killed someone with his reckless actions.

USA Swimming tacked on an additional punishment, barring him from the FINA world championships in Kazan, the most important competition leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

That’s where the governing body went too far.

It’s not too late to change course, but USA Swimming has given no indication it will grant Phelps a reprieve, even though he owned up to his actions, went through a treatment program and has, from all indications, maintained his sobriety since the arrest.

So, he’ll settle for San Antonio in early August, competing at the U.S. national championships against swimmers who didn’t qualify for worlds.

“He’d love to have one more world championships,” said his coach, Bob Bowman. “I think that’s hurt him a little bit, hurt his motivation a little bit.”

FINA wants Phelps in Kazan so bad it would be willing to bend the rule book to get him there.

Executive director Cornel Marculescu, who essentially runs the organization as a one-man fiefdom, went so far as to say he would create an extra spot for Phelps, so the U.S. wouldn’t have to kick another swimmer off its team to make room for him.

“It’s important for us to have Phelps there in any way because he’s our pope,” Marculescu told The Associated Press on Friday, while traveling to Kazan for meetings with local organizers.

But he said USA Swimming is sticking to its guns, refusing to scale back the sanctions against Phelps.

“We contacted them,” Marculescu said. “There has been correspondence but no feedback. We told them it’s very important to have Michael Phelps. But they have their own rules.”

Chuck Wielgus, the executive director of USA Swimming, has acknowledged holding some preliminary discussions with Phelps’ representatives about allowing him to compete at worlds.

But those discussions apparently fizzled, and both Bowman and officials from USA Swimming say they’ve passed the point of no return.

“I can tell you we’re going to San Antonio, and that’s where he’s going to swim,” Bowman said. “And that’s it.”

It doesn’t have to be. It’s not too late to make this right.

According to FINA rules, there’s a June 15 deadline for each country to submit its entry list — still a full month away. There’s another potential stumbling block — a preliminary deadline of March 2, in which countries submitted the total number of swimmers they would take to Russia — but Marculescu could waive that rule with the stroke of a pen.

“I’m pretty Cornel would let me swim for any country I wanted to,” Phelps said, chuckling loudly. “But I’m going to respect the decision that was made.”

Jessica Hardy, who missed the 2008 Olympics while serving a one-year suspension for a doping violation, said USA Swimming is sending an important message by sticking to its original penalties: No one is bigger than the sport.

Not even Phelps.

“Consistency is important,” she told the AP. “Having gone through a suspension myself, I think it’s important to be fair across the board.”

For those who only pay attention to swimming at the Olympics, Phelps has turned in some of his greatest performances at the world championships.

€” In 2003 at Barcelona, Phelps set world records in two different events about an hour apart.

€” In 2007 at Melbourne, Australia, he matched Mark Spitz’s performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics by winning seven gold medals, a tantalizing preview of the record eight golds he would claim a year later at the Beijing Olympics.

€” In 2009 at Rome, during the height of the rubberized suit era, rival Milorad Cavic taunted Phelps for sticking with a supposedly inferior model, only to be edged at the wall in an epic 100-meter butterfly that set off perhaps the most raucous celebration of Phelps’ career.

While Phelps is best known for the 18 golds and 22 medals overall that he’s won at the Olympics, his world championship haul is even greater: 26 golds, six silvers and one bronze.

“As a fan, I’d love to see him try it again,” Bowman said. “But that’s just not in the cards.”

While we admire Wielgus for taking a tough stand against DUI, and we’re not in any way justifying Phelps’ conduct that September night, the initial six-month suspension was sufficient.

Now, it’s time for common sense to prevail.

The world’s best swimmers will be in Russia this summer.

The greatest of them all should be there, too.

AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf in Rome contributed to this report.

Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at or on Twitter at

Also, if you weren’t aware, Bob Bowman is leaving NBAC to coach in the Pac-12, which is great news for the conference and I hope will somehow have a trickle down effect as universities add swimming programs (ahem, Washington?).

Of course, that also meant that Phelps will continue to train with Bowman and will make the move to Tempe, Arizona. You can read more about that here.

Adrian officially named to USA Swimming roster

I’m a little late on posting this, but Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was officially named to the USA Swimming roster for the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The championships are scheduled for Aug. 2-9 in Kazan, Russia.

Adrian swims in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

You can check out the complete roster here.


Counsilman Center says findings shows bias in pool lanes in Barcelona

According to a study by the Counsilman Center in Indiana, there may have been a current in the pool that could have affected the outcome of the recent FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Here’s an excerpt from the study:

“There are eight events at FINA World Championship competitions that are 50 meters in length: Men’s and Women’s 50-meter Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle. These events are different from the other events at the competition in that they consist of a single length of the competition pool. Because of this, the swimmers begin the 50-meter races at the opposite end of the pool from where they finish. Since the swimmers only perform one length of the pool, the presence of a current in the pool could have a major impact on the event results.”

Interesting considering Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian finished fourth in the 50 free.

Here’s the link to the full story from



USA DQ’d in 400 medley relay after claiming gold

USA’s 400 medley relay was disqualified after winning the gold medal at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian anchored the relay in the freestyle, going 46.69 on his split. Matt Grevers gave the Americans the lead in the backstroke, and newcomer Kevin Cordes swam the breaststroke. It was Cordes, however, who left early off the exchange and raised the red flag by the judges. Lochte kept the U.S. in the lead and Adrian blew away the rest of the field on the finishing leg.

France won the gold in 3:31.51, followed by Russia in 3:31.64 and Japan in 3:32.26.

The U.S.’s time was 3:30.06.

Nathan Adrian denied medal in 50 free at worlds

Nathan Adrian finished just off the medal stand with a fourth-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle at the FINA World Swimming Championships Saturday.

Adrian clocked a time of 21.60 seconds, off his personal best of 21.47 from earlier this year.

Brazil’s Cesar Cielo won the sprint free in 21.32 to claim his third world championship in the event. Russia’s Vlad Morozov earned the silver (21.47) and George Bovell of Trinidad was a surprise third (21.51).

Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France placed fifth (21.64) and American Anthony Ervin (21.65), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (21.85) and Fred Bousquet of France (21.93) rounded out the top eight.

Nathan will have one more chance to win a gold medal at the meet, in Sunday’s 400 medley relay.

Video: Press conference from 100 free final at worlds

Here’s the medalists video press conference, via, from the 100 free final at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.

He does confirm that he will be swimming at the Pan Pacific Games next year, Aug. 21-25, in Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia. The Pan Pacs features the USA, Canada, Japan and the EnergyAustralia Swim Team.

Oh and by the way, I like how Nathan fools around with the Nikon camera on the press table at the beginning of the video.

Also, here’s the semifinals of the 50 free in case you missed it earlier.

Nathan Adrian qualifies for 50 free finals

Nathan Adrian will swim in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle after posting the third fastest qualifying time from Friday’s semifinals at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Adrian, the defending Olympic champion in the 100 free from Bremerton, tied with Brazil’s Cesar Cielo for fist in their heat in 21.60 seconds. Cal teammate and 2000 Olympic champion Anthony Ervin narrowly missed the American record in 21.42 to qualify second. The AR is 21.40 by Cullen Jones at the 2009 worlds. Defending Olympic champion and top seed Florent Manaudou finished with a time of 21.37.

The remaining qualifiers include France’s Fred Bousquet (21.62), Vlad Morozov (21.63), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (21.67) and Trinidad’s George Bovell (21.74).

Australia’s James Magnussen, the world champion in the 100 free, did not qualify for the 50 finals, touching the wall in 21.79 in ninth.


Bronze for Nathan Adrian in 100 free at worlds

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian earned a medal Thursday in the 100-meter freestyle at the FINA World Swimming Championships as Team USA put two more swimmers on the medal podium in Barcelona.

Adrian, the Olympic champion from Bremerton, earned a bronze in 47.84 seconds as teammate Jimmy Feigen grabbed the silver in 47.82. James Magnussen of Australia won the gold in 47.71.

It’s the first loss for Nathan in the 100 free in two years. He finished sixth in the 2011 world championships in China.

Nathan will swim again in the prelims of the 50 free at 1 a.m. (local time). The semifinals are at 9 a.m. Friday.

A live stream of the prelims can be found here.

Recap of Wednesday’s action at World Championships

If you haven’t read the story on Nathan Adrian and the rest of the 100 free finals field, check it out here.

Here’s a recap from USA Swimming on day four of the world championships in Barcelona.

BARCELONA Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) won her third gold medal of the meet Wednesday at the 15th FINA World Championships, finishing atop the field in the women’s 200m freestyle in 1:54.81.

Michael McBroom (The Woodlands, Texas) also brought home hardware for the U.S., winning silver and setting an American record in the men’s 800m freestyle in 7:41.36.

Halfway through the competition at Palau Sant Jordi, the Americans’ medal count for pool and open water swimming stands at 16 – seven gold, five silver and four bronze. They lead all teams in both gold medals and total medal count.

In the women’s 200m free, Franklin and France’s Camille Muffat jumped out to a quick lead, with Muffat holding a slight lead over Franklin at the first turn. Franklin took the lead at the 100-meter mark and looked poised to walk away with the race as the field approached the final wall.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini made a move in the final 50 meters, but Franklin was able to hold her off down the homestretch for gold. Pellegrini took silver in 1:55.14, while Muffat won bronze in 1:55.72. American Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kan.) finished seventh in 1:57.41.

“I knew (Pellegrini) was going to have a really strong second 100, so I tried to take it out with Muffat and stay ahead of Pellegrini in the second 100,” Franklin said. “I’m really, really happy with my swim there. You kind of use each swim to motivate the next one. That’s a best time for me. I told myself if I go a 1:54, I would be the happiest girl alive, so I’m happy with the 1:54, and it happened to be a gold medal, too, which I’m thrilled about.”

Franklin also won gold in the 400m free relay on the first night of competition and the 100m back Tuesday.

In the men’s 800m free, China’s Sun Yang held a half-second lead on the rest of the field for much of the race, with three or four swimmers sticking to his side the whole way, including McBroom, teammate Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) and Canadian Ryan Cochrane.

At the 600-meter mark, McBroom moved into second position and held off Jaeger and Cochrane over the final 200 meters for silver. Sun won in 7:41.36, followed by McBroom for silver. Cochrane took bronze in 7:43.70, while Jaeger was fourth in 7:44.26.

McBroom was competing in his first World Championship final and became the first American since Larsen Jensen in 2005 to win a medal in this event. The U.S. has never won gold in the 800m free.

“I was just trying to get out there and race, and see what I could do,” McBroom said. “Luckily it worked well for me, and I put down the race I thought I could.”

In the men’s 200m fly final, Tom Luchsinger (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) placed fifth in 1:55.70, and Olympian Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) finished seventh in 1:56.34. Winning gold was Chad Le Clos of South Africa in 1:54.32. Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland was second in 1:55.01, followed by Wu Peng of China in 1:55.09.

In semifinal action Wednesday, Olympians Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas) qualified one-two for tomorrow’s finals with times of 47.95 and 48.07, respectively.

In the men’s 200m IM, Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) posted the top semifinal time of 1:57.07 to advance to tomorrow’s final. Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) finished 10th in 1:58.56.

Rachel Bootsma (Eden Prairie, Minn.) qualified sixth in the semifinals of the women’s 50m back with a time of 27.93, while Cammile Adams (Cypress, Texas) posted the second-fastest semifinal mark in the women’s 200m fly in 2:06.75. Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished 12th in the 200m fly in 2:08.28.