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Freediver in Trunks Sets New Under-Ice Swim Record
Freediver Shatters
Another Frigid Record

Freediver Shatters Another Frigid Record

David Vencl dives more than 170 feet on one breath, in icy waters

(Newser) - It's another wild record for freediver David Vencl, who on Tuesday managed to swim to a depth of 52.1 meters (about 171 feet) in waters as cold as 34 degrees Fahrenheit without a wetsuit. The feat took the 40-year-old Czech swimmer 114 seconds, which his promoter tells Reuters...

Some Think Twice About Wearing a Wetsuit in SF

The 'WSJ' explains wetsuit shaming is a real thing there

(Newser) - If you're not someone with firsthand knowledge of swimming in the San Francisco Bay area, then there's probably another element to these dips that has escaped you: the drama over whether to don a wetsuit while taking one. As Robert McMillan writes for the Wall Street Journal , a...

A New 'Swimming' Dinosaur Emerges
You've Never Known a
Dinosaur Like This Before

You've Never Known a Dinosaur Like This Before

'Natovenator polydontus' is first found with streamlined ribcage for swimming and diving

(Newser) - Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur unlike any other known so far. Its Latin and Greek name, Natovenator polydontus, means "swimming hunter with many teeth." Yes, swimming. "I think like a swimming Velociraptor is a pretty good characterization," Philip Currie of the University of Alberta, co-author of...

Katie Ledecky Utterly Destroys a World Record

American crushes 1,500-meter mark by 10 seconds, beats No. 2 finisher by 40 seconds

(Newser) - When she finished her 1,500-meter short-course freestyle race this weekend, American Katie Ledecky had time to take off her goggles, grimace from the pain of the race, and soak in the applause of the crowd before the second-place finisher arrived—40 seconds later. As NPR reports, that's how...

In Reversal, Cap for Black Swimmers Is Approved

FINA says the Soul Cap is OK after all

(Newser) - Update: It's a victory for Black swimmers. FINA, aka the International Swimming Federation, has reversed its decision and now says a swimming cap designed specifically for natural Black hair can be worn at the Olympics and other top-level competitions, reports the BBC . The sport's governing body previously declared...

Competitive Lifesaving Is a Sport. A Pretty Hard One

The 200-meter super lifesaver race is ... involved

(Newser) - The men's world record for the 200-meter freestyle is 1 minute, 42 seconds. But there's a much more complicated 200-meter race that has been done in a best time only slightly longer: 2 minutes, 4 seconds. It's the 200-meter super lifesaver, and it's one of the...

Nearly 800 People Went Skinny-Dipping on This Beach

769 showed up to break the Treasure Coast record at Blind Creek Beach in Lucie County, Fla.

(Newser) - There's a big "thank you" on the Treasure Coast Naturists website at the moment, expressing gratitude for all the naked people who came out to help break a Florida state record over the weekend. WTSP reports that 769 people in the buff on Sunday converged on Blind Creek...

Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships
Swimmer: I Was Drugged
After World Championships
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Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships

Canada's Mary-Sophie Harvey writes of an hours-long window she can't recall

(Newser) - Mary-Sophie Harvey’s second-to-last Instagram post shows her wearing a big smile in the pool at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she took home a bronze medal in the women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay in June. Her last post describes the horror that happened afterward. "On...

US Swimmer Rescued From Pool Bottom at Championships

Anita Alvarez said to be feeling fine after rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes

(Newser) - A US competitor at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, had to be rescued from the bottom of the swimming pool, where she sank after completing an artistic swimming routine Tuesday. Underwater photos captured fully-clothed coach Andrea Fuentes diving to the bottom of the pool where 25-year-old Anita Alvarez'...

The Rules Are Changing for Transgender Swimmers

World governing body restricts participation and plans an 'open' category

(Newser) - The governing body of world swimming has approved restrictions on the participation of transgender athletes in top competitions. Only athletes who have completed transitioning by age 12 will be allowed to compete, the BBC reports. The new rules received 71% of the vote Sunday from the 152 FINA members meeting...

Lia Thomas Scores a Big First for Transgender Athletes
Swimmer Lia Thomas
Scores a Big First

Swimmer Lia Thomas Scores a Big First

She's the first transgender athlete to win NCAA Division I title

(Newser) - Lia Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle event at the NCAA Division I women's swimming and diving championships Thursday night in Atlanta, becoming the first known transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title in any sport, WSVN reports. The University of Pennsylvania swimmer told ESPN after the race...

Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Romps at Ivy Championships

Thomas won all four races, heads next to NCAA finals

(Newser) - Lia Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer who started competing on the women's team after transitioning to female, won all four of the races she competed in last week at the Ivy League championships, three individual (in which she also set Ivy records) plus the team relay. That means...

Teammates Don't Want Transitioned Swimmer to Compete

Letter from 16 members of Penn women's team says Lia Thomas has an unfair advantage

(Newser) - Lia Thomas' teammates have weighed in against allowing the transgender swimmer to compete on the University of Pennsylvania women's squad. A letter sent to Ivy League and school officials, which says it's from 16 unidentified team members, asked that they not challenge the NCAA's revised policy on...

US Transgender Swimmers Get Some New Rules

Panel to decide if transitioned athletes like Lia Thomas have unfair advantage at elite level

(Newser) - A panel of three medical experts will determine whether a transgender swimmer has an unfair advantage over other female competitors before they are accepted at the elite level, according to a new policy from USA Swimming . The panel will consider "prior physical development of the athlete as a male...

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

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