Newsblog

Sun

03

Feb

2013

Retirement from Swimming

Last week I have informed the Swiss Swimming Federation of my decision to retire from the sport. This move was not spontaneous, but rather in line with my long term planning. Below I will outline my reasons for why this was the right time for retiring from swimming, and reflect on this amazing episode of my life.

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Mon

17

Sep

2012

Solo instead of Team Event at Europeans

At the 2012 European Open Water Championships, I had to swim the 5km individual race instead of the 5km team event. The reason was that teammate Swann Oberson suffered a severe shoulder injury. I made the best out of this difficult situation and finished my race on the 27th place.

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Sat

01

Sep

2012

Preparing for European OW Championships

While the pool swimmers enjoy their off-season or slowly start preparing for the new season, the Open Water swimmers are still looking forward to their last season highlight: From 12. to 16. September, the European Open Water Championships are held in Piombino, Italy.

Together with Swann Oberson and Jovan Mitrovic I will represent Switzerland, whereby our focus lies on the 5km team event. We are currently preparing at the Swiss Swimming Training Base in Tenero.

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Mon

02

Jul

2012

Swiss Champion 1500m freestyle

After all those Open Water races, I finally returned for a pool competition last weekend. From 29. June until 1. July the Swiss Summer Championships took place in Nyon. I reclaimed the title as national champion in the 1500 meters freestyle.

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Tue

26

Jun

2012

6th Place at the Great North Swim

This past Sunday I returned to Great Britain to compete in the next leg of the Great Swim series, which was held in Windermere near Manchester. In a field of world class athletes I finished 6th. The race was shown live on BBC2.

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Wed

20

Jun

2012

Fernsehinterview vom 18. Juni

Sehen Sie hier die Aufzeichnung des Interviews, welches am 18. Juni auf dem Schaffhauser Fernsehen ausgestrahlt wurde. Besprochen werden das Open Water Schwimmen, der Wettkampf in Portugal, mein Werdegang, sowie die nahe Zukunft.

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Mon

18

Jun

2012

3rd Place at the Great East Swim

On Sunday I competed at the Great East Swim, near Ipswich (Great Britain). This Open Water event was one mile (ca. 1.6km) long. In an interesting race I managed to claim the 3rd place!

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Mon

11

Jun

2012

No Olympic Qualification in Setubal

On Sunday, 10. June, I had the opportunity to compete in the Olympic 10km Qualification race in Setubal, Portugal. At this race the last spots for the 2012 Olympic 10km race were decided. My chances to be among the lucky few were always slim, and unfortunately I was not able to make the miracle happen.

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Sun

20

May

2012

5km Swiss Champs: New Swiss Record!

Yesterday, 19. May, I competed at the 5km Swiss Championships in Bellinzona. It was a full success: I won and broke the old Swiss record by 16 seconds! I also qualified for the 10km race in Setubal, Portugal, which will serve as an Olympic qualifier event.

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Fri

27

Apr

2012

10k World Cup in Cancun

On Tuesday 24. April I competed at the 10k Open Water World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. The race was very competitive with most of the world's best Open Water swimmers present. For me, this race was all about gaining experience.

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Tue

20

Mar

2012

Two Silver medals at Swiss Champs 2012

From 15. to 18. March, I competed at the 2012 Swiss Championships in Zurich. I am not quite happy with the way I performed. On the one hand, one shouldn't complain with two silver medals. However, I missed my best times as well as my goal times. On a more positive note, a door for an exciting Open Water season has opened up.

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Tue

06

Mar

2012

Swiss Championships 2012 coming up!

From 15.-18. March, I will be competing at the Swiss Championships in Zurich (Hallenbad Örlikon). This is the moment for which I have prepared for a long time now in Australia. These championships also serve as trials for this year's European Championships and the Olympic Games in London.

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Fri

16

Dec

2011

Queensland State Championships

From 11. to 13. December I competed at the 2011 Queensland State Championships. The competition was the most important one during the preparation for the big championships in 2012. My results were solid and showed that I am on the right track.

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Mon

14

Nov

2011

The New Season

Since the beginning of September I am in the middle of my preparations for the 2011/2012 season. Here you can find more information on what I am preparing for and a season schedule.

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Sat

10

Sep

2011

World University Games - Report

This 2011 Universiade was my highlight of this year's season. However, I was not fully satisfied with my performance. I failed to hit my goal times, but an illness prior to the competition may explain why.

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Mon

08

Aug

2011

World University Games - Preview

Tomorrow (9. August) I will be heading to China. There, in Shenzhen, the 2011 World University Games are taking place from 12.-23. August. This will be the highlight of the 2011 season for me.

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Thu

02

Jun

2011

Selection Criteria for 2012 Olympics

A couple of days ago, the Swiss Swimming Federation released their selection criteria for the 2012 Olympics in London. The time cut for the 1500 freestyle is 15:16.44. For the Open Water, a certain placement in selected races has to be achieved.

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Mon

11

Apr

2011

Swiss Championships - pictures

Photos from the 2011 Swiss Championships have now been uploaded. You can find them in the gallery. All photos were taken by Corinna Stolz.

Wed

06

Apr

2011

Swiss Championships - Report

Last weekend, I competed in Geneva at the Swiss Championships. I took gold in my main races, 800m and 1500m freesytle, and bronze in the 400m freestyle. Additionally, I qualified for World University Games, but missed the time standards for World Championships.

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Thu

24

Mar

2011

Preview: Swiss Championships 2011

Next weekend, I will be competing in the Swiss Championships in Geneva (31. March - 3. April). This will be the first higlight of the 2011 long course season. The Swiss Championships will serve as trials for World Championships and World University Games.

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Wed

09

Feb

2011

13th in 2010 European 5km Ranking

Great news! A few days ago, the official European 5km pool rankings for 2010 have been published. My Swiss record time of 54:29.52 means I was the 13th fastest 5km swimmer in Europe last year!

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Sat

29

Jan

2011

Miami Super Challenge

This Saturday (29 January) I competed in a small swim meet at my training pool in Miami, Australia. Despite the small scale on which the competition took place, world class swimmers from China, Australia, France and Great Britain were present.

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Wed

12

Jan

2011

Floods in Queensland

Since Monday I am back in Australia. While I am getting back to hard training, a lot of people in my state (Queensland) are hit by natural disaster.

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Thu

16

Dec

2010

QLD State Championships

I just completed my first swim meet in Australia: the Queensland State Championships in Brisbane. My races (200, 400, and 1500 freestyle) took place from the 12-14 December.

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