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Prankster swimmers no joke to girls

Former Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry says girls "don't find it very funny" when male swimmers misbehave and in her day they "would have been sent home". Watch a livestream of the men's 4 x 100 team at 1.30pm AEDT.

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The men's 100m Olympic relay team will front a press conference on Friday where they are expected to reveal explosive details about the misuse of prescription drugs in the lead-up to the London Games.

A team bonding session in Manchester appears to be a central element to a damning report about the "toxic" culture within the Australian swimming team.

The six-man relay team, consisting of James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts, Matt Targett, Cameron McEvoy and Tommaso D'Orsogna will front the media to explain themselves.

The reviews found Australia's swim campaign at last year's London Olympics unravelled amid a lack of leadership, collapsed morale and animosity between swimmers.

The reports detail the misuse of the prescription drug Stilnox, bullying and a toxic culture.

Former Australian rugby union chairman Peter McGrath will head a Swimming Australia integrity panel that will look to discipline athletes, coaches and staff in the wake of the damning reviews.

Swimming Australia on Thursday announced McGrath would head the integrity panel to investigate allegations of drunkenness, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit and bullying.

The panel will also investigate whether athletes, coaches and team officials complied with the signed Swimming Australia Team Agreements.

Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold encouraged those approached by the panel to be forthcoming with information.

"We will be decisive, we will be firm and we will discipline athletes, coaches and staff accordingly, where such action is deemed appropriate and necessary," Mr Nettlefold said.

"We want to stop talking about rumour and act on the facts of what did or did not actually occur."

One person under the spotlight is national swim team head coach Leigh Nugent, who oversaw Australian swimming's lowest medal haul at an Olympics in two decades.

"Athletes felt disconnected from the head coach," one report said.

"Situations were left to bleed."

With AAP