Author: rokur

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Aquatics Federation. Likes to run :-)

Icelandic born Sindri Þór Jakobsson set a Norwegian record at Danish Open 2011 today, with a time of 2:02.38 in the 200 butterfly. Andreas Schiellerup and Daniel Skaaning set Danish junior records, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume qualified for Shanghai 2011, and three swimmers qualified for the European junior championships in Belgrade this summer.

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Mireia Belmonte García was a league apart from the field on the way to her third victory at the Spanish Open in just over 24 hours, a 4:34.91 over 400 IM taking down her own Spanish record by 1.4 seconds. Read more here on SwimNews.com, where Craig Lord rates her as one of the favourites for the crown in Shanghai this summer, and certainly a strong medal contender.

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With two days gone at the 2011 Canadian World Trials, Julia Wilkinson has set the only national record until now, with a 28.13 in the 50 backstroke on day 1. She didn’t qualify for the World Championships in that event, as Canadians don’t allow swimmers to qualify in non-Olympic events, but then qualified in 100 freestyle on day 2 by winning the event in 54.93. Sources SwimNews.com here and here and www.swimming.ca

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Technical director for Spanish swimming, Luis Villanueva, told reporters this week that Mireia Belmonte has Phelpsian qualities. “She is a swimmer with a beastly talent, there are very few like her.” She answered by bagging two titles on the first day of the Spanish Open in Madrid, clocking a Spanish record 2:06.25 in the 200 butterfly, and wiping 15 seconds off her best 800 freestyle time with 8:27.88. Read more here on SwimNews.com.

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The Danes are testing out a for them new system this year, allowing only results from the Danish Open finals as qualification times for the World Championships in Shanghai and European Junior Championships in Belgrade this summer. It worked out well, with three swimmers qualifying for the World Championships and 10 for the European Junior Championships, during the first 2 hour-long final session, and Mie Ø. Nielsen from Aalborg erasing the 8 year record of Jeanette Ottesen in the 100 freestyle.

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Swimming Canada will be broadcasting live from their 2011 World Championships Trials, March 30th to April 2nd from 5h45pm PST, here on swimcanweb.tv, with listing of results here. I’ve put those links on our new LIVE page here, together with links for similar webcasts and results from other upcoming events, and a clock to help us figure out all those different time zones.

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Olympic 10km silver medalist and world champion Keri-Anne Payne explains the two major kinds of breathing patterns here, breathing bilaterally or only to one side. I personally don’t agree that you cannot switch between the two kinds of breathing patterns during a long distance event, for instance if single-laterally breathing swimmers want to catch a good view of the swimmer on their ‘blind’ side, or just to stretch out their neck a bit. But the video is nice :-)

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Danish Open starts tomorrow, promising some great swims especially in the long distance events, now when the best swimmers from Denmark and neighboring countries will try to qualify for Shanghai 2011. Live timing and webcast will be available here on the by the way very brilliant www.livetiming.se, prelims from 10 AM Danish time and finals from 17:30 PM. As an additional service, we here at Swimmer’s Daily have now launched www.swimmersdaily.com/live, where we try to line up as many live event services as possible, on an as small space as possible, with some added chat functionality.

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