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This week Olympian Ryan Lochte returned to competition at the Plantation Sectionals in Florida, but before the meet took time to visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to meet with the parents of Parkland shooting victim Nicholas Dworet. Read about the Olympian’s visit and some of the other biggest stories from this week in The Week That Was.
The Week That Was #5 – Indian River Wins 44th, 40th Straight NJCAA Titles
Indian River State College capped off another dominant performance at the NJCAA National Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday night, with the men walking away with the 44th straight NJCAA title and the women winning their 40th straight title. Both teams more than doubled the runner-up scores, with the women finishing with 1245 points and the men finishing with 1181 points. Indian River also swept the Swimmer and Diver of the Meet Awards, with freshman Ryen Van Wyk and sophomore Gabrilo Blijden winning for the men and freshman Sophia Diagne and sophomore Chastity Haxson earning the women’s awards. You can see full recaps and results from the 2018 NJCAA Championships here.
The Week That Was #4 – 24 Meet Records Fall At 2018 CSCAA Invitational
A remarkable 24 meet records fell at the 2018 CSCAA National Invitational Championships, with the women from Florida International women and men from the U.S. Naval Academy were the winning teams at the 4th annual meet. This was the first iteration of the meet since the NCAA passed legislation that gave the meet championship status for training and competing. Colleen Humel from San Jose State and Mitchell Stover from Wright State were awarded Swimmer of the Meet honors. Humel won the 100 and 200 backstrokes in meet record time in addition to a 7th place finish in the 200 IM. Stover, whose program is slated to be dropped after this season following a long fight to save the program, had two meet records in the 100 fly and the 100 IM. You can see full recaps and results from each night of the meet here.
The Week That Was #3 – Michael Andrew Pops SCY Best Times At Sectionals
Michael Andrew was on fire at the Speedo Sectionals meet in Columbus, MO this weekend putting up several event wins and best times over the three days of the meet. Andrew started off the meet with an impressive double in the 100 breast and 100 back, posting back to back best times of 51.42 and 46.12. His time in the breaststroke made him the third fastest 17-18 year old in history, while his 100 fly was 11th. But his best performance came on the second day of the meet, where Andrew registered a 18.91 win the 50 free, his first time under 19 seconds and the third fastest time ever by a 17-18 year old. He also doubled up that win with a victory in the 100 back (46.50). You can see all the coverage from this weekend’s 2018 Sectional meets here.
The Week That Was #2 – Rie Kaneto, Jennie Johansson Announce Retirement
Two big names from swimming announced their retirement this week: Olympic gold medalist Rie Kaneto and Swedish Olympian and 2015 World Champion Jennie Johansson. Kaneto was the 2016 Olympic Champion in the 200 breast at 27-years old, her first and only Olympic medal. Kaneto made her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, where she finished seventh in the 200 breast, before she missed qualifying for the 2012 Games, making her win in 2016 all the more impressive. She still holds the Japanese and Asian record in the 200 breast (2:19.65). Johansson, who is 29-years old, won the 50 breaststroke at the 2015 World Championships and was on Sweden’s silver medal winning 4×100 medley relay that set (and still holds) the Swedish record in the event. Johansson also competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, finishing tenth and ninth in the 100 breaststroke, respectively.
The Week That Was #1 – Lochte Visits Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Four-time Olympian and world record holder Ryan Lochte visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this week ahead of his appearance in competition at the Plantation Speedo Sectionals. Lochte posted on social media that he met with the swim and water polo teams, as well as the family of Nicholas Dworet, a captain of the swim team and one of the victims in the tragic shooting that happened last month at the school. Lochte wore the school’s cap in his finals swims at Plantation Sectionals and also announced in his social media post that he will dedicate his swims at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to Nicholas and the Parkland community. You can donate to “Swim For Nick” foundation, which Nicholas’ parents set up following the Parkland shooting.