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June 27, 2004 | William Wan, Times Staff Writer
It's been called a fight between man and seal. But the battle over a beach in La Jolla has mostly been a case of man versus man -- or, more specifically, pro-seal activists versus pro-swimming demonstrators. Fistfights, fines and restraining orders have become commonplace. In the latest skirmish -- at a meeting to discuss dredging the beach -- an aria was sung, comparing one side's leader to a seal-shooting witch.
Cal State Northridge swimming Coach Barry Schreifels is optimistic as his team heads into this week's Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, but he's also realistic. "We've always had individuals that finish highly but we haven't quite pushed over the hump for a team championship," he said. "That's our goal, but I'm not sure if we are going to make it."
July 19, 2010 | By Judy Foreman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Is swimming the best exercise for lifelong health? I've always hoped so — for decades as a recreational swimmer and more recently, as a competitor in meets sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming, a group of 50,000 similar enthusiasts ages 18 to over 100. After all, you can swim with just your arms if you have a bum knee, or with just your legs if you have sore arms. You can swim with arthritis. Or a recently replaced hip. So I was thrilled when I opened the May-June 2010 issue of Swimmer and found an article about a 2008 study by Steven Blair, a leading exercise scientist from the University of South Carolina.
June 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- The kids had the kick. They kicked aside Natalie Coughlin , and one of the most decorated swimmers in American history is in danger of not making the Olympic team. Coughlin led Wednesday's 100 backstroke final at the halfway mark, but teenagers Missy Franklin and Rachel Bootsma passed her. Franklin and Bootsma are bound for London, and the woman who has won 11 Olympic medals in 11 tries might be bound for summer vacation. "I'm a little bummed, but not nearly as much as people are expecting me to be," Coughlin said.
It had been a scorcher of a day, but now beneath a three-quarter moon, a breeze was making it downright chilly at poolside, even for those who weren't dripping water and tired from exertion. Since last year, some official had decided that the lights previously strung over Leisure World Pool No. 1 were illegal, and this night there were glitches with the new lighting setup, leaving the swimmers in darkness some of the time. The underwater speaker similarly was cutting in and out. So the Aquadettes seemed to be enacting a mysterious nocturnal water rite rather than a glitzy synchronized swimming performance.
July 24, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
2008 was a banner year for swimmers: That year, swimmers broke 105 world records in all, including 17 at a single event in Croatia. A full 79 of those 105 records were broken by racers wearing a particular suit: the Speedo LZR Racer. The suit covered the whole body from shoulder to calf and was designed to optimize body compression and hydrodynamics. Its design was informed by tests in a NASA wind tunnel and numerous advanced computational models. The advantage given to racers by the LZR Racer was so great that Japanese authorities decided to break exclusive sponsorship agreements with other companies to allow their racers to use the suits; the decision came after a coach told reporters that "if swimmers don't wear the LZR Racer, they won't be able to compete" in the Beijing Olympics.
June 5, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The pool got a little more crowded Wednesday when additional high-tech swimsuits were green-lighted by FINA, the international governing body of swimming. FINA, at an IOC meeting in Athens, signed off on suits from three companies: European manufacturer Arena, Adidas and Mizuno of Japan. This won't, apparently, be the final opportunity to receive FINA approval for other companies, as there will be one more chance, on June 30. There are reports that at least two more Japanese companies, Asics and Descente, have new products in line and that Japanese Olympic swimmers will have the opportunity to try those particular suits at a meet in Tokyo, starting Friday.
August 4, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
By now, most people have heard the grim stories of the one-dimensional, Spartan life style that goes with being a world-class swimmer. Ever since effective goggles were introduced in the 1960s, these athletes have churned through miles of laps a day with only an occasional hairball or fly on the bottom to break the monotony. It's a regimen that usually translates to five or six hours of training a day, in two grueling sessions with barely enough time to go to school in between.
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