Latest Swimming News

Title IX investigation of Missouri swim coach ended

Jul. 16, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh is no longer working for the university and a Title IX case against him has been closed. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Rhodenbaugh's attorney and university officials disagree about the results of a nine-month investigation into...

Sea rescue: Olympic swimmer Magnini saves tourist in Italy

Jul. 9, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A swimmer struggling in the sea off Sardinia soon discovered it was his lucky day. Italian news agency ANSA says the male tourist got in trouble Sunday afternoon after his inflatable swan was carried away by the wind. According to a witness, the swimmer's friends alerted a life guard —...

UNC's Cunningham eager to see impact of 5 new coaches

Jul. 5, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's numerous coaching changes last season were a surprise to athletic director Bubba Cunningham. The Tar Heels enter next season with five new head coaches, including Mack Brown returning to football more than two decades after his first stint and Courtney Banghart's...

Olympic greats Bubka, Popov deny Rio 2016 vote-buying claims

Jul. 5, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic gold medalists Sergey Bubka and Alexander Popov have denied claims made in a Brazilian court they were paid to vote for Rio de Janeiro's winning bid to host the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday its ethics commission has contacted both...

Florida's most famous cheerleader, Mr. Two Bits, dies at 97

Jul. 4, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida's most famous cheerleader has died. George Edmondson Jr., better known as Mr. Two Bits while riling up crowds at Florida home games for 60 years, died Tuesday at age 97, the school announced Thursday. Edmondson officially retired from his role after the...

Dutch Olympic champion completes 195-kilometer charity swim

Jun. 24, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — On one of the hottest days of the Dutch summer, Olympic long-distance swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden completed a marathon swim Monday along the route of a famous Dutch speedskating race, to raise money for cancer research. Van der Weijden finished the 195-kilometer...

European Games struggle for attention as Belarus hosts

Jun. 20, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday as host Belarus seeks to shed its reputation as one of the continent's most isolated countries. Memories of the lavish inaugural event in Azerbaijan four years ago — the opening ceremony alone cost...

Coughlin returning to pool in International Swimming League

Jun. 11, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

Natalie Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist, is returning to the pool as a member of the DC Trident, one of the teams in the new International Swimming League. Although Coughlin never formally retired, she hasn't competed since the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. In the years since, she's served as a swimming...

Former teacher/coach sentenced for child sex crimes

Jun. 4, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 54-year-old former teacher and swim coach who worked in the Kansas City area has been sentenced to federal prison for sexually assaulting and exploiting children in crimes that spanned decades. James Green Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to concurrent terms of 30 and 10 years for...

Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

May. 22, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That's when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a...