Dynasty in the Desert: How Ron Aitkins Turned Sandpipers Into a Swimming Powerhouse

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, find out how the Sandpipers of the Nevada Swim Club have grown exponentially over the past two years with Coach Ron Aitkins. Also presented is what Claire Curzan learned from a busy start to the World Championships; FINA has released the full list of qualification procedures for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games; The Duel in the Pool roster has been announced: Kalisz, Andrew, Lazer, simsand Tenuous lead the United States; Official dates announced for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028; FINA confirms Doha 2024 will be Olympic relay qualifier – only Top 3 will book slots in Fukuoka; Pushback on FINA dates for Doha increases, as peated adam, Duncan Scottand Jacques-Guy voice of displeasure is to take place less than six months before the start of Paris 2024; Could UCLA reinstate the men’s swimming and diving program? ; After having circumvented the Worlds, Tatjana Schoenmaker is Commonwealth ready; Joe and John Zemaitis swim all 50 states in 30 days for the USA Swimming Foundation; The Aquatic Directory 2022; and more!


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008 WHAT CLAIRE CURZAN LEARNED FROM HER BUSY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT
by David Rieder
Claire Curzan performed admirably at the Worlds, winning individual bronze in the 100m backstroke and helping the Americans to four relay medals, including two gold. After coming through the tough eight-day competition and coming away with plenty of gear, Curzan fully intends to stick to his high-profile goals.

010 QUALIFICATION TIMES ARE FAST AS OLYMPIC PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED FOR PARIS 2024
by David Rieder
FINA has released the full list of qualification procedures for aquatic events for the Paris 2024 Olympics. There will be 852 athletes competing in the 35 pool swimming events, and the swimming competition at Paris La Défense Arena will be held from July 27 to August 4, spanning nine days for the first time.

012 DUEL IN THE POOL ROSTER ANNOUNCED: KALISZ, ANDREW, LAZOR, SIMS, LEAD USA
by Dan D’Addona
USA Swimming has announced the American roster for the upcoming Duel in the Pool against Australia, August 19-21, in Sydney. For the first time, American Paralympic swimming athletes will be included in the competition.

013 OFFICIAL DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2028 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LOS ANGELES
by John Lohn
The 2028 Olympics will be held July 14-30, a week earlier than suggested in the 2028 LA Candidature File. The Games are being held in Los Angeles for the third time (1932/1984).

014 FINA CONFIRMED DOHA 2024 WILL BE AN OLYMPIC RELAY QUALIFYING MEET; ONLY THE BEST THREE TO BOOK SLOTS IN FUKUOKA
by Liz Byrnes
FINA has confirmed that only the top three finishers in each relay event will qualify for Paris 2024 at next year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, with the remaining 13 teams booking their places at Worlds in Doha, less than six months before the Games Olympics and weeks before. the testing season. Normally, 12 relay teams would qualify for Worlds 12 months before the Games.

015 JAMES GUY ON THE 2024 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: “I’M NOT GOING”; THE POSTPONEMENT ON THE FINA DATES FOR DOHA STRENGTHENS
by John Lohn
Following the disapproval expressed by his compatriots Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott, British cornerstone James Guy also expressed his displeasure with FINA’s announcement that the 2024 World Championships, scheduled in Doha, will be held in February, less six months before the start of the Paris Olympics. Games.

016 COULD UCLA’S MOVE TO THE BIG TEN RETURN THE MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING PROGRAM?
by Dan D’Addona
UCLA eliminated its men’s swimming and diving program in 1994, along with men’s and women’s gymnastics, although the women’s gymnastics program was reinstated a few years later. With the Bruins moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2024, the possibility of the school restoring men’s swimming and diving is as real as it has been since the program was scrapped.

017 TATJANA SCHOENMAKER READY FOR RETURN TO INTERNATIONAL ACTION AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
by John Lohn
After opting to bypass the World Championships and focus on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, South African Tatjana Schoenmaker is set to make her return to international competition. The Olympic champion will be in action in just over a week, including the 200-metre breaststroke, an event in which she won Olympic gold in Tokyo in record time (2:18.95), becoming the only woman in the story to break the barrier 2:19.

018 SWIM BROTHERS JOE AND JOHN ZEMAITIS TO SWIM ALL 50 STATES IN 30 DAYS
by Matthew DeGeorge
Swimming brothers Joe and John Zemaitis will begin a marathon swim on July 20 in Hawaii and will tour all 50 US states in 30 days, swimming 10 kilometers each. The effort will raise funds for the USA Swimming Foundation to promote water safety and drowning prevention and provide access to open water swimming across the country.

020 WHAT’S LEFT? A LOOK AT LASTING SUPERSUIT RECORDS: WHO GOES NEXT AND WHO ARE UNTOUCHABLE?
by John Lohn
What are the remnants of the two-year calamity in 2008 and 2009 when ability, honed through dedicated training and coaching, collided with the jigsaw that was technology? Of course, we’re referring to the supersuit era of the sport, when polyurethane gear shredded the record books – locally, nationally and internationally.

022 COMMENT: THANKS TO JIM THORPE’S DECISION, THE IOC HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO CORRECT THE EVILS OF EAST GERMAN DOPING
by John Lohn
The IOC recently corrected a past injustice by declaring American Jim Thorpe the sole gold medalist in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. An obvious question arises: are we about to see the IOC right the wrongs that plagued the Olympic landscape when East Germany dominated thanks to the benefits of a systematic doping program?

024 ONLY IN VEGAS
by Dan D’Addona
The evolution of the Sandpipers of Nevada Swim Club has grown exponentially over the past two years in true Las Vegas style – from a long shot to a sure thing.

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