December 2, 1997
The soundtrack is Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," a dreamy jazzy piece that goes from here to there with feeling. Matthew Love of Los Angeles, a.k.a. "Cosmo the Clown," looks a little melancholy atop a dumpster, but he's actually taking a few minutes away from filming a commercial in West Hollywood. Orange County firefighter Matt Apodaca rests after battling a brush fire near the Irvine Lake Dam since the early morning hours.
May 25, 1996 |
After an exhausting week in and out of the pool, Amanda Beard remained unbeatable when she swam the 100-meter breaststroke Friday at the Speedo International Grand Challenge Swimming Invitational at Irvine. Swimming on her home turf at the Heritage Aquatic Complex, the U.S. Olympic team member had little trouble winning the event in 1 minute 12.13 seconds. Beard is ranked first in the world in the event and second in the 200-meter breaststroke.
February 11, 2004 |
The tinkering continues in the swim lab, also known as Michael Phelps' Olympic schedule. Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, have about four or five meets before the U.S. Olympic swim trials at Long Beach in July to finalize his plans. One of those meets -- the Spring National Championships in Orlando, Fla. -- started Tuesday. But the 18-year-old wasn't about to reveal his hand anytime soon. His versatility gives him a vast menu of choices. It's something of a complicated luxury.
August 29, 2001 |
Haley Cope outlasted Inge de Bruijn in the anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay today to help clinch an American victory over Europe in the opening event of the Goodwill Games swimming program. American Kirsten Caverly won the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley, and teammate Amy Balcerzak-Field took the 50 and 100 breaststroke events to give the Americans an 82-67 victory in the head-to-head team competition.
August 15, 1998 |
Jenny Thompson claimed her 20th individual national title Friday night, winning the 100-meter butterfly in the U.S. Swimming Championships at Fresno. Thompson is the 16th swimmer to win 20 national titles in a career. She won the 100 freestyle earlier this week. She was ahead of world record pace at the 50-meter mark, but finished well off the record of 57.93 with a time of 59.74.
June 23, 2001 |
Fortunately for Aaron Peirsol, the quest for gold in the 200-meter backstroke at next month's World Championships will not be impeded by world record-holder Lenny Krayzelburg. But Peirsol still must stay between lane lines to win a world title. Peirsol, the silver medalist to Krayzelburg at the 2000 Olympics, crashed into the lane lines in the 200-backstroke final Friday in the TYR Swim Meet of Champions, but recovered to win easily in 2:00.37 at Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo.
August 20, 2004 |
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Women's Water Polo The U.S. women's water polo team, after blowing a 5-1 lead in the final period and losing to Canada, 6-5, plays Russia today. In their last meeting before the Olympics, the Russians beat the U.S., 10-5. The Russians have won both of their Olympic matches and can clinch first place in their group with a win or a tie. The U.S. has split its two games.
January 16, 1998
Lenny Krayzelburg of Studio City won the 100-meter backstroke in 55 seconds at the World Swimming Championships on Thursday in Perth, Australia. Krayzelburg, the American record-holder in the event, defeated Mark Versfeld of Canada by .17 seconds to win his first world title. Krayzelburg, who emigrated from the Ukraine, will compete in the 200 backstroke later this week. Krayzelburg attended Fairfax High and USC. "It was a very special moment," Krayzelburg, born in Odessa but a U.S.
May 9, 2002 |
The chemistry and charisma created by the high level of competition between the U.S. and Australian Olympic swimming teams at Sydney in 2000 did not go unnoticed. Thus, a new event has been created by USA Swimming to take advantage of the natural rivalry between the two countries: On April 6, 2003, the U.S. will take on Australia in the "Duel in the Pool," a dual-meet format at the Natatorium in Indianapolis. It will be broadcast by NBC.
May 20, 2004 |
The elimination of a roof that would have shielded swimmers from Athens' ruthless heat has led Olympic organizers and executives of FINA, the international swimming federation, to move back the start time of finals at the swimming venue to 7:30 p.m. local time from 7 p.m. Plans to build a roof over the pool were scrapped in March because of construction delays. FINA at the time expressed "great disappointment" over the decision.