July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - The news came first on Twitter, mixed into a stream of updates on the social lives of her friends and teammates. Back home, half a world away, a movie theater had turned into a killing field. Missy Franklin, who could win as many as seven Olympic swimming medals, goes to high school in Aurora, Colo. One of her best friends had talked excitedly for weeks about hitting the midnight opening of the new Batman movie. For a few hours on July 20, Franklin was not the breakout star of the U.S. women's swim team.
July 28, 2012
LONDON - In many ways, Michael Phelps has already won. Whatever happens in his epic showdown Saturday night in the Olympic Aquatics Centre - whether Phelps or Ryan Lochte wins, or if some other challenger shocks the field - Phelps has already etched his name among the all-time Olympians. Somewhere above Mark Spitz and just below Zeus. Lochte is capable of beating Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley. He already did, at the U.S. Olympic trials a few weeks ago. That victory started the drumbeat of anticipation for this Games-opening swim-off.
June 14, 2012 |
The body of 10-year-old Khitan Devine, who disappeared in the surf in Atlantic City on Sunday night, was found near the beach in Margate on Wednesday morning, according to the Coast Guard in Philadelphia. The body was discovered by lifeguards a few yards from shore at Huntington Avenue, about four miles south of where he went missing. Khitan, who lived in North Carolina with his mother but spent summers with his father in Philadelphia, was in the water with his family Sunday evening at a beach between Kentucky Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, officials said.
June 11, 2012
RESCUE WORKERS were searching Sunday night for a 10-year-old Philadelphia boy who disappeared while swimming in the ocean just off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Atlantic City, a Coast Guard official said. Chief Petty Officer Neena Santiago, a search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard's Delaware Bay and Philadelphia sector, said the boy, identified as Khitan Devine, was the object of a search by Coast Guard workers, state police and fire rescue. The Coast Guard deployed 25-foot response boats and a helicopter to look for the child, Santiago said.
May 3, 2012 |
ALEXANDER DALE OEN, a world-champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 26. The president of the Norwegian swimming federation, Per Rune Eknes, told the Associated Press in a phone interview that Dale Oen died after suffering a cardiac arrest. In a statement, the federation said the 100-meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom late Monday.
May 2, 2012
World champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen of Norway died suddenly from cardiac arrest during a pre-Olympic training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 26. Dale Oen, one of Norway's biggest medal hopes for the London Olympics, was found collapsed on his bathroom floor late Monday and was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Flagstaff Medical Center, Norwegian swimming federation President Per Rune Eknes confirmed on Tuesday. He said it was still unclear what led to the cardiac arrest.
April 27, 2012 |
The long-distance runner is famously lonely. The long-distance swimmer is not only lonely but often afraid. Sometimes it's just the swimmer and a vast ocean. No competitors in sight. No comforting landmarks or safe harbors. No noise. Nothing but the waves to disrupt the solace, the fear. When Fran Crippen introduced him to open-water swimming a few years ago, Arthur Frayler "freaked out. " As they swam alone in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida, the youngster wouldn't let his mentor get more than a few feet away.
February 26, 2012 |
John Joseph Macionis, 95, formerly of Elkins Park, a retired sales executive and swimmer who won a silver medal at the Berlin Olympics when he was 20 and went on to win medals in his 60s, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Colonnades, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Macionis graduated in 1933 from Central High School, where he captained the swim team and set a 220-yard freestyle scholastic record. As a youth, he also swam for the Germantown YMCA and for the Big Brothers Swimming Association at AAU events.
February 14, 2012 |
The Cherokee girls' swim team qualified for a sectional championship meet for the first time in nearly three decades, as Isabel Obregon keyed the second-seeded Chiefs' 97-73 win over No. 3 seed West Windsor-Plainsboro South on Tuesday in a Central Jersey Public A semifinal. Obregon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 57.67 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.39, led off Cherokee's winning effort in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.53), and swam the anchor leg on the Chiefs' victorious 400 freestyle relay squad (3:45.
February 12, 2012
Will Manion won two individual events and led off the winning effort in the 200-yard freestyle relay, highlighting top-seeded Haddonfield's 113-57 victory over No. 8 seed Woodstown in Friday's South Jersey Public B swimming quarterfinal at GCIT. Manion took first in the 200 free in 1 minute, 47.81 seconds, and won the 100 free in :47.84. In a quarterfinal at Burlington County College, second-seeded Moorestown swept all 11 events to dismiss No. 7 seed Cumberland, 132.5-37.5. J.D. Schurer (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke)