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The GIST's Quick Hits: March 8

March 08, 2021
Source: NHL.com
Source: NHL.com

๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธSwimming: Katie Ledecky is back on the podium. After a year out of the pool (because of COVID-19), Ledecky returned for the TYR Pro Swim Series and won four titles in four days. Fellow Team USA swimmer and Togethxr founding member, Simone Manuel, also won her event. Our Olympic fever is heating up.

๐Ÿ’Hockey: The PWHPAโ€™s Dream Gap Tour had another successful weekend, with Team Minnesota winning both games over Team New Hampshire. No future stops on the Tour have been announced yet, but weโ€™re sure weโ€™ll get some good news soon.

โ›ณ๏ธGolf: Bryson DeChambeau won this weekendโ€™s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Cool. But what really impressed us was his monstrous 377-yard drive on Sunday, following up to his 370-yard drive on Saturday (for reference, the average drive distance in the PGA is 295 yards). He officially entered #BeastMode.

๐ŸฅŠ Boxing: Claressa Shields made history this weekend as the first boxer (male or female) to become the undisputed world champion in two different weight classes. The historic moment came after Shields, of Flint, Michigan, handed Canadian Marie-รˆve Dicaire her first-ever loss. Sting like a bee.

๐Ÿคผโ€โ™€๏ธ MMA: Speaking of two-class champs, Amanda Nunes (pronounced NOON-EZ) continued her reign as queen of the octagon on Saturday with a submission win over Megan Anderson. With the win, Nunes defended her featherweight title and still holds her bantamweight championship belt.


D.C.: Just keep swimming

March 04, 2021
Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธSwimming: Guess whoโ€™s back, back again? Oh, just the most decorated female swimmer of all time, the DMVโ€™s own Katie Ledecky. In her first long course race in a year, the 23-year-old crushed the competition at the Pro Swim Series 1,500m freestyle last night. Her 15:42.92 effort was well off her own world record, but a good one to get in before the Olympics. 

  • The five-time Olympic gold medalistโ€™s not done yet. Ledecky is slated to compete five more events in the next three days, including tonightโ€™s 100m and 400m freestyle. Tired just reading about it? Same.

๐Ÿ’Capitals: While Ledecky wowed us in the pool, her beloved Caps pulled off a solid victory as well. In defenseman Zdeno Chรกraโ€™s teary-eyed return to Boston, the Caps prevailed over the Boston Bruins in a hard-fought 2โ€“1 shootout. Weโ€™re not crying, youโ€™re crying.

๐Ÿ€Wizards: The Wizards hope to enter their week-long break on a high note with a win tonight over the potentially Kawhi Leonard-less LA Clippers. Well, one Wizard will still be in action during the off-period: Bradley Beal, who will start the All-Star game for the first time ever on Sunday. Speaking of tears...