Olympic gold-medalist Katie Ledecky won the prestigious Honda Cup; it's the first time it went to a freshman in 35 years! (NBC Sports) The teen swimming sensation has also struck up a surprising friendship with a former teen swimming star, 73-year-old Chris Olmstead. (New York Times)
What does it mean for the sport to have African-American Reece Whitley declared "the future of swimming"? (Washington Post)
With its two marquee names absent, how does the current state of USA Swimming's Men's Team look? (Swimming World)
Former VP Joe Biden reflected on race relations as a public swimming pool was renamed in his honor (Delaware Online) while Pope Francis spoke in swimming metaphors when he addressed Italy's international Sette Colli swim meet (Crux).
In open water swimming, an 18-year-old from India became the youngest man to complete the Triple Crown (Daily News of OWS) while English Channel swimmer Anne Cleveland is being remembered for her grace and tenacity (Union-Tribune).
Swim England released an in-depth study on "The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming."
What a night of racing!! Check out our six national champions and their winning times below. -- 200 FL: Hali Flickinger 2:07.60 200 FL: Jack Conger 1:54.47 100 FR: Mallory Comerford 52.81 100 FR: Nathan Adrian 47.96 800 FR: Katie Ledecky 8:11.50 1500 FR: True Sweetser 14:59.73 -- @nathangadrian @malcomerford @jack_conger @haliflickinger @kledecky @truesweetser
Reece Whitley would love for it to be otherwise, for the notion of an African American swimmer to be a norm instead of a novelty. The sport simply isn’t there yet. Elite-level swimming success for blacks in the United States has a short history, but the 17-year-old may just change that. When Whitley is invariably asked about his potential impact on swimming because of his skin color he has the patience to answer, “Right now it’s a relevant question, so I don’t take any shame in answering it. At the end of my career, if I look back on it and that question is irrelevant, then that means I would have fulfilled my goals.” (Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)