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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
The darkened arena pulsed with anticipation, the thousands of spectators roaring and their cameras flashing like giant fireflies as the boxers swaggered in, punching the air, bouncing on the balls of their feet and glaring like gladiators. And then, the chanting started for the favorite of this particular crowd: "Katie!" "Katie!" "Katie!" Despite the deafening cheers - officials at the ExCel Arena said it was one of loudest crowds of the Games so far at 113.7 decibels - you might also have heard a glass ceiling shattering: Boxing, the last Summer Olympics sport to be limited to men, opened its ranks to women for the first time here.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Bethesda native Katie Ledecky came into Saturday's 800-meter freestyle final at the FINA World Championships with three gold medals and a 1,500 freestyle world record last week. On Saturday, she again was the swimmer to beat, and again, nobody was able to do it. Ledecky won her final swim in Barcelona, Spain, by adding her second world record of the meet, topping Rebecca Adlington's former mark set in 2008 with a time of 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds. "It's good to finish off on a great note," said Ledecky, who previously won the 400 free and 4x200 free relay.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | July 29, 2012
Highlights from this morning's swimming preliminaries, including Ryan Lochte's thoughts on being added to the 4 X 100 freestyle relay. *"There's some talk about it," Lochte said of possibly swimming in the 400 free relay, "but at the end of the day it is the coaches' decision and they are going to put the best four guys they think are right. I just have to wait and see if they put me on or not. " In other actual, rather than speculated, events: *Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore Aquatic Club led her entire 400-meter freestyle - like the tip of birds flying in V-formation - until the end, when she was out-touched by Camille Muffat of France.
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Sports Digest | August 1, 2013
Swimming UMBC's Mohamed Hussein breaks Egyptian record UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein broke the Egyptian record in the 200-meter individual medley at the FINA World Championships on Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain. His time of 2 minutes, 2.29 seconds broke his record of 2:03.11, set in Olympics qualifications last year. However, his 29th-place finish out of 50 swimmers was not enough to advance him to the semifinals. He still has swims in the 50 backstroke, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay remaining.
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June 29, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Missy Franklin is the American record holder in the 100-meter backstroke, but Towson native Elizabeth Pelton tested the Olympic gold-medal winner Friday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championships Trials in Indianapolis. Pelton posted a time of 59.27 seconds in the preliminaries, which was .12 of a second faster than Franklin in second place. In the finals, though, Franklin responded. She raced to a U.S. open-record time of 58.67, while Pelton again finished in 59.27 seconds, good for second place.
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From Sun staff reports | June 27, 2013
On the second night of the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, several swimmers with local ties clinched spots in Barcelona, Spain, for next month's FINA World Aquatic Championships. Elizabeth Pelton, 19, a California sophomore from Towson, qualified for her third world championships on Wednesday after finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke behind the world-record holder, a future college teammate, Missy Franklin. Pelton's time of 2 minutes, 6.29 seconds topped her personal best by more than 1.2 seconds and is the second-fastest swim in the world this year.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Bethesda native Katie Ledecky came into Saturday's 800-meter freestyle final at the FINA World Championships with three gold medals and a 1,500 freestyle world record last week. On Saturday, she again was the swimmer to beat, and again, nobody was able to do it. Ledecky won her final swim in Barcelona, Spain, by adding her second world record of the meet, topping Rebecca Adlington's former mark set in 2008 with a time of 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds. "It's good to finish off on a great note," said Ledecky, who previously won the 400 free and 4x200 free relay.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Another day, another shot at a bit of redemption. But this time it may be for Tyler Clary, the swimmer whose public dissing of teammate Michael Phelpscaused a verbal firestorm as the two headed to the Games. Clary was widely viewed as the bad guy after telling his hometown newspaper three weeks ago that Phelps, poised to become perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time, didn't work hard and was asking to get beaten. And Clary, little-known and headed to his first Olympics compared to Phelps' fourth, said "it would be complete satisfaction" when he did the beating.
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By Amy Shipley, The Washington Post | July 29, 2011
This is getting repetitive, in a Michael Phelps sort of way. Ryan Lochte won his third and fourth gold medals at the world swimming championships Friday night, obliterating the field in the final of the 200-meter backstroke before unleashing a jaw-dropping anchor leg to help bail out a U.S. 800 relay team that sat in third place after Phelps' leadoff swim. At the start of this meet, swimming fans wondered whether Lochte could hold his own against Phelps on such a major stage.
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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 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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June 29, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Missy Franklin is the American record holder in the 100-meter backstroke, but Towson native Elizabeth Pelton tested the Olympic gold-medal winner Friday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championships Trials in Indianapolis. Pelton posted a time of 59.27 seconds in the preliminaries, which was .12 of a second faster than Franklin in second place. In the finals, though, Franklin responded. She raced to a U.S. open-record time of 58.67, while Pelton again finished in 59.27 seconds, good for second place.
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From Sun staff reports | June 27, 2013
On the second night of the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, several swimmers with local ties clinched spots in Barcelona, Spain, for next month's FINA World Aquatic Championships. Elizabeth Pelton, 19, a California sophomore from Towson, qualified for her third world championships on Wednesday after finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke behind the world-record holder, a future college teammate, Missy Franklin. Pelton's time of 2 minutes, 6.29 seconds topped her personal best by more than 1.2 seconds and is the second-fastest swim in the world this year.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
The darkened arena pulsed with anticipation, the thousands of spectators roaring and their cameras flashing like giant fireflies as the boxers swaggered in, punching the air, bouncing on the balls of their feet and glaring like gladiators. And then, the chanting started for the favorite of this particular crowd: "Katie!" "Katie!" "Katie!" Despite the deafening cheers - officials at the ExCel Arena said it was one of loudest crowds of the Games so far at 113.7 decibels - you might also have heard a glass ceiling shattering: Boxing, the last Summer Olympics sport to be limited to men, opened its ranks to women for the first time here.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
On the first day of the rest of his life,  Michael Phelps   slept in. Really in. "I just woke up," he told reporters at a 1 p.m. news conference Sunday, the day after he swam his last race ever to complete a 22-medal run over four Olympics. After spending much of his life seeing almost nothing but "the black line at the bottom of the pool," Phelps seemed ready to make up for lost time. He's been here for about two weeks, for example, but just now had seen Big Ben and the Parliament as he was driven to the event, organized by one of his sponsors, Visa.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
And then there was one. Michael Phelps came up golden again today swimming his last individual race, the 100-meter butterfly. He has just his leg in the 400-meter medley relay left to swim in these Olympic Games - or any other for that matter. “I'm just happy that the last [individual] one was a win,” Phelps said. “That's all I really wanted coming into the night.” His gold medal in the 200 IM on Thursday marked the first time a male swimmer has won the same event in three straight Olympics.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel were the top two finishers in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday, earning spots on the Olympic team. Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Elizabeth Pelton came in third. "You don't really swim to get to third," a dejected Pelton said. Her family, who moved from Connecticut to the Baltimore area for her to swim at NBAC, were in the stands. She has been training in Naples with her former NBAC coach, Paul Yetter, and is headed to Cal-Berkeley in the fall.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
On the first day of the rest of his life,  Michael Phelps   slept in. Really in. "I just woke up," he told reporters at a 1 p.m. news conference Sunday, the day after he swam his last race ever to complete a 22-medal run over four Olympics. After spending much of his life seeing almost nothing but "the black line at the bottom of the pool," Phelps seemed ready to make up for lost time. He's been here for about two weeks, for example, but just now had seen Big Ben and the Parliament as he was driven to the event, organized by one of his sponsors, Visa.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Another day, another shot at a bit of redemption. But this time it may be for Tyler Clary, the swimmer whose public dissing of teammate Michael Phelpscaused a verbal firestorm as the two headed to the Games. Clary was widely viewed as the bad guy after telling his hometown newspaper three weeks ago that Phelps, poised to become perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time, didn't work hard and was asking to get beaten. And Clary, little-known and headed to his first Olympics compared to Phelps' fourth, said "it would be complete satisfaction" when he did the beating.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | July 29, 2012
Highlights from this morning's swimming preliminaries, including Ryan Lochte's thoughts on being added to the 4 X 100 freestyle relay. *"There's some talk about it," Lochte said of possibly swimming in the 400 free relay, "but at the end of the day it is the coaches' decision and they are going to put the best four guys they think are right. I just have to wait and see if they put me on or not. " In other actual, rather than speculated, events: *Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore Aquatic Club led her entire 400-meter freestyle - like the tip of birds flying in V-formation - until the end, when she was out-touched by Camille Muffat of France.
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