Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What’s Going On Here? Finish Line Photography In Grand Prix Diving

This Sports Illustrated photo from the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale looks like a diver crossed with a wake-boarder, or a diver flying over the surface of the water. According to the description in the online album: “SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier was on hand with his special FinishLynx camera for the action. A digital scanning technique made it appear as if the divers had already created a splash” (source).

For more information, I went to finishlynx.com, and found that the FinishLynx

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Press Release: TYR Signs World Record-Holding Swimmer Nick Thoman

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sasquatch Fails To Qualify For USA Diving Grand Prix Team

USA Diving used the results of the recent 2010 Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio to determine those divers who will compete in individual events at this summer’s AT&T; USA Diving Grand Prix meet in May.

According to photos posted in the meet gallery on DiveMeets.com, Sasquatch made a surprise appearance at the meet. Unfortunately for Sasquatch, only the divers who placed in the top four on the individual 3-meter and 10-meter events were named to the team (source).

Does anyone know the real story behind the Sasquatch appearance??

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mary Descenza Wins Grand Prix Purse of $20,000


Mary Descenza told Gold Medal Mel that her plan this year was to go out and race, and to have fun. But with an impressive medal haul, and her participation in all of the Grand Prix meets this year, Mary came out atop the overall leader board as well. Here’s a collection of coverage about Mary Descenza winning the Grand Prix purse:

Mary Descenza wins the 2008/9 Grand Prix Purse of $20,000 (Source)

> GMM: Santa Clara Grand Prix Coverage
> USA Swimming Launches Six-Meet, 2008-2009 Grand Prix Series
> GMM: Mary Descenza Wins the Grand Prix

Monday, June 8, 2009

Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix Event

The 6th and final Grand Prix event for the 2008-2009 schedule will be the Santa Clara International Invitational meet this weekend (June 11th-14th).

More information can be found on the meet website. This will be the first USA Swimming Grand Prix event since the publication of FINA’s approved suit list. Since the list only addresses newer models of suits, the meet will also allow “traditional suits” as long as they meet the following criteria:

1. For female swimmers, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders or past the pelvis, and
2. For male swimmers, the swimsuit shall not extend above the naval or below the knees.

These two points sound strange at first–you’re not allowed to wear a traditional suit that goes above the navel, but you’re allowed to wear a LZR? This ensures that no new technology is introduced at the meet that FINA has not had a chance to inspect. I don’t think I’ve even seen a full body Lycra suit, but just incase its out there… your traditional suit must be either a leg-less women’s suit or male brief/jammer.

Also, Michael Phelps has been preparing for the meet by doing 3-a-days according to a Facebook Note uploaded to his Facebook Fan Page:

“My days currently consist of swimming 3-times a day, weight lifting, eating, watching tape and sleeping. We are all working hard and getting ready for the meet next week in Santa Clara.”

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Alex Despatie Takes Silver After 10 Months Off

alex despatie silver at grand prix

At the final Grand Prix of Diving stop in Madrid last weekend, Alex Despatie claimed the silver medal in 3-meter competition after only 3 weeks of serious training. Despatie had taken almost 10 months off–not competing since the Beijing Olympics–to recover from back and knee injuries (source).

With the world aquatic championships less than two months away, Despatie feels he has enough time to be at peak performance for the worlds.

“I now have a clear road ahead to put in the hours and amount of training I need to get back to the level I was at last year for the Olympics,” he said. “Physically I feel great right now. I wasn’t too nervous today, I was just anxious to compete.” (source)

Shixin Li of China won the gold medal in the men’s 3-meter with 504.50 points. Despatie made silver with 473.10 and Javier Illana of Spain placed third with 446.80 (source).

On Alex Despatie’s Blog, he writes: “Because off my injuries, I did not get to train as much as I would have liked before this competition. In this context, I am very happy with my performance.”

Sunday, May 17, 2009

In Brief… Charlotte UltraSwim Edition

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Phelps fails to catch Bousquet in 100m free final by Universal Sports
> The Return of Michael by Alan Abrahamson
> Michael Phelps — Different Strokes by TMZ.com via the17thman
> Post-race with Fred Bousquet by SwimNetwork.com
> Tyler Clary Downs Oldest Meet Record in Books by Swimming World Magazine
> 99% Phelps by Gold Medal Mel
> Amanda Wier takes all her meets seriously! by SCAQ Blog
> Phelps shows off new freestyle stroke in N.C. by Universal Sports

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Photos: FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale

The international swine flu scare caused some countries to call their divers home, but luckily for us it didn’t keep the photographers away! Outdoor diving photos always look amazing! Check out these photos from the AT&T; FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale.

FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale
FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale
FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale

> Check out all the photos on the DayLife.com gallery
> Read: Swine flu fears force China out of U.S. diving meet
> Get the meet results from DiveMeets.com
> Read: David Boudia, Thomas Finchum Win Synchronized Platform Gold

Monday, May 4, 2009

USA Diving Statement Regarding Swine Flu and Grand Prix

usa diving position on swine fluThe AT&T; USA Diving Grand Prix will be in Fort Lauderdale this weekend, May 7th-9th, and USA Diving has released a statement on USADiving.org that says the event will continue as planned. At this point, USA Diving is following the advice of government officials who say there is cause for concern–but not for alarm–when it comes to the spread of this version of the influenza virus.

Advocating for the use of common sense, USA Diving reiterates the CDC’s reminder to frequently wash your hands, cover your cough, and practice good hygiene.

Specifically, USA Diving announced: “USA Diving will continue to monitor the situation, which is changing daily. The local authorities and appropriate government agencies are the best source for accurate information to assist in making decisions about the best course of action” (source).

> Read the full USA Diving swine flu statement here

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

41-Year-Old Torres Still Has It After Beijing

Photo by Ronald Martinez for Getty Images - Dara Torres at Austin Grand PrixIn an article by Jim Vertuno (AP) on TeamUSA.org, Dara Torres said her goal was to beat 25 seconds in the 50-meter LC freestyle at the Austin Grand Prix last weekend. Although she didn’t even know if she was going to compete in the Grand Prix meet until a week before the competition, Torres clocked a 24.91 in finals which was good for a win.

Master’s swimmers beware, if Torres were to pursue Master’s swimming at this level of training, she would have beaten the current world record for the 40-44 year old age group by 1.68 seconds with her latest swim! (LC Master’s records).

Vertuno reported that Torres has had three separate operations since the Beijing Olympics, repairing her left thumb, right shoulder, and left knee. Surgery or not, it doesn’t look like Dara Torres is ready to retire from the elite swimming spotlight.

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