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July 15, 2009
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Phelps Cruises Through Nationals, Shapes Up for Worlds
At the world swimming championships, which begin July 26 in Rome, Michael Phelps won't tackle as ambitious a competition program as the one that gave him worldwide celebrity and a place in Olympic history in last year's Beijing Games. Phelps' results still could be spectacular, based on his performance in the U.S. championships. More    E-mail article

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Dara Torres Breaks Own U.S. Record in 50-meter Butterfly
from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Dara Torres was inspired by the crowd sticking around for time trials after the USA Swimming National Championships had officially ended late Saturday in Indianapolis. After nearly two days of rest, the five-time Olympian from Parkland broke the U.S. record in the 50-meter butterfly for the second time in four weeks. More    E-mail article

North Dakota Swimmer Rises Far From Public Eye
from The New York Times
There is no road map for Dagny Knutson’s journey. There are no footprints to trace, no MapQuest or G.P.S. to direct her from swimming’s hinterlands to its heights. More    E-mail article

Parents' Endorsement of Vigorous Team Sports Increases Children's Physical Activity
from Science Daily
Parents who value strenuous team sports are more likely to influence their children to join a team or at least participate in some kind of exercise, and spend less time in front of the TV or computer, a new study says. More    E-mail article

Aaron Peirsol Back on Top of the World in 100 Backstroke
Not long ago, Aschwin Wildeboer Faber of Spain broke Peirsol’s world record in that event with a time of 52.38. But at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials, Peirsol reclaimed that record, besting Wildeboer Faber’s time by 44-hundredths of a second and becoming the first man to swim the 100m backstroke under 52 seconds. More    E-mail article

The Top Fitness Trends
from the Examiner
A new survey put out by the American College of Sports Medicine polled fitness and health experts. They were asked to identity the top trends. "The ACSM, a nonprofit sports medicine and exercise science organization, tracks trends for the fitness industry and gives the public a heads-up about what they are likely to face at the gym, the doctor's office and the workplace." More    E-mail article

Phelps Finally Catches up to World Record in 100 Fly
Michael Phelps remembers setting the world record in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona. And he remembers all too well the next day, when U.S. teammate Ian Crocker beat him in the finals of that event and took the world record down with him. Since that day, Phelps has beaten Crocker a few times in head-to-head match-ups, but the world record has eluded him. More    E-mail article

A Biomarker for Anorexia?
from Science Daily
Eating disorders are frequently seen as psychological or societal diseases, but do they have an underlying biological cause? A new study shows that the levels of a brain protein differ between healthy and anorexic women. More    E-mail article

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