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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 25, 1996
Harm Beyer, a member of FINA, swimming's international governing body, yesterday criticized U.S. Swimming's decision Friday to reverse a two-year sanction against Jessica Foschi for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.U.S. Swimming gave Foschi, 15, a two-year probation, which would clear her to compete at the U.S. Olympic trials March 6-12, but that could change depending on FINA's response."To be polite, it is a disastrous decision," Beyer said from his home in Germany.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Bel Air native Chase Kalisz waited two weeks for Sunday's proceedings. He saw fellow Americans earn medal after medal at the FINA World Championships, yet he didn't have the chance to do so until the last day of competition. But when the Fallston graduate finally had the chance, swimming in his first and only event in Barcelona, Spain, the 400-meter individual medley, he made the most of it. Kalisz dropped more than 2.5 seconds from his personal-best time to earn a silver medal in his first World Championships, finishing in 4 minutes, 9.22 seconds, just behind Japan's Daiya Seto's winning time of 4:08.69.
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,Tribune Newspapers | July 25, 2009
ROME - -Newly introduced swimsuits that Michael Phelps and other swimmers wore during the Beijing Olympics won't be legal come 2010, but that's not something the gold-medal winner is concerned with now that the sport's governing body voted Friday to ban the high-tech apparel. After two years in which rapidly changing technology helped swim apparel dominate the sport almost as much as Phelps, FINA banned controversial full-body suits, including some versions of Speedo's groundbreaking LZR Racer, which was designed with help from NASA.
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Sports Digest | July 30, 2013
Swimming Towson native Pelton reaches FINA final in 100m backstroke Towson native Elizabeth Pelton qualified for the finals in the 100-meter backstroke Monday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Pelton finished in 59.44 seconds, good for the third-best qualifying time. She will swim in the final tonight. Baseball Roberts is first Coppin State player in Cape Cod league Right-handed pitcher Michael Roberts became the first player from Coppin State to join a team in the Cape Cod Baseball League on Sunday, as he was added to the Cotuit Kettleers' roster.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 25, 1996
American distance swimmer Jessica Foschi, who tested positive last summer for the anabolic steroid mesterolone, has been suspended for two years by FINA, the international governing body for swimming.The ban, announced yesterday by FINA, is retroactive to Aug. 4, 1995.Foschi, 15, of Old Brookville, N.Y., can continue to compete domestically and would be sidelined for one major international competition, the short-course worlds in April 1997.Her father, Bob Foschi, vowed to fight the suspension.
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March 28, 2007
On Monday, Katie Hoff won the 200-meter individual medley at the FINA world championships with the fourth-fastest time in history (2:10.41). This morning, she goes for another medal in the 200 freestyle. She set an American record (1:57.19) yesterday in the semifinals of the 200 free (she's shown at left on finishing that race).
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | April 1, 2007
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- It's almost difficult to believe, but after winning six gold medals in six days, as well as setting four world records, Michael Phelps had one final day of hurdles left at the FINA World Championships. And then bad luck, and one one-hundredth of a second on a relay exchange, derailed his chance at history. Phelps did his part, qualifying for the 400-meter individual medley final, his last individual event of the meet. But the Americans' 400-meter medley relay team, like a cruel April Fool's joke, got disqualified in the preliminaries when butterfly specialist Ian Crocker left the blocks early, .04 of a second before breaststroker Scott Usher touched the wall.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 1997
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Here in one of the most patriotic New York neighborhoods, working-class Bay Ridge, the Stars and Stripes are flying in front of the cigar shops and ethnic restaurants, standing in honor of today, Flag Day, and the old-fashioned American traditions of liberty, equality and justice.Well, maybe not justice. There is patriotism, and then there is the law. Nearly every one of the estimated 5,000 American flags being flown here is illegal.In New York City, you cannot legally fly a flag on the sidewalk outside your door -- unless you have a considerable amount of money.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | March 31, 2007
Is it coincidence that the FINA World Swimming Championships are taking place in a temporary pool inside Rod Laver Arena this week? After all, with sportswriters struggling to come up with ways to put Michael Phelps' performance - five gold medals and four world records through the first five days - into context, the most obvious comparison is to the play of the man who competed in this very building only two months ago, but with a racket in his hand:...
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2002
Michael Phelps, the 17-year-old world-record holder from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, will have his first encounter with the swim world's newest phenom this weekend, when the FINA World Cup series stops in Long Island, N.Y. Phelps will lead the American men tomorrow and Saturday into the 25-meter pool at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The international field will include China's Peng Wu, 15, whose progress closely resembles the path followed by Phelps, as well as Pieter van den Hoogenband, 24, the Dutch freestyle sprinter who tamed Australian Ian Thorpe at the 2000 Olympics.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Perhaps it was the fact that Bethesda swimmer Katie Ledecky thrives on pulling away early thanks to fast starts. Or maybe it was that Denmark's Lotte Friis chose to challenge her, even outpace her at times, in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle on the third night at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. But when it was all said and done at Palau Sant Jordi, Ledecky not only sped away after 1,300 meters of racing to take the world title by 2.35 seconds, but in the process, she did it in 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Elizabeth Pelton says she felt like "the little kid in a candy store. " From a swimming standpoint, why wouldn't she? She had just finished second in the 200-meter backstroke final at the Phillips 66 National Championships on June 25 and swam a personal best for the first time in almost three years. It was about as sweet of a moment that the swimmer from Towson remembers, for about one year earlier at the United States Olympic Team Trials, she was on the brink of a nightmarish meet that would change the path of her career.
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,Tribune Newspapers | July 25, 2009
ROME - -Newly introduced swimsuits that Michael Phelps and other swimmers wore during the Beijing Olympics won't be legal come 2010, but that's not something the gold-medal winner is concerned with now that the sport's governing body voted Friday to ban the high-tech apparel. After two years in which rapidly changing technology helped swim apparel dominate the sport almost as much as Phelps, FINA banned controversial full-body suits, including some versions of Speedo's groundbreaking LZR Racer, which was designed with help from NASA.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | July 7, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Phelps could sense the question coming long before it was asked. After all, new, high-tech swimsuits and their legality in competition have been the talk of the swimming world since the Beijing Olympics. They're the main topic of conversation for the 800 swimmers at the U.S. nationals, which begin today at the Indiana University Natatorium. World records are falling, and FINA, the sport's governing body, has said that virtually every suit on the market will be legal, at least until 2010, when officials plan to reassess suit standards.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | February 25, 2009
Michael Phelps has decided not to waste any time returning to competition once his three-month suspension ends. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist has committed to compete in the Charlotte (N.C.)UltraSwim on May 14-17, which is the first meet he is eligible to participate. Phelps, 23, was suspended by USA Swimming this month after a British tabloid published a photo of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. Phelps apologized for showing "bad judgment" and called his suspension "fair." Nearly all the companies that employ Phelps as a spokesman stood by him, but Kellogg Co., announced that it would not attempt to renew its deal with Phelps when it expires at the end of this month.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | August 24, 2008
So much history can be decided by fractions of a second in swimming. But never in the history of the sport has so much been at stake with so little time as there was today in the 100-meter butterfly. Michael Phelps should not have won. It looked, from every angle, as if he did not win. But somehow, by .01 of a second, he did. In what will almost certainly go down as the most dramatic -- and perhaps most controversial -- race of Phelps' career, he out-touched Serbia's Milorad Cavic to win his seventh gold medal.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1996
The careers of Jessica Foschi and Samantha Riley will never converge in a swimming pool, but they have been linked by recent decisions regarding their eligibility to compete in this summer's Olympic Games.Foschi, a 15-year-old from Long Island, has been at the center of a controversy since it was disclosed that she tested positive for an anabolic steroid at the Phillips 66 outdoor championships last August.After initially giving Foschi a two-year probation, U.S. Swimming reversed its decision in November and announced that the promising teen-ager was being banned for two years.
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By Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg and Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporters | April 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- With most of the nation's best swimmers scheduled to compete at the Toyota Grand Prix here this weekend, record-breaking performances might take a back seat to the swimsuit competition. The Speedo LZR Racer, a $550 seamless, water-resistant swimsuit, has dominated pre-Olympic meets, and its use has been praised - and questioned - because of its cutting-edge technology and high price tag. Since the suit's debut in February, 18 long-course world records have fallen, 17 of them to LZR-clad athletes.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | July 31, 2007
In Australia this year at the FINA World Championships, swimmer Michael Phelps proved that, when it comes to his best events, he's racing against only himself and history. When he steps away from his strengths, however, there are still swimmers out there who can not only push him, but also defeat him. And Phelps, one of the world's most competitive athletes, does not like to lose. At anything. It can make for riveting racing. Which is one reason the USA Swimming National Championships, an event that begins today in Indianapolis and runs through Saturday, is worth following.
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