September 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Two women and a teenage boy ignored the stern whistle warnings of lifeguards to stay close to shore, to venture only waist-deep into the surf off North Carolina Avenue. Rip currents - which can move as fast as eight feet per second, faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint - pulled the three farther and farther from shore, into deeper water, where relentless monster waves nearly drowned them. By the time four lifeguards were able to pull them to safety, the swimmers were battered and exhausted, said Beach Patrol Chief Rod Aluise.
August 14, 2012 |
A "localized sewer leak" has prompted Ocean City to close the stretch of beach between Stenton Place and Delancey Place to swimming as a precaution. "As a result of this leak, some material may possibly have entered the storm sewer system," the city said in a statement. Water samples are being tested, but the city said it expects bathing will be allowed to resume Tuesday. The more than 1,500-foot stretch of beach closed to swimming is at the northern end of the boardwalk. All other beached are open to swimming, the city said.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Rebecca Soni pumped her fist and beamed, a rare display of emotion from the breaststroke queen. Tyler Clary giddily splashed the water, having made up for all the close calls in his career. Both played leading roles on a golden night at the pool for the United States, showing there's more to this team than Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Soni set her second world record in two days to defend her Olympic title in the 200-meter breaststroke Thursday, then Clary dealt Lochte a stunning loss in the 200 backstroke for the first gold of his career.
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.