BLOGS: 2014 Junior Pan Pacs
Members of Team USA's 2014 Junior Pan Pacs team will be blogging throughout the five-day meet. Here's a look at the captain's blogs...
20 Question Tuesday: Caroline Burckle
Beijing Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle likes this part of the quadrennial. The graduate student at the University of Tennessee won gold at Pan Ams in Rio in 2007 and at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. She talks about what she saw from the U.S. in Australia and what she thinks we might see in Rio, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
Junior Pan Pacific Championships Opens on Wednesday in Maui
More than 200 swimmers from nine nations, including 46 Team USA up-and-comers, are set to compete at this week’s 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which open Wednesday in Maui, Hawaii.
Mike's Mailbag: Practice to the Fullest
Last summer I had a knee injury and I couldn't swim for about 4 months. Now that I'm back in the water, how do I regain my confidence level and how do I push myself to work hard and to actually try my hardest?
Ledecky shatters world record in 1500m free at Pan Pacs
Katie Ledecky won her fifth gold medal of the meet and set a world, American and meet record in the women’s 1500m freestyle Sunday at the2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Her time of 15:28.36 shattered the former mark of 15:34.23, which she set last June in Shenandoah Texas.
Pan Pacs Open Water 10K Postponed
Monday’s 10km open water events at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have been postponed due to poor water quality at two Gold Coast venues.
Ledecky breaks world record, wins fourth gold at Pan Pacs
Olympian Katie Ledecky broke the world, American and meet records in the women’s 400m freestyle Saturday at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, turning in a time of 3:58.37. Her swim was one of three gold medals for the Americans on the third night of competition. Also winning gold Michael Phelps in the men’s 100m butterfly and Tyler Clary in the men’s 200m backstroke.
5 photos that say more than words ever could about the rain at Pan Pacs
No words, just pictures to help you soak it all in. Pun intended.
National Team Rookies Learning the Ropes at Pan Pacs
Of the 60 swimmers competing for the United States at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 20 of them – a full third of the team – are rookies, meaning they are competing with the National “A” Team for the first time. A few of these rookies took time out to talk about what this experience means to them, and what they’ve learned so far.
Moore Has a Golden Birthday in Nanjing
Hannah Moore closed the swimming portion of the Youth Olympic Games in style on Friday. On her 18th birthday Moore won gold in the women's 400m freestyle in a time of 4:11.05. The gold medal was her second of the competition.
The U.S. takes home 10 more medals at Pan Pacs
The United States won 10 medals Friday at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, taking home four gold, three silver and three bronze. Winning gold for the U.S. were Jessica Hardy in the women’s 100m breaststroke, Elizabeth Beisel in the women’s 400m IM, and the men’s and women’s 800m free relays.
Connor Jaeger's Interview after the 1500m Free
Olympian Connor Jaeger won the 1500m freestyle on the first night of the Pan Pacific Championships. Here is his post-race interview, courtesy of NBC.
Developing Story Lines at Pan Pacs
It’s the second day of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, and a number of story lines are developing like the soggy rain clouds on the east coast of Queensland. Here’s a look at a few of them.
Can't Miss Race of the Pan Pacific Championships
Michael Phelps has rejuvenated swimming. Like a magician returning to the stage, or a hero to the battlefield, Phelps has once again sparked media interest, fan interest, and general interest back into the sport.
Ledecky takes two on first night of Pan Pacs
Olympian Katie Ledecky won two events and set two meet records Thursday, on the first night of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The 17-year-old distance phenom opened the night with a victory in the women’s 200m freestyle, turning in a time of 1:55.74. She then returned to the pool later in the session to take the 800m free in 8:11.35.
Kathleen Baker: Swimming Her Dreams
A lot has changed for Kathleen Baker since the 2012 Olympic Trials. Just 15 at the time, the enormity and pageantry of Trials got the best of her, and she failed to final in any of her events in Omaha.
20 Question Tuesday: Rowdy Gaines
Olympic multi-gold medalist Rowdy Gaines has become one of the public faces of swimming in his role for NBC, but he’s also got another job, getting back to his love of the water in his new job as Vice President of Aquatics for the Central Florida YMCAs. Gaines is also excited about what he saw at Phillips 66 Nationals, hopes to see in Australia, and expects to see in Rio.
Mike's Mailbag: Picking a College
I am about to enter my final year of high school. I have narrowed my school choices down to three and I am stressing about what school to sign with.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Aquajets Swim Team
In such an individual sport as swimming, the importance of teamwork can sometimes be lost. Not at the Aquajets Swim Team in Minnesota. They have made “the power of the team” their main motto and goal.
Recovery Snacks for Swimmers with Food Allergies
A mom recently contacted USA Swimming for help in planning recovery snacks for young swimmers with peanut, tree nut, milk and egg allergies. As she so rightly pointed out, we often tout the protein quality of eggs and milk, and suggest nuts as a healthful snack. So when those foods are off-limits, what can a young swimmer eat to get high-quality protein and healthful nutrients?
Women in Coaching: Danielle Tansel
After a series of blisters on both feet pushed her out of the sport of soccer, Danielle Tansel joined the local summer swim team when she was 11. Two years later, her friends convinced her to swim year-round, and since then, she hasn’t looked back. Today, Tansel is going on her third year as the assistant coach for the University of Michigan’s swimming and diving program.
Kendyl Stewart: Dream Coming True
Kendyl Stewart had an inkling that world-record-holder and 2012 Olympic champion Dana Vollmer wouldn’t be competing last week at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. Since Vollmer hadn’t competed since last summer’s World Championships, Stewart and the rest of the 100 butterfly field went into the meet knowing the competition was wide open.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Legends at the Pool
I’ve recently returned from Irvine, CA, site of the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. It was a spectacular event, with a great team of veterans and rookies assembled and now in Australia readying for the coming Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
On deck: New safety terminology to rule the pool
Words have power, and a new drowning prevention effort says that doing away with misleading terminology such as "water safe" and "waterproofing" in swimming and water safety programs is needed to save lives.
National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application Available
The 2014 National Select Camp Assistant Coach application is now live on usaswimming.org. The camp will be held Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.