June 29, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - The first dive into the water and the first strokes Teresa Crippen took while wrapping her head and her heart around the news in October 2010 that her brother Fran had died in an open-water swimming race were the hardest. Stepping up to the blocks at this week's swimming trials? Easier - but not, by any means, easy. "I don't think there's another athlete in this building who has suffered that loss through swimming," said Dick Shoulberg, who coached all four Crippen siblings at Germantown Academy.
October 26, 2010 |
Funeral services have been set for Saturday, Oct. 30, for Francis E. Crippen, 26, of Conshohocken, a medalist in international swimming competitions from Rome to Rio who died Saturday, Oct. 23, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates during a 10-kilometer open-water swimming competition. A 9 a.m. visitation at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette St., Conshohocken, is to be followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken. Mr. Crippen's mother, Patricia, said Monday that "Fran's friends are in the process of setting up a fund" in his honor.
March 21, 2007 |
What do children look forward to more than school ending, summer starting and having the opportunity to go swimming? The answer for most would be nothing. What if these children could boast a career in swimming? How many kids would wish for that? Brendan Hansen, of Havertown, succeeded in doing so. And he doesn't even need to wait until summer to swim. He will be in the pool Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, at the 12th FINA World Championships. "Going into this meet, this is a different time of year," Hansen said during a conference call before leaving for Australia.
August 21, 2006 |
Havertown's Brendan Hansen lowered his own world record in the 200-meter breaststroke for the second time in 2 weeks, beating Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima at the Pan Pacific Championships last night in Victoria, British Columbia. Hansen led all the way and touched in 2 minutes, 08.50 seconds - slicing 0.24 seconds off the mark he set Aug. 5 at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, Calif. He checked his time on the scoreboard, shouted "Yeaaah!" and punched the water with his fist, sending a spray into the air. Kitajima, of Japan, took the silver in 2:10.
August 18, 2006 |
Former football star Maurice Clarett was bankrolled by an alleged member of an Israeli crime organization after leaving Ohio State, ESPN.com reported last night, and Clarett's attorney said yesterday that his client may have been in possession of firearms last week to protect himself against mob activity. In the late summer of 2004, ESPN said, Clarett traveled to Los Angeles and met Hai Waknine, 35, a convicted felon prosecutors believe is a member of an Israeli crime organization called the Jerusalem Group.
January 16, 2006 |
First there was Maddy Crippen. Then along came younger brother Fran Crippen. You can now include Teresa Crippen in what has become a family franchise of nationally prominent swimmers. Teresa followed in her older siblings' footsteps when she represented the United States in a recent international swim meet. In keeping with the family tradition, the 15-year-old Germantown Academy sophomore excelled, winning gold medals in the girls' 400 intermediate medley and 200 backstroke at the Victorian Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month.
December 19, 2000 |
John Kenny has always been a competitive swimmer, through his days as a youth at the Hatboro YMCA to his participation at Hatboro-Horsham High. He swam with the well-respected Foxcatcher program under legendary coach Dick Shoulberg at Germantown Academy and was an average competitor, somewhat overlooked in a field of Olympic hopefuls. Now, Kenny is a middle-of-the-pack distance swimmer in Ivy League competition while attending Cornell. Once Kenny leaves the pool and takes to the ocean for long races, though, he becomes the nation's best.
August 10, 2000 |
After all the months of training and all the miles in the pool, Maddy Crippen can finally relax. The 20-year-old swimmer from Conshohockon has made the U.S. Olympic team. Crippen finished second last night in the 400-meter individual medley event at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The Villanova student who swims for Team Foxcatcher will be heading to Sydney for that event, along with first-place finisher Kaitlin Sandeno of Lake Forest, Calif. There are few sporting events as tense as the swimming trials.
August 11, 1997 |
Monica Seles survived a match point to win her 39th career title by beating Lindsay Davenport, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, in the Acura Classic tennis tournament yesterday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Seles, ranked third in the world, showed flashes of her old form, ripping searing ground strokes that produced 47 winners against the hometown favorite. Seles blew a golden opportunity in the opening set but showed her resolve in the second, fending off a match point at 4-5 with a winner. She won the set with a service break in the final game.
August 14, 1995 |
U.S. swimmer Amy Van Dyken's best event is the 50-meter freestyle, and for a very good reason: Van Dyken has to breathe only once. Breathing isn't easy for Van Dyken, who has an asthma condition so severe it sends her to the hospital three or four times a year. It often limits her workout time and requires her to use an inhaler before each race. Among other things, she is allergic to chlorine. Yesterday, Van Dyken lowered her own American record in the 50-meter freestyle, turning in a time of 25.03 seconds that also broke the meet record for the Pan-Pacific championships.