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Swimmer Tara Kirk settles claim with USA Swimming - Seattle Times
Bremerton swimmer and 2004 Athens medalist Tara Kirk has settled a case against USA Swimming, the governing body of her sport, after claiming she was financially damaged by the group's negligence in failing to place her on the Beijing swim team last...
PREP SWIMMING: Maranatha swimmers come up big - Pasadena Star-News
(SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham) WALNUT - It takes more than club swimmers to win CIF-Southern Section championships. Sure, those swimmers garner the big points in the big meets, but it's the part-time swimmers who must come through in the clutch...
City sends 12 swimmers, pair of divers to 5A meet - The Coloradoan
Most city swimmers will have to improve on their season-best times to make a championship or consolation final. Only three city contestants are seeded in the top eight: Fort Collins' Matt Anderson (fourth in the 100-yard butterfly) and Joe Thelen...
Y swimmers jam at Swim Florida competition - Marconews
Y swimmers checking out their medals they won at the Swim Florida Jamboree, from left, are Lisa Ramnick, Susan Faremouth and Madeline Burt. YMCA CEO Cindy Love congratulates Liam Hollowsky for winning three events at the Swim Florida Jamboree....
Marmonte swimmers battle at Rancho Simi - Simi Valley Acorn
Agoura's Shannyn Hultin won the grueling 500 freestyle almost 10 seconds faster than the next closest swimmer, completing the race in 5:09.91. The Chargers sophomore also won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.39. Hultin's strategy in the 500 was to keep a...
Phelps returns to a sport where clothes are making the (rich) man - Los Angeles Times
That might have been true even for Phelps, whose mother, Debbie, spent years as a single parent raising three children — all swimmers. Even though the family was middle class rather than low-income during Phelps' childhood, imagine them or families...
How six San Francisco swimmers will conquer the Sea of Cortez part II - Examiner.com
Buick, a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon heard about Night Train during their weekly training swims in Tiburon. Impressed with the group's efforts to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project , he offered his boat, the Mariana which...
Pool drains pose risk to swimmers - KTIV
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - It's a concern parents and guardians need to be aware of when it comes to the pool drain and your kids. It's been nearly two years since a young Minnesota girl sat on a pool drain and had her intestinal track sucked out,...
18 Swimmers heading for regionals3 - Lahontan Valley News
By LARRY BARKER Eighteen Fallon swimmers will participate in the Northern 4A Regional Swimming Championships that begin today in Carson City. The trials start at 2 pm at the Carson Aquatic Facility for dozens of swimmers from 19 Northern Nevada high...
Swimmers qualify for CIF preliminaries - The Desert Sun
The Cathedral City High School swim team sent six swimmers and another two relay teams to the CIF Southern Section Division III prelims Thursday. Four girls — senior Jenny Rieber in the 100-meter butterfly, junior Melanie Hennessey in the 500-meter...

Swimming World Swimmers of the Year

Leisel Jones, Female World Swimmer of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

The Swimming World Magazine Swimmers of the Year, awarded by the American-based Swimming World magazine, are a set of awards which are often regarded as being the most prestigious in the swimming world. There are seven categories: World Swimmer, American Swimmer, European Swimmer, Pacific Rim Swimmer, World Disabled Swimmer, African Swimmer and Open Water Swimmer of year. An award for male and female is made for each category.

United States swimmers have won the title 41 times, followed by Australia (13 times) and East Germany (8 times). With his win in 2008, Michael Phelps (USA) now holds the overall record with five titles. He has won in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is also only the second person to win the award three straight times as Debbie Meyer of the US, who won from 1967–69. Ian Thorpe (AUS) is the second most prolific winner in the category as he was honored four times, in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Four female swimmers have won three awards: Debbie Meyer (USA) in 1967, 1968 and 1969, Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) in 1991, 1992 and 1995, Janet Evans (USA) in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and Kristin Otto (GDR) in 1984, 1986 and 1988. Franziska van Almsick is the youngest female to have won the award, having turned 15 on April 5 in the year of her first award. Ian Thorpe is the youngest male recipient, having turned 16 on October 13 in the year of his first award.

The Pacific Rim award was introduced in 1995, the year after two Australian swimmers–Kieren Perkins and Samantha Riley–became the first two Pacific Rim swimmers to be named as World Swimmer of the Year. It has subsequently been dominated by Australian swimmers, who have won 22 of the 28 awards given. Ian Thorpe won six awards (five consecutively) and Susie O'Neill has won four (three consecutively). Kosuke Kitajima (Japan) is the only non-Australian swimmer to have won the award more than once (in 2003, 2007 and 2008).

The African award was introduced in 2004, the year in which South Africa won the men's 400 Free Relay at the Olympics. Although Joan Harrison (1952) and Penny Heyns (1996) both previously won individual gold medals for South Africa, the South African victory marked the first time that an African relay team won a swimming medal, indicating the increasing depth in African swimming. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry's won three medals, making her the first non-South-African African swimmer to win an Olympic swimming medal.

The Open Water award was introduced in 2005, it was announced that an open water swimming event would be included in the Olympics for the first time: the 10K events at the 2008 Olympics.

This award was created in 2003, and then was not awarded in 2004.

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List of swimmers

Swimming is one of the most highly participated-in sports in the world. The following list of swimmers are divided up by country. They are arranged alphabetically by their surnames.

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Cave of Swimmers

THe Cave of Swimmers is a cave in southwest Egypt, near the border with Libya, in the mountainous Gilf Kebir region of the Sahara Desert. It was discovered in October 1933 by the Hungarian explorer László Almásy. It contains rock painting images of people swimming estimated to have been created 10,000 years ago during the time of the most recent Ice Age.

Almásy devoted a chapter to the cave in his 1934 book The Unknown Sahara. In it he postulates that the swimming scenes are real depictions of life at the time of painting and that there had been a change in climate since that time. This theory was so new at that time that his first editor added several footnotes, to make it clear that he did not share this opinion.

The cave is mentioned in the book The English Patient and the film based upon it. The cave shown in the film is not the original but a film set created by a modern artist.

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Swimming at the Summer Olympics


Swimming has been a sport at every modern Summer Olympics. It has been open to women since 1912. Along with track & field athletics and gymnastics it is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games and the one with the largest number of events.

The International Olympic Committee recognise the best performances in all 32 current pool-based swimming events at the Games as Olympic records.

Times have consistently dropped over the years due to better training techniques and to new developments in the sport.

In the first four Olympics, competitions were not held in pools, but rather in open water (1896, the Mediterranean Sea; 1900, the Seine; 1904, an artificial lake; 1906, the Mediterranean). The 1904 Olympics' races were the only ones ever measured at yards, instead of the usual metres. A 100 metre pool was built for the 1908 Olympics and sat in the centre of the main stadium's track and field oval. The 1912 Olympics, held in the Stockholm harbour, marked the beginning of electrical timing.

Male swimmers wore full body swimsuits up until the 1940s, which caused more drag in the water than their modern swim-wear counterparts. Also, over the years, pool designs have lessened the drag. Some design considerations allow for the reduction of swimming resistance making the pool faster. Namely, proper pool depth, elimination of waves, elimination of currents, increased lane width, energy absorbing racing lane lines and gutters, and the use of other innovative hydraulic, acoustic, illumination, and swimwear designs.

The 1924 Olympics were the first to use the standard 50 metre pool with marked lanes. In the freestyle, swimmers originally dove from the pool walls, but diving blocks were incorporated starting at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The flip-turn was developed by the 1950s. Swimming goggles were first allowed in 1976.

The butterfly stroke events were not held until 1956. According to the rules before then, the butterfly stroke was allowed in the breaststroke races - but then the contest rules were changed, abolishing the use of the butterfly stroke in the breaststroke races.

Women were first allowed the longer distance of 800 metres freestyle in 1968, which remains the longest distance for women. Up until then, women were considered to be too "delicate" to swim a race this long, even though the men had had the 1,500 metre freestyle from the very early years. With the new distance available for the first time Debbie Meyer of the United States won three individual free-style gold medals in 1968 - 200, 400, and 800 metres.

Both men and women were granted the 200 metre freestyle race in 1968, giving swimmers an intermediate distance race between 100 metres and 400 metres.

Women's teams were first granted the 800 metre freestyle relay race in 1996 - even though there had been a men's relay race at that distance since 1912. At six Olympiads, the men had two freestyle relay races, but the women only had one. Now, both sexes have two.

The medley relay races (4×100 metres) were not held for men or for women until 1960, but they have continued in every Olympiad since then.

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Source : Wikipedia