Endless Pools: The Week in Swimming 6/29/17

African-American swimmer Reece Whitley

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."

Congrats, Katie! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ Honda Cup Award winner πŸ† #GoStanford

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Happy Olympic Day! Dream big!! Citius, Altius, Fortius. #olympicday

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