Latest Swimming News

Dave Salo to retire as USC swimming coach at end of March

Jan. 16, 2020 6:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Salo will retire as Southern California men's and women's swimming coach after 14 years when the season ends in late March, but he will continue coaching Olympic hopefuls who train on the school's campus. Salo said Thursday that after the Tokyo Games end in August he will continue...

In this Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Husson University swimming coach Butch Babin fist-bumps with a student while coaching during a practice at Webber Pool in Bangor, Maine. After multiple medical procedures and amputation of part of his right leg, Babin, 57, returned to coaching on a part-time basis in October and then resumed as the head coach full time after Thanksgiving. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine swim coach on pool deck despite medical setbacks

Jan. 11, 2020 8:08 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A college swimming coach has endured a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, removal of cancerous tumors from his colon and wrists, and the amputation of part of his leg. But Husson University's Butch Babin is still on the pool deck. Babin, 57, returned to coaching at the Maine...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics

Jan. 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are...

Agnes Keleti, former Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, poses for a photo with two of her Olympic medals at her apartment in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020. Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds — at the 1952 Helsinki Games and at the 1956 Melbourne Games. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, turns 99

Jan. 9, 2020 6:44 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

Dec. 29, 2019 1:03 PM EST

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did....

File-This Aug. 23, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams, of the United States, looking up at the scoreboard during her match against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. She also tied a record for most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 and collected a tour-leading 37 titles in all during the decade. Gymnast Simone Biles finished second in the vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. Swimmer Katie Ledecky was third, followed by ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Dec. 28, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status...

Swimmers are displayed on a screen during the women's 400-meter individual medley in an International Swimming League event Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Sjostrom dominates at International Swimming League finale

Dec. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sarah Sjostrom earned season MVP honors and her Energy Standard team won the grand finale of the International Swimming League on Saturday. The Swedish swimmer received $50,000 in edging out American star Caeleb Dressel by 3 1/2 points. He was named MVP of the two-day grand finale in Las...

Daiya Seto celebrates after his swim in the the men's 400-meter individual medley during an International Swimming League event Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Swimming reinvents itself with glitz and cash of pro league

Dec. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a darkened arena on the Las Vegas Strip, swimming is being reinvented. Some of the sport's biggest names are competing in the grand finale of the International Swimming League, with flashing lights, pulsating music spun by an on-deck DJ and action-packed racing in a concept the sport...

File-This Aug. 11, 2018, file photo shows U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel competing on his way to winning the men's 100m butterfly final during the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Tokyo.  In the post-Michael Phelps world, Dressel fits snugly into the successor's slot. Coming off two dynamic performances at the world swimming championships, Dressel figures to be one of the biggest stars at the 2020 Tokyo Games.  Yet he is reticent to step into the spotlight. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

AP Interview: Dressel a reluctant superstar heading to 2020

Dec. 18, 2019 3:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In the post-Michael Phelps world, Caeleb Dressel fits snugly into the successor's slot. Coming off two dynamic performances at the world swimming championships, Dressel figures to be one of the biggest stars at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Yet he is reticent to step into the spotlight. He puts up...

Decency rule nixed after Alaska swimmer disqualified

Dec. 11, 2019 7:36 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A bathing suit decency rule that disqualified an Alaska high school swimmer from a race has been eliminated. KTVA reports the board of directors of the Alaska School Activities Association voted to remove penalties for swim uniforms that officials deemed “not of decent...