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She Broke a Bunch of Swim Records, Now Faces Transphobia

Controversy swirls over U of Penn's Lia Thomas, who moved to women's team after transitioning

(Newser) - The debate on trans athletes participating in college sports has just been kicked up a notch after a University of Pennsylvania swimmer broke three school records and two national ones over the past month. LGBTQ advocates say the ensuing controversy has veered into transphobic waters. NBC News reports on the...

People Love to Swim With These Dolphins. No More

Under Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA bans close encounters with nocturnal spinners

(Newser) - US regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits swimming with or getting within 50 yards of a spinner dolphin...

14-Year-Old Swimmer Sets Lake Tahoe Record

James Savage is the youngest person to swim lake's 21.3-mile length

(Newser) - A 14-year-old California boy has become the youngest person to swim the entire 21.3-mile length of Lake Tahoe and complete the alpine lake’s coveted Triple Crown. James Savage of Los Banos completed the trip across the scenic lake, which straddles the California-Nevada line, in 12 hours on Aug....

It's a Dangerous Sport, and One You May Least Suspect

Concussions, other injuries are common in synchronized swimming

(Newser) - The synchronized swimming competition gets underway this week at the Olympics, and for those who have only a superficial familiarity with the sport, two stories might provide a surprising revelation. "Synchronized Swimming Has a Concussion Problem," reads the headline in the New York Times . While a headline from...

Swimmer Says Ripped Trunks Cost Him World Record
Swimmer Says Ripped Trunks
Cost Him World Record
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Swimmer Says Ripped Trunks Cost Him World Record

But Kristof Milak easily won gold in men's 200m butterfly final

(Newser) - Kristof Milak was aiming for more than a gold medal in the men's 200 meters butterfly final—but he says he was let down by his own swimwear. The 21-year-old Hungarian champ says his trunks ripped around 10 minutes before the final, ruining his concentration, the BBC reports. With...

She's the Most Decorated Olympian at These Games

Australia's Emma McKeon wins 7th medal, while American Caeleb Dressel wins 5th gold

(Newser) - Two medal milestones emerged from the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday:
  • 5 golds: American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won his fifth gold, becoming only the fifth swimmer in history to accomplish the feat in a single Games, reports the AP . Dressel, 24, picked up two golds on Sunday, in the 50-meter freestyle

Things Will Be More Chaotic Than Usual in Pool on Saturday

In an Olympic first, men and women will team up for the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay

(Newser) - Swimming is nothing if not orderly, but get ready for a little chaos. Here comes the 4x100-meter mixed medley relay, making its Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday: two men and two women per country doing backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle, per the AP . The teams get to decide who...

Ledecky Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in Women's 1500
Ledecky Finally Tastes Gold

Ledecky Finally Tastes Gold

Hours after failing to medal, US swimmer claims first-ever gold in women's 1500

(Newser) - When Katie Ledecky finally saw that familiar number next to her name, the emotions flooded to the surface at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. She tumbled over the lane rope to give her runner-up teammate a hug. She let out an uncharacteristic scream toward the American cheering section in the mostly...

Alaska Has an Olympic Champion in an Unexpected Sport

Lydia Jacoby pulls off stunning swimming upset

(Newser) - Alaska is renowned for its majestic natural beauty. The snowy peaks. The glistening glaciers. The sparkling fjords. An Arctic paradise, for sure. Swimming? That’s never been much of a thing in the 49th US state. Until now. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s...

America's First Medal of Tokyo Games Won by Swimmer

Chase Kalisz takes gold in the 400-meter individual medley

(Newser) - Chase Kalisz won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold Sunday in the men’s 400-meter individual medley and putting an end to the US' one-day medal drought . The AP reports Jay Litherland made it a 1-2 finish for the powerhouse US team, rallying on the freestyle...

US Swimmer Going for Gold: No Vaccine for Me

Michael Andrew among unvaccinated athletes facing stricter protocol at Olympics

(Newser) - USA Today dubs Michael Andrew the "biggest Olympic name yet" to reveal he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. The 22-year-old Team USA swimmer—a gold medal favorite who holds the US record in the men's 100-meter breaststroke and posted the fastest time in five years in his...

Banned at Olympics, Caps for Black Swimmers Get One OK

Swim England gives the approval while FINA reviews its ban

(Newser) - The International Swimming Federation says it's reviewing its decision to ban from competition a swimming cap designed to accommodate natural Black hair after critics claimed the move was another barrier to minority ethnic athletes. FINA initially said it wasn't aware of any need for the Soul Cap—which...

Olympic Ban on Caps for Black Swimmers Leads to Backlash
Olympic Ban on
Caps for Black
Swimmers Leads
to Backlash
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Olympic Ban on Caps for Black Swimmers Leads to Backlash

Governing body for water sports has prohibited Soul Cap for hair that's 'volume blessed'

(Newser) - Alice Dearing will be the first female Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Tokyo, and she'd likely planned to wear her swim cap from Soul Cap, a brand she partnered with last year , during competition. Per the BBC , the Soul Cap brand is a larger...

Swimmer Opts Out of Olympic Trials, Slams 'Perverts'

Australian swimmer says no more 'exploit[ing] young women and girls'

(Newser) - "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers," said Australian swimmer Madeline "Maddie" Groves on Wednesday in her announcement that she would not be competing in her country's Olympic trials, which start Saturday. "You can no longer exploit...

Swimmer Makes Olympics 2 Years After Diagnosis

Rikako Ikee qualifies for home Games in emotional return

(Newser) - Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee on Sunday qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, just two years after she was diagnosed with leukemia. She swam a time of 57.77 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly at Japan's national championships held at the new swimming venue for the Tokyo Olympics. That qualified her...

Freediver Shatters Record for Longest Swim Under Ice

David Vencl made it farther than any human, or polar bear, on record

(Newser) - Freediver David Vencl not only broke the human record for the longest swim under ice this week, he made it farther than any polar bear on record. The Czech swimmer wore only swim trunks and goggles Tuesday when he swam underneath ice for almost 266 feet in a disused quarry...

Racism Allegation Blocks Doping Ban
Racism Allegation
Blocks Doping Ban

Racism Allegation Blocks Doping Ban

Sun Yang can swim again after court agrees decision was compromised

(Newser) - Sun Yang, the first Chinese man to win a Olympic gold medal in swimming, is free to return to international competition—for now. A federal court in Switzerland on Wednesday threw out Sun's eight-year doping ban , which was imposed in February, agreeing that the neutrality of one of the...

Teen Swims Length of 6 Football Fields to Save Dad, Sis

'I felt like it was the right thing to do,' Kiana French of Maine says after boat-flipping incident

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Maine girl is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a major swim to save her dad and sister after their boat flipped in frigid waters. The Morning Sentinel reports Kiana French was fishing Sunday on Parlin Pond in Somerset with her father, Gary, and her 14-year-old...

This Dinosaur Could Move Like No Other
This Dinosaur Had
a Unique Skill
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This Dinosaur Had a Unique Skill

Spinosaurus spent a lot of time swimming, say researchers

(Newser) - When Nizar Ibrahim suggested in 2014 that Spinosaurus was the first known dinosaur built to swim, not everyone was convinced. Skeptics wanted a better explanation of how the giant creature would have propelled itself through the water, notes Live Science . Now, Ibrahim and other researchers say they have the answer:...

China's Greatest Swimmer Hit With 8-Year Ban

Sun Yang broke anti-doping rules in destroying blood samples

(Newser) - The career of China's greatest swimmer may be kaput after he was hit Friday with an eight-year ban for destroying blood samples. Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, 28, was found guilty of breaking anti-doping rules when sample collectors paid a visit to his home following the 2018 Asian Games,...

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