AQUATIC NOTEBOOK: Atkinson Among World Cup Field Racing For Prize Money; Florida Gators Open In South Florida; Poppell, Nesty Make College Head Coaching Debuts


By Sharon Robb

September 27, 2018—After missing the opening cluster, SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will join the 2018 FINA World Cup Series for its second cluster Friday through Sunday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Both the men’s and women’s fields are larger than the small turnout in Kazan and Doha. The field features 185 swimmers from around the world.

Other swimmers expected to compete are Brazil’s Felipe Lima and Eteine Medeiros, Americans Michael Andrew, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Molly Hannis, Melanie Margalis and Kathleen Baker, Mitch Larkin, Mack Horton and Emily Seebohm of Australia, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, Yulia Efimova of Russia, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, Japan’s Daiya Seto and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.

Twelve events will be raced on each of the three days in Eindhoven.

Atkinson will be joined by women’s series leader Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden and men’s leader Anton Chupkov of Russia. Sjostrum earned the maximum points and earned the $50,000 Cluster One bonus after the first two stops of the short course meters series.

COLLEGE SWIMMING

After intrasquad and alumni meets the past two weeks, the college dual meet season opens Thursday through Saturday across the nation including South Florida.

University of Florida men’s and women’s teams open their season Thursday at Florida Atlantic in the first meet of the season. The Gators women’s team head further south on Friday to swim University of Miami. The Gators then head to Florida Gulf Coast also on Saturday.

The women’s team begins its first season under head coach Jeff Poppell, former Gulliver Prep head coach and aquatics director. Poppell has been at Florida since 2016 serving as an associate head coach.

The Gators women’s team returns 27 letter winners including All-Americans Sherridon Dressel and Brooke Madden. The Gator men feature 14 freshmen. Anthony Nesty makes his debut as first-year head men’s coach. Nesty has spent the last 20 seasons with the Gators.

Florida International University women’s team heads to University of Miami on Saturday. Florida State is holding an intrasquad meet on Saturday in Tallahassee. Florida Atlantic will host Gardner-Webb and North Florida on Saturday.

WEDDING BELLS

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 23, is engaged to fellow swimmer Hayes Johnson. Johnson proposed at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Georgia. Johnson swam at University of Texas and was a member of the 2010 NCAA champion team. “Thank you for making this the easiest answer to any question I’ve ever been asked,” Franklin posted on Instagram.

MISCELLANEOUS

South African Olympic medalist Cameron van der Burgh has relocated to London to train for his fifth FINA World Short Course Championship in Hangzhou, China, Dec. 11-16. Burgh said after 30 years in South Africa it was time to start a new journey. He will continue to compete internationally for South Africa…

American Heritage Plantation alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the Hummingbird Silver Award from the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago at this year’s Republic Day National Awards Function. Carter was honored for bringing national attention to the tiny island and for putting aquatics at the forefront. Carter was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games and won three gold medals at CAC. He is the first and only swimmer to medal at both the Youth Olympic Games and FINA World Junior Swimming Championships…

The 2020 Olympic Trials date were officially set for June 21-28. The Trials will be hosted by Omaha, Nebraska for the fourth time. The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo five weeks after the Trials. The Trials cuts were announced by USA Swimming during Thursday’s U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville and they are all faster than the 2016 cuts. The men’s 800 and women’s 1500 freestyle events will make their debut at the 2020 Trials. The 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in late November will be the first meet where swimmers can get their Trials cuts.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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Open Water Swimming Takes Spotlight At 17th FINA World Championships; French Sweep In First Two Races


By Sharon Robb

Budapest, Hungary, July 16, 2017—Despite choppy waters in Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, Olympic bronze medalist Marc-Antoine Olivier of France won the men’s five kilometer open water swimming race to take center stage at the 17th FINA World Championships.

Olivier won in 54:31.40, just .7 seconds ahead of Italy’s Mario Sanzullo (54:32.10).

It was a European sweep with Great Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth taking the bronze medal, (54:42.10), 10.7 seconds behind the winning time.

“My goal was to win the gold medal after finishing third in last year’s Olympics in Rio,” Olivier said. “The first 3,000 meters weren’t perfect, but I changed tactics and managed to finish first.”

It was the first world championship medal for all three swimmers.

Top American finisher was David Heron placing tenth in 54:48.20, 16.80 minutes out of first. U.S. teammate Andrew Gemmell, among early leaders, faded to 17th in 54:59.30, 27.90 minutes out of first.

A field of 62 swimmers competed in the first of seven open water events. The women’s 5K is July 19th.

In the women’s 10K event, Frenchwoman and defending champion Aurelie Muller won the gold medal in 2:00:13.70, 3.30 ahead of Ecuador’s Samantha Arevalo in 2:00:17.00.

There was a tie for the bronze medal in 2:00:17.20 between Italy’s Arianna Bridi and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, who has trained and competed in South Florida in past years.

Top American finisher was Haley Anderson placing sixth in 2:00:25.90, 12.20 out of first. Teammate Ashley Twichell was tenth in 2:00.41.30, 27.60 off first.

FLORIDA GOLD COAST NEWS

St. Andrew’s Swimming aquatics director and head coach Sid Cassidy was honored by FINA for his contribution in open water swimming. Cassidy received the Gold Pin from FINA for his work in international open water swimming.

WATER POLO

Four-time champion U.S. women’s team opened worlds with a 24-2 rout of South Africa. Jamie Neushul scored a game-high six goals. Italy defeated Canada, 10-4, China beat Brazil, 11-4, and Spain topped New Zealand, 10-2.

DIVING

Four University of Miami divers are competing at the FINA World Championships.

Redshirt sophomore David Dinsmore, alum and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sam Dorman and senior Briadam Herrera are representing the U.S. Junior diver Marcela Maric is competing for her native Croatia.

Longtime USA Diving and UM coach Randy Ableman is coaching the divers.

On Saturday, Olympic silver medalists Michael Hixon and Dorman placed sixth in the 3-meter synchro event with 409.05 points. In prelims, they qualified third with 410.10. On Sunday, Hixon finished fifth in the 1-meter springboard finals with 439.15. China’s Peng Jianfeng won gold with 448.40. Aussie Maddison Keeney won the women’s 1-meter title and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov won the men’s 3-meter synchro title.

Former local diver Kassidy Cook, a 2016 Olympian, was scheduled to compete in 3-meter synchro but withdrew from worlds because of a shoulder injury.

Chinese teenagers Ren Qian and Lian Junjie won the gold medal in the mixed 10-meter platform. The pair of 16-year-olds won with 352.98 in the first final of the worlds. Ren is the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 10-meter platform event.

China also won the women’s 10-meter platform synchro with Ren and Si Yajie with 352.56 points.

SYNCHRO SWIMMING

Russia’s Svetlana Kolesnichenko, 23, won the first gold medal of the World Championships synchronized swimming competition. She finished the solo competition with 95.2035 points performing to the theme Solveig song. She made history by winning Russia’s 50th medal in the sport’s history at worlds.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Ryan Capote Fifth In Swim Miami 2015


By Sharon Robb

April 21, 2015—Ryan Capote of South Florida Aquatic Club finished fifth among the men’s field and won his age group in Sunday’s Swim Miami 2015, presented by Nike at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island.

Capote, 17, of Miami and junior at Pembroke Pines Charter, finished in 20:36 and was eighth overall among a field of 391.

Miguel Alberto Portes Matias of the Dominican Republic national open water team won the men’s 10K title. Portes, 22, of Santo Domingo won the 10K in 1 hour, 55 minutes and 32 seconds for the 6.2-mile distance.

Portes started swimming at age 3 to improve his chronic asthma and has been swimming ever since.

Christian Marsden, 26, of Bay Shore was second in 1:56.93 and Miami’s Luke Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks was third in 2:03:10.

Catalina Galea Berraud, 18, of Swim Fort Lauderdale won the women’s 10K title in 2:02:53 and was third overall. Mary Smutny, 14, of AquaKids Sharks was second in 2:13:45 and Alex Costantino of Wahoos of Wellington was third in 2:18.05.

Metro Aquatics swept the top three places in the men’s 5K swim. Joseph Perez, 16, won in 58:30 followed by Alex Arrieta, 17, in 58:49 and Adrian Aguilar, 14, in 58.49. Nick Carter, 25, of Gulliver Swim Club was fourth in 59.04. Former Alabama All-American Ricardo Valdivia, 50, of Miami was fifth in 59.40.

In the women’s 5K, Alexa Rivera, 16, of Boynton Beach won in 1:02.05. Nicole Urquidi, 17, of Miami and Gulliver Swim Club was second in 1:03:16 and Emma Quintanilla, 18, of Miami was third in 1:03:25.

Brazilian Renato Donha, 33, won the men’s mile in 19:09.25. Gulliver Swim Club swept the next three places. Jonathan Rodriguez, 13, of Miami was second in 19:25. Alicia Mancilla, 15, of Miami won the women’s title in 19:59 and was third overall and Pablo Luchau, 15, was fourth in 20:05. Maricielo Otero, 43, of Miami Beach was second among women in 20:11 and Kelly Fertel, 17, also of Gulliver, was third in 20:33.

In the 800-meter race, Ricardo Monasterio, 36, a four-time Venezuelan Olympian from Miami and Swim Gym Aquatics won in 11:36. Kimberly Nordheim, 47, of Boca Raton won the women’s division in 12:06.

The course was similar to the 2012 London Olympics open water course. The 800-meter course was out-and-back at the Miami Yacht Club beach. The mile was one lap around a semi-rectangular course. The 5K was three laps and 10K was six laps.

Swim Miami is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Proceeds benefitted the H20s Foundation (Helping Others Swim).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Florida Gators Off To Good Start At NCAA Men’s Championships

Florida Gators Off To Good Start At NCAA Men’s Championships


By Sharon Robb

March 27, 2014

In an electrifying atmosphere, University of California-Berkeley won the final event of the night to trail Texas by one point on the opening night of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

The 400-yard medley relay, with a blistering backstroke split of 44.91 from Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, won by a two-body length lead for a pool record 3:02.66. Other relay members were Chuck Katis, Marcin Tarcynski and Seth Stubblefield.

Murphy’s opening split was a national 17-18 age group record for the 18-year-old.

The previous pool record of 3:02.94 was held by Olympians Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Neil Walker.

As expected, it looks like a four-team battle for the national title between Texas with 146 points, Cal-Berkeley with 145, Florida with 137 and Michigan with 109 at the Lee and Joe Jamil Swimming Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

Florida State is 12th with 38 points and University of Miami is 20th with 12 points.

The Gators had plenty of star power on Thursday night.

Florida senior Marcin Cieslak won the 200-yard individual medley in a career-best time of 1:40.58, third fastest performer in history and fourth fastest of all-time. Cieslak broke Ryan Lochte’s pool record of 1:40.97.

Murphy, a freshman at California, was eighth in the 200 IM 1:43.91 after going 1:42.24 in prelims. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Jason Coombs, a freshman at Florida State, was 40th in 1:46.09.

Gator teammate Brad deBorde, seeded first after morning prelims, was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 18.98, the last swimmer under 19 seconds in finals.

Florida junior Dan Wallace was second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:11.62. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Carlos Omana, a junior at Florida, was 37th in 4:20.58.

Florida’s 200-yard freestyle relay was fifth in 1:16.98 with Brad deBorde, Sebastien Rousseau, Corey Main and Matt Curby.

In other championship races:

Southern Cal junior Cristian Quintero won the 500-yard freestyle in a pool record 4:10.02. Quintero took it out fast and led from wire-to-wire. Defending champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan was third in 4:12.67.

Alabama freshman Kristian Gkolomeev and Arizona junior Brad Tandy tied for the NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle in 18.95. Florida Gold Coast swimmer Paul Murray, a senior at Florida State, was seventh in 19.14 after going 19.08 in prelims. Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, a freshman at Southern Cal, was 42nd in 19.93.

Top-seed California opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:15.27, just missing the American record by .01. The relay came from behind with an anchor leg split of 18.4 from Seth Stubblefield. Other relay members were Tyler Messerschmidt, Ryan Murphy and Tony Cox. Texas was second in 1:15.53.

Texas freshman Michael Hixon topped a strong field to win the 1-meter springboard diving title with 443.50 points. Stanford junior Kris Ipsen was second with 436.55. University of Miami junior Samuel Dorman was seventh with 379.00.

Friday’s events are 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 800-yard freestyle relay and 3-meter springboard diving.

Prelims are 11 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Both sessions will be live streamed at Texassports.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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SOFLO’s Oliver Sweeps Events, Leads Florida State To Win Over Miami In Last Home Meet

SOFLO’s Oliver Sweeps Events, Leads Florida State To Win Over Miami In Final Home Meet


By Sharon Robb

January 31, 2014

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver made her last dual meet of her college career a memorable one.

The Florida State senior captain won two individual events and led the Seminoles win their 15th consecutive meet over the University of Miami, 174-113, Friday at the Bobby E. Leach Center in Tallahassee.

“It was a little rough but a win is a win,” said FSU coach Frankie Bradley. “We have some things we need to work on. They have got to hit some gears that they struggled with today but we’ll work on it. We’re ready to shift our focus to the ACC Championships.”

Oliver, preparing for the big post-season meets, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.49 and 50-yard freestyle in 23.34.

Oliver also anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:43.75).

It was FSU’s last dual meet of the 2013-14 season. FSU’s women’s team improved to 7-2 under first-year coach Bradley and UM dropped to 0-7.

FSU leads UM 26-11 in their all-time series. It was also the Seminoles 16h straight Atlantic Coast Conference dual meet victory.

The Seminoles will now resume training for the Feb. 19-22 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The Women’s NCAA Championships are March 20-22 in Minneapolis.

FSU won 12 out of 16 events. Among other individual winners were:

Madison Jacobi, 1,000-yard freestyle, 9:52.82, 200-yard backstroke, 2:05.02, 500-yard freestyle, 4:53.99.

Chelsea Britt, 200-yard butterfly, 2:03.27.

Sami Pochowski, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:14.23.

Diver Katrina Young won the 3-meter springboard title with a career-high 343.35 points.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 241: UMiami Hires Andy Kershaw As Head Swim Coach

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 241: UMiami Hires Andy Kershaw As Head Swim Coach


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 22, 2013

University of Miami has hired Andy Kershaw to rebuild its women’s swim program.

Kershaw replaces former head women’s coach Christie Shefchunas, whose contract was not renewed. Assistant coach Aaron Ciarla also left the Hurricanes program.

Kershaw is coming off a ten-year tenure at Southern Methodist University where he was associate head coach, assistant men’s team coach and recruiting coordinator.

At SMU, he worked with 79 All-Americans. The men’s team was among the nation’s Top 25 for six years.

Kershaw has also served as head manager for USA Swimming at the 2012 London Olympics, 2011 World Championships, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and 2009 Duel In The Pool.

While the diving program continues to flourish under veterans and Olympic coach Randy Ableman and former diver Dario di Fazio, Kershaw will be faced with the challenge of rebuilding a once-successful program that has fallen on hard times.

The Hurricanes were 20th at last year’s NCAA Championships and lacks depth for the upcoming season.

Kershaw is the second head coach to take over a major state school in Florida. Former Florida Gold Coast swimmer Frankie Bradley was recently hired as Florida State’s new had coach of both the men’s and women’s swim programs that features several FGC swimmers including Paul Murray, Juan Sequera, Phillip Swims, Ashley Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Dylan Marsolek, Jason McCormick, and SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver.

Swimming Hall of Fame In Southern California?

The Fort Lauderdale-based International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum may be moving to Oceanside, Calif. Developer Sherman Whitemore is pitching a swim museum, hotel and water park complex on a 55-acre section of El Corazon in central Oceanside. It’s been called a destination resort for sports. The project’s estimated cost is $130 million. The 7,500 square foot Hall of Fame is currently located adjacent to the aging Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. The museum’s 50-year, rent-free lease agreement with the City of Fort Lauderdale expires in 2015. The city is planning on spending $32 million to upgrade the swim facility.

World Trials On TV

NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports will televise seven hours of the June 25-29 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, which are also serving as the World Championship trials for the U.S. team.

The schedule is: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Universal; Wednesday, June 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Universal; Saturday, June 29, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC and 11 p.m.-midnight, NBC Sports Network.

USA Swimming will also offer a live webcast of the entire meet on its website, prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Miscellaneous

Olympian Janet Evans made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show to help promote water safety during the summer. “Parents are urged to take their children for swimming lessons as early as possible as well as to make sure that a child is never left unsupervised around any pool or body of water,” Evans said. South Florida Aquatic Club is proactive with its lessons program, teaching hundreds of swimmers how to swim and proper swim technique…

Momo, an eight-month old cat, has become an instant swimming celebrity after photographer Jordan Verlage captured the cat and his owner Kevan Yeats swimming to safety through flowing flood waters in the streets of High River, Alberta, Canada. Yeats’ truck was sinking when both jumped out and started swimming. The cat is making the social media rounds and is on the website of NBC News. According to Yeats, Momo regularly paddles around the bath rub at home and has had a longtime fascination with water. Yeats said he couldn’t keep up with her, that she was doing so well swimming in the water. Momo used her tail as a rudder while swimming with all fours. Her stroke looked like a combination freestyle and butterfly.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 204: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, FSU In South Florida For Two Meets

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 204: SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, FSU In South Florida For Two Meets


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

October 18, 2012

Florida State is coming to town this weekend.

The Seminoles, led by South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver, will compete against the University of Miami women’s team on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Seminoles men’s team will join the women for a dual meet against Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

“There is nothing like this rivalry,” FSU coach Neil Harper said. “This weekend the girls are excited to travel to Miami and go against the Canes. The freshmen are new to this rivalry and they will get to see what it’s like first hand and I’m pumped for it.”

The Seminoles are 1-0 after their win at Florida Gulf Coast. FSU leads the series against UM, 24-11.

The women will swim a tri-meet against FAU and Florida International. FSU women are 6-0 against FAU and 8-0 against FIU.

“They are finally excited to go against a common opponent,” Harper said. “A lot of our guys are familiar with their team especially the Florida kids. They have had a great three or four weeks of training and they’re anxious to compete. We’re ready for a weekend of fast swimming in South Florida. It’s going to be great non-stop competition and hopefully we can come away with all wins.”

More College Swimming

Jacksonville Bolles swimmer Ryan Murphy has verbally committed to NCAA national champion University of California at  Berkeley. “I am very happy for Ryan since he has been very methodical during this recruiting process and he is convinced that Coach Dave Durden and California will help him reach his goals as a student-athlete and world-class swimmer,” Bolles coach Sergio Lopez said. Murphy, 17, who holds eight national age group records, will not only swim the backstroke events, but also IM, butterfly and freestyle and is expected to make an immediate impact in NCAA competition. His best backstroke times are 21.77 in the 50, 46.72 in the 100 and 1:40.90 in the 200…University of Florida women’s team will compete Friday and Saturday at the SMU Classic in Dallas. The meet features six teams who finished in the Top 25 last season: No. 3 Southern California, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Florida, No. 16 SMU, No. 19 North Carolina and No. 24 Louisville. The meet format limits each team to eight swimmers and one diver to showcase the versatility of each school’s athletes…Olympian Breeja Larson of Texas A&M was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100 breaststroke in 59.88 and 200 breaststroke in 2:10.90 and swimming the breaststroke leg on the winning medley relay.

FINA World Cup Series

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, a USC alum, continued her winning ways on the second day of the FINA World Cup Series in Moscow. Hosszu, 23, competing in the World Cup Series for the first time, has won $41,000 and 25 gold medals.

Hosszu posted a season-best in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.69. She won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:30.14 and 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.77.

In the men’s 50-meter freestyle, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago dipped under 21 to edge Anthony Ervin in 20.90.

Daiya Seto of Japan won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle in 15:03.02, winning by more than 20 seconds and 200-meter individual medley in 1:53.93.

Germany’s Britta Steffen won her fourth consecutive 100-meter freestyle in the series in 52.92.

South African Darian Townsend won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:44.26.

U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.29 and was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 53.74.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.32.

Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.56.

Aussie Rachel Goh won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.80.

Russia’s Stanislav Donets won his fourth straight 50-meter backstroke title in 23.31.

Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.08.

Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.65.

Japan’s Yuki Shirai won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.80.

American Celina Li was disqualified in the 200-meter breaststroke final. She was the third American breaststroker to be disqualified in the meet.

Russia finished one-two in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay.

The next stop is Berlin on Saturday and Sunday.

Miscellaneous

Lawyers for the family of open water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died two years ago in a FINA-sanctioned open water event in United Emirates, have filed a civil action and legal papers for a personal injury case against FINA, the sport’s international federation, and USA Swimming.  Crippen died at age 26 late in the race because of extreme heat and lack of safety measures. The family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and requesting a non-jury trial for personal injury which can include a claim for wrongful death…

Michael Phelps was named the Fittest Man Ever by Men’s Health Magazine. Phelps finished ahead of Bruce Lee, Charles Atlas, Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Chuck Norris, Michael Jordan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was selected for the “body he built” and what he did with it…In between golfing and sponsor appearances, the 27-year-old Phelps has been helping big sister Whitney, a former swimmer, train for next month’s New York City Marathon and will be at the 26.2-mile race to cheer her on. Whitney’s first marathon was in Baltimore three years ago…Hong Kong, Windsor, Canada/Detroit, Mich. and United Arab Emirates are the final candidates to host the FINA World Swimming Championships in 2016 and 2018…It’s been estimated that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will lose more than $150 million in career endorsement earnings potential after most of his sponsors have dropped him…Gary Hall of The Race Club has been elected President of the United States Olympian Association.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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