Two Canadian Olympic Swimmers Call it Quits:

Neither Dominique Bouchard nor Chantal van Landeghem have reached 30 years of age, but the two Olympians announced they are retiring from competative swimming. Van Landeghem is the older of the two at 26, while Bouchard is 23. Bouchard, however, was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her right leg earlier in 2017, which may have been one of her reasons for retirement.

The two swam for Canada in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, with van Landeghem capturing a bronze medal in the 400 free relay. Your text to link…She also was part of the 400 medley relay team that came in fifth. In 2017, van Landeghem picked up two more bronze medals at the World Championships, swimming on both of Canada’s mixed relay teams. She was also part of the women’s 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams that finished fourth.

Bouchard competed in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in Rio, tying for ninth in the 200. While being in the Olympics was a huge honor for her, Bouchard calls 2015 her highlight season, as she had numerous first and second place finishes in the Arena Pro Circuit. She also competed in the Pan Am Games.

Even though their swimming careers are over, the two are ready to embark on another path. Van Landegham plans to get a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba, while Bouchard will apply to medical school.

Swimmer Gets A Second Chance At Glory

Miguel Duran is a Spanish swimmer who always dreamed of swimming at the Olympics. This dream has come true in 2017, but Miguel’s dream was almost cut short after he accidentally engaged in a false start. After being thrown out of the race for the false start, Miguel Duran left the water with tears running down his face. His family and friends embraced him.

The Olympics committee just announced they are giving Miguel Duran a second chance to swim. The committee has never done this for anyone, but they were moved by Miguel’s tears and the sadness displayed on his face. When asked why he engaged in a false start, Miguel stated that he does not know. He believes it was just his nerves and him overthinking the situation.

Miguel Duran further stated that he must look past the false start. He is extremely happy that the Olympics committee is giving him a second chance to swim. Miguel was most upset due to all the hours, days, and months he devoted to training for this special occasion. Miguel told the press that he will be more careful in the future, and he told his coaches they do not have to worry about another false start. Miguel Duran hopes he can revive himself and his reputation by winning the swimming competition at the 2017 Olympic games.

New Documentary Highlights Autistic Swimmers

There’s a new documentary about swimmers with autism, and how the sports helps them to navigate through life. “Swim Team” aired recently on PBS and focuses on the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team based in New Jersey. The team is made up of young adults and teenagers who are all on the autism spectrum. This documentary helps to emphasize the fact that autism effects everyone differently, and highlights the notion that sports and physical activities can promote social interactions and confidence in individuals with special needs. “Swim Team” also introduces the founders of Hammerheads, Mike and Maria McQuay.

Lara Stolman is the filmmaker for this documentary, and she was inspired to create the project when her son, who is now 11, was diagnosed with autism almost a decade ago. Stolman wanted her son to learn the skill of swimming as soon as possible. She researched the Jersey Hammerheads and their mission, and wanted her son to be a part of the group. The swim team’s mission is to let autistic individuals know that they are capable of reaching milestones and achieving goals just like their non-autistic peers are. The documentary explains that the swim team members have full and fulfilling lives and have other hobbies and interests besides swimming.

Stolman shares that she felt like she was a member of the team while filming the documentary. For more information on “Swim Team,” visit www.huffingtonpost.com.

USA Swimming – Junior Pan Pacific Championships 2018 Selection Criteria

Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will be taking place come 2018. The USA Swimming has publicized the eligibility requirements and procedures for the upcoming 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, planned and scheduled for August 23 to August 27 in Fiji. Top junior-level swimmers from Canada, United States, Japan, and Australia will showcase their swimming and diving skills in the competitions.

Participants must be US citizens, be eligible to represent the country in the competition and be registered under USA swimming. Swimmers must be between ages 13 and 18, and the USA Swimming team will select up to 20 female and 20 male swimmers to compete at the tournaments on December 31, 2018. Qualified teens are therefore those born between years 2000 and 2005. Swimmers chosen to participate in the senior category of the Pan Pacific Championships planned for August 9 to August 13 in Tokyo do not qualify for the Fiji Junior Pan Pacific competitions.

All the top and qualified athletes in all Olympic events will be chosen together with all the swimmers ranked the second position in the 100 and 200 free categories. Additional swimmers ranked second position, as well as swimmers ranked the third place will also be considered if space will be available. To be considered for participation in the USA swimming team, an athlete must be an accessible swimmer, hold valid U.S. passport by August 13th, 2018 and be willing to follow all the rules and regulations of Jr. Pan Pac Championships.

Using Swimming Lessons to Close the Racial Gap In New York

About 58 percent of Latino Children and 69 percent of black children have little to swimming ability, that’s relative to the 42 percent of their white counterparts. According to a survey conducted by the US Swimming Foundation, the gap between the number of Latino and African-American children with limited or no ability to swim compared to white children is shrinking. At the moment, the gap is still significant, but more low income and minority children are finding their way into the water.

Targeted Audience

In New York city, the efforts to close the gap are led by a number of private and public entities that offer free swimming lessons to children from this particular demographic. Non-profit organizations have their free swimming lessons programs too, but the state government, through a program sponsored by the state parks department, is leading by example. New York’s parks department offers free swimming lessons for over 20,000 children across the five boroughs. According to Rose Harvey, the commissioner of the New York state parks department, this is a targeted audience.

Fear of Drowning

The audience is comprised of people who don’t have an opportunity to learn how to swim that their counterparts might have. According to the study, the biggest impediment to learning how to swim among Latino and African-American children is the fear of drowning, a fear that’s so closely linked to race. African-American children, as well as their parents, are more fearful of drowning than their white counterparts. By offering free swimming lessons for low-income and the minority in the society, New York city hopes to close the racial divide, one lesson at a time.

Sun, Seebohm Nab Swimmer of the Year Honors:

At the beginning of the decade, Sun Yang was one of the top distance swimmers in the world. The Chinese won the Gold Medal in the 1,500 meter free in 2012, took the world title twice, and broke the world record in 2011. But since 2013, his performance in distance events has dropped off, including a loss at the 2016 Olympics. This, however, has not deterred Sun. He has switched his focus to mid-distance events, and has dominated them. His accomplishments have earned him Swimming World’s Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year Award for the fourth time in his career. Sun won the world championship in both the 200 and 400 free this year. In fact, since winning a Gold Medal in the 400 in the 2012 Olympics, Sun has only lost the event once in international competition.

In a decade’s worth of international competition, Australian Emily Seebohm has racked up five Olympic medals and 14 World Championship medals. While endometriosis affected her performance at the Rio Olympics, surgery corrected the condition, and Seebohm came back strong in 2017 to capture Swimming World’s Pacific Rim Female Swimmer of the Year Award. She won the 200 back at the World Championships, picked up silver medals in two relays, and a bronze in the 100 back. Your text to link… Seebohm also ended up ranked Number One in the world in the 200 back.

Introduction of Virtual Technology in Swimming with Dolphins

A swimming encounter with dolphins is one of the fantastic phenomenon individuals can ever dream of and has highly been condemned by environmentalists as a cruel act. However, a Dutch non-profit organization believes that swimming with dolphins is one of the safest ways for the disabled to enjoy swimming with the incorporation of the immersive advances offered by Virtual Reality (VR). The formation of the new club was termed as a realization of a journey that was started by Marijke Sjollema, an artist. Marijke narrated that she first encounter with a dolphin while swimming at the Mexican coast in 1993.

Marijke explained her first experience as seeing a dark shadow under water and instinctively thought it was a shark. Later on, discovered that the shadow kept following her, and it was then that she realized it was a dolphin. It was at that moment that she learnt to love dolphins. She explained her love for dolphins as a magical feeling that brings about playfulness, innocence, and happiness whenever anyone meets a dolphin. Together with her husband, they devoted their time and resources to enable people to discover their encounter with dolphins.

VR’s handsets were first launched in 2015. Several years later, they went a step further by developing waterproof VR glasses that allow individuals to watch dolphins around them in virtual reality. The primary aim of VR incorporation in dolphin technology was to enable disabled people to enjoy swimming with dolphins. Apart from that, the sophisticated technology provided an alternative to dolphin-assisted therapy. This method has been proven successful since 2016 and has been shown to have noticeable benefits. It was also revealed that 82 percent of the company’s clients feel relaxed by using the VR technology.

Getting the Most Out of Daily Swimming

Swimming is one of the best activities you can do if you want to be able to workout. Working out is difficult to do if you do not like what you are doing. It is difficult to stay as motivated as possible, and this is why you need to find something that is going to provide you with the right motivation that you need and this is something that you are going to find with swimming. Swimming is totally different from any other exercise that you have done in the past, and it is a good time for you to consider this as an option if you would like to be able to feel amazing and know that you are doing something positive for your health and overall well being.

There are a lot of people who are beginning to go swimming in order to workout more regularly. Because there are tons of areas you can go to that offer indoor swimming, this is something that you should be able to do any time of the year even if you live in an area that gets harsh winters. This is an activity that is unlike any other exercise that you have done in the past, and it is something that you are sure to enjoy for yourself and know that this is a wonderful way for you to lose weight and feel your absolute best when it comes to getting the most out of this for yourself and your own personal needs.

Fresno State Recruiting Close to Home for 2018

The Fresno State Women’s Swim Team did not have to go far to find swimmers for its 2018 roster. The squad has already picked up four athletes from within the borders of California. The latest to commit with the Lady Bulldogs is Linda Cho from Brea. In her three years swimming for Olinda High School, Cho qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Division II Championships every year. Her events include the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free, and 200 IM. Outside of high school, Cho swims year-round for Brea Aquatics, and achieved a personal best over the summer in the LCM 200 fly.

Along with Cho, Fresno State’s other California committals are Elizabeth Wenner, Jannae Torres, and Mackenzie Ayala. Wenner comes from Ripon High School, where she finished 15th in the 50 free with a time of 24.84 and 13th in the 100 free with a time of 54.89 at this year’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Torres, from James Logan High School in Union City, is a two-time 100 breast champion in the Mission Valley Athletic League. Ayala won the Capital Valley Conference Championship in both the 100 free and 200 free for Antelope High School in 2016, and was the team MVP in 2015 and 2016. Your text to link…

Last season, Fresno State finished seventh at the Mountain West Championships, with two of its swimmers winning gold medals.

Is Swimming a Good Type of Exercise?

There are tons of exercises out there for you to choose for yourself. Because of all the different types, you might be trying to find one that is worth taking a look into and utilizing for yourself. Because of this, it helps you to feel connected when going swimming, as this is a great low-impact exercise option that millions of people do on a daily basis. Even in harsh weather, there are tons of indoor swimming areas that you can take advantage of if you need to workout.

Because of its low-impact activity, swimming is a great option for a lot of people and is just what you need to feel good about the choices that you’ve made. There are lots of people out there who have made the decision to work on swimming and are finding it to be a great way for them to get in exercise and feel amazing about themselves. This is a great way for you to workout in a way that you’re truly going to love. Be sure to talk with your doctor before starting any exercise program. You are also going to want to take a look at different areas locally where you can go swimming and be able to enjoy yourself. This is a wonderful option for when you want to get fit and feel great about yourself, as this is something that is sure to be a good fit for yourself and know that it is right for your own well-being.