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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.
SPORTS
April 27, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
December 18, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shane Ryan committed to Penn State on a swim scholarship around late October, in a simpler time, back when the university was viewed merely as the bedrock of an otherwise sleepy town in the heart of the commonwealth. Some things, of course, have changed dramatically. Ryan's resolve hasn't. The Haverford High senior - all 6-foot-6 of him - has stood firm in his commitment to the Nittany Lions, signing a letter of intent a few weeks ago. "Once that went down," Ryan said of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, "I was, like, it has nothing to do with the swim team.
SPORTS
December 18, 2011 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Shane Ryan committed to Penn State on a swim scholarship around late October, in a simpler time, back when the university was viewed merely as the bedrock of an otherwise sleepy town in the heart of the Commonwealth. Some things, of course, have changed dramatically. Ryan's resolve hasn't. The Haverford High senior - all 6-foot-6 of him - has stood firm in his commitment to the Nittany Lions, signing a letter of intent a few weeks ago. "Once that went down," Ryan said of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, "I was, like, it has nothing to do with the swim team.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAO PAULO - Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a river beach popular with tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 unwary swimmers, authorities said yesterday. Officials in the city of Caceres in Mato Grosso state said this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at the Daveron beach on the Paraguay River, where the aggressive fish began schooling about two weeks ago. "People have got to be very careful. If they're bitten, they've got to get out of the water rapidly and not allow the blood to spread," firefighter Raul Castro de Oliveira told Globo TV's G1 website.
SPORTS
October 23, 2011
American swimmer Missy Franklin set a short-course world record in the 200 backstroke on Saturday, clocking 2 minutes, 0.03 seconds at a World Cup meet in Berlin. The 16-year-old shaved 0.15 seconds off the old mark set by Shiho Sakai of Japan in 2009. SKIING: In Soelden, Austria, Lindsey Vonn used a blistering finish to win the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.43 seconds, becoming just the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines.
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