It's hard to believe we're already in August. Luckily, Football training camp is upon us as Rich Rodriguez gets to test run a roster full of bullet holes. I apologize for being out of the loop of late. Moving out of Tempe and into Chandler has been a bit of work, but I'm glad to say I'm further away from ASU country, gang violence (there was a 1990s COPS episode shot at my old complex) and feral cats. Anyway, on to the links, which include much about former UA swimmers, a little hoops recruiting news and a little commentary about football. The American kind.
- There will be a two Wildcats racing in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay. South Africans Jean Basson and Darian Townsend will be in the finals of the relay event after posting the seventh-best time in the semis. While a medal is hard to fathom, the duo represents Arizona's strong connection to South Africa; Townsend and former Wildcats Ryk Neethling, Roland Shoeman and Lyndon Ferns won a gold medal in the same race in Athens.
- Another former Wildcat, Clark Burckle made the finals of the 200m breaststroke on Tuesday.
- If you haven't checked it out, former swimmer Annie Chandler is blogging for FSAZ from London, where she's watching fiance Matt Grevers, you know, set Olympic records and stuff. On a personal level, this is pretty cool just because Annie was one of the first people I met/interviewed when I started working for the Daily Wildcat, this being at the beginning of my writing education. It's weird that she's getting more hype for getting married than for her athletic abilities -- freakin' Ryan Seacrest was talking to Grevers about his proposal to her on the radio as I was driving around today -- considering she's pretty good at swimming in her own right.
- I found this kind of wonky story about Andre Iguodala worrying about pick-pockets, talking about the UA-ASU rivalry with James Harden and dealing with the not-so-consistent game balls of FIBA hoops. I say wonky because it's really just a collection of random questions and answers. It should be pointed out that it's written by someone in the Cronkite News Service, which as expected, is a news service for ASU's J-school ... this explains much.