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After International Resurgence, Katie McLaughlin Using ISL as 'Race Prep For Trials'



Katie McLaughlin, LA Current. In the lead-up to the first International Swimming League pro-team season, Swimming World will look at some of the pioneers of a new chapter unfolding in the sport.

Today: queen of the double.

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Amy Bilquist Building on Unexpected First National Title in First Pro Year



Today: USA national champion in the 100 backstroke.

After winning five relay national titles at Cal, and coming close to winning several times as an individual, Bilquist stood alone with a thrilling and unexpected gold medal around her neck a the 2019 Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships in August.

It was thrilling because it was her first individual title. It was unexpected because she had broken her hand just six weeks before nationals.

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CHASE KALISZ WILL MISS LEWISVILLE & BUDAPEST MEETS OF ISL FOR LA CURRENT



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Bear Bros: Murph, Adrian, Shields, Seli, Prenot (Josa not in photo)
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Golden Bears + others: Bug, Billy, Thleen, Foufy (Farida :p)
http://instagr.am/p/B3xxAK6AZAb

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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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Expanding Ambition

Former Cal Star Swimmer Dana Vollmer Turns Her Attention To Architecture

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2019 ISL AMERICAN DERBY DAY 1 LIVE RECAP

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ISL American Derby: Caeleb Dressel Shines; Condors and Current Ready to Roll Dice in Las Vegas

MVP Standings After Day One

Caeleb Dressel 25.5
Michael Andrew 21.5
Kathleen Baker 21.0
Beryl Gastaldello 21.0

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Seli - interview @ 14:26 to 16:26

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2019 GOLDEN GOGGLES: LIVE AWARDS SHOW RECAP




Perseverance Award - Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian had a historic comeback after battling testicular cancer, which put a pause on his training preparations towards Worlds and the upcoming Olympics. At the 2019 World Championships, Adrian swam to a 3-medal haul, earning two golds and one silver. Among the highlights, his anchor leg on the men's 4100 free relay was able to hold off the Russians for the world title.

This award marks Adrian's 4th Golden Goggle in his career.

Nominees:



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Review: Nathan Adrian wins 'Perseverance Award' at Golden Goggle Awards




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PHOTO GALLERY: Golden Goggles Red Carpet

Katie McLaughlin


Kathleen Baker


Abbey Weitzeil & Maddie Murphy


Nathan Adrian


Ryan Murphy and Bridget Konttinen


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Who to cheer on at 2019 U.S. Open (Winter Nationals) this week, alongside rooting for the Women's & Men's teams at the 2019 Minnesota Invite...pardon if I may have missed a few names here

Alumna Bears: Billy (Amy), Bug (Katie McL), Foufy (Farida), Camille Cheng & Madison Kennedy
Alumni Bears: Matt Josa, Justin Lynch, Nick Norman
2020 Baby Bear: Isabelle Stadden
2021 Baby Bear: Mckenna Stone

swan said:

Others to watch at Winter Nationals:

Dare Rose (Class of 2020)- 400, 200 and 100 Free, 100 and 200 Fly
Gabriel Jet (Class of 2021)- 100, 200 and 400 Free, 200 Back
Jacob (Class of 2021)- 100 and 200 Breast


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5 WOMEN'S RACES TO WATCH AT SWIMMING'S 2019 U.S. OPEN


50 FREE
Then you've got a bunch of vets like Margo Geer (Pan Ams silver medalist), Madison Kennedy (Pan Ams bronze medalist), and Olivia Smoliga (one of the top ISL performers this season) combining with some 200 types swimming down to the 50 (Siobhan Haughey, Mallory Comerford) in a loaded field.

200 FREE
Then there are a bunch of depth swimmers who will probably be competing for Olympic relay spots in this race next summer: Cal grad Katie McLaughlin was a key leg of the American 4200 relay at Worlds last year, splitting 1:55.3. She didn't get to swim the event individually at Worlds, and could be in line for a huge time drop from her 1:56.4 best this week.

100 BACK
Fellow pros Amy Bilquist and Ali Deloof are also in that speedster mold. Isabelle Stadden (17) is better in the 200, where she was the Pan Ams silver medalist, but is also a rising contender here.

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2019 SWAMMY AWARDS: AFRICAN FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR TATJANA SCHOENMAKER

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Farida Osman, Egypt - Osman returned to the LC Worlds pool and defended her 50 fly bronze behind Olympians Sarah Sjostrom and Ranomi Kromowidjojo. She then returned to the US and represented the LA Current for the inaugural ISL season. During her time in the ISL, Osman set 3 new African SCM records in the 50 free and 50/100 fly.

2019 WOMEN'S AFRICAN RECORDS
PAST WINNERS
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MAGIC IN THE LANE: DOCUMENTARY ON CHUCK KATIS




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Yay, Katie!



KATIE MCLAUGHLIN SIGNS SUIT DEAL WITH FINIS

Three-time NCAA Champion and U.S. National Teamer Katie McLaughlin has signed her first major suit deal since completing her collegiate career in March. She joins a roster of sponsored athletes that includes Olivia Smoliga, Lia Neal, Mallory Weggemann, James Guy, and Anthony Ervin.

"I'm so excited to partner with FINIS!" McLaughlin said of her new sponsor. "FINIS is innovative, fun, and loves the water as much as I do."

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Man... does it not seem like (to anyone else) that for such an extraordinary trio of athletes, Thleen, Amy, and Katie have battled a disproportionate amount of health/injury setbacks? (Though, thinking about their pal Ella, perhaps the class of '19 has, as a whole, fought a few downs on the lead-ups to international stages):

AMY BILQUIST UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY, HOPES TO RETURN TO RACING IN MARCH

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Former WR Bear (Thleen) v. Current WR Sapling (Regan)...

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2020 PRO SWIM SERIES DES MOINES: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP

Regan Smith led the race from the start, pushing through fatigue as Kathleen Baker gained on her during the last 25 meters. Smith touched first at 2:06.16 while Baker's lunge forward earned her a PB and 2020 World #3 time of 2:06.46. Baker was just three-tenths off her lifetime best of 2:06.14.



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2020 PRO SWIM SERIES DES MOINES: DAY 4 FINALS LIVE RECAP

18-year old Regan Smith picked up her 2nd win of the meet with a 58.18 to break her own Pro Swim Series Record in the 100 back. The time is the second-fastest of her career, behind only the World Record that she set at last summer's World Championship meet on a relay leadoff.

The prior World Record holder, Kathleen Baker, was 2nd in 58.56, which is also a career in-season best for her.

Olivia Smoliga, who was 3rd in this race at last summer's World Championship meet, was 3rd on Saturday as well in 59.25.



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KATHLEEN BAKER FEELS LIKE 1:07 MAKES HER A "REAL" BREASTSTROKER (VIDEO)



HONEST OBSERVER : "One of the striking things about this (incredible) meet was how many great second and third place finishes there were, swims that for the most part seemed to go under the radar. In Baker's events, most of the buzz was about Regan Smith - and rightfully so - but Baker's performances, especially this 100 breast, indicate that she's going to be a serous challenger in the 200 IM at Trials, and if she makes it, at the Olympics. She's also going to be a huge threat in the backstrokes; Smith is the favorite, as she should be, but she's going to have to be at the top of her game to hold Baker off, especially in the 100.

Another swim which flew under the radar: Seliskar's 200 IM of 1:58.01. After that event, all the talk was of Michael Andrew, again understandably so, but Seliskar is now a very serious threat to make the team in this event. He had a great 200 free and 100 fly here too, and some of the other contenders don't seem to currently be at their best, with Trials only three and a half months away. Andrew, Foster, and Seliskar *are* at the top of their games, and it should make for a great dogfight. (Andrews would appear to have the lead now, but given the different styles of training/competing, Seliskar and Foster should drop a little more when they peak and shave. Also, they may be a little better suited for the three rounds schedule.)

Finally, Nathan Adrian's 21.88 flew a little under the radar, with all the talk about Dressel and Hayden, but that was Adrian's best 50 in a while, and it makes him seem like a serious contender for both sprints come June. Some would say he'd never been out of contention, but really, after his illness, his chances appeared to have dimmed a bit. But now they've brightened again."

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