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Water Current May Have Affected Rio Swim Times

Researchers blame a design flaw in the pool

(Newser) - Green water isn't the only controversy swirling around swimming events in Rio. US researchers say a possible design flaw in the pool produced a water current that gave some swimmers an unfair advantage, reports the Wall Street Journal . Specifically, they say that swimmers in the high-numbered lanes of... More »

One for the Ages: Phelps Nabs 23rd—and Final?—Gold

Swimmer achieves legend as he closes out his 5th Games

(Newser) - Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip, and gave a little nod. This was how he really wanted to go out. On top of his game in the water. Totally content away from the pool. "It turned out pretty cool,... More »

Simone Manuel Delivers Awesome Olympic Moment

She makes history as a black swimmer

(Newser) - She wasn't supposed to win, yet Simone Manuel did just that in history-making fashion Thursday with a stunning late surge in the 100-meter freestyle. The US swimmer earned a gold medal along with Canada's Penny Oleksiak, who shared her Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds in the... More »

Phelps Takes Another Gold, Busts an Ancient Record

Move over, Leonidas of Rhodes

(Newser) - Michael Phelps continued his habit of winning Olympic gold Thursday night by cruising to an easy victory in the 200-meter individual-medley. It's his fourth gold at the Rio Games and his 22nd gold overall, reports AP . It's also his 13th gold in an individual event, which breaks a... More »

Let's Ease Up on Demonizing This Swimmer

Case against Yulia Efimova isn't so clear, writes Sally Jenkins

(Newser) - Americans ought to think twice before joining in the gleeful hazing of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, writes Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post . In a Cold War-style salvo, US swimmer Lilly King drew cheers at the Rio Olympics when she finger-wagged her Russian rival and called her a drug cheat.... More »

No, Those Aren't Hickeys on Olympic Athletes

They're bruises from 'cupping therapy'

(Newser) - If you watched Michael Phelps snag his 19th gold medal in Rio Sunday, you might also have noticed he had several red dots on his upper body like "a Gatorade bottle had given him a hickey," per Fox Sports . That's essentially what happened, but instead of a... More »

9-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Swim

He swam from SF to Alcatraz Island and back

(Newser) - Nine-year-old James Savage may have a new Guinness World Record under his belt. The California boy swam from the shore of San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back on Tuesday, becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile trip, per NBC News . A 10-year-old boy previously held the record after... More »

Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming

Effectively ending his Olympic dreams

(Newser) - Brock Turner may have received just a six-month sentence (of which he'll likely serve only three) from a judge for raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster, but he won't get the same leniency from USA Swimming, USA Today reports. The organization, which oversees all professional swim... More »

Sad Fact of Syrian Life: Spike in Swimming Lessons

Pool owners in Jordan say future refugees are signing up

(Newser) - A report in the Syrian Observer illustrates how bleak things are for people hoping to start new lives elsewhere: They're signing up for swimming lessons ahead of the dangerous boat trip. The dispatch collects anecdotal evidence from the operators of three separate sports clubs in Jordan, all of whom... More »

Dartmouth Swimmer Dies Trying to Do Laps Without Breathing

Tate Ramsden went into distress while still underwater

(Newser) - Tate Ramsden swam for Dartmouth College as a freshman and sophomore, but the Tennessee 21-year-old, who was planning to graduate from Dartmouth in 2017, died Saturday at a Sarasota, Fla., YMCA pool while visiting the city with his family over the holiday weekend. Ramsden was swimming there with his sister,... More »

This Man's Plan: Swim Around the World in 450 Days

Martin Strel will pass through bodies of water in 100-plus countries

(Newser) - Martin Strel swims with a knife strapped to his right leg—in case he encounters sharks, "vampire" fish, and other deadly marine life in the world's wildest waters. Yesterday, the 60-year-old marathon swimmer from Phoenix announced the toughest feat of his life: a 10,000-mile around-the-world voyage on... More »

Ryan Lochte's New Turns Are Too Radical for Swimming

Swimming's governing body sent out a new rules 'interpretation'

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte's new underwater turns were a little too radical for swimming's governing body. The 11-time Olympic medalist will no longer be able to swim underwater on his back during freestyle legs of individual medley events. FINA sent a new rules "interpretation" notice to all member federations... More »

Woman Completes 'World's Toughest Swim'

She braved sharks to swim 30 miles to Golden Gate Bridge

(Newser) - A San Francisco resident has become the first woman to swim the 30-mile stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge and conquer one of the world's most dangerous crossings. Kim Chambers, 38, dove in the cold water late Friday and passed under the bridge about 17... More »

10-Year-Old Girl Taking on World's Best Swimmers

Bahrain's Alzain Tareq is competing in Swimming World Championships

(Newser) - For anyone whose greatest athletic accomplishment as a 10-year-old was not choking on an orange slice after your pee-wee soccer game, meet 10-year-old Alzain Tareq from Bahrain. She is doing slightly better than that, competing in the 2015 Swimming World Championships as the youngest swimmer ever to do so, USA ... More »

Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

Man in Lake Felt Something Brush His Foot, Is Now Hero

That 'something' was a 3-year-old

(Newser) - Angelo Mondragon is officially a father of three. In his heart, he's a father of four. The 32-year-old Colorado man was in waist-deep water while swimming at Windsor Lake north of Denver on Sunday afternoon when he felt something brush against his feet, reports CBS Denver . It wasn't... More »

Champion Synchronized Swimmers Try to Do Routine Drunk

Swedish team shows dangers of swimming while intoxicated

(Newser) - What happens what you throw Stockholm's three-time world champion men's synchronized swimming team into a pool after feeding members shots? A whole lot of splashing and not much swimming, apparently. The experiment—yes, experiment—was part of a "Don't Drink and Dive" water safety campaign from... More »

USA Swimming Punishes Michael Phelps

The swimmer is forced to withdraw from world championships

(Newser) - USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships, and taken away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest. The sanctions announced today won't keep Phelps... More »

Trapped in UK Sea Cave, Swimmer Dies

Rescuers fail to reach her through tiny 'blowhole'

(Newser) - A woman was swimming off the south coast of England when she got trapped in a sea cave; amid "horrendous" weather conditions, the 30-year-old died before rescuers could reach her, the BBC reports. She and her brother, 31, had apparently been "coasteering"—climbing on rocks, then jumping... More »

Nyad Begins 'Magical' 48-Hour Swim for Sandy

'I'm going to feel the solidarity' with swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Richard Simmons

(Newser) - The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida is attempting to swim in a pool in midtown Manhattan for 48 straight hours to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. Wearing a pink swim cap, Diana Nyad dove into the 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square and began doing laps... More »

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