Archive for April, 2008

Butterfly science.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Differences in spatial-temporal parameters and arm-leg coordination in butterfly stroke as a function of race pace, skill and gender.

In Hum Mov Sci. 2008 Feb;27(1):96-111. Epub 2007 Nov 1.

A significant skill effect indicated that the elite swimmers had greater velocity, stroke length, and stroke rate and stronger synchronization of the arm and leg stroke phases than the less-skilled swimmers, due to smaller T2 and T3 and greater T1. A significant gender effect revealed greater velocity and stroke length for the men, and smaller T1 for the less-skilled women. These time gap differences between skill levels were related to the capacity of elite swimmers to assume a more streamlined position of trunk, head and upper limbs during leg actions, adopt a shorter glide and higher stroke rate to overcome great forward resistance, and generate higher forces and use better technique during the arm pull. Thus, coaches are advised to begin monitoring arm-leg coordination earlier in swimmers’ careers to ensure that they attain their highest possible skill levels.

Norwegian Swimming Championships in SCM pool.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Norgesmesterskap i svømming kortbane for senior og funksjonshemmede 2008
Stavanger svømmehall 17.-20. april

General information
Livetiming and other information

Results (.pdf)

National records swam during the championships (Rekordoverskit.pdf)

Junior records:

50m fly – Øystein Hetland 24,98
200m fly – Karoline Brudvik Sanderud 2.12,56
1500m fr – Elin Slaatmo 16.45,99

Senior records:

50m bk – Katharina Stiberg 28,33
4*200m fr – Asker SK 8.20,57
400m fr – Gard Kvale 3.48,39
100m bk – Ingvild Snildal 1.00,33
200m fr – ngvild Snildal 2.00,34
200m fly – Ingvild Snildal 2.10,18
200m fly – Ingvild Snildal 2.10,05
1500m fr – Elin Slaatmo 16.45,99

“pienestä se on sittenkin kiinni, varsinkin nyt”.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Joo, joo, et siis myönnä olleesi väärässä?

Whadda ya got that I don´t have?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Her swimming career might be hitting some lowpoint but her beauty just keeps on giving, three spot gain in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008 list is something to celebrate. Or not…

Last Year #74

After winning a gold medal in 2004, the 25-year-old California native was crowned FHM’s “World’s Sexiest Athlete” in 2006. A natural exhibitionist, the sexy swimmer admitted to FHM, “I’d much rather be in the pool naked.”

LZR collect your water.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Leisel Jones:

“They stretch after about three wears,” she said. “I really wanted to swim fast and I prepared well. I felt quite good but the suit filling with water didn’t help me much. It makes you pretty fatigued, dragging the water along.”

Also Korean wunderkid Park Tae-Hwan has been quoted saying that LZR has a tendency to fill with water as the race goes longer that some sprint events…

Mites me nyt sitten toimitaan. Perkeleen hurrit…

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Jos oikein ymmärrän niin Suomessa aikuisten arvokisoissa käyttöön otettava semifinaalijärjestelmä (1-4 suoraan finaaliin / 5-16 kisaa neljästä lopusta paikasta semifinaaleissa, kai se niin meni), jota on Ruotsin mallin mukaan suunniteltu, ei tulekaan käyttöön maassa josta me sen kopioimme sillä Ruotsin Uimaliiton vuosikokous on ehdotuksen hylännyt. Näin raportoi simsport.se. Siis kai se niin raportoi, ei ole tuo toinen kotimainen ihan kohdallaan…

Maritza Correia retires.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

There not that many black swimmers around the pools in USA, not that colour should matter, and there is one less as Maritza Correia has retired. Tampabay.com reports the usual and sad reasons for the end of ones swimming career:

For Olympic champion Maritza Correia, the pain in her shoulders the past two years not only hampered her performance, it made simple chores such as reaching for her clothes painful.

Former Georgia swimmer once held the U.S. Open record in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that set U.S. records, all in 2002. She earned silver medal with the United States’ 400-meter freestyle relay team at the 2004 Olympics.

Evolution Schmevolution, love.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Back in the days, Happy Days, most of the sprinters did not fare well in the 200 event if they rocked 50 but Amaury Levaux is showing the way for the new kind of sprinter:

Amaury Leveaux is the first and only swimmer in history to swim under 22 seconds in the 50m Freestyle (LC) and swim under 1:47 in the 200m Freestyle (LC).

Amaury clocked 21.38 and 1:46.54 in the French Olympic Trials.

In Short Course World Ryan Lochte showed some very speedy swim from 50 free to 400 medley and now Amaury follows the suit…

Sunday´s History Lesson – Gertrude Ederle.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

In 1926, when 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle snatched the world record for swimming the English Channel, it was a triumph for the women’s rights movement. But beneath the surface unsisterly rivalries ran deep. Gavin Mortimer reports on a forgotten heroine @ telegraph.co.uk.

Comparing times

Friday, April 25th, 2008

12th FINA World Championships 2007, men’s 50 freestyle semi-final

1. Stefan Nystrand 21.99
2. Cullen Jones 22.02
3. Cesar Cielo 22.09
4. Bartosz Kizierowski 22.13
5. Eamon Sullivan 22.19
6 .Ben Wildman-Tobriner 22.23
7. Roland Schoeman 22.24
8. Brent Hayden 22.31

Eindhoven, European Championships 2008, men´s 50 free semi-final

1. Alain Bernard 21.50
2. Duje Draganja 21.94
3. Stefan Nystrand 22.12
4. Bartosz Kizierowski 22.29
5. Javier Noriega Sanz 22.38
6. Sergey Fesikov 22.40
7. Andrey Grechin 22.41
8. Robert Lijesen 22.49

French Olympic Trials 2008, men´s 50 free semi-final

1. Amary Levaux 21.53
2. Fredrick Bousquet 21.60
3. Alain Bernard 21.67
4. Fabien Gilot 22.06
5. Julien Sicot 22.45
6. David Maitre 22.46
7. Boris Steimetz 22.54
8. Yoris Grandjean 22.80