Latest Women's swimming News

Beisel completes swim to Block Island to honor late father

Sep. 25, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel became the first woman to swim from the Rhode Island mainland to Block Island on Saturday, completing the grueling 10.4-mile route to raise money for cancer research in memory of her late father. Beisel, who...

Gator Chomp: Ledecky heads to Florida to work with Nesty

Sep. 22, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

Katie Ledecky will be learning a new stroke. The Gator Chomp. Ledecky announced Wednesday that she is moving to the University of Florida to be closer to home and train under Anthony Nesty, a rising star coach who will oversee...

Olympic swimmer Beisel hits the ocean to honor her father

Sep. 22, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

When Elizabeth Beisel's dad got the awful news — pancreatic cancer — the Olympic swimming medalist knew she had to do something, anything, that would give him a reason to get up every morning. Off the coast of her native Rhode Island is a popular vacation spot were...

Tampa Bay area man wins Alligator Lighthouse open water meet

Sep. 12, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A 29-year-old swimmer from the Tampa Bay area posted the fastest time among more than 460 participants at an 8-mile open water swimming competition in the Florida Keys. Connor Signorin finished Saturday’s Swim for Alligator Lighthouse in three...

New exhibit explores legacy of segregated swimming pools

Sep. 11, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — I didn’t experience the joy of water — the calm crashing waves, the confidence of swimming in the deep end, canoeing and rowing — until I was in my 30s. It wasn’t that I was uneasy around water as a child. When I had access to a pool, I’d...

In ROC disguise, Russia has plenty to celebrate at Olympics

Aug. 07, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Russia by any other name is just as successful at the Olympics. The rebranded team — known at the Tokyo Games as ROC, short for Russian Olympic Committee — easily beat its medal target by surpassing the haul of 56 from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The...

Seward plans parade to honor hometown gold medalist swimmer

Aug. 04, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskan swimmer Lydia Jacoby, who won a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games, will get a parade in her honor. Festivities are planned Thursday in her hometown of Seward. The 17-year-old and her parents will drive in a...

Black women, across generations, heed Biles’ Olympic example

Aug. 04, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka. Simone Biles. Both are prominent young Black women under the pressure of a global Olympic spotlight that few human beings ever know. Both have faced major career crossroads at the Tokyo Games. Both cited pressure and mental health. The glare...

Olympics Latest: World champ Dutch out in women's handball

Aug. 04, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ World champion the Netherlands is out of the women’s handball competition at the Tokyo...

Column: Some of the best Olympic stories are at the back

Aug. 04, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the world’s greatest open water swimmers jostled for the lead, their eyes on an Olympic gold, my eyes kept drifting to the tiny figure falling further and further behind everyone else at Tokyo Bay. Much of the attention at any Summer Games is focused...