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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:18:47 -0600

Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:17:53 -0600 Applications for the 2013-14 Scholastic All-America recognition program are now available on the USA Swimming website. This membership recognition program is for USA Swimming student-athletes who have completed the 10th – 12th grades in 2013-14 and have swum a qualifying pool time or competed in one of four designated Disability meets or the USA Swimming National Open Water Championships which will be held June 13th and 15th in Castaic Lake, CA. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA for the current academic year and a school transcript for the year is needed before applying for SAA.

Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:11:01 -0600 These are powerful words some people have wanted to hear from me for a long time. I have been criticized in blogs, and most recently in the petition opposing International Swimming Hall of Fame induction, for not apologizing for not having done more to prevent sexual abuse by coaches.

USADA Issues Advisory Regarding 2014 WADA Prohibited List
Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:39:22 -0600 The United States Anti-Doping Agency has issued an advisory regarding the addition of Xenon to the prohibited substances list. The full release in addition to the revised 2014 Prohibited List can be found here.

Phelps, Franklin Expected to Headline Santa Clara Field
Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:38:55 -0600 Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) are expected to highlight a star-studded field for next week’s Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara, the final stop of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series.

Strategies for 10K Open Water Racing
Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:38:29 -0600 If you still think the Open Water 10K race is an hour-and-forty-five-minute slow, aerobic swim punctuated by a five-minute sprint to the finish line, you are in for a pleasant surprise when you watch the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships webcast on June 13.

A Quick Lesson in Antioxidants for Swimmers
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:38:02 -0600 A young swimmer emailed me and wanted to know if antioxidants would help her swim better and recover faster. A great question, so here is a primer on antioxidants, with tips to help you choose antioxidant-rich foods.

USA Swimming Adds Two to 2014 Youth Olympic Team
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:37:33 -0600 USA Swimming today announced the addition of Meghan Small (Lineboro, Md.) and P.J. Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y.) to the Team USA roster for the second summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. All team nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee, which will announce the full roster next month.

Club Excellence Spotlight: Irvine Novaquatics
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:34:57 -0600 With an already rich tradition that includes producing Olympians Amanda Beard, Haley Peirsol, Aaron Peirsol,2014 Club Excellence Silver Medal (Small) Kristen Caverly and Jason Lezak, Irvine Novaquatics in Irvine, Calif. has added yet another honor to its growing list of accomplishments by achieving silver medal status in the 2014 Club Excellence recognition program.

Mann, Gemmell Win USA Swimming 10K Open Water National Championships
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:34:04 -0600 Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del.) won the 10-kilometer titles at the 2014 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships on Friday at Castaic Lake. With their victories, Mann and Gemmell also led the U.S. qualifiers for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, in August.

Meyer, Anderson Capture 5K Titles at USA Swimming Open Water National Championships
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:30:47 -0600 Alex Meyer (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) won the 5-kilometer national titles on Sunday to conclude the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake.

Mike's Mailbag: Summer Meet Burnout
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:55 -0600 Every Monday I answer questions from swimmers around the country. If you have a question, please email me at

Battle of the Sexes: Mixed Medley Relay Strategy
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:19 -0600 As the 4x50 mixed medley relay event has become more popular and has been added to more international competitions, every possible male/female lineup combination has been used in competition to varying levels of success.

Q&A with 5K National Champions Alex Meyer and Haley Anderson
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:28:15 -0600 Olympians Haley Anderson and Alex Meyer answered questions from fans via USA Swimming’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts following the conclusion of the 2014 Open Water Nationals. Meyer captured his first 5-kilometer national title, while Anderson won the women’s 5K for her second career national crown.

10 Foods Swimmers Should be Eating
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:27:20 -0600 The mystery behind what to eat is never-ending, partly because miracle foods are constantly surfacing while other foods fall from grace. When it comes to the growing swimmer, what to eat is important for growth and development, and also for athletic performance. Many children and teens in today’s world are missing out on calcium, vitamin D, fiber and potassium. Teens and athletes in general may be at greater risk of nutrient deficiencies if they skip breakfast, snack on nutrient-poor foods and use diets to control their weight.

Catching Up with Annie Chandler Grevers
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:26:35 -0600 Next month marks the two-year anniversary of Annie (Chandler) Grevers’ last race. But like a lot of competitive swimmers – athletes who give their very heart and soul to succeed in the sport – she knows she will most likely never be done with swimming.

5 Storylines of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:03:35 -0600 This weekend, hundreds of the best swimmers around the country flock west and converge for the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara.