April 4, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong won't be returning to competition this weekend after all. The disgraced former cyclist, who has been banned for life from all events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, decided not to take part in three distance events in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas after objections were raised by FINA, the sport's international federation body. “He doesn't want to cause any more harm to any more organizations,” U.S. Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher told Associated Press.
April 4, 2013 |
Though Lance Armstrong has been banned from competing in any events sanctioned by U.S. Anti Doping Agency, the disgraced former cyclist has found another avenue to feed his competitive hunger: swimming. Armstrong, 41, is set to race in three events at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend, according to the Associated Press. He's set to participate in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle in the 40- to 44-year-old age group.
March 31, 2013 |
USC's Vladimir Morozov won the 100-yard freestyle in record time and led the Trojans to victory in the 400-yard relay on Saturday at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis. USC finished fourth behind champion Michigan, California and Arizona. Morozov, a junior who won the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday, won the 100 in 40.76 seconds, breaking the NCAA record of 40.92 set by Auburn's Cesar Cielo in 2008. The former Torrance High star teamed with Cristian Quintero, Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner to win the 400-yard relay in 2:48.33.
March 30, 2013 |
Vladimir Morozov went to Indianapolis this week with designs on completing his collection. Last summer, the USC junior won an Olympic medal swimming for Russia. In November, he won two events at the European championships. And on Thursday, he added an NCAA title, winning the 50-yard freestyle at the men's swimming and diving championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex. On Saturday night, Morozov will try to add more titles when he swims in the 100-yard freestyle and 400-yard relay.
March 24, 2013 |
Between the brouhaha of the winter holidays and the end of the school year is that coveted halfway point known as spring break. To gear up for that last lap of the academic year, grab the kids and significant others and go recharge at some posh pools. Many Southern California hotels have cerulean gems that allow you to escape from it all without traveling too far or breaking the bank. Seeking pools outside Los Angeles? We have some destinations that may surprise you, but first, perch-worthy pools close to home.
March 10, 2013 |
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands - Sixty feet below the surface of the aquamarine western Atlantic, my 12-year-old daughter, Maddie, glided gently along the reef, her arms crossed in Buddha-like meditation. To the left, where the sea dropped off hundreds of feet, a black-tipped shark cruised ominously in the distance. A curious parrot fish, a school of yellow-striped grunts and a bug-eyed squirrel fish swam an arm's length away, perhaps hoping for a handout from our group of six divers and our guide.