Monthly Archives: September 2014

USA Swimming announces Golden Goggles nominees

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was nominated for a Golden Goggle award as part of the 4×100 medley relay team from the Pan Pacific Championships in August. The race is under the relay performance of the year category. Also on the team were Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Michael Phelps. The foursome finished with a meet record of 3:29.94 to claim the gold.

The complete list is below and here’s the link to vote. You can vote as often as you like until Nov. 14.

Breakout Performer of the Year

Maya DiRado

Katie McLaughlin

Ryan Murphy

Cierra Runge

Kendyl Stewart

Perseverance Award

Open Water Gold Medalists: Haley Anderson & Andrew Gemmell

Kevin Cordes

Missy Franklin

Michael Phelps

Tom Shields

Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman

Dave Durden

Bruce Gemmell

David Marsh

Relay Performance of the Year

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Race of the Year

Cammile Adams – 200m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Maya DiRado – 200m IM, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Jessica Hardy – 100m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 400m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Male Race of the Year

Tyler Clary – 200m Back, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Nic Fink – 200m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Connor Jaeger – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps – 100m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel

Maya DiRado

Missy Franklin

Katie Ledecky

Male Athlete of the Year

Tyler Clary

Connor Jaeger

Michael Phelps

Silverdale’s Sapp, Seattle U participate in SWAA

Arianna Sapp of Silverdale and members of the Seattle University swim team participated in the Swim Across America, an annual event dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.

Sapp, a redshirt sophomore, finished in seventh place in the two-mile race that began at the Mercerwood Shore Club and ended at Luther Burbank Park at Mercer Island. The team members raised $4,460, part of more than $240,000 raised on behalf of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Sapp graduated from Valhalla, California, High School, and previously swam for Olympic Aquatic Club.

BAM coach wins national award

I received this release from the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters regarding head coach April Cheadle:


April Cheadle
April Cheadle

This week Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) head coach April Cheadle will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. This national award is given to a handful of coaches each year who are building masters membership in communities throughout the country.
Since Cheadle became the BAM coach in 2010, membership on the team has doubled ­ primarily because Cheadle’s passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and patience with all levels of swimmers (and) has become (a) local legend.

The Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award was created to honor the namesake coach of the very successful Walnut Creek Masters program, and the spirit and passion he brings to coaching. Five principal areas of excellence are considered: Building the Foundation, Reenergizing, Mentoring a New Club, Coaching Education at the Local Level and Creating Opportunities for Members. Cheadle was awarded for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Reenergizing and Creating Opportunities for Members.

Cheadle grew up in Central Washington and swam at the University of Washington. She is certified as a coach at the United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the
Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014.

BAM is the local United States Masters team. They swim at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center with 13 different swim practices offered each week. To be a Masters swimmer, you must be age 18 or older and registered with United States Masters Swimming. Skill level and ability varies from beginner to national competitor and all are welcome. Get more info at

OAC hires two new coaches

Olympic Aquatic Club hired two new coaches for its senior and age-group teams.

Patrick Hamilton replaces Greg Mercer while Shona Jarboe takes over for Taryn Beard.

Hamilton is a former high school All-American who swam at Interlake High in Bellevue before graduating from Louisiana State University and the University of Washington. Hamilton coached the Pacific Northwest Swimming All-Stars in Las Vegas and was a PNW zone team coach, age-group coach for King Aquatic Club in Seattle, Issaquah Swim Team and the Central Area Aquatic Team head coach.

Jarboe was coaching age-group swimming at Bangor Trident Swim Team before joining OAC.


OAC has open tryouts for all swimmers ages 6-18. For more information, contact


Adrian sweeps Singapore Swim Stars sprints

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian won the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the one-day showdown style meet, the Singapore Swim Stars on Friday.

I don’t have a lot of information, and quite frankly we’re not even sure his time was correct because the scoreboard was faulty. Adrian won the 100 in 48.46 and the 50 with a win in the final over fellow American Josh Schneider, 21.72 to 21.76.

You can read more here. Another link to Zee News of India had a feature on Nathan, which you can read here.

Oh, and Adrian pocketed $20,000 for his wins. Not a bad day right there.

Magnusson out of Swim Stars Showdown due to back injury

A back injury that has been plaguing world champion James Magnusson has now taken him out of the Singapore Swim Stars that begins Friday.

Here’s the announcement from Singapore Swim Stars via and Mel Stewart.

His back has been ailing the Olympic silver medalist enough that he was forced to withdraw from the 50 freestyle at the recently completed Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

It’s safe to say Magnusson’s head-to-head match up with Nathan Adrian was to be a highlight of the one-day meet.