The Week in Swimming 3/23/2018

IU and Olympic swimmer Blake Pieroni

Enjoy this overview of the D1 Men’s NCAA Swimming Championships (Swimming World), which are underway and streaming live.   

While Stanford won the NCAA Women's Swimming Championship title (ESPN, with video), IU swimmer Lilly King broke her own American record. (IndyStar, with video). 

Goodbye, Eagles? EMU announced the end of its Men's Swimming and Diving program. Given the team's 34 MAC Conference titles, reaction was swift and strong (Swim Swam) and included a crowdfunding page to save the program (GoFundMe).   

As part of their "What's Your Workout?" series, the Wall Street Journal profiled a retired swim mom who followed in her daughter's footsteps by becoming a competitive Masters swimmer. 

Watch video of – and by – a robotic fish with a surprisingly realistic swim. (Science

A new line of swimwear by and for women has attracted some high-profile investors, including actress Demi Moore. (Women's Wear Daily

In this Indonesian village, swimming skills are required to retrieve potable water. (Phys.org) 

Six letters from former Nippers, young Australians trained in surf safety, shed a fascinating light on the program's culture. (NY Times

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NCAA Coach(es) of the Year ?? #GoStanford

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A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Australia has been located after a week on the lam, its swimming club owners said on Monday. Daphne — the oversized mascot of the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club in Perth — made a bid for freedom on March 11, drifting out into the Indian Ocean and sparking an appeal for help along Australia’s west coast. Reports of sightings flooded in, including one from 440 kilometres (270 miles) away. But on Monday a local fisherman revealed that he had spotted the escaping bath toy on the day of its disappearance — just 30 kilometres off shore. “No-one knew about a missing duck at that point, we didn’t know where did it come from,” Tony Gibb told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “It looked perfect. It was fully inflated, there was no damage to (it) whatsoever.” #duck #ducks #instagram #instagrammer #instagallery #daphne #ducky #duckface #australia #australian #inflatables #inflatableduck #cockburnmasters #swimmingclub #mascot #mascots

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