Indiana University has officially established itself as a swimming powerhouse. The Hoosiers recently captured the men’s swimming championship for the Big 10. This is the second straight year they have accomplished this feat. The last time that the school did this was 32 years ago. Most people think of the great basketball teams coached by Bobby Knight when they think about Indiana University sports. However, the swimming program has already become a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA. The University of Michigan made it close for a while. However, the Hoosiers eventually pulled away to secure the victory.
Indiana University has placed a priority on their swimming program in recent years. They have donated a great deal of financial resources to recruiting some of the best swimming talent in the country. This strategy has paid off in a big way the past couple of years. Now they will begin their quest to capture the title for three years in a row. It will be a daunting task. There is a lot of great talent that is coming into the Big 10. Some of the other schools will be improved by the time the next swimming season starts. However, they will all have their work cut out for them in order to beat the Hoosiers.
Indiana was actually trailing in the event for a period of time. However, Indiana was able to rally and make an impressive comeback in order to take the title. Members of the team had little doubt they would win.
After three days of competition, the Florida International Women are poised to claim their fourth straight conference championship. With one more day remaining in the Conference USA Championships, the Lady Panthers have a commanding lead with 707 points. Rice University comes in at a distant second with 502 points, and Marshall University is a distant third at 353 points.
In Day Three of the championships, FIU owned the Women’s 100 Fly, with Letizia Bertelli, the C-USA Swimmer of the Year last year, taking first with a time of 53.32. Teammate Ally Mayhew got a second place finish at 54.25. The win was a bit of redemption for Bartelli, who finished second in the 100 Fly at last year’s conference championships. Your text to link… Bertelli and Mayhew also joined Naomi Ruele and Carita Luukkanen for a first place finish in the 4×100 Medley Relay at 3:36.02.
Ruele, meanwhile, was a winner in the 100 Back with a time of 52.54. This comes the day after she finished first in the 50 Free. Luukkanen also had a third place finish in the 100 Breast.
Florida International also grabbed the top two spots in the 200 Free, with last year’s Swimmer of the C-USA Championships Meet Kyna Pereira coming in first at 1:46.72, and teammate Sky Carey placing second at 1:47.35. The Lady Panthers also took the top five spots in the one meter dive.
Day One of the Big East Swimming and Diving Championships proved not only a successful day for the Villanova Women, but a record setting one as well.
The Lady Cats dominated the 800 freestyle relay, beating both Georgetown and Seton Hall by 14 seconds with a time of 7:11.36. Not only did the foursome of Alexandra Fabbri, Taylor Wilson, Millcent Routledge, and Elise Pidutti claim the conference title in the event, they also established a new pool record at the SPIRE Institute in Ohio. The time was also ten seconds better than Nova’s time in the seeding. The biggest key to the relay team’s success was the fact all four swimmers achieved splits under 1:50, with Fabbri coming in at 1:45.66 on the first leg. Your text to link…
But Villanova was not done there. Fabbri and Wilson returned with Darby Goodwin and Heather Farley to get the win in a very hotly contested 200 medley relay. The Lady Cats finished with a time of 1:40.05, while Xavier took second at 1:41.90 and Georgetown ended up in third place with a time of 1:43.02.
Even with these impressive victories, Villanova ended the first day of the Big East Championships in second place with 105 points. Georgetown has the top spot with 125 points, while Seton Hall is a distant third with 83 points.
It was an exciting finish at the Big East 2018 Swimming and Diving Championship this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. After days of back and forth, the Seton Hall men’s team emerged as champions, narrowly defeating the Villanova men’s squad. This is Seton Hall’s second straight men’s title in swimming and diving. For a while, it looked like Villanova would win its first Big East men’s swimming and diving title in 25 years. The Seton Hall men were actually trailing heading into the final night of the four-day competition. But a late push and a narrow first place win by the Seton Hall men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team put the Pirates over the top. The Pirates finished the meet with a score of 777.0, with Villanova knocking on the door at 749.5.
On the women’s side, Villanova was able to claim first place for the fifth straight year. Unlike the men’s competition, the Wildcats built a lead early in the competition and never looked back. The women of Georgetown finished in second place, also for the fifth straight year. Villanova solidified its reputation of complete dominance in relays with another convincing gold medal performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay to cap off the competition and finish the event with a sweep of the relay events. The lady Wildcats notched an impressive final tally of 966.5, while the runner-up women of Georgetown scored a 628.5.
Situated 7,000 feet above sea level in Flagstaff, Arizona, home to some very harsh winters, one may not think of Northern Arizona University as a powerhouse when it comes to swimming.
But the NAU Women once again blew that perception out of the water. They came away as the Western Athletic Conference Champions for the fifth straight year. The Lady Jacks dominated the field, garnering 810 points. Second place New Mexico State came away with 601 points, Idaho was third at 585 points, and another Arizona-based school, Grand Canyon University, was fourth at 519 points.
NAU capped off its championship performance by winning the final event, the 400 Free Relay. Seniors Roni Houck, Kimmy Richter, and Alina Staffeldt, and Freshman Elisa Rodriguez set a new school record with a time of 3:23.27.
On the Men’s side, Wyoming took home the WAC title, the first time they have done so in 59 years. This comes after placing second at the conference championships in three out of the last four years. Your text to link… The Cowboys notched 851 points, while UNLV finished second with 780 points and Grand Canyon University placed third at 630 points. Wyoming did not have many first place finishes, but had a lot of swimmers place in the top eight, racking up the points and getting the title. Scotia Mullin claimed two individual championships for Wyoming in the three-meter and platform dives, while Wade Nelson won the 400 IM.
Even though swimming has physical and mental health benefits, it can be difficult. People who are professional swimmers often face many obstacles. However, they are able to learn many life lessons while they are swimming.
Swimming teaches people to persevere despite the fact that there are facing adversity. Swimming is a mental sport. That is why issues that people are having outside of the pool can affect their performance. Swimming teaches people that they have to stay focused.
Swimming also teaches people the value of teamwork. You have to put other people ahead of your team. People have to make sure that they are swimming for the entire team and not just for themselves.
Additionally, swimming teaches people how to communicate effectively. You have to be able to communicate with your coaches. You also have to be able to communicate with your teammates. Great communication skills are needed in every aspect of your life.
You have to be able to effectively communicate with your employers. You have to be comfortable with asking questions and answering questions. Great communication is also an important part of the interview possible.
You will be able to get constructive criticism from your coaches. This constructive criticism will prepare you for life on the job. There are a number of aspects of swimming that can help you grow as a person. It is important to look at how swimming is helping your personal life.
If anyone still could not decide which team would be the favorite in the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships, the final CSCAA poll of the regular season may help them make up their minds. The Stanford Men jumped up from #4 in the nation to grab the #1 spot, knocking conference foe California out of the top spot. The Cardinal finished the regular season 6-0 in their dual meets. This includes a close 151-149 victory over California February 17th to close out the regular season. Your text to link… Stanford also scored another close win over another Pac-12 team, USC, getting by them 151.5-148.5. Their other dual meet victories were not as challenging; 184-101 vs. ASU, 194-99 vs. Arizona, and 141.5-95.5 vs. Utah. Capping off Stanford’s terrific regular season, Tarek Abdelghany was named the Pac-12 Diver of the Week, — his third such honor of the season — and Abrahm Devine nabbed Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week honors.
While the Cardinal enter the Conference Meet as the top team in the country, their final step to Nationals will not be an easy one. Four teams in the latest top ten poll come out of the Pac-12. Included with #1 Stanford are #2 California, #8 ASU, and #9 USC. In addition, Arizona checks in at #18 in the country.
The Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships runs February 21st – 23rd, and the Men’s Swimming Championships takes place February 28th – March 3rd in Washington.
The Olympic games are a place where records are set and the swimmers give the best of themselves. Everyone expects the best to be given at the games and for the swimmers to rest until the next 4-year event. The 2017 swimming games were an exception and will be recorded in the history of swimming with 13 Olympic distances and a world champion that went further than the Olympic winner.
Among the men that were the biggest swimmers in the Olympics were Sun Yang, Gregorio Paltrinieri, and Adam Peaty. They were able to maintain their runs from the previous Olympic games. Sun Yang improved in 2017 by 1.3 seconds.
Peaty and Paltrinieri have a four-year unbeaten path in the long-course pool swimming. The post-Olympic signs on these two were clearly seen. It is a challenge to maintain the hard work done before the Olympics. Example of this is the defeat of Paltrinieri in an 800m free in Budapest.
The three women who were at the top of the Olympic event are Katie Ledecky from the USA, Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, and Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden. The post-Olympic symptoms hit Ledecky and Hosszu as well. Both of them had world records from the previous years. Ledecky came second in Budapest to the Italian Federica Pellegrini.
Unlike them, Belmonte now belongs to the Rio-Budapest champions. Her long-course title was won in those events.
Sjostrom was a different story. She accomplished a peak performance in her freestyle. She also performed well in the sprint events.
In the current age, society has become more aware of health and nutrition. We have taken more control of our diets and physical exercise. There are many avenues to assist in living a healthier life, but swimming is arguably the most effective.
Swimming is an important way to release inflammation throughout the body. Swimming assists in breaking up the lactic acid, which helps with soreness. You don’t need two hours a night to work out but take thirty-five minutes a day to hop in the pool, and do some laps. Swimming utilizes many key muscles. You can expect to work out the bicep, triceps, shoulders, chest, and back. Utilizing different strokes will isolate different muscle groups. The foundation of our strength and stability is our core. The core includes the lower back, above the knees, and the abdominal area. Swimming is the best core workout you can do. Your text to link…
In many health and fitness facilities, the pool and sauna are usually close to one another. Combining these two will be beneficial to establish a routine. Beginning a new routine you want to start out slowly, and gauge what your body can handle. The lack of resistance is important in swimming. Make it a routine to swim for the allotted time, and get in the sauna for fifteen minutes. The art of swimming brings tension and resistance free workout for vital joints and any problem areas you may have. An overlooked aspect of swimming helps your body fine tune itself to work together, and support weaker target areas. This forces the body’s muscle groups to support and assist lacking areas, and it supports stabilization muscles, which is beneficial for the body.
Now that the big game is over, most people, especially die hard sports fans, will be focusing on the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. Those who enjoy poise, and elegance will be awaiting the swimming competitions. Watching the swimmers perform with such precision is a pure delight. Cheering for your favorite country to win is as exciting as the Super Bowl. It takes years of practice to become an Olympic swimmer. These atheletes go through a rigorous routine of diet and exercise. They appear to have been taught to think of their sport as a way of life. Being so focused with that thought in mind ensures a perfect competitive spirit. Your text to link…
Swimming is a sport that does wonders for all participants, even if you are not preparing for the Olympics. It is healthy, and has many medicinal benefits. Swimming is used as therapy for many illnesses. People who have had injuries that hinder their ability to walk receive great benefits from hydrotherapy. Trying to swim increases their chances of recovery, and may be capable of walking again. Learning to swim at a very young age is when most children are motivated to practice to become an Olympic swimmer. They have big dreams of winning the gold for their country. Just to be chosen as a participant is a great achievement. They are inspired by former swimmers, and aspire to be one of the great performers. Watching the swimmers as they move effortlessly through the water is a wonderful experience.