Monthly Archives: August 2009

Adrian Named to U.S. Team for 2010

All of Nathan Adrian’s hard work, not to mention his gold medal as part of the 4×100 free relay at the world championships in July, helped him be named to the U.S. National team for 2010.

It means, Adrian will continue to receive a monthly stipend as part of the ‘A’ team from USA Swimming, which also covers travel expenses for its swimmers. You can see the entire list here.

In other news, world and Olympic champion backstroker Aaron Piersol believes those records that were aided by the full-length swimsuits will fall. And more quickly than people think. 

Piersol said in a story on, that people have a taste of going fast in the water, and want that feeling again and world records will be broken next year.

You can read the full story here.

Also, Dara Torres will have hernia surgery, Natalie Coughlin is on Dancing With The Stars, and Masters swimmers are split on the whole bodysuit debacle.

King Aquatic’s Hutchison to Coach FAST

King Aquatic Club coach Sean Hutchison, the 2009 world championship women’s team coach, is set to coach Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST) elite program in September.

Earlier this week, USA Swimming tabbed two USA Swimming clubs, North Baltimore Aquatic Club and FAST as the second and third clubs to join the Professional and Post-Grad Training Centers. The clubs will profice services for elite swimmers. SwimMAC was the first club given that distinction in 2006.

The USOC will provide financial and other support to the clubs and provide athletes acces to training, travel, educational opportunities and more. North Baltimore, of course, is headed by Bob Bowman who trains Michael Phelps. Also, five-time Olympic coach Jon Urbanchek will also join FAst staff in May.

You can read the full story here.

NFHS Bans High-Tech Suits in Prep Competition


When the decision to ban high-tech swimsuits was handed down by the National Federation of State High School Associations on Tuesday, Central Kitsap swim coach Steve Lehaie couldn’t have been more pleased.

“Thank God! It’s a blessing,” Lehaie said on Wednesday. “I saw some pretty horrendous swims at state that the kids come out of absolutely nowhere (and drop) many seconds in an event. I thought it was pretty bad to allow them.”

The federation’s board of directors agreed with its swimming and diving rules committee to ban the suits for high school competition — effective immediately. Practice begins Aug. 24 for the upcoming girls swim season. Continue reading

World Swimming: Day 7

Here we go with the last individual event for Nathan at the worlds. He’s swimming in the finals of the 50 free. Fred Bousquet, Cesar Cielo, or could it be Nathan! We’ll see in just a moment.

Good start, maybe a fraction slower than the rest of the field, for Nathan. It’s so hard to tell who is ahead in a race like this, but 100 free champion Cesar Cielo pulled it out in the final few meters for the win. Nathan finished in sixth with a time of 21.46. It’s the same time he swam in the semis, which is a personal best.  Cielo won in a championship record time of 21.08 followed by Fredrick Bousquet silver in 21.21 and the bronze went to countryman Amaury Leveraux in 21.49.

I don’t think he can be disappointed. He is so young, and is getting so much exposure to elite competition it will only make him better. I haven’t heard if Nathan’s been named to the 400 medley relay tomorrow, and probably won’t find out until before the start.

ALSO: I just wanted to let you know that I will be on vacation this week. The Blogstroke will continue without me, so don’t worry. I will talk to you next week!