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THE UTTER DOMINANCE AND UNPRECEDENTED VERSATILITY OF KATIE LEDECKY

by David Rieder When you woke up this morning, you were probably still in awe of what Katie Ledecky pulled off in Austin. To recap, she broke her own world record in the 800 free at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet, clocking in at 8:06.68.

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by Courtney Bartholomew As swimmers, we can swim back and forth in a pool for hours. On top of that, we don’t just paddle around, but the sets are difficult and at times push us to the edge of our physical capacity. However, swimmers don’t need to only be physically tough, but also mentally tough to complete long, grueling practices that sap our energy.

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by Jason Marsteller Grant House and Madelyn Shaffer both had amazing meets at the 2016 Southwest Ohio Classic, but House had the biggest score by taking down a legendary Joe Hudepohl meet record from 1992.

4 SIGNS THAT THE BUTTERFLY LIFE HAS CHOSEN YOU

by Katlynn Emaus Once I had a coach tell me that butterfly was the easiest stroke. At the time I just looked at him and rolled my eyes but, here I am years later, a Division 1 butterflier, and I might have come to believe him.

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INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS Africa: Chaker Belhadj (TUN) Australia: Wayne Goldsmith, Ian Hanson Europe: Norbert Agh (HUN), Camilo Cametti (ITA), Oene Rusticus (NED), Rokur Jakupsstovu (FAR) Japan: Hideki Mochizuki Middle East: Baruch “Buky” Chass, Ph.D. (ISR) South Africa: Neville Smith (RSA) South America: Jorge Aguado (ARG) PHOTOGRAPHERS/SWTV Peter H. Bick, USA Today Sports Images, Reuters, Getty Images

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weden’s Sarah Sjostrom powered by the U.S. Open record in the women’s 100-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Sjostrom, who clocked a fourth-ranked 52.70 last year at Worlds, threw down a 53.12 to win the finale tonight. That swim downed the previous U.S. Open mark of 53.30 set by Australia’s Cate Campbell back in 2008 at the Santa Clara Invitational. NCAP’s Katie Ledecky, who already set a personal best with a 54.45 this morning, demonstrated her readiness for the women’s 400-meter free relay internationally with a stunning 53.75. She would have ranked as the second fastest American last year behind Missy Franklin (53.68) last year, and been in the top 10 in the world. Canyon’s Abbey Weitzeil raced her way into third with a time of 54.00, while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu failed to make the podium with a fourth-place 54.37.

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HPCO’s Sandrine Mainville (54.63), Franklin (54.78), SwimAtlanta’s Amanda Weir (55.07) and HPCO’s Chantal Van Landeghem (55.49) also swam in the finale. California’s Natalie Coughlin, who ranked 15th in the world last year with a 53.85 at the Pan Am Games, clocked a switch 54.50 to top the B final. SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy took second in 54.78. [ PHOTO COURTSEY SOOBUM IM-USA TODAY SPORTS ]

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>> NATHAN ADRIAN

MEN’S 100 FREE California’s Nathan Adrian topped the men’s 100-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.


Adrian put up a top time of 48.91, just half-a-second off his 13th-ranked time of 48.31 from a year ago at the World Championships.

MEN’S 200 BREAST Josh Prenot put up the top time in the men’s 200-meter breast at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.

France’s Jeremy Stravius raced his way into second with a time of 48.96, also half-a-second off his 48.34 from the Dubai stop of the World Cup last year that served as his season best.

Prenot clocked a time of 2:10.26, a ways off from his eighth-ranked 2:08.90 from last year’s World University Games. Athens Bulldogs’ Nic Fink placed second overall in 2:10.51 with Kevin Cordes placing third overall in 2:10.63.

NYAC’s Jimmy Feigen captured third overall with a time of 49.20. Canyons’ Santo Condorelli took fourth in 49.21 with SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte placing fifth in 49.51.

Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:11.65), Texas’ Will Licon (2:12.14), Longhorn’s Andrew Wilson (2:12.44), Wisconsin’s Nicholas Schafer (2:13.37) and NBAC’s Chase Kalisz (2:14.65) picked up the rest of the A final finishes.

NBAC’s Michael Phelps warmed up for his 100 fly with a sixth-place 49.77, while Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers put up a seventh-place 49.91. Missouri’s Michael Chadwick took eighth in 49.92.

BJ Johnson captured the B final in 2:14.67 with Great Britain’s James Wilby placing second in 2:15.55. California’s Chuck Katis picked up third in 2:15.65.

NC State’s Simonas Bilis claimed the B final in 49.23, while Brazil’s Bruno Fratus posted a 50.04 in the consolation heat.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom claimed her second U.S. Open mark of the night with a blazing 100-meter fly at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST BlueFish’s Laura Sogar topped the women’s 200-meter breast with the second-fastest swim of the night at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Sogar clocked a time of 2:24.69 that would have lost the B final earlier in the night. But, she’ll get the first-place paycheck. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Molly Hannis grabbed second overall in 2:26.73 with NCAP’s Anna Belousova snagging third overall in 2:26.76. Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis (2:26.85), Gator’s Hilda Luthersdottir (2:28.30), Texas A&M’s Esther Gonzalez Medina (2:28.65), SoFlo’s Alia Atkinson (2:29.77) and NYAC’s Breeja Larson (2:30.87) closed out the finale. SwimMAC’s Katie Meili crushed the B final with a time of 2:23.69 that would have won the A final. She won by nearly five seconds with a time that would have placed her 16th in the world last year.

Sjostrom, who trailed by .01 at the turn, turned on the jets to win the finale in 56.38. That swim undercut the previous U.S. Open mark of 56.42 set by Dana Vollmer during semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. Vollmer, who is shaking off a bit of a bug from a few days ago and scratched the 100 free to focus on the 100 fly, claimed second in 57.61. That time would have ranked her ninth in the world last year behind Sjostrom’s world record 55.64 from Worlds. California’s Noemie Thomas closed out the top three with a time of 58.38, while teammates Kelly Naze (58.62) and Farida Osman (59.18) took fourth and fifth. Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (59.23), SoFlo’s Claire Donahue (59.44) and Stanford’s Felicia Lee (59.58) also swam in the A final. HPCO’s Audrey Lacroix touched out NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer, 59.93 to 59.98, in the B final. continued>>> SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 9


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WOMEN’S 400 FREE NCAP’s Katie Ledecky blazed her way to the fifth-fastest time ever in the women’s 400-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin – and it is only January. Ledecky, who previously owned the top time ever in January with a 4:00.47 from last year’s Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, put up just the seventh sub4:00 time ever with a 3:59.54. Virginia’s Leah Smith clocked in second tonight in 4:04.74 with NBAC’s Becca Mann powering her way to third in 4:07.09. NBAC’s Lotte Friis took fourth in 4:07.18, while Mission Viejo’s Stephanie Peacock placed fifth in 4:07.95. Aggie’s Sarah Henry finished sixth in 4:11.83 with NBAC’s Cierra Runge taking seventh in 4:12.31.

>> MICHAEL PHELPS

MEN’S 100 FLY The Greatest of All Time Michael Phelps bested a loaded field in the men’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Phelps powered his way past the field with a strong back half to win the finale in 51.94. That’s well off his topranked time of 50.45 from last summer’s U.S. Nationals, but is easily his best time in January in his career. Phelps’ previous best time in January occurred in 2012 here in Austin with a 52.41. California’s Tom Shields took second overall in 52.39, off his fifth-ranked 51.03 from last summer. SwimMAC’s Tim Phillips placed third in 52.61 with Phoenix’s Giles Smith missing the podium with a 52.70. SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte (52.73), SwimMAC’s Matt Josa (52.84), Sweden’s Simon Sjodin (53.31) and Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah (53.33) placed fifth through eighth. Texas’ Jack Conger won the B final in a time of 52.72. Santa Clara’s Kyler Van Swol placed second in 53.38. 10 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu failed to podium for the second time tonight with a last-place time of 4:12.77 in the championship heat. The Dancing Queen Sierra Schmidt of NBAC won the B final in a time of 4:09.20. Triangle Aquatics’ Ashley Twichell placed second in 4:10.98 with BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel taking third in 4:11.42. MEN’S 400 FREE France’s Jordan Pothain claimed the men’s 400-meter free crown at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Pothain won the finale in a touchout triumph against The Woodlands’ Michael McBroom, 3:50.06 to 3:50.17. Trojan’s Mads Glaesner rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 3:50.81. Club Wolverine’s Connor Jaeger (3:51.16), Badger’s Zane Grothe (3:51.49), Mission Viejo’s Ous Mellouli (3:52.60), Great Britain’s Jay Lelliot (3:52.77) and Gator’s True Sweetser (3:52.94) also competed in the finale. Mexico’s Jacob Vargas won the B final in 3:52.34 with SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary taking second in 3:52.79. NCAP’s Andrew Gemmell picked up third in 3:53.50. ←


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ungary’s Katinka Hosszu put up an easy speed win in the women’s 400-meter IM at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.

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Hosszu turned in a time of 4:36.27. That’s only a second drop after prelims. It was expected that she would challenge the record for the fastest time in January ever currently held by Aimee Willmott with a 4:33.64 from the 2014 Speedo Cup. That’s Hosszu’s first paycheck of the meet following a stunning pair of podium misses on day one. NBAC’s Becca Mann turned in a swift second-place swim of 4:39.03 with Aggie’s Sarah Henry taking third overall in 4:40.92.

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beth Beisel (4:44.02) and Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem (4:45.34) also swam in the A final. Queens’ Patricia Castro Ortega won the B final in a time of 4:45.34. NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer placed second in 4:47.88 with Nitro’s Regan Barney touching third in 4:48.99

MEN’S 400 IM SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte dropped six seconds from his prelim swim to capture the men’s 400-meter IM. Lochte smoked the rest of the field with a top time of 4:12.66. That swim would have ranked him eighth in the world last year, and third among Americans behind Chase Kalisz (4:10.05) and Tyler Clary (4:11.71).

SwimMAC’s Cammile Adams took fourth in 4:4.4105 with Texas’ Madisyn Cox placing fifth in 4:43.46.

Kalisz, meanwhile, picked up silver tonight in a time of 4:14.64, while Josh Prenot placed third in 4:15.07. Prenot won the 200 breast last night, so this is his second podium paycheck.

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Sean Grieshop (4:21.24), Andrew Seliskar (4:21.90) and Ous Mellouli (4:23.51) also competed in the finale. South Africa’s Michael Meyer topped the B final in 4:22.17. Gator’s Sebastien Rousseau finished second in 4:25.45 with N.C. State’s Christian McCurdy claiming third in 4:25.52. Women’s 200 free

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NCAP’s Katie Ledecky just missed clocking a U.S. Open record in the women’s 200-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin as she smoked Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the finale.

time of 1:48.35. NBAC’s Michael Phelps finished fourth in 1:48.87, that’s his best January swim ever. He crushed his previous top January time of 1:49.90 set in Austin back in 2011. Gator’s Dan Wallace (1:49.56), Queens’ Dion Dreesens (1:49.57), Long Gutierrez (1:50.51) and Badger’s Zane Grothe (1:52.27) finished fifth through eighth. Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah took home the B final in 1:49.68. Pleasanton’s Maxime Rooney placed second in 1:50.07 with Club Wolverine’s Michael Klueh earning third in 1:50.10.

Ledecky clocked a personal best time of 1:54.43, just missing Allison Schmitt’s U.S. Open record of 1:54.40 set during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

On top of smashing through the 1:55 barrier for the first time by beating her career best of 1:55.16, Ledecky also blasted Schmitt’s record for a January 200 free of 1:55.83 set here in Austin back in 2012. Ledecky now moves to fourth all time in the event. Sjostrom had to settle for a silver-winning time of 1:56.14 after nailing a pair of U.S. Open records last night. Colorado Stars’ Missy Franklin posted an easy-speed time of 1:57.49 for third. Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis (1:58.01), Virginia’s Leah Smith (1:58.32), Aggie’s Sarah Henry (2:00.34), Mission Viejo’s Stephanie Peacock (2:00.84) and Athens Bulldog’s Shannon Vreeland (2:02.26) closed out the top eight. Scottsdale’s Taylor Ruck closed out Camille Cheng for the B final win, 1:58.74 to 1:59.66. NBAC’s Cierra Runge picked up third in 2:00.07. MEN’S 200 FREE France’s Jeremy Stravius put in a smooth swim to win the men’s 200-meter free. Stravius won the finale in 1:47.56 as he held off a strong field. Stravius’ compatriot Jordan Pothain put up a third-place time of 1:48.62. Texas’ Townley Haas split the difference with a second-place

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Ledecky’s time would have ranked her second in the world behind Sjostrom’s top-ranked 1:54.31.

>> MAYA DIRADO

WOMEN’S 200 BACK

Stanford’s Maya DiRado put down Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 200-meter back at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. DiRado used the advantage of being towards the outside lanes to win in 2:08.19. That swim cleared her previous personal best by a tenth, and would have ranked seventh in the world last year. DiRado’s time came up a bit short of Missy Franklin’s record for a January 200 back of 2:07.31 from 2013. Hosszu failed to turn on the jets enough to pick up a win down the stretch as she had to take a silver in 2:08.63. Franklin, meanwhile, powered by California’s Kathleen Baker with a third-place time of 2:09.21. Baker, who had been up with the leaders at the 150-meter mark, faded to fourth in 2:09.36. Oakville’s Dominique Bouchard (2:09.70), SwimMAC’s Kirsty Coventry (2:10.05), Texas’ Quinn continued>>> SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 13


Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton claimed the B final in 2:11.90. Nashville’s Alex Walsh, just 14, took second in 2:12.38. Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove picked up third in 2:12.56.

MEN’S 200 BACK

Ryan Murphy finished within a second of his season best from last year in the men’s 200-meter back at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Murphy dominated the finale in 1:55.99, off his 1:55.00 that ranked him fifth in the world last year. NYAC’s Arkady Vyatchanin powered his way into second overall with a time of 1:57.51, while Jacob Pebley placed third overall in 1:58.52. Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers (1:59.31), NC State’s Hennessey Stuart (2:00.00), UBC’s Mark Thormeyer (2:00.83), St. Thomas’ Rex Tullius (2:00.88) and Great Britain’s Jay Lelliott (2:03.42) rounded out the top eight.

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Missouri’s Carter Griffin won the B final in 2:01.11. Connor Green touched second in 2:02.27 with Calgary’s Russell Wood earning third in 2:03.47.

>> SARAH SJOSTROM

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom blasted her way to victory in the women’s 50-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Sjostrom nearly captured her third U.S. Open record with a 24.17. That swim beat her third-ranked season best from last year of 24.20. It nearly beat Cate Campbell’s U.S. Open 14 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

mark of 24.13 from 2008. SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy turned in a sizzling time of 24.72 for second, but looked slow compared to Sjostrom in the other lane. SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace placed third overall with a time of 24.84. HPCO’s Chantal Van Landeghem (24.92), Canyons’ Abbey Weitzeil (24.93), California’s Farida Osman (24.95), France’s Anna Santamans (25.05) and HPCO’s Sandrine Mainville (25.47) placed fourth through eighth. California’s Natalie Coughlin won the B final in 25.19. Teammate Dana Vollmer took second in 25.24 with Sweden’s Therese Alshammar earning third in 25.38. [ PHOTO COURTSEY SINGAPORE SWIMMING FEDERATION ]

Carrozza (2:12.79) and Cascade’s Brooklynn Snodgrass (2:13.35) also competed in the championship heat.

>> MICHAEL ANDREW

MEN’S 50 FREE

California’s Nathan Adrian won the men’s 50-meter free at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Adrian threw down a 21.85, nearly besting the record for a January 50 free he clocked in 2013 here in Austin with a 21.70. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus finished second in 22.07 with NYAC’s Jimmy Feigen taking third in 22.27. Indie’s Michael Andrew broke his 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record with a 22.33 for fourth. That swim clipped his 22.34 set last year. N.C. State’s Simonas Bilis finished fifth in 22.36, while SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones earned sixth in 22.37. Club Wolverine’s Miguel Ortiz (22.52) and Junya Koga (22.78) wound up seventh and eighth. Canyons’ Santo Condorelli captured the B final in 22.61. UBC’s Olek Loginov took second in 22.62 with Trojan’s Anthony Ervin placing third in 22.70.←


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wimMAC’s Cammile Adams dominated the women’s 200-meter fly at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.

Adams clocked a top time of 2:08.21 for the win. That’s well off her best time in January ever – a 2:06.76 from this meet back in 2012 that also stands as the top 200 fly ever in the month of January. HPCO’s Audrey Lacroix turned in a second-place time of 2:09.90, while NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer clocked a third-place 2:10.14. Kentucky’s Christina Bechtel (2:10.29), Chattahoochee Gold’s Lauren Case (2:10.94), Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (2:11.67), Razorback’s Taylor Pike (2:12.47) and Dakota Luther (2:13.22) closed out the rest of the championship eight. Between Lacroix (32) and Bayer, Pike and Luther (all 16), there was a 16-year-age gap represented in the finale. Noelle Tarazona, swimming unattached, picked up the B final win in 2:12.34. SoFlo’s Claire Donahue turned in a 2:14.28 to place second, while NCAP’s Kaitlin Pawlowicz claimed third in 2:14.47.

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Quah clocked a time of 1:58.07 for the win, just a secondand-a-half off his personal best. That was good enough for the victory. Sweden’s Simon Sjodin hit the wall second with a time of 1:58.27, while Andrew Seliskar rounded out the top three in 1:58.47. SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary also cleared 2:00 with a fourthplace time of 1:58.61. Great Britain’s Jay Lellliott (2:00.55), HPCO’s Zack Chetrat (2:00.61) and Club Wolverine’s Michael Klueh (2:00.73) finished fifth through seventh. California’s Tom Shields, who led at the 150 with a 1:26.94, could not keep his swim together as he faded badly to eight with a 2:01.10. NBAC’s Chase Kalisz topped the B final in a time of 1:59.15, while Grant Shoults nearly posted a career best with a second-place 1:59.45. Oakville’s Mack Darragh placed third in 2:00.51.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST SwimMAC’s Katie Meili won by nearly a second in the women’s 100-meter breast. Meili turned in a time of 1:06.75, a second off her personal best and just a second off the top 100 breast ever in Janu-


ary. Leisel Jones owns that record with a 1:05.71 at the 2006 Australian Commonwealth Games Trials. SoFlo’s Alia Atkinson threw down a second-place time of 1:07.47, while Tennessee’s Molly Hannis earned third in 1:07.50. NYAC’s Breeja Larson (1:08.09), Golden West’s Jessica Hardy (1:08.22), BlueFish’s Laura Sogar (1:08.43), Gator’s Hilda Luthersdottir (1:08.45) and LASC’s Rachel Nicol (1:09.21) finished fourth through eighth.

Rachel Bootsma (1:01.70) closed out the top eight. That’s a personal best for DiRado with her first sub-1:01 swim. Swimming in a surprisingly loaded B final, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom powered her way to a 1:00.49 to win the consolation heat. California’s Natalie Coughlin took second in 1:00.61 with California’s Amy Bilquist snaring third in 1:01.02.

MEN’S 100 BREAST

Longhorn’s Andrew Wilson touched out Kevin Cordes for the men’s 100-meter breast win at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Wilson hit the wall in 1:00.42, well off his personal best of 59.65 that put him on the map last summer. Cordes, meanwhile, grabbed silver with a time of 1:00.53, while Missouri’s Sam Tierney snagged third in 1:00.63. Athens Bulldog’s Nic Fink placed fourth in 1:00.86, while HPCO’s Richard Funk tied with Indie’s Michael Andrew and California’s Chuck Katis for fifth with 1:01.73s. Great Britain’s James Wilby snagged eighth in 1:01.82. Trojan’s Jason Block captured the consolation heat with a time of 1:01.96. Wisconsin’s Nicholas Schafer placed second in 1:02.18 with Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl taking third in 1:02.28. SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte wound up 14th overall in 1:02.61.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 100-meter back at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Hosszu posted a 59.91 for the win, while Colorado Stars’ Missy Franklin nearly caught her down the stretch with a blazing 30.50 final half with a 1:00.03 for second. California’s Kathleen Baker, the 50-meter leader with a 29.01, took third overall in 1:00.04. SwimMAC’s Kirsty Coventry (1:00.36), Missouri’s Hannah Stevens (1:00.51), Stanford’s Maya DiRado (1:00.77), Oakville’s Dominique Bouchard (1:01.11) and California’s

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Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis won the B final in 1:08.20. Missouri’s Katherine Ross clocked a second-place 1:08.59, just off her career best. Franko Jonker took third in 1:09.28.

MEN’S 100 BACK

Following an equipment malfunction delay, Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers stretched his way to victory in the men’s 100-meter back at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Grevers, who has the advantage of being 6-8, touched out the rest of the field in a time of 53.35. That’s just off the top January time ever set by Ryosuke Irie with a 53.15 from the BHP Aquatic Super Series, and just off Grevers’ January career best of 52.37 from this meet last year. Ryan Murphy, who won the 200 back earlier this weekend, took second in 53.46, while NYAC’s David Plummer placed third in 53.50. Club Wolverine’s Junya Koga (53.97), NYAC’s Arkady Vyatchanin (54.33), SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary (55.10), St. Thomas’ Rex Tullius (55.57) and N.C. State’s Hennessey Stuart (55.75) finished fourth through eighth. Jacob Pebley posted a 55.01 to win the B final. Club Wolverine’s Bobby Hurley finished second in 55.69 with Eugene Godsoe placing third in 55.79.

WOMEN’S 200 IM

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Hosszu posted a winning time of 2:10.69, which would have ranked her ninth in the world last year if not for her world-record setting time of 2:06.12. Hosszu still missed the January record for the 200 IM of 2:09.67 set by Ye Shiwen at the 2013 BHP Super Series event. Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis closed fast with a second-place time of 2:12.67, while Aggie’s Sarah Henry earned third in 2:12.77. SwimMAC’s Kirsty Coventry (2:12.86), Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem (2:14.04), Texas’ Madisyn Cox (2:14.05), California’s Caitlin Leverenz (2:14.27) and Great Britain’s Georgia Coates (2:15.50) also competed in the finale.

Gator’s Dan Wallace (2:00.90), Gator’s Eduardo Solaeche (2:02.18), Gator’s Niki Denisyako (2:03.58), Andrew Seliskar (2:03.92) and Wisconsin’s Michael Weiss (2:04.59) also competed in the A final. NBAC’s Chase Kalisz placed first in the B final with a time of 2:01.05. Bernal’s Gator’s Mohamed Hussein finished second in 2:03.49 with Luca Dioli taking third in 2:03.71.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky destroyed her women’s 800-meter free world record at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Ledecky, who was super emotional after the swim, unleashed a ridiculously fast time of 8:06.68 for the win. That swim downed her previous world record of 8:07.39 set last summer at the 2015 World Championships.

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No one has come even close to Ledecky all time as Rebecca Adlington previously owned the world record with an 8:14.10 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That’s more than six seconds behind Ledecky’s new world record.

MEN’S 200 IM NBAC’s Michael Phelps scorched the pool with yet another January career best with a win in the men’s 200-meter IM at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Phelps, who slipped by SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte down the last 50, put up a 1:58.00 for the win. (see race video pg. 19)

Incidentally, that is also a U.S. Open record, breaking her own mark of 8:11.00 set in a meet in Shenandoah, Texas back in 2014. Ledecky now owns the top eight swims and nine of the top 10. ( see story and race video on pg. 20 & 21 ) Ledecky basically swam along as NBAC’s Becca Mann finished second in 8:24.49 with teammate Lotte Friis earning third in 8:27.23.

MEN’S 1500 FREE

Club Wolverine’s Connor Jaeger won the men’s 1500-meter freestyle going away at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin.

That swim broke Phelps’ January best of 1:58.52 from this meet back in 2012.

Jaeger clocked a time of 15:06.24 for the win, pulling away from the field throughout the swim.

Lochte, meanwhile, cranked out a 1:58.43 to lower his own January career best. Lochte previously had a 1:58.57 at the 2015 BHP Aquatic Super Series.

NCAP’s Andrew Gemmell placed second with a time of 15:14.18, while Ous Mellouli grabbed third with a 15:19.94 from the earlier timed final heats.

That’s Phelps first win against Lochte in a 200 IM since the 2012 London Olympics.

Great Britain’s Tobias Robinson (15:22.23), N.C. State’s Anton Ipsen (15:25.51), The Woodlands’ Michael McBroom (15:25.84), Mexico’s Jacob Vargas (15:28.93) and Azura Florida’s Arturo Perez Vertti (15:32.34) also made the top eight in the timed final event. ←

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CAP’s Katie Ledecky destroyed her women’s 800-meter free world record at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Austin. Ledecky, who was super emotional after the swim, unleashed a ridiculously fast time of 8:06.68 for the win. That swim downed her previous world record of 8:07.39 set last summer at the 2015 World Championships. No one has come even close to Ledecky all time as Rebecca Adlington previously owned the world record with an 8:14.10 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That’s more than six seconds behind Ledecky’s new world record. COMPARATIVE SPLITS: 2016: 28.35, 58.82 (30.47), 1:29.40 (30.58), 2:00.20 (30.80), 2:31.03 (30.83), 3:01.80 (30.77), 3:32.60 (30.80), 4:03.22 (30.62), 4:33.87 (30.65), 5:04.62 (30.75), 5:35.39 (30.77), 6:06.00 (30.61), 6:36.75 (30.75), 7:07.37 (30.62), 7:37.84 (30.47), 8:06.68 (28.84) 2015: 28.63, 58.97 (30.34), 1:29.44 (30.47), 2:00.22 (30.78), 2:30.88 (30.66), 3:01.34 (30.46), 3:32.40 (31.06), 4:03.22 (30.82), 4:34.37 (31.15), 5:04.95 (30.58), 5:36.04 (31.09), 6:06.79 (30.75), 6:37.72 (30.93), 7:08.28 (30.56), 7:38.98 (30.70), 8:07.39 (28.41) Incidentally, that is also a U.S. Open record, breaking her own mark of 8:11.00 set in a meet in Shenandoah, Texas back in 2014. 20 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

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WATCH KATIE LEDECKY BLAST 800 FREE WORLD RECORD

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Ledecky now owns the top eight swims and nine of the top 10. Time Name Year 8:06.68 Katie Ledecky 2016 8:07.39 Katie Ledecky 2015 8:11.00 Katie Ledecky 2014 8:11.21 Katie Ledecky 2015 8:11.35 Katie Ledecky 2014 8:13.02 Katie Ledecky 2015 8:13.25 Katie Ledecky 2015 8:13.86 Katie Ledecky 2013 8:14.10 Rebecca Adlington 2008 8:14.63 Katie Ledecky 2012 It’s been a decade since someone set a world record in January, and it took an early Commonwealth Games in 2006 for that to happen as Libby Trickett (100 free), Jade Edmistone (50 breast) and Leisel Jones (200 breast) set a trio of world records there. For the men, it’s been since 1991 that someone has set a world record in January. Ledecky basically swam alone as NBAC’s Becca Mann finished second in 8:24.49 with teammate Lotte Friis earning third in 8:27.23. ← (see video on pg. 21)


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hen you woke up this morning, you were probably still in awe of what Katie Ledecky pulled off in Austin. To recap, she broke her own world record in the 800 free at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet, clocking in at 8:06.68 to surpass her old mark of 8:07.39 – which just this summer annihilated her own previous record by almost four seconds. The mark was the first long course world record set in January in a decade, and the time stands seven-and-a-half seconds ahead of what anyone else has ever recorded.

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And that wasn’t even her most impressive performance of the meet. Neither was her 3:59.54 in the 400 free, merely the fifthbest performance ever swum. After all, it’s not exactly big news that Ledecky is by far the best in the world in those events. Nothing could have happened before July to prevent Ledecky from entering the Olympic Games as the heavy favorite to win Olympic gold in both the 400 and 800. Rather, it was Ledecky’s exploits in the shorter freestyle events in Austin that put her rivals – and the history books – on notice. 22 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

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THE UTTER DOMINANCE AND UNPRECEDENTED VERSATILITY OF KATIE LEDECKY

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Ledecky won the World title in the 200 free last August, edging out a loaded field that included the event’s previous two global titlists, Federica Pellegrini and Missy Franklin. That day in Kazan, Ledecky checked in at 1:55.16, which matched her lifetime best from the previous year. But just 24 hours later, as Ledecky stood behind the blocks waiting to anchor the U.S. 800 free relay squad, she watched as Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom led off in 1:54.31, the top time in the world for the 200 free. Sjostrom had shied away from the individual 200 free at major international meets in favor of one and two-lap races in freestyle and butterfly – and that decision paid off in Kazan she medaled in all four, setting a world record in a dominant effort in the 100 fly. But she announced this fall that she planned on swimming the event at the Olympics in 2016, throwing down the gauntlet to Ledecky, who has never not finished first in a race at an Olympics, World Championships, or Pan Pacs. Typically contesting different lineups of events and living halfway around the world from each other, Ledecky and Sjostrom had never actually raced head-to-head prior to this weekend in Austin. But when the two got together finally,


swimming in the middle two lanes in the final of the women’s 200 free, Ledecky made quick work of her new rival, winning the race by almost two seconds and clocking a personal best time of 1:54.43. And just like that, Sjostrom, seemingly the only real threat in any of Ledecky’s three individual events, saw her hopes of Olympic gold in the 200 free greatly diminished as Ledecky almost topped Sjostrom’s top-ranked time from last year – at an in-season meet in January, more than six months away from their targeted peak at the Olympic Games and at a point in the season where the word “taper” does not exist in anyone’s vocabulary. It’s not that Sjostrom swam poorly in Austin; quite the contrary, she posted scintillating statement swims in the 100 fly and in both sprint free events and even recorded what would typically be considered a stellar time in the 200 free (1:56.14). But Ledecky, as she has done to so many other rivals, made the number one-ranked swimmer in the world in 2015 look slow. But for all Ledecky showed in her three dominant wins in Austin, it was her sole runner-up finish that really opened eyes. Sjostrom won the 100 free in an impressive 53.12, while Ledecky finished second in 53.75 – ahead of top U.S. sprinters like Abbey Weitzeil, Missy Franklin, Amanda Weir, and Natalie Coughlin. The time cut eight tenths of a second off Ledecky’s personal best, would have ranked in the top-ten in the world last year –second among Americans – and puts her squarely in the hunt for not just a spot on the American 400 free relay team at the Olympics but perhaps a berth in the individual 100 as well. Yes, now that Ledecky has cracked into the 53-second range, she could seriously be a contender to make the Olympic team in four different freestyle events. That’s historically unheard of; the last person to even swim both the 800 free and the 400 free relay for the U.S. at an Olympics was Shirley Babashoff at the 1976 Games in Montreal. In fact, no one even swam both the 400 free individual and relay events again until Allison Schmitt did so in London in 2012. And suddenly, after her performance in Austin, the world record-holder in the 400 and 800 free looks like a must-have for the American 400 free relay, a squad that has struggled mightily in recent seasons, including a distant third-place finish last summer in Kazan. Would Ledecky seriously consider contesting the individual 100 free at the Olympics? That’s a decision that she will have to make with her coach, Bruce Gemmell. But the most incredible part: doing so no longer sounds far-fetched.

GAME-CHANGERS IN AUSTIN With just over five months to go until Olympic Trials, it’s about that time when fans start trying to fit the puzzle pieces of the U.S. Olympic team together. Here’s a quick rundown of who made their case for inclusion in those early projections this weekend in Austin. *When Dana Vollmer finished fourth in the 100 fly at last summer’s Nationals in the 100 fly, her comeback bid had just begun; in just six months, the new mother has dropped from a 58.94 to a swift 57.61 in her signature event. While she still finished well behind Sjostrom’s 56.38 in Austin, Vollmer’s time would have ranked ninth in the world last year and behind only Kelsi Worrell among Americans. Vollmer has quickly jumped back into the “favorites” category, and don’t be surprised to see her named to her third Olympic team this summer. Getting well under 57 in the 100 fly and perhaps even standing on the medal podium once again do not seem as unrealistic as they may have for Vollmer six months ago. *Katie Meili broke out in 2015 in the 100 breast, an event in which she finished the year ranked third in the world, but her performance in the 200 breast this weekend in Austin puts her squarely into contention for an Olympic berth in that event as well. She clocked 2:23.69 in that event’s consolation final on Friday night, a time which only Micah Lawrence (2:22.04) and Laura Sogar (2:23.54) surpassed last year. The feel-good perseverance story of 2015, Meili has gotten her Olympic year off to the right start. *Calling Ryan Lochte a favorite to make the Olympic team is not really a stretch; in fact, it would be a massive upset if the 18-time World Champion missed out on selection for Rio. But the 31 year old jumped back into the fray this weekend into an event he had not competed in since 2013: the 400 IM. Lochte won Olympic gold in the 400 IM 2012 but had seemingly moved on from that grueling race. Maybe not; after failing to make an impact individually over the past few years in any event besides his stalwart 200 IM, Lochte jumped back in the 400 IM and clocked a 4:12.66, which would have ranked eighth in the world last year. If he chooses to defend his Olympic crown, Lochte would be seeking the sixth-straight gold for the Americans in the event; Tom Dolan won gold in 1996 and 2000, and Michael Phelps set world records on his way to the top spot in both 2004 and 2008 before Lochte captured the win in London. ← SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 23


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Combining Polarized Training and SWIMBOT: Nicolas Granger’s New Idea What is polarized training? The traditional training method called “threshold training” has been used for years in swimming clubs. The principle is to regularly swim sets that last 30 to 45 minutes at the best average speed with short rest. Scientific studies in the 1980s reported that training at these moderate speeds was ideal for developing endurance. As opposed to this method, polarized training is now seeing the light of day in many clubs. Polarized training consists of training at low intensities around 80% of the time. The remaining 20% consists of high intensity interval training (HIIT) or competitions and small amounts of threshold work. Most research findings have shown that polarized training is superior for developing both central endurance (cardiovascular adaptations) and peripheral endurance (local muscular endurance). Swimbot has met Nicolas Granger, one of Swimming World Magazine’s “World Masters Swimmers of the Year” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He explains to us how instinctively throughout his swimming career he shifted from threshold training to polarized training and why this is the best method for him:

represents a small amount of my training volume, either as competitions or occasionally as HIIT sets such as 6 x 150 at a fast pace. It is also important to me to include regenerative weeks of training to improve recovery and adaptation. This enables me to maintain a high quality technique all year round and to perform at the important competitions. “As I am my own coach, I’ve been able to explore alternative methods, and for me, training based only on physiological development is a mistake. I have learned a lot from other sports such as Alpine skiing, where visualization is a key part of training. Alpine skiers incorporate specific breathing patterns to their visualization routines. Mastering breathing is a big part of my focus during my training and I feel that when breathing is efficient, the rest of the stroke is as well. This is especially important for optimizing my technique in the individual medley, where you change strokes all the time.” What are the limits of polarized training? Studies on swimming efficiency show that the best compromise between distance per stroke and stroke rate generally occurs around threshold pace. This sheds serious doubt as to whether polarized training is adaptable to swimming!"

Why are you interested in polarized training? “For many reasons! I am no longer 20 years old, and I don’t feel capable (either physically or mentally) of doing the high-yardage, threshold-type training I used to do when I was younger. So instinctively through trial and error, I have found with time that training at very slow speeds—with lower yardage, but with extremely high demands on the technical aspects of my stroke—has yielded better results. High-intensity training only

At very slow speeds, there is the danger of overgliding, which, in freestyle, takes the form of “catch-up stroke.” Important intra-cycle speed variations are simply incompatible with efficient racing. Also, most swimmers find slow swimming boring! Efficient slow swimming requires the presence of a great coach who has time for you or a lot of experience and focus, which is the case of Nicolas Granger!

Alternatively, swimming at very high speeds often pushes swimmers to have poor technique. Drag increases exponentially with speed, and most swimmers have a tendency to greatly increase stroke rate without being efficient. Fatigue also causes distance per stroke to shorten. So, efficient swimming at high speeds also requires focus, experience and the eye of a great coach! Thus, there exists a serious dilemma in swimming: traditional “threshold” training seems to provide more benefits in terms of biomechanical efficiency, whereas polarized training provides greater physiological benefits. Polarized training and Swimbot SWIMBOT may be the answer to this dilemma. At slow speeds, it is able to give instant feedback on changes in speed within the stroke cycle. It also helps swimmers to optimize breathing patterns with its sophisticated tempo cues. At high speeds, it gives instantaneous feedback on streamlining as well as data on stroke rate and distance per stroke. It’s now possible for each swimmer to have full-time technique feedback whatever the pace. “I think Swimbot will be a game changer as I train on my own: it will be possible to get feedbacks!” says Nicolas Granger. “High technology within the smart device is so impressive that it will avoid wrong interpretations and mistakes. SWIMBOT will help me as a coach to train my swimmers who need instantaneous feedbacks, as I can’t give them all at the same time, and I can’t see what happens underwater.” More information is available on www.swimbot.net and www.facebook.com/swimbot


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cattered intermittently throughout the piles of stray equipment, the throngs of cheering teammates, and the clumps of exhausted swimmers sit an integral part of every athlete’s life: the parents. With varying levels of enthusiasm and dedication, these men and women have spent countless hours planted in the bleachers, eager to see their child swim. After growing up with chlorine in my veins and goggle marks permanently etched around my eyes, I have found a way to amass the various types of parents that can be found at any swim meet. Though the vast majority of them can be found in the bleachers, there are a number of other places that parents tend to hover around. Some parents can be spotted patrolling the decks serving as volunteers for hospitality, or maybe they’re stationed behind the blocks with stopwatches in their grips. Others, though, find a way to slip past the officials until someone approaches them with the words no “coach-parent” wants to hear: “Ma’am, you need to return to the spectator section.” So back they go to mingle amongst the toddlers and PowerBars, slightly annoyed but never dissuaded. They whip out their notebooks and stopwatches, watching their child intently as they scribble down their splits. Two rows in front of them sit the five-member families that have dragged their young children to the stuffy pool to watch their older sibling compete. The parents arrive bearing mobile devices and action figures galore, hoping that they will serve as distractions for the younger ones while their star swimmer is in the pool. The plan succeeds, but only after

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OH, THE PARENTS YOU’LL MEET ( AT A SWIM MEET )

BY EMMA MILLER

numerous trips to the snack bar and the bathroom, respectively. As their child steps up onto the block or jumps in the water for their backstroke event, the parents desperately devote all of their attention to the pool. Food, toys, cell phones – anything will suffice to keep the youngsters occupied as the swimmers hit the water. There are always a handful of solitary parents that find empty seats wherever possible, hoping to avoid as much commotion as possible. They are equally as committed to the sport as the rest, even if they don’t show it. But from my spot in the last row, I can see that they all have their DeckPass apps open, checking to see if their swimmer made finals and to see how their times rank against the best in the meet. Amateur photographers and videographers litter the stands. The precariously hanging straps around their necks are telltale signs that these parents want to document every move their child makes. They may allow themselves to get distracted for a moment, turning to Facebook for some entertainment during the vacant moments of the meet. As soon as their child steps foot on the deck, though, they swiftly remove the lens cap and switch on their cameras. The furious snapping of photos can be heard as they smile to themselves, watching the preparation for the race. Within a few moments, they are in the water and when the film is reviewed later, the only audio available will be enthusiastic shouts of “Go, Charlie” and “Come on, Sarah!” Despite the contrast in outward appearances, there is one element that is static for every parent in the stands: the proud smile that splits their face when their child stops the clock after a hard fought race. ←


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have been swimming for 15 years and can honestly say that I have never met a swimmer who has said that they have always loved the sport. If you’re out there and love swimming 100 percent of the time, then kudos to you! That’s truly something special. However, for the vast majority of the swimming community, not every day is great. In fact, no where near every day is great. Swimming is a sport in which the training is hard and results may or may not come. We push ourselves everyday with the hopes that we’ll drop time in maybe one race. Is the amount of training that you put yourself through really worth the .01 time drop? If I take practice out of the equation, then maybe I could have a job. I could spend more time with my family and friends. The options seem endless if you think about it, so why keep swimming? THE BEGINNING Nylon caps (because latex hurt too much) and goggles that are decorated with fish on the sides. Swimming was a fun after school activity. Maybe you started off at a summer pool and the league was so much fun that you decided to join the year-round team. You got to meet new people at practice and make new friends! Traveling with mom and dad to your meets where you got ribbons after every race, and an additional one if you won your heat– well that was even better. The sport seemed too perfect. Yes, your parents may have complained quite a bit about how long the meet took, but your 25 yard freestyle race was your time to shine. Then as

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WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT SWIMMING? BY GRACE HOFFMAN

you got better, and started moving up to the next age group, the sport seemed to get more intense. Competition between your best friends and teammates started. Practice became a race. Suddenly the sleepover you wanted to go to Friday night wasn’t possible because of Saturday morning practice. But of course when your teacher asked what you did in your free time or what your favorite sport was, the answer was always the same: swimming.

THE CHALLENGE If you kept swimming through middle school and into high school it became the norm for you. Your identity was “swimmer.” The struggle of balancing the 3 S’s (school, swimming, and social) was extreme. A lot of the kids you swam with growing up decide that it was not worth it anymore. They stopped swimming and you didn’t blame them. You just didn’t feel the same way as them. Your best friends became the people who saw you at 5 a.m. Other people just didn’t understand. Year after year you start to understand that the summer sport your parents signed you up for had become a job. REALITY After a grueling practice, especially if you failed in a set or had to keep repeating it until you made a time cycle, swimming seems horrible. From personal experience, I have heard the aftermath of a bad practice on the pool deck and in the locker room. Swimmers can speak terribly of the sport that they claim to love. Why would they be swimming if they didn’t love it? Who puts in 20+ hours a week of training just to complain about it everyday? A swimmer does. It’s easy to love swimming and it’s easy to hate it. The truth behind it all is that not everyone can do it. Swimmers are unique. Swimmers are all borderline insane. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is not easy to do. But I don’t know where I would be without swimming. The highs and the lows will always occur in life. Swimming has taught me how to pick myself up when I fall down. It’s taught me about myself– who I am and who I want to be. If you think long and hard about your relationship with swimming (yes, it is a relationship; quite a rocky one if I say so myself) don’t focus on the bad days. Instead of “Where would I be without swimming?” maybe the focus should be on “Who would I be without swimming?” ← SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 27


While I was enjoying the social kick with Subirats, the conversation we had during the kick was something that intrigued me and forced me to think. After talking about puppies (I love dogs!), food, and what he was going to do after retirement, we started talking about our upcoming dual meet with Notre Dame the following day. I mentioned that we had lifted really hard that day and I was worried that my legs would be sore during the 200 backstroke the following day. Subirats stopped me right there and said “Swimming is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.” I gave Subirats a blank stare before asking his reasoning behind the comment. While I do not completely agree with his statement that that swimming is 90 percent mental, I do agree with three rea28 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

BY COURTNEY BARTHOLOMEW

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uring a recent recovery practice, I was social kicking with one of my training partners, Albert Subirats. First, it is important to know that I love recovery days. To me, there is nothing more rewarding after a hard week of practicing to finally get a practice where there is no heart rate, pace, or racing involved. Second, social kick is a gift from the gods. Put your fins on, grab your kick board, and find a friend or two to chat with!

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3 REASONS WHY YOUR MENTAL GAME IS IMPORTANT

1. YOUR MIND WILL GIVE UP BEFORE YOUR BODY As swimmers, we can swim back and forth in a pool for hours. On top of that, we don’t just paddle around, but the sets are difficult and at times push us to the edge of our physical capacity. However, swimmers don’t need to only be physically tough, but also mentally tough to complete long, grueling practices that sap our energy. The human body is built to withstand whatever is thrown at it. For example, the Navy SEALs complete a week during training in which they “sleep only about four total hours


but runs more than 200 miles and does physical training for more than 20 hours per day.” Not only does this grueling week challenge the body, but it also pushes the mind to the limit. It is the mind that gives up due to lack of sleep and intense training, not the body.

2. A POSITIVE ATTITUDE GOES A LONG WAY I know I am not alone when I say that I sometimes go into a practice with a negative attitude. “Do I really want to jump in a cold pool right now?” Is this practice really going to make a difference in my training?” “This race is going to go so badly, I can already tell!” What I have come to find is that going into a practice or a meet with a negative attitude only makes my swimming worse. I let those negative thoughts affect how I warm-up and how I approach sets or races. Not only will a positive attitude affect the way in which you approach going into a practice or a race, but it will also help inspire you to achieve your goals and give you the strength to not give up if you endure obstacles. Instead of thinking about how hard the practice was you did the Monday before a meet weekend, think about how that practice was good preparation for those races and how the outcome come be a reflection of that preparation. Not only will your positive mindset affect the way you swim, but it can also affect your environment and the people around you! In thinking of the positives, you can trick your mind into feeling more prepared and ready to compete at a more optimal level.

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As Subirats mentioned, “the mind will give up before the body.” As long as the mind does not give up during a race, the body will withstand the pain and finish it.

3. MENTAL PREPARATION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PHYSICAL Think about how many hours that you have put into the sport of swimming just in the last week. All of the laps, the lifting, the eating properly, and getting enough sleep. Now think about how many hours you have put into mentally preparing for swimming. It’s probably a lot more than you realize. That’s because all of those laps, all of the weights, each meal, and each good night’s worth of sleep contributes to the mental game. Just as a positive attitude is essential to affecting swimming, mental preparation for all of these activities is also a major key to unlocking success. Walking into the pool each day for a practice or during warm-up on meet day all is part of the process to being mentally prepared when the time is right. Racing during the season is difficult because of the intense training the body is going through. However, each time you walk into a practice or a meet feeling mentally prepared during the season, is one stepping stone closer to being mentally prepared for a taper meet. Next time you walk onto a pool deck, be mentally prepared to tackle your race or your practice. The more often your practice mental strength, the more likely it is to come into play when it’s the most important: during taper. ← SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 29


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GRANT HOUSE DOWNS LEGENDARY JOE HUDEPOHL MEET RECORD AT 2016 SOUTHWEST OHIO CLASSIC

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rant House and Madelyn Shaffer both had amazing meets at the 2016 Southwest Ohio Classic, but House had the biggest score by taking down a legendary Joe Hudepohl meet record from 1992.

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Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Grant House took down a legendary meet record with a 1:37.91. That swim crushed the 1992 mark of 1:39.43 set by former St. Xavier swimmer Joe Hudepohl. Hudepohl went on to have a tremendous swimming career, winning two Olympic gold medals in relay duty for the U.S. He won gold on the men’s 400-meter free relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and on the men’s 800-meter free relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. House also took down the meet record in the men’s 500-yard free with a 4:26.75. That swim smashed a few seconds off David Mosko’s 2007 meet record of 4:28.29 set while swimming for St. Xavier. Moeller’s Cooper Hodge also cleared the previous mark with a 1:48.33 for second. Hodge claimed the men’s 100-yard back title in 49.77. Hodge captured his second title with a 1:49.83 in the men’s 200yard IM. That lowered his previous meet record of 1:50.54 from 2014. Hodge snared his third title of the meet, and another meet record, with a 3:54.07 in the men’s 400-yard IM. That blasted the 2015 mark of 3:55.33 set by Mark Andrew. Seven Hills’ Matthew Marquardt turned in a 1:48.29 in the men’s 200-yard backstroke to break the meet record of 1:48.40 set by St. Xavier’s Mike Andrews back in 1992. 30 - SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY

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Tipp City’s Elias Jay Bell broke the men’s 50-yard free record with a 21.19. That swim cleared Luke Rhodenbaugh’s meet mark of 21.24 set back in 2009. Bellbrook’s Cody Bybee set the meet record in the men’s 100-yard fly with a 49.91. That swim clipped the 49.96 set by Josh Quallen back in 2013. Centerville’s Chris Quarin posted a 57.71 to win the men’s 100-yard breast. Quarin then doubled up with a 2:04.24 in the men’s 200-yard breast. Oak Hills’ Jared Cox claimed the men’s 50-yard fly in 23.87. Cox then doubled up with a 56.80 in the men’s 100-yard IM. Vandalia Butler’s Tommy Cope raced his way to victory in the men’s 100-yard free with a 45.35. That swim just missed Zach Apple’s 2015 meet record of 45.22. St. Xavier’s Christian Imbus topped the men’s 1650-yard free in a time of 15:39.08, while St. Xavier’s David Limbert won the men’s 50-yard back in 26.58. St. Xavier’s Peter Breissinger captured the men’s 50-yard breast in 28.79, while Anderson’s Hassler Carroll won the men’s 200-yard fly in 1:50.43. In relay action, St. Xavier swept the 200 free (1:24.66), 400 free (3:07.53), 200 medley (1:33.86) and 400 medley (3:24.76) relays all in meet record time.


WOMEN’S MEET Springfield’s Madelyn Shaffer hit the wall in 55.60 to win the women’s 100-yard fly. That performance downed the meet record of 56.16 set by Jenny Forster back in 2005. Shaffer also captured the women’s 200-yard free title in 1:51.17. Shaffer tripled with a 2:07.08 to win the women’s 200-yard IM. Seven Hills’ Emma Shuppert posted a 27.32 to win the women’s 50-yard back. That swim beat the meet record of 27.50 set by St. Ursula’s Kathy Lowry back in 1995. Shuppert took down a second meet record with a 1:00.68 in the women’s 100-yard IM. That swim cleared the 1:01.63 set by Claire Gilmore back in 2012. Madeira’s Emma Fortman took down a meet record in the women’s 50-yard fly with a 26.37. That swim clipped a 1999 mark of 26.85 set by Lindsey Commons. Centerville’s Nora Fullenkamp won the women’s 50-yard free in 23.52. Fullenkamp also topped the women’s 100-yard free in 51.20. Springboro’s Hannah Whiteley won the women’s 100-yard back in 54.90. Whitley doubled up with a 2:01.94 in the women’s 200-yard back. Mariemont’s Leah Dupre posted a 1:05.40 to win the women’s 100-yard breast. Dupre picked up her second win with a 2:21.39 in the 200-yard breast. Springboro’s Sally Clough won the women’s 500-yard free in 5:01.18, while Centerville’s Liz Quarin claimed the women’s 1650-yard free title in 17:13.21. Ursuline’s Lanna Debow captured the women’s 50-yard breast in 31.73, while North Bend Taylor’s Isabelle Murray won the women’s 200-yard fly in 2:05.31. Seven Hills’ Lucy Callard finished first in the women’s 400yard IM with a 4:30.36. In relay action, Mason swept the freestyle events with a 1:37.04 in the 200 and a 3:29.61 in the 400. Mariemont took home the medleys with a 1:47.05 in the 200 and a 3:53.30 in the 400. Kettering Alter’s Claire Schuermann won the one-meter diving title with 488.70 points.← SWIMMING WORLD BIWEEKLY - 31


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4 SIGNS THAT THE BUTTERFLY LIFE HAS CHOSEN YOU

BY KATLYNN EMAUS

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nce I had a coach tell me that butterfly was the easiest stroke. At the time I just looked at him and rolled my eyes but, here I am years later, a Division 1 butterflier, and I might have come to believe him. This means I must have gone crazy right? But after endless 100 and 200 butterfly sets and constantly sore shoulders, it doesn’t seem that bad anymore. But you don’t choose the butterfly life. The butterfly life chooses you. 1. YOUR BUTTERFLY IS JUST AS FAST AS YOUR FREESTYLE. Yup, it’s come to that now. When I have to do a timed 100 freestyle off the blocks all I can hope is that the time is faster than the 100 fly I did right before it. Because, when 9 times out of 10 the answer to the question “do I have to do this butterfly?” is yes, sometimes it is just easier to do a set butterfly than freestyle. 2. YOU SECRETLY LIKE THE 200 FLY. Yes, the 200 fly is my favorite event. It’s a love/hate kind of relationship but at the end of the day, I’d pick the 200 fly over any other event (except for maybe the 50). With all of the butterfly at practice we do, a 200 fly in a race seems like nothing. Those long butterfly training trip sets are something you live and die for. Knowing they will hurt, feeling like the lifeguard may have to come in and save you at any moment but remembering that at the end of the season, it will all be worth it. So yes, I like the 200 fly more than your average swimmer, but there is no better feeling than finally touching the wall at the end of the race. 3. COACHES CAN’T USE IT AS A PUNISHMENT. When coaches threaten to make you do 100s butterfly after practice because of lazy practice habits like breathing into and out of your walls, it’s not punishment for us butterfliers, its just an extension of the practice we already had that day. But please don’t make us do breaststroke. 4. YOUR HIPS DON’T LIE. We can dolphin kick for days and sometimes wishing we were a mermaid is all that can get us through the end of a long set. Any good butterflier knows the secret to the stroke is actually swimming it as little as possible, and rather underwater kicking your way through the race. And let’s be honest, Shakira’s hips don’t have anything on those of a butterflier. ←

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