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Alex Cramer

The Olympics officially kick off this week with opening ceremonies on Friday! There are so many awesome stories out there about different athletes from around the world. Here are some inspiring tales to get you pumped for what is undoubtedly going to be an unforgettable Olympics and a couple of pieces about what to expect from athletes who are committed to racial justice. Americans to Watch at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics The 7 Runners Representing the Refugee Olympic Team Allyson Felix Lands Spot at 2021 Tokyo Olympics and First as...

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Did you know that there is a 100x50 Freestyle Relay? Recently 100 Egyptian Swimmers got together and raced a 100x50 meter relay finishing with a time of 42:12.15, that's averaging 25.3 per 50! There were athletes from all over the county, ranging from Olympic and Paralympic swimmers, to Masters Swimmers, to junior championship swimmers aged between 15 and 62. Click here to read more!

Alex Cramer

We’re not usually in the habit of patting ourselves on the back, but this week’s news is too good for us not to brag a little. On Wednesday, July 8th, the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) put out their top 50 coaches of the year (2021) list. Our very own Coach Kate made the list for a second year in a row and is the only Illinois coach listed! No doubt, the fact that our 9-12 year old program is ranked 6th in the country plays a role, but this...

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Last week FINA (the international swimming organization that oversees all aquatic sports) announced that they would not allow Soul Caps (caps made specifically for people with “thick, curly, and voluminous hair”) to be worn by swimmers in the Olympics. Their reasoning...that Soul Caps don’t fit the “natural form of the head” and “the athletes competing at the international events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration". Maritza Mclendon said FINA’s decision showed that the sport still has a structural problem giving underrepresented groups a voice...

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Did you know that on June 26th Sajan Prakash became the first ever Indian Swimmer to achieve the FINA 'A' Olympic cut? At the 58th Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Prakash was able to split his 200 Fly in a 55.56/1:00.82 for a new national record of 1:56.38, as well as pushing past the Fina A cut, 1:56.48, by .10 seconds! It really shows how focusing on those little changes and staying disciplined during your race can impact your goals. One tenth of a second can make all the difference!

Alex Cramer

June is Pride month, a time for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate, activate and honor those who have been lost to hate crimes or AIDS/HIV. It's also a time to reflect on what you can do/have done to support this community and those you love who are part of it (whether they are out or not). This year's Pride Parade is back! If you want to learn more about the parade happening in Chicago, click here or for Evanston’s Pride click here. Here are some great articles and resources to...

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This Saturday, June 19th is Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Gavelston, Texas in 1865, effectively freeing the last enslaved people in the United States. According to Juneteenth.com, “Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations...It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future...In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and...

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Trials have been underway for the past week, but Wave II is what we’ve really been looking forward to! After years of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and every emotion and physical pursuit you can imagine, your teammate, Carly Novelline gets her chance at Olympic glory. Carly is competing in the 100 Back on Monday, June 14th and the 100 Free on Thursday, June 17th. You can watch trials via USA Swimming (link is at the top of the home page). On January 12th, Carly sat down for a Q&A session...

Alex Cramer

DYK that the Olympic Trials pool is built inside a stadium? Check out this awesome timelapse of the 2021 Olympic Trials pool being put together inside the CHI Health Center Omaha. After the success of selling out 10,000 tickets to the 2004 Long Beach trials, USA Swimming has been using stadiums to allow for bigger crowds. According to SwimSwam, attendance nearly doubled for the 2008 trials and in 2016 the event sold 200,000 tickets! The criteria is pretty interesting for what stadiums are considered; take a peek at this article...

Alex Cramer

DYK that Masters swimming has a broad spectrum of athletes? As we approach the Olympics and watch our younger elite athletes break world records, it’s easy to forget (or even be unaware of completely) that people of all ages and skill sets participate in Masters programs. In swimming, Masters athletes range from age 18-98! Cindy Ong, a 37 year old mother of three from Malaysia is working towards her goal of breaking a record at the 2021 World Masters Championships (postponed until 2022). After a 10 year hiatus from swimming,...