Calmer waters for duo

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OPEN water swimmers Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman are the first members of Australia's 2012 Olympic team, but most of their future teammates will have to wait until June before they can be sure of competing in London.

Hurst, a seven-time Australian ironman champion, and Gorman, the world champion in the five-kilometre open water event in 2009, have known since July that they met Olympic qualification criteria after finishing fifth and fourth respectively at the Shanghai World Aquatics Championships in the 10 kilometer open water marathon.

Open-water swimmer looks to make name for himself in 2012

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With the Olympics right around the corner, most athletes have the Olympic trials at the front of their mind.

But Alex Meyer is not like most athletes. The open-water swimmer is the first American swimmer to have qualified for the 2012 Games. While he is still training hard, Meyer, 23, can relax just a tiny bit, knowing that he will be representing the U.S. in London next summer.

NZ open water swimmers begin London splash

source: Stuff.co.nz
The New Zealand ocean swim series, which begins in Auckland this weekend, ... several levels,'' said Philip Rush, Swimming New Zealand open water manager.

Swimmer Daniel Fogg hopes to double up at London 2012

source BBC Sport
By Helen Murray British swimmer Daniel Fogg says he is hoping to qualify for the 1500m and the 10km open water swim at the 2012 Olympics in London. ...

Special Olympics

Olympic medalist David Davies warns Chingford swimmer he faces competition for London 2012 place

Olympic silver medalist David Davies is warning Chingford’s Daniel Fogg to expect competition for the now sole men’s London 2012 10km open water place to come from more than just himself and Tom Allen.

Fogg - a former Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club youngster - along with Davies and Allen began what is turning out to be a long qualification process for 2012 by occupying the top three of the 1500m freestyle at the British Gas Championships in March.

Olympic Sport Lowdown: Swimming

On top of that there's the big 10k swim in Hyde Park and Water Polo in the ... The open water 10k swim is the newest Olympic event, having made its debut in ...

British Swimming requests clarification from FINA on the return of Larisa Ilchenko

source:blogs.bettor.com  Posted By: Mark Cuban

British Swimming has requested clarification from international aquatics sport governing body, Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) on the return of Russian open water expert, Larisa Ilchenko.

Ilchenko, who was considered retire as of March 2011, told a local news agency about her plans for the 2012 London Olympic Games. SwimNews has confirmed her return to swimming from FINA, which said, “She never officially announced her retirement to FINA.”

The 22-year-old Russian stayed away from competitive swimming after 2009 World Championships and currently, she is undergoing a cure for Thyroid Gland trouble.

FINA has imposed no restrictions on her comeback to open water swimming and said that the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) last examined her for a drug test in July 2010. However, WADA deploys Therapeutic Use Exemption to athletes, who may require certain prohibited drugs to cure their illness.

Winning recipe

Two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne speaks exclusively to skysports.com on all things swimming, Team GB... and baking

Keri-Anne Payne is a two-time world champion and an Olympic silver medalist. Not a bad achievement considering she only began swimming because she wanted to copy her older brother.

The South African-born 23-year-old in July became the first British athlete to qualify for the London Olympics when she defended her 10 kilometre open-water title at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Olympic medallist Cassie Patten retires from swimming

source: news.bbc.co.uk Thursday, 6 October 2011 11:59 UK

Olympic bronze medal winning swimmer Cassie Patten has announced her retirement from the sport.

The 24-year-old from Cornwall, who came third in the 2008 Olympic 10km open water race, broke the news via Twitter.
"After a battle with a shoulder injury which is not getting any better, I have made the decision that I'm retiring from swimming," she tweeted.