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August 27, 2019
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News Update Aug, 2019

Swim mom: A few parent tips for a new season:

Courtesy: Elizabeth Wickham

With a new season approaching, it’s a great time to reflect as a swim parent on how the last season went and what we’d like to change. Was the schedule too hectic for your family? Do you need to cut out a few activities? Or, start a car pool or ask other parents to help?  Maybe the last season was perfect and you’re looking forward to another one just like it.

Here are a few tips to have a great swim season:

Let our kids take ownership of swimming. Ask what their goals are and make sure they are swimming because they want to. The season won’t be a good one if they are swimming to please us. This applies outside the swimming world, too. By doing things they truly enjoy they will develop their own interests to pursue the rest of their lives.


Listen more and speak less. On the drive home after a meet, let our children speak first. If we start talking and going over how they swam, they will most likely resent it. They may interpret our helpfulness and critiquing as though they’ve disappointed us.


What can you do to help the team? Ask the board or coach if there’s an area where they need help. Coaches and boards hear mostly complaints. What a welcome change to have someone offer to help.


Be in the moment. How many times have you heard a parent say they can’t stand sitting around at a meet to watch their child swim for a few minutes? It’s all about attitude. Be grateful for those moments—before you know it they’ll be gone.


Enjoy the community. Are there new parents you can help at meets? They may feel intimidated and a friendly smile and chat can go a long way to making them feel welcome.


FINA World Junior Swimming Championships (USA Gold Rush)
Age eligibility:

·         Girls – 14, 15, 16 and 17 years of age by 31st December of any given year (this year, 1997 born, oldest age group)

·         Boys – 15, 16, 17, and 18 years of age by 31st December of any given year (this year, 1996 born, oldest age group)

Budapest 2019

A sizzling Franko Grgic 14:46.09 World Junior Record Makes Croatian Ace Fastest 16-Year-Old Over 1500m In History, stole the show in the curtain-closer at the Duna Arena in the Hungarian capital this evening.

The last session of finals also produced an upset win for Russia in World-junior-record time over the USA in the men’s 4x100m medley, an upset win for New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather over Aussie ace of the women’s meet Lani Pallister in the 200m freestyle; and American 1-2 from Wyatt Davis and Carson Foster in the 200m backstroke that set in chain a victory sprint to the finish line from the top team of the meet, the USA, Gretchen Walsh nailing the sprint double with triumph over 50m free, Luca Urlando grabbing gold in the 200m butterfly, before Walsh was back in wash for a second title on the night with teammates 4x100m medley.



Finishing just over a second away from bronze was Taiwan’s Kuan-Hung Wang, the 17-year-old who threw down a huge PB of 1:56.48 to land in 4th.


SINGAPORE -Swimmers Jonathan Tan and Mikkel Lee finished fifth and eighth respectively in the men’s 50m freestyle at the Fina World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday (Aug 24, Singapore time).  Jonathan, 17, clocked 22.50sec while 16-year-old Mikkel posted 22.81sec.


Srihari Nataraj breaks record again, finishes sixth in World Junior Swimming Championships

Srihari had on Thursday twice broken the national record in 50m backstroke. He clocked 25.52s in the semis after shaving 0.2 seconds off his national record in the heats.



Swimmer Rikako Ikee: A smiling face for 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

The breakthrough started earlier this month in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, competing against top swimmers from the United States, Australia and Canada.

She won the 100 fly in 56.08 seconds, the fastest time of the year and ahead of the best time this season by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, the Olympic champion, world champion and world record-holder.




16-year-old Kayla Van Der Merwe already nabbed 100m breaststroke bronze for Great Britain in a new British Age Record. But the Winchester star wasn’t quite done, busting out another personal best mark in the final of the 200m breast at these World Junior Championships.( https://swimswam.com/van-der-merwe-finishes-world-junior-cships-with-british-age-record-in-2bresat/)



Tonight in Budapest, Marchand fired off a speedy time of 4:16.37 to finish 3rd behind winner Apostolos Papastamos of Greece and Ilia Borodin of Russia, who finished in times of 4:11.93 and 4:12.95, respectively.( https://swimswam.com/leon-marchand-takes-world-juniors-4im-bronze-in-new-french-national-record/)


During the final of the men’s 50 fly at the 2019 World Junior championships, 16-year-old Josif Miladinovswam his way to a bronze medal and Buglarian national record.  In the semifinals, Miladinov first set the national record with a 23.60 to tie for third into the top 8. In the final, Miladinov dropped down to a 23.48 to secure bronze and re-break his day-old national record. This bronze is now Bulgaria’s first medal of these championship.( https://swimswam.com/josif-miladinov-breaks-50-fl-buglarian-national-record-at-2019-world-juniors/)


After firing off a new Czech National Record in last night’s semi-finals of the men’s 50m backstroke here in Budapest, Jan Cejka lowered his newly-minted mark even further en route to gold tonight.  While competing in the finals of the 50m back at these World Junior Championships, the 18-year-old hit the wall in a time of 25.08, stunning the field from lane 3 and hacking .14 off of his 25.22 record set last night.( https://swimswam.com/jan-cejka-lowers-newly-minted-czech-record-en-route-to-50-back-gold/)


May 8, 2019
by gracejiang
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Fina Champions Swim Series

    FINA Champions Swim Series is around the corner!

    2nd meet will take place in Budapest, Hungary, this weekend! 🇭🇺

    Watch it LIVE on #FINAtv 💻📲 www.finatv.live

April 9, 2019
by gracejiang
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News Update April 2019


Anastasiya Shkurdai rocked two new Belarusian National Records over the weekend, entering the world’s top 10 in the 100m fly and 50m fly in the process.




At only 15 years of age, Beril Böcekler set her third Turkish national record in the 400 free with her time of 4:15.75 on the final night of the 2019 Turkish National Team Selection Meet.




After 3 days of the Spanish Open, Mireia Belmonte sealed her 4th victory of the meet and 2nd worlds qualifying event in the 1500 free. After day 3 of the Spanish Open, Spain has qualified 3 swimmers to the FINA Worlds roster.




After cutting Berlin from the FINA World Cup Series back in 2018, FINA has reintroduced it into the schedule to replace the recently lost Eindhoven stop.




2019 Russian Swimming Championships April 8th-12th, 2019 Moscow, Russia LCM (50m) pool Meet Results Live Stream Selection Procedures Oleg Kostin…

Vlad Morozov and the rest of Russian team are racing in Moscow this week for spots at the 2019 World CHampionships.




Chad Le Clos and Erin Gallagher are headed to Gwangju.

Olympian Chad Le Clos completed the dirty double of the 200m fly and 100m free on night 1 of the 2019 South African National Swimming Championships.




Check out who of the Danish elite have qualified thus far for this summer’s World Championships.


January 31, 2019
by gracejiang
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Training Schedule during Chinese New Year Holiday

Monday Feb 11th:     11.45 – 12.30 run session with Mrs. Katja Schubert on the NIS track

                                      12.30 – 13.30 swim session


Tuesday Feb 12th:     10.00-11.00 Gym session with Mr. Patrick in the green Gym (Venue TBC)


Wednesday Feb 13th:12.30-13.30 swim session in the NIS pool


Thursday Feb 14th:    10.00-11.00 Gym session with Mr. Patrick in the green gym


Friday Feb 15th:          11.45-12.30 run session on the NIS track with Mrs. Katja Schubert

                                        12.30-13.30 swim session in the NIS pool

January 31, 2019
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News Update



January 28th, 2019

Beijing, more specifically the International School of Beijing, played host to the Asia-Pacific Activities Conference Championships, a high school conference consisting of international schools based in China (and Hong Kong), Vietnam, South Korea, and the Philippines, this past weekend. This was a Short Course Meters (SCM) meet, and it was incredibly fast.

Shanghai Amercican School -Puxi’s Rafael Gu was perhaps the biggest star of the meet, and for good reason. The 14-year-old also swam for Rose Bowl Aquatics in California last Summer. He broke the APAC Record in all 5 of his events, and broke the All-Conference International School Records in the 100 back and 100 free. Gu’s times converted to Short Course Yards will be provided in (parenthesis). In the 100 back, Gu blasted a 57.03 (51.37) to knock down the APAC and International High School Records. His 100 free was even faster, with Gu swimming a stellar 49.79 (44.85) to smash the records. For reference, the 44.85 converted time would rank 4th all-time in the US for boys 13-14. His 200 free was virtually equal in terms of speed to his 100. In the 200, Gu swam a 1:49.49 (1:38.63), where the conversion would again rank 4th all-time for US 13-14 boys. It should also be noted that his time converts to 1:52.68 for LCM, which is actually faster than the current National Age Group Record, held by Dare Rose. Gu’s final individual event was the 100 IM, where he threw down an impressive 57.68 (conversion N/A). His final record came when Gu led off the 200 medley relay in 26.28 (23.23).

In the boys 200 medley relay, The International School of Beijing team consisting of Kan Yuan, Kingston Yip, Curtis Wong, and Alan Sun won in a new All-Conference Record of 1:47.22. Similarly, the 200 free relay saw the APAC and All-Conference records go down, this time by Shanghai American School Pudong. The team Jeffrey Lin, Steven Zhao, Eric Liu, and Evan Aballea touched the wall first in a final time of 1:37.23. There was one other boys APAC Record broken, the 200 IM, which was broken by Kan Yuan with a 2:08.91.

In the girls meet, Hong Kong International defended its team title handily, beating runner-up International School of Beijing by well over 100 points. Hong Kong’s 400 free relay team of Gabrielle Wei, Aly Lindsay, Nathalie Kerrigan, and Hannah Qi-Wen Tan combined for a 3:59.21, establishing a new APAC Record. The team was also helped to its victory by individual champions Wei (200 free – 2:06.64, 100 breast – 1:12.10, 200 IM – 2:20.30), Elizabeth Won (400 free – 4:31.91), Lindsay (100 free – 59.68), and Sonja Kai Lam Chen (50 back – 30.30).

Anthea Wong was the biggest record-breaker on the girls side, claiming victory in the 100 IM (1:04.22), 50 fly (27.45), and 100 fly (1:01.63), each in a new APAC Record. She also won the 50 free in a time of 26.62. There were 2 more APAC records broken, both coming in backstroke events.  Annalie Yu broke the 50 back in time of 30.02 in prelims, swimming slightly slower in finals to finish 2nd behind Sonja Chen. Emily Park won the 100 back with a 1:04.30, breaking the APAC Record.



1. Hong Kong International School – 462.5

2. International School of Beijing – 336

3. Seoul Foreign School – 201

4. Shanghai American School Puxi- 188.5

5. Shanghai American School Pudong – 119

6. Brent International School – 105

7. United Nations International School of Hanoi – 52

t-8. Western Academy of Beijing – 61

t-8. Concordia International School – 61

9. American International School of Guangzhou – 34


1. International School of Beijing – 504.5

2. Shanghai American School Pudong – 351.5

3. Shanghai American School Puxi- 307

4. Seoul Foreign School – 152

5. Hong Kong International School – 121

6. Western Academy of Beijing – 71

7. United Nations International School of Hanoi – 57

8. Brent International School – 42

9. American International School of Guangzhou – 30

10. Concordia International School – 10


Residents of Japan will soon have the chance to snag tickets to the world’s biggest international sporting competition, the Summer Olympic Games, hosted by Tokyo in 2020.

Right now, those living in Japan are able to register on Tokyo 2020’s online platform to obtain a Tokyo 2020 ID. That ID will then be used to apply for tickets this spring, before the tickets are available for general sale.

ID holders will eventually participate in an online lottery, which will aim at giving as many people as possible a chance to purchase tickets for the event of their choice. After the initial tickets are allocated, the remaining tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tokyo 2020 ID portal is currently available in Japanese, with an English version to set to launch before sales begin. It can be accessed at https://id.tokyo2020.org/. Already more than 1.2 million people have obtained their Tokyo 2020 ID.

Per Tokyo organizers, a more detailed schedule, including the ticket sales launch date and other details regarding ticketing, will be announced later.

Additionally, those living outside of Japan will be able to order tickets through the National Olympic Committee of their respective country or region or via their authorized ticket resellers. A list of these organisations in each country will be published by the spring of 2019 on the official Tokyo 2020 ticket sales site. BY LORETTA RACE


“What-Went-Well Exercise”

Courtesy: Elizabeth Wickham January 30th, 2019 by SWIMSWAM

I discovered a simple exercise that can help us—and our kids—with our mental well-being and happiness. Our kids work hard every day to improve technique, speed and endurance. Here’s an idea to help them work on a positive outlook. So much of swimming is between the ears, so why not share this positive psychology exercise with your children and try it yourself, too?

I learned about this simple practice called the “What-Went-Well Exercise” or “Three Blessings” in a book called Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. According to author Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., “We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring what went well.”

Think about how this concept plays into swimming. Kids who focus on what might go wrong may tense up and not swim well. They can add time because of their negative self-talk and poor attitude. That doesn’t usually translate to happy parents, either. If we can relax and enjoy the moment, our kids may be more relaxed, too. Kids often pick up on how we’re feeling. For example, when we get anxious, the anxiety can spread like wildfire.

Try this 10-minute exercise and share it with your kids, too:

“Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well,” Seligman wrote. “You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things need not be earthshaking in importance. (“My husband picked up my favorite ice cream for dessert on the way home from work today”), but they can be important (“My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy”).

“Next to each positive event, answer the question “Why did this happen?” For example, if you wrote that your husband picked up ice cream, write “because my husband is really thoughtful sometimes” or “because I remembered to call him from work and remind him to stop by the grocery store.” Or if you wrote, “My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy,” you might pick as the cause “God was looking out for her” or “She did everything right during her pregnancy.”

“Writing about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now.”


Philippe Lucas : “Training is training, but outside of the pool, I’m cool”

Profiles / Interviews 2019

By Christina Marmet, FINA Aquatics World Magazine Correspondent (FRA)

Legends coaching legends: Philippe Lucas (FRA, swimming, open water)

For an athlete to be outstanding in Philippe Lucas’ book, all it takes is hard work and competitiveness. Lucas is France’s most successful swimming coach and was propelled to international fame in 2004 when his young protégée Laure Manaudou became the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic title in swimming. Since then, Lucas has coached a legion of notable swimmers ranging from Esther Baron, Camelia Potec and Federica Pellegrini to, now, some of the cream of the crop in open water swimming, like Sharon van Rouwendaal, Marc-Antoine Olivier and Aurélie Muller.

He does not attribute his success to anything in particular, and he admits he does not have any secrets up his sleeve when it comes to bringing his athletes to the top, over and over again. “First of all, they need to like training,” he said. “That’s the first step, but that’s the problem with a lot of swimmers (laughs). They need to love training, it needs to be a passion for them, and they need to want to succeed. Then, they must have a strong competitive spirit, and to be able to bring it at the competition. And that’s also not a given for everybody to be capable and strong to win on D-Day.”

“When I tell them we are going to work hard, it’s to succeed”

Continued on: http://www.fina.org/news/philippe-lucas-training-training-outside-pool-im-cool



Pedro Adrega, FINA Communications Department

Potential bidders for the organisation of the 2025 and 2027 FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships met today with FINA in Lausanne (SUI) for an information meeting about the candidature process and the main topics related with the staging of the FINA showcase.

Representatives from China, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and USA (Australia is also a candidate at this stage, but their representatives could not make the trip to Switzerland), were briefed on many important matters, including the benefits and legacy of hosting a FINA World Championships, operational aspects such as the broadcast and media operations plan, accommodation and travel, marketing and sponsoring, and also the financial requirements to stage the competition.

Several external partners were also invited to the meeting in order to provide valuable insights on the positive effects and global impact of the FINA World Championships.


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