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Transgender Swimmer Can't Go to Olympics
Lia Thomas
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Lia Thomas Can't Go to Olympics

Transgender athlete fails in her challenge of World Aquatics rules

(Newser) - Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas failed in her challenge against rules that stop her from competing in elite women's races because judges ruled she did not have standing to bring the case, the AP reports. The development means she won't be able to compete at the Olympics, Fox News...

US Swimmers Feel 'Cheated' by China Doping Case

23 swimmers tested positive for banned drug before Tokyo Olympics but were not suspended

(Newser) - The World Anti-Doping Agency—WADA—and Chinese authorities are strongly rejecting allegations that they covered up a case involving Chinese swimmers months before the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Over the weekend, the New York Times and German broadcaster ARD reported that 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned...

Swimming Champ Loses Title Over 'Dumbest Rule'
Swimming Champ Loses Title
Over 'Dumbest Rule'
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Swimming Champ Loses Title Over 'Dumbest Rule'

Owen Lloyd crossed into next lane to celebrate with teammate at college championship

(Newser) - North Carolina State University swimmer Owen Lloyd scored a huge win at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships—and was immediately stripped of his title. Lloyd climbed into the next lane to celebrate the 1,650-yard freestyle title with teammate Ross Dant, who finished in second place two seconds behind him,...

The 'Steroid Games' Might Be Gaining Some Steam

Aron D'Souza's Enhanced Games to allow athletes to compete without drug tests

(Newser) - A former Australian Olympian is coming out of retirement in an attempt to swim faster than he ever has—while openly on drugs. James Magnussen, 32, aims to beat the world record in the men's 50-meter freestyle, though his time won't be logged in any record book due...

At 99, She Gains World Records and 'Confidence' in the Pool

'I'm even starting to feel a bit proud of myself,' says Canada's Betty Brussel

(Newser) - Betty Brussel learned to swim in the canals of Amsterdam, where she grew up during the Great Depression. But it wasn't until her mid-60s, after she moved to Canada with her husband and raised three children, that she took up competitive swimming. Three decades later, the 99-year-old has become...

Boston College Suspends Swimming, Diving Teams
Gross Details Air
in Boston College
Hazing Case

Gross Details Air in Boston College Hazing Case

Swim, dive team members were allegedly forced to consume vomit

(Newser) - Disturbing details have emerged on the alleged hazing that led to the indefinite suspension of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at Boston College. According to a letter sent to a team member and seen by the Heights campus paper, team members were allegedly forced to...

The Seine Was Taboo for a Century. Now, Swimmers Rejoice

Paris to allow public to swim in river starting in 2025, more than 100 years after ban was instituted

(Newser) - When Georges Seurat painted Bathers at Asnieres in 1884, his scene of people frolicking in the Seine was one that reflected real life, as the French back then were permitted to swim in the river. Bathing in the Seine was banned less than 30 years after that, though "rogue"...

He Has Braved 'Forbidding Waters.' The Hudson Is Next

The 'NYT' previews Lewis Pugh's 315-mile attempt

(Newser) - He has braved "some of the most forbidding waters on the planet," as the Guardian puts it, and British endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh plans to next brave New York's 315-mile Hudson River. In a preview of his monthlong swim, the New York Times reports Pugh—who has...

20 Years, 342 Days Later, New Name on Swimming Mark

Leon Marchand, 21, erases last record held by Michael Phelps

(Newser) - For the first time in more than two decades, Michael Phelps no longer holds an individual world record in swimming. Leon Marchand, a 21-year-old from France, erased the last one held by Phelps by demolishing the mark in the 400 meters individual medley, reports CNN . Marchand swam the event over...

Gym Class Turns Tragic: 'This Death Has Rocked This School'

Alaina Dildine drowned while swimming laps at her Indiana high school, with lifeguard on deck

(Newser) - A 15-year-old high school student in Indiana apparently drowned Tuesday while swimming laps in gym class. The girl, identified on GoFundMe as Alaina Dildine, was with other students in the swimming pool at Whiteland Community High School when she went underwater near a divider, Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation Superintendent Patrick...

Freediver in Trunks Sets New Under-Ice Swim Record
Freediver Shatters
Another Frigid Record

Freediver Shatters Another Frigid Record

David Vencl dives more than 170 feet on one breath, in icy waters

(Newser) - It's another wild record for freediver David Vencl, who on Tuesday managed to swim to a depth of 52.1 meters (about 171 feet) in waters as cold as 34 degrees Fahrenheit without a wetsuit. The feat took the 40-year-old Czech swimmer 114 seconds, which his promoter tells Reuters...

Some Think Twice About Wearing a Wetsuit in SF

The 'WSJ' explains wetsuit shaming is a real thing there

(Newser) - If you're not someone with firsthand knowledge of swimming in the San Francisco Bay area, then there's probably another element to these dips that has escaped you: the drama over whether to don a wetsuit while taking one. As Robert McMillan writes for the Wall Street Journal , a...

A New 'Swimming' Dinosaur Emerges
You've Never Known a
Dinosaur Like This Before

You've Never Known a Dinosaur Like This Before

'Natovenator polydontus' is first found with streamlined ribcage for swimming and diving

(Newser) - Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur unlike any other known so far. Its Latin and Greek name, Natovenator polydontus, means "swimming hunter with many teeth." Yes, swimming. "I think like a swimming Velociraptor is a pretty good characterization," Philip Currie of the University of Alberta, co-author of...

Katie Ledecky Utterly Destroys a World Record

American crushes 1,500-meter mark by 10 seconds, beats No. 2 finisher by 40 seconds

(Newser) - When she finished her 1,500-meter short-course freestyle race this weekend, American Katie Ledecky had time to take off her goggles, grimace from the pain of the race, and soak in the applause of the crowd before the second-place finisher arrived—40 seconds later. As NPR reports, that's how...

In Reversal, Cap for Black Swimmers Is Approved

FINA says the Soul Cap is OK after all

(Newser) - Update: It's a victory for Black swimmers. FINA, aka the International Swimming Federation, has reversed its decision and now says a swimming cap designed specifically for natural Black hair can be worn at the Olympics and other top-level competitions, reports the BBC . The sport's governing body previously declared...

Competitive Lifesaving Is a Sport. A Pretty Hard One

The 200-meter super lifesaver race is ... involved

(Newser) - The men's world record for the 200-meter freestyle is 1 minute, 42 seconds. But there's a much more complicated 200-meter race that has been done in a best time only slightly longer: 2 minutes, 4 seconds. It's the 200-meter super lifesaver, and it's one of the...

Nearly 800 People Went Skinny-Dipping on This Beach

769 showed up to break the Treasure Coast record at Blind Creek Beach in Lucie County, Fla.

(Newser) - There's a big "thank you" on the Treasure Coast Naturists website at the moment, expressing gratitude for all the naked people who came out to help break a Florida state record over the weekend. WTSP reports that 769 people in the buff on Sunday converged on Blind Creek...

Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships
Swimmer: I Was Drugged
After World Championships
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Swimmer: I Was Drugged After World Championships

Canada's Mary-Sophie Harvey writes of an hours-long window she can't recall

(Newser) - Mary-Sophie Harvey’s second-to-last Instagram post shows her wearing a big smile in the pool at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she took home a bronze medal in the women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay in June. Her last post describes the horror that happened afterward. "On...

US Swimmer Rescued From Pool Bottom at Championships

Anita Alvarez said to be feeling fine after rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes

(Newser) - A US competitor at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, had to be rescued from the bottom of the swimming pool, where she sank after completing an artistic swimming routine Tuesday. Underwater photos captured fully-clothed coach Andrea Fuentes diving to the bottom of the pool where 25-year-old Anita Alvarez'...

The Rules Are Changing for Transgender Swimmers

World governing body restricts participation and plans an 'open' category

(Newser) - The governing body of world swimming has approved restrictions on the participation of transgender athletes in top competitions. Only athletes who have completed transitioning by age 12 will be allowed to compete, the BBC reports. The new rules received 71% of the vote Sunday from the 152 FINA members meeting...

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