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  • Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death Jul 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing feeling as a nonathlete to walk in and walk around that stadium like real Olympic athletes do.”

     
  • Report: Thorpe to reveal he is gay Jul 12, 2014 5:54 PM
    Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.

     
  • Phelps a bit miffed that he’s not going faster Jul 10, 2014 5:05 PM
    Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now. His coach believes he’s right on schedule. Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world’s top swimmers. Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement. Coach Bob Bowman says he’s pleased with Phelps’ progress and sees no reason why he can’t eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he’s not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.

     
  • Barrington swimmer helps others achieve dreams Jun 29, 2014 10:09 AM
    After coming close to swimming the English Channel, Barrington's Don Macdonald had to scale back his goals due to a nearly fatal heart ailment. Instead, he merely kayaked around Manhattan Island on Saturday.

     
  • Van Dyken demonstrates social media’s positive side Jun 28, 2014 4:16 PM
    Not long after Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had surgery for a life-threatening spine injury, while she still wasn’t completely out of danger, her husband placed a cellphone in her hands. The decorated Olympic swimmer had always enjoyed sharing her life and thoughts on social media, so Tom Rouen figured it might do her some good when she awoke. It worked more than he could have imagined, providing Amy a therapeutic tool as she makes the transition from elite athlete to possibly spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

     
  • Local gold medalists: Jun 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Two Special Olympics athletes from Lake County received gold medals in a weeklong competition in New Jersey last week.

     
  • Suburbs part of try to set record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Jun 20, 2014 5:32 PM
    Children and adults plunged into pools across the suburbs Friday as part of an effort to break a world record for the largest lesson. It was the fifth consecutive year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Organizers said the event spanned 13 countries and is meant to call attention to research showing formal swimming lessons and water safety training can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4.

     
  • Mundelein’s Parola fulfills legacy of all-around excellence Jun 14, 2014 4:57 PM
    Mundelein three-sport athlete Derek Parola, the Daily Herald's Lake County male athlete of the year, shared much of his distinguished career with his father Todd, who coached him in golf and baseball.

     
  • No words needed to see Gurnee swimmer’s passion for the sport Jun 12, 2014 11:16 AM
    Gurnee resident Alex Dmytrenko doesn't speak, but no words are necessary to understand his passion for swimming. That passion will take him to New Jersey this week, where he'll swim for Team Illinois in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.

     
  • Ex-Olympian swims with suburban kids at Stevenson Jun 11, 2014 8:55 AM
    Six years have passed since swimming legend Dara Torres last competed in the Olympics, but the California native showed she’s still in fine form Tuesday when she joined a group of young suburban swimmers at Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School. “It’s a lot of fun,” Torres said of the meet-and-greets. “Some of the shy ones are so cute.”

     
  • Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident Jun 9, 2014 10:16 PM
    Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and she told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

     
  • Barrington swimmer plans lap around Manhattan May 29, 2014 5:03 PM
    A Barrington man who three years ago joined a small group of swimmers over 50 to successfully cross the English Channel is ready for his next challenge: a 28.5-mile lap around Manhattan Island, New York, to raise money for the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

     
  • Phelps still yearns to win May 15, 2014 6:08 PM
    Michael Phelps is trying some new things: A more relaxed approach. A lighter workload. A willingness to accept that things aren’t going to be perfect every day. He insists that one thing hasn’t changed at all: His desire to win.

     
  • Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 to spend $29 million on pools Apr 25, 2014 1:46 PM
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school board members Thursday approved $29 million in contracts for the reconstruction of all five high schools' swimming pools over three years. The first phase will concentrate on the replacement of the Conant High School pool in Hoffman Estates, beginning this summer and lasting into the 2014-15 school year.

     
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement Apr 14, 2014 5:42 PM
    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

     
  • Rowland finishing strong at Towson Apr 14, 2014 12:17 PM
    Not only has Melanie Rowland closed out her swimming career in strong fashion at Towson University, but she has done the same in the classroom. For the second consecutive year, the Vernon Hills High School graduate was named the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner for women’s swimming.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District offers two-for-one deal Apr 7, 2014 1:52 PM
    Summer will arrive eventually — it always does — and, based on recent years, we’ll have plenty of hot, scorching days. That’s why the time is right — now — to make plans for keeping cool during the solar vortex that’s sure to come.

     
  • Early votes say ‘no’ to Lake Park pool Mar 18, 2014 8:42 PM
    Early indications show voters are on their way to again rejecting an indoor aquatic center at Lake Park High School. Based on early voting totals, roughly 60 percent of voters are saying “no” to a borrowing proposal and a tax rate increase to fund pool construction and operation.

     
  • Piekarski, Barson, Williams share MSL swimming honors Mar 8, 2014 7:48 PM
    The Mid-Suburban League’s swimmers of the year have been announced — and two of them will have another crack at the same award next year. Rolling Meadows junior Jake Barson and Elk Grove junior Colin Williams were named as co-representatives for the Mid-Suburban East, while Barrington senior Sebastian Piekarski was chosen in the Mid-Suburban West.

     
  • $11 million Buffalo Grove High pool coming along Mar 7, 2014 10:15 AM
    Buffalo Grove High School is less than six months away from debuting its new $11 million swimming pool, the largest addition to a Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school in more than a decade. The new second-story seating area will have room for 500 spectators, bathrooms and a concessions area, said Ted Birren, director of operations. “There really isn't a bad seat in the house,” he said.

     
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