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2008-07-07 21:00:08

By Andrew Rafferty Natalie Lambert emerged from Lake Erie on Sunday and walked straight to her father, Ron, who had a bear-sized hug ready for his record-setting daughter. As the two embraced on an empty beach at Sturgeon Point Marina in Derby, it didn't resemble the type of fanfare that might be expected for a teen who just set three world records. The 14-year-old spent almost eight hours swimming her way across Lake Erie, and as she exited the water, she looked energetic enough to...

2008-07-02 06:00:04

By Vicki Michaelis OMAHA -- The pace at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday was so fast that a world silver medalist and former world-record holder were left in the wake. As Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle to qualify for his second individual event at the Beijing Olympics, Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol lowered their own world records to win the women's and men's 100-meter backstroke events. Six world records have been set at trials after just three days of...

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2008-04-15 00:15:00

As of last Sunday, 36 world records have been eclipsed over the past eight weeks by swimmers who all had one thing in common: their swimsuit.Created by Speedo with help from NASA, the new LZR Racer bodysuit has spurred a lively debate over legitimacy of the recent triumphs in the swimming world.Speedo claims the bodysuit can cut as much as two percent off race times. Although some are calling for the suit to be banned, coaches and swimmers say its simply too late as many swimmers have already...

2006-08-20 22:47:48

VICTORIA, British Columbia (Reuters) - Americans Michael Phelps and Brendan Hansen broke their own world records at the Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday. Phelps won his fifth gold medal of the competition in the 200-meter individual medley, his time of 1:55.84 beating his previous mark of 1:55.94 set three years ago in Maryland. Hansen lowered his own record in the 200 meters breaststroke, winning the event in 2:08.50 to eclipse his previous time of 2:08.74. "We make it look easy...

2006-08-20 02:57:14

VICTORIA, Canada (Reuters) - American Aaron Peirsol set a world record in the 200 meters backstroke and the U.S. team did likewise in the 4x100 freestyle relay at the Pan Pacific Championships on Saturday. Peirsol reaffirmed his place as an unbeatable force in the 200 meters backstroke with a time of 1:54.44, breaking his own world record by more than two-tenths of a second. Peirsol now holds nine of the fastest times posted in the event and has not lost an international competition...

2006-06-11 20:48:52

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Three U.S. students and their teacher are believed to have drowned in swollen seas off Costa Rica's Pacific coast, authorities said on Sunday. The four were part of a group of six -- including another teacher and student -- who chose to go swimming near the town of Parrita on Saturday when strong currents dragged them out to sea, said Carlos Bolanos, a Red Cross official. Two of the swimmers were rescued, but the bodies of Kansas high school students...

2006-03-21 10:20:45

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's men breathed a sigh of relief after finally winning a swimming gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday but Dean Macey did not know whether to laugh or cry after his decathlon victory. The Englishman Macey seems to have suffered just about every ailment in the medical book over the last seven years but at last his body held out long enough to do justice to his talent and earn him a first major title. "I have really earned my...

2006-03-18 07:25:08

By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Libby Lenton and Leisel Jones collected their second gold medals as Australia dominated the third day of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Lenton won the women's 100 metres freestyle and led off the triumphant 4x200m relay team while Jones added the 200m breaststroke title to her 50m success and remained on course for a unique treble. Olympic cycling champion Ryan Bayley also picked up his second gold by winning the men's sprint and the host...

2006-03-17 20:33:58

By Alastair Himmer MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's dominant women set the pace again in Saturday's heats on day three of the Commonwealth Games swimming competition. World champion and red-hot favorite Jessicah Schipper set a Games record of 58.49 seconds in the morning heats of the 100m butterfly, with Libby Lenton second quickest in 59.43. Lenton's bid for a record seven gold medals came unstuck on Thursday's opening night when she was upset by Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey in...

2006-03-15 21:19:51

By Alastair Himmer MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Libby Lenton produced a conservative swim in the women's 200 meters freestyle heats at the start of her bid for seven Commonwealth Games gold medals on Thursday. Lenton clocked two minutes 0.16 seconds to finish third quickest but is still favorite to win her first gold medal in the evening final. Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey was fastest in 1:59.96 with Australian Linda Mackenzie second in 2:00.11. "It was a nice comfortable swim...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.