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Now that Thleen has turned pro (but still apparently finishing her degree as well as training @ Cal), we can now feature little Bean on this thread...

Seen here w/ Dana (& Arlen ), who's recently back from training in Denmark with fellow Olympian & mum Jeanette Ottesen:

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Egypt's Farida Osman Sets CANA Africa Swimming Record in 50 Fly


Farida Osman. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Erin Gallagher secured SA's first gold medal in the 100m freestyle with a time of 54.79, over two seconds ahead of Egypt's Farida Osman in 56.80 and Algeria's Medjahed Nesrine in 58.09.

In the 50m butterfly, Erin Gallagher added a silver medal to her tally in 26.64, behind Egypt's Farida Osman in a new Championship Record time of 26.16 and ahead of Algeria's Melih Amel in 27.52.

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GALLAGHER, SAMY HIT THE GROUND RUNNING TO OPEN CANA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Osman (26.16) won the 50 fly over Gallagher (26.64) in a new meet record, and then led Egypt (3:36.94) to narrow a win over the South Africans (3:37.06) in the mixed 400 free relay. Osman split 56.58, and was joined by the likes of Ali Khalafalla (50.84) on the lead-off and Samy (49.15) on the anchor.


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Farida Osman Wins; Egypt, South Africa Lead CANA Africa Championships


Farida Osman. Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

In the 100m butterfly, Erin Gallagher finished second in a hard fought race with Egypt's Farida Osman. Gallagher touched the wall in 1:00.45 to Osman's 59.03, while the bronze medal went the Algeria's Medjahed Nesrine in 1:04.74.

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Farida Osman Edges Erin Gallagher at CANA Africa Swimming Championships



With one of the closest finishes of the competition so far, Erin Gallagher claimed the 50m freestyle silver medal in 25.17, 0.06 secs behind Egypt's Farida Osman in 25.11, while the bronze went to Algeria's Melih Amel in 26.15.


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CANA African Swimming and Open Water Championship: Egypt Tops South Africa in Medals

Final Medal rankings:

Country | Gold | Silver | Bronze | Total
Egypt | 28 | 14 | 6 | 48
South Africa | 12 | 18 | 10 | 40
Algeria | 3 | 6 | 13 | 22
Tunisia | 1 | 3 | 8 | 12
Morocco | 0 | 2 | 4 | 6
Zambia | 0 | 1 | 1 | 2
Mauritius | 0 | 1 | 1 | 2




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Congrats Nathan & Hallie!!!

Bears & Trees can make a perfect match after all lol (i.e. Dana & Andy too )



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There's also the Gala on the 22nd

Our beloved swim & dive alums are back for the Cal Aquatics Gala! Believe Val & Anthony both gave speeches, Jasmine showed off her karaoke skills, and Oski was spotted doing The Floss... #BENEATHtheSURFACE

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Back: Cat B, Caroline, Val, Kaylin, Cat L, KV
Front: Camille, Taylor, Maija, Eva, Alicia G, Jaz, Lizzie



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Goldfish Swim School Signs on as an Official Sponsor of the USA Swimming Foundation



By USA Swimming Foundation | Tuesday, October 2, 2018

DETROIT - Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC has signed on as an official sponsor of the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. The company will support the Foundation's Make a Splash initiative, a national child-focused water safety campaign that aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim, by becoming an official learn-to-swim provider and water safety advocate across the country. In addition to providing swimming lessons and educating children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim, Goldfish Swim School Franchising has set a fundraising goal to raise $1,000,000 by 2024 in an effort to help fund free or reduced-cost swim lessons in communities across the country.

Goldfish Swim School shared news of the partnership with its 74 franchise locations at the brand's annual conference this week in Detroit, Michigan, alongside Olympic gold medalists and USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors Ryan Murphy and Jason Lezak. Goldfish Swim School Co-Founder Jenny McCuiston also presented the USA Swimming Foundation with a check for $20,000 to jump-start the company's donation efforts.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Now that Thleen has turned pro (but still apparently finishing her degree as well as training @ Cal), we can now feature little Bean on this thread...

Seen here w/ Dana (& Arlen ), who's recently back from training in Denmark with fellow Olympian & mum Jeanette Ottesen:

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Is the picture back in Berkeley and who is coach Arlen? Thanks
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Is the picture back in Berkeley and who is coach Arlen? Thanks

Looks like Spieker to me.

"Coach" Arlen = Dana's eldest...
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KATHLEEN BAKER TIES KATIE MEILI'S 100 IM AMERICAN RECORD 58.02



Competing at the FINA World Cup stop in Budapest, Kathleen Baker tied the American Record in the women's 100 IM in a time of 58.02, equalling the record set by former Team Elite teammate Katie Meili in 2016.

Baker, who announced that she was turning pro a few months ago, produced a personal best at the first short course stop in Eindhoven in 58.14, placing 2nd to world record holder Katinka Hosszu. Here, she actually dropped a spot down to 3rd, but improves her time by just over a tenth to tie Meili's record.

Hosszu repeated as the winner in 57.64, and it was Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom who improved from a 4th place finish in Eindhoven up to 2nd in 57.75.

In such an elite field featuring Hosszu, Sjostrom and Australian Emily Seebohm, Baker was just 3rd on the first 50 in 26.36, identical to her front half in Eindhoven, before closing just over a tenth faster in 31.66.

Meili, a breaststroke specialist, was about eight-tenths slower than Baker opening up (27.16), but was the same margin quicker closing in a blistering 30.86.

This gives Baker a share of her second SCM American Record on the circuit, as she broke the 100 back record in Eindhoven in a blistering 55.91.
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SW article that was published today, on swim alum Milorad Cavic:

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The Making of Milo Cavic: Living Without Regret



By McKenna Ehrmantraut, Swimming World College Intern.

Many know Milo Cavic as the man who almost ruined Micheal Phelps' chance of winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Losing to Phelps in a controversial race by .01 seconds may have made Cavic a household name, but few stopped to appreciate the man who had overcome obstacle after obstacle to become an Olympic medalist in his own right.

Recently, Cavic took a coaching position at King County Aquatics in Federal Way, Wash., and sat down to talk about his life growing up, his swimming career and his life now.

...Up until college, where Cavic meet swimmers like Nathan Adrian who were raised in a positive family and swim environment...


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Just noticed that the author of this SW article = "Courtney Mykkanen" hmmm, any relation to our very own legacy Bear on the women's team, Coco??

Top Qualities College Teams Want in Recruits

29 September 2018, 11:00am

By Courtney Mykkanen, Swimming World College Intern.

Q&A with Ryan Murphy on Back2Back Swim Camp

10 October 2018, 01:00pm

By Courtney Mykkanen, Swimming World College Intern.



Olympians Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley recently coached the first ever Back2Back Swim Camp in Palo Alto, Calif. The two-day backstroke camp consisted of 60 swimmers nationally who met the qualifying time standards. These qualifying swimmers not only got to train and race with Murphy and Pebley, but they also got to learn from them in a variety of settings: on deck, in the pool and in the classroom. Swimming World got to catch up with Murphy regarding the camp's background, highlights, and future plans.


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Nathan Adrian to make splash as Winter Commencement speaker

By John Hickey | OCTOBER 22, 2018


Nathan Adrian, here celebrating anchoring the Team USA 4x100 meter freestyle relay team to an Olympic victory in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, will be his alma mater's keynote speaker at Berkeley's Winter Commencement. (Photo by David E. Klutho-USA TODAY)

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10 Golden Bears Elected To Cal Hall of Fame

Those who have been elected into the Hall are:
  • Duje Draganja (men's swimming, 2002-05) three-time Olympian and eight-time NCAA champion who won a silver medal in the 50-meter free for Croatia in 2004


Duje Draganja (men's swimming, 2002-05) - Draganja was a three-time Olympian for his native Croatia, winning a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He captured eight NCAA titles during his Cal career, including back-to-back wins in the 100-yard free at the 2003 and 2005 NCAA Championships. He also earned five individual and 10 relay victories at the Pac-10 Championships. Named the 2005 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, Draganja set a then-NCAA record of 41.49 seconds in the 100 free at the 2005 NCAA meet and that swim still stands as second in Cal history behind only Nathan Adrian.


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Simone Manuel and Ryan Murphy to Serve as USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors



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RYAN MURPHY, LIA NEAL, JACOB PEBLEY JOIN ENERGY FOR SWIM LINEUP



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DANA VOLLMER BACK TO RACING, EXPECTED TO COMPETE AT U.S. WINTER NATS



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Farida Osman Signs With Arena



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Farida leaving Cal to train in Virginia?

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OLYMPIAN FARIDA OSMAN TO TRAIN UNDER SERGIO LOPEZ AT VIRGINIA TECH


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DANA VOLLMER BACK TO RACING, EXPECTED TO COMPETE AT U.S. WINTER NATS

VOLLMER: "IT WAS HARD TO SAY THAT I WASN'T READY LAST AUGUST" (VIDEO)




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Pro swimmers stay sharp and stay young by training with college teams



By John Durham

Some mornings, Dana Vollmer wakes up tired and just does not want to go to practice. The swimmer, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, juggles numerous practices per week with raising two sons under 4. The strongest force pulling the 30-year-old out of bed and toward the pool comes from the college-aged swimmers at her alma mater, the University of California Berkeley.

They text Vollmer to tell her how much they love having her at practice.

"To know that they still value me being with them, and training with them and smiling at the end of the lane, meant a lot to me," Vollmer said.

"I don't know where I would go if I wasn't allowed to train with the college team," Vollmer said.

"There are really no other places to train in the U.S. other than post-grad teams [affiliated with] college teams," said Franklin, who swam for Cal before turning pro in 2015.

Many swimmers find a college team environment is better than training individually.

"Being able to get competitive with some guys every day is really key," said three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy, who also trains at Cal, his alma mater. "I don't think I'd be able to go as fast as I do without that."

For Vollmer, getting back into training after the birth of her second son was not easy. She finished last in sets and missed pace times. What helped was hearing from Cal swimmers Amy Bilquist and Abbey Weitzeil, as well as fellow professional Farida Osman.

Osman would text Vollmer the weekly schedule for workouts. "She'll call me out and be like: 'You better be there. It's just me and you. Don't leave me there,' " Vollmer said.

When she was nine months pregnant with her first son, who was born in March 2015, Vollmer asked Cal Coach Teri McKeever whether she could come back and train with her leading up to the 2016 Olympics. In Rio, she became the first American mother to win a swimming gold medal, in the 4x100 medley relay.

"If Teri were to leave, I would follow her, most likely," Vollmer said. "It is finding a coach that works well with you and that you know how to communicate with."

Georgia Coach Jack Bauerle, who helps direct the second-largest group of 2016 U.S. Olympian postgraduates training alongside college swimmers (Cal's group being the largest), said balancing two sets of training regimens isn't easy.

"There are little things here and there that I can do or say to help them along their journey," five-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian said of the college swimmers with whom he trains at Cal. "On the flip side of that, I think they offer camaraderie and friendship to me in this journey, where swimming can be pretty lonesome and boring if you're just doing it alone."


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ADRIAN, NEAL HEAD VETERAN-HEAVY U.S. TEAM FOR 2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES



Women (18):
  • Haley Anderson
  • Phoebe Bacon
  • Mariah Denigan
  • Bethany Galat
  • Margo Geer
  • Sarah Gibson
  • Molly Hannis
  • Madison Kennedy
  • Annie Lazor
  • Hellen Moffitt
  • Lia Neal
  • Meaghan Raab
  • Claire Rasmus
  • Meghan Small
  • Isabelle Stadden
  • Kendyl Stewart
  • Allie Szekely
  • Alex Walsh



Men (17):

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2018 SWAMMY AWARDS: U.S. MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR RYAN MURPHY



2018 U.S. MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: RYAN MURPHY

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy came back with a vengeance in 2018 after falling short of his bests in Budapest. Murphy swept the backstroke races at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, breaking the Meet Record in both backstroke events to take gold. In the 100 back, his 51.94 was just a tenth shy of his own World Record and tied for the 3rd fastest performance in history. Murphy won the 200 back with a lifetime best 1:53.57, faster than the time he swam to win Olympic gold in Rio.

He continued his success through the short course season as he competed at the 2018 Short Course World Championships. Murphy came away with 3 golds and 6 total medals. Individually, he won gold in the 100 back. He took silver in both the 50 back and 200 back, setting a 50 back American Record in the process. Murphy helped the USA to gold in the men's 400 medley relay and mixed 200 medley relay. He was also a part of the 2nd place men's 200 medley relay squad that set an American Record.


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https://swimswam.com/nathan-adrian-diagnosed-with-testicular-cancer-still-eyeing-tokyo/

Floored. What an all-around athlete, let alone gentleman -- classy, humble, well-spoken, and a true veteran of the sport. All good thoughts sent Nathan's way for him and his family in light of this shocking news.
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https://swimswam.com/nathan-adrian-diagnosed-with-testicular-cancer-still-eyeing-tokyo/

Floored. What an all-around athlete, let alone gentleman -- classy, humble, well-spoken, and a true veteran of the sport. All good thoughts sent Nathan's way for him and his family in light of this shocking news.





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Baker & Murphy Inspire with TYR Pro Swim Series Advance Visits




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  • Thleen, Dana, Natalie, Teri
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usaswimming: "Happy #InternationalWomenDay to all the swimmers, coaches & volunteers who make our sport better each day. Tag a woman who has inspired you"

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farida_osman: "Be so good that they can't ignore you- today and everyday we celebrate women around the world! Happy #internationalwomensday keep shining"

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dana.vollmer: "Strong powerful spirited women! I'm very blessed to have incredible women in my life as friends & role models! Thank you to each and every one of you! Here's to #internationalwomensday! #womensday #love #girls#womensupportingwomen#womenempowerment "

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(Thleen with a special shout out to Teri at the end of this interview)



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Thleen: "Rain or shine... roll on you bears Its been a wild ride but proud to graduate from the best public university in the world"
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Teri: "Congratulations Bears!! #earnedit #graduation #grateful"
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CAL ALUMNI ACQUIRE ANN CURTIS SWIM FACILITY AND SCHOOL OF SWIMMING


World Swimming Champion Nathan Adrian and All-American Will Copeland to continue Ann Curtis and Family's legacy of swim instruction Current photo via Nathan Adrian
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Bear-y fab news!

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NATHAN ADRIAN'S PET SCANS COME BACK CLEAN: 'BACK TO REAL LIFE!'



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Fantastic. Great news!
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Let's cheer on our 5 Golden Bears who will be racing this weekend - Billy, Farida, Madison + Dana & Tony!

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2019 TYR DERBY PRO SWIM MEET: FRATUS, GEER FAVORED FOR 2019 TITLES

The annual TYR Derby Pro Swim Meet and accompanying events will run this weekend in Louisville.

Eight women and eight men will square off in a 50 free long course. The field will get smaller through three rounds until a winner is crowned.


PREDICTIONS WOMEN

On the women's side, defending TYR Derby champion Margo Geer is slightly favored here, though the field includes veteran sprinter Madison Kennedy and several Olympians. Kennedy was 24.88 at this meet last year in an early round, but fell in the final to Geer's 24.91. In that final round last year, Lia Neal was third and Farida Osman fourth, so the top four all return. The biggest challenger is Mallory Comerford - she's back from racing at the Brazil Trophy last week, where she went 24.89, just .09 off of her lifetime best from the 2018 Pan Pac Championships.

Geer's best is 24.72 from 2018, but Kennedy's 24.39 from 2016 puts her well ahead of the field. In terms of the 2018-19 season, Kennedy (24.87) and Comerford (24.89) rank 17th and 18th, respectively, in the world. There are three rounds in just an hour or so, so the winner needs to be quick all three rounds, and Geer, Kennedy, and Comerford look like the favorites.

The dark horse here is Amy Bilquist, who just wrapped up her NCAA career with Cal. Battling through injuries this past season that kept her from racing most of the first semester, Bilquist went 21.52 in the 50 and 47.42 in the 100 in yards at NCAAs to set a personal best in the 50 and take 6th in both events overall. She was also 47.01 in the 100 at Pac-12s. She hasn't made much noise in LCM since 2015, when she hit a 25.03 at age 17, and her best from 2018 came at the Santa Clara PSS (25.46), while she went a tick slower at Nationals. This is her post-college debut, and we could see something big if she's in the same form as she was at NCAAs.





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Madison Kennedy Continues to Swim and Live Her Own Path



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FINA CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES SET TO KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND IN CHINA

A total of 109 swimmers will compete in the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series event this weekend in Guangzhou, China, as the sport's governing body introduces an intriguing new format that will combine both entertainment and competition amongst the world's best.

THE FORMAT

Each race will have only four swimmers competing in a timed final format. Initially, the four athletes invited to compete in each event were:
  • the reigning Olympic champion
  • the reigning World Champion
  • the current world record holder
  • the #1 ranked swimmer in the world this season
Americans - In addition to Andrew, there are a few other American swimmers who will be competing in Guangzhou. Kelsi Dahlia was a fixture on the World Cup circuit in 2018 and will be here swimming in all three butterfly events, and Dana Vollmer will join her in the 100 as she continues her comeback in seek of a berth at the 2020 Games. Also competing will be Anthony Ervin (50 free) for the men and Molly Hannis (50, 100, 200 breast) for the women.

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MISSY FRANKLIN TO MAKE BROADCAST DEBUT AT FINA CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES



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NATALIE COUGHLIN TO COMMENTATE SECOND STOP OF FINA CHAMPIONS SERIES


Natalie Coughlin will work as an analyst for the second stop of the FINA Champions Series in Budapest. Archive photo via Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com

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New Hall of Fame Class Announced

Seven Highly Accomplished Individuals Plus Historic Boat To Be Enshrined Nov. 8

Dana Vollmer (women's swimming, 2007-09) - Named the 2009 CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year and the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year as a senior, Vollmer was the recipient of the Honda Sports Award as the top female collegiate swimmer in 2009. A three-time team MVP, she captured individual NCAA titles in the 100-yard butterfly (2007), 100-yard free (2009), 200-yard free (2009) and was a part of five winning relays over the course of her Cal career. As a senior, she led Cal to its first team NCAA championship. Vollmer is a three-time Olympian (2004, 2012, 2016) and has earned seven medals (5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), including gold in the 100-meter fly in 2012 and silver in the 100-meter fly in 2016. She set a world record in the 100 fly at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first woman to swim in the event in under 56 seconds. Overall, she has set a world record six times during her career and owns 35 international medals.

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