WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 12, 2012
For the first time, every night of the swimming trials will be televised live in prime time on NBC.
The June 25-July 2 U.S. Olympic swim trials at Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. will be part of 67 ½ hours of coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network, marking the most ever for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in ten sports.
Swimming’s qualifying heats and finals will be televised.
“We have arrived,” said Olympic gold medalist swimmer and color commentator Rowdy Gaines.
The U.S. trials for diving and water polo will also be televised in prime time.
“We are thrilled to present a record number of hours of Olympic Trials on NBC and NBC Sports Network,” said Gary Zenkel, President of NBC Olympics. “Our extensive coverage gives fans a head start to follow the U.S. Olympians as they prepare for London 2012.”
CARIFTA Games Under Way
CARIFTA 2012 Swimming, an Olympic and Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships qualifier, got under way Thursday at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Aquatics Complex in Nassau, Bahamas.
Aruba’s Jordy Groters, 15, of Sagemont and Davie Nadadores broke the 1992 15-17 200 breaststroke record in 2:22.68. Metro Aquatics’ Diguan Pigot, 17, of Surinam was fourth in 2:29.77 and ninth in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.20. Zuhayr Pigot, 14, of Surinam won the 13-14 100-meter butterfly in 57.96.
Among other local swimmers competing are Pine Crest’s Tyla Martin, a national age group record holder for Trinidad and Tobago, and Dylan Carter, who has trained at Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Martin is competing with the 13-14 age group swimmers and Carter with the 15-17 age group swimmers.
On opening night, Martin, 14, won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.81 and anchored the third place 400-meter freestyle relay (4:14.21).
Carter, 15, won the 15-17 50-meter backstroke in 26.70 and 100-meter butterfly in 55.79.
Nickelodeon Olympic Preview
Going For The Games, Glory and Gold, Will These Kids Make It? will premier on Sunday, April 15th at 9 p.m. on Nickelodeon. The show will take a look at kids chasing the Olympic dream. The young Olympic hopefuls include former local diver Kassidy Cook. The athletes show they are willing to do whatever it takes. The 30-minute segment will be introduced by Linda Ellerbee, who will follow their training and stories.
Sebastian Coe, head of London’s Organizing Committee for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, predicted that China will win the most Olympic medals. Coe, a two-time Olympic track champion, told Associated Press it will be China, United States and Russia as the top three countries in the medal tally. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the U.S. won 110 medals, ten more than China. China won the most gold medals with 51 followed by the U.S. with 36. “They are talking about these Games in a way I have never heard athletes talk about Games in the past,” Coe said. “I think by the very nature of those conversations we’re going to see athletes participating at an extraordinarily high level.”
Matt Kredich was named head coach of a combined Tennessee swimming and diving program. Kredich, the 2012 SEC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, has coached the women’s team for the past seven seasons. He will now coach the men’s team. Tennessee will consolidate its men’s and women’s teams into one program, making the Volunteers the eighth program in the SEC to feature a combined program in the sport. The men’s program has been led by interim coach Lars Jorgensen who took over for John Trembley who was released from his contract….Florida Gulf Coast women’s swimming and diving coach Neal Studd told the Naples News that he is happy at the school despite being named the top candidate for the vacant Alabama job. FGCU has coached his women’s team to four Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association titles in the last five years. “I’ve got a great recruiting class coming in and I’m happy with everything else going on here,” Studd said. “I love it down here and really don’t want to leave but it doesn’t do any harm to talk, I guess.” The former Florida Atlantic coach is also being mentioned for the Texas women’s job. Studd is in the final year of his current contract.
Tweet of the Day
“It’s one of those ironic lessons of breaststroke, like a Zen riddle: Sometimes, the harder you push, the slower you go…the biggest struggle is with an internal fire to be the best, and to prove something to yourself, before it’s too late.”—U.S. Olympic hopeful Jessica Hardy
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