Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nick D'arcy

Last year, Australian Nick D'arcy made headlines for smashing up the face of former swimmer Simon Cowley after making his first Olympic team in the 200 Fly. He was kicked off the team and faced possible jail time. Before his trial, D'arcy returned to the pool, swimming in various meets in Australia. He would have the Australian world championship selection meet right before his trial. If he made the team, he would still have to get through the courtroom before guarenteed a spot in Rome.

Before the meet, many believed he was on target to break his Australian record of 1:55.10 set at last year's Olympic trials. He ended up winning the 200 Fly in 1:54.46, a new Australian record, and also finaled in the 100 Fly. Just days later, he was handed a suspended jail sentence of 14 months and 12 days. The suspension of the setence leaves him free to swim for the Australian team in Rome, though he will have to be approved by Swimming Australia. It will be up to the Australian Olympic comittee as to whether or not D'arcy will be eligible for the London Olympics.

The question: does Nick D'arcy DESERVE to swim in Rome and be eligible for London? Poll closed - results above.

Video of D'arcy's swim from Australian trials here.

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