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AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part IV): PRESENT—THE CORE AND BASE OF THE TEAM by Chuck Warner In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?




by Dan D’Addona After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat...and they have the talent to win big again!


by Dan D’Addona Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.




by Annie Grevers Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.



by Michael J. Stott University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Clusser talk taper.





by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.


by Rod Havriluk Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers...and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.


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Cal senior Ryan Murphy, fresh off a triple Olympic gold medal performance last summer at Rio, now focuses his attention on the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships to take place in Indianapolis later this month. On paper, there isn’t much he can do to make his college career more illustrious. He holds the American records in both backstrokes and has been undefeated in the events since his freshman season. “What would make me happiest at NCs this year,” says Murphy, “is winning the team title.” (See feature, page 28, plus a related story on page 16.)




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With conference and NCAA championships culminating in March, much attention is currently being given over to taper. Successful swimmers will likely revel in hitting their marks while the less successful may fault the process and/or their coaches. Former Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek never wanted to hear swimmers complain about missing a taper. His candid assessment was: “You didn’t miss the taper, you missed the training.” Georgia senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries and Martin Grodzki


Senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries has served the University of Georgia for 36 years. The Bulldog approach is simple, he says: “Our philosophy is to be the best teammates you can be every day—by being dedicated to making everyone around you better through your attitude and consistency. “Here is what happens during the taper for the distance group,” says Humphries: • There is a gradual decrease in volume each week; • There is a gradual increase in the amount of rest between sendoffs on our sets; • We do more negative-split work and descending sets, and fewer best-average sets; • We go easier on the legs in volume and intensity; • There is no change in effort or concentration in the workouts. Martin Grodzki was the 2012 NCAA champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyles. Come taper time, Humphries would challenge his eight-time All-American with the following set: • 15 x 200 @ 3:00 best average • 30 x 100 @ 1:30 “Go fast only when you think you can go an assigned time. Example: push a 49.0 or better as many times as you can, but you may go as many easy as you want between each attempt. You get to decide when to go for it!” • 3 sets of 10 x 50 best average added up to a 500 time (#s1-9 were with a flip; #10 was on the hand) Round 1 on :40 Round 2 on :45 Round 3 on :50

Stanford women’s coaches Stacy Slusser and Greg Meehan


Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Slusser treat taper time as a function of the season as a whole. Meehan says, “With this in mind, we don’t have a set number of days for our taper; we tend to ease into it based on the level of work going in. This is where Tracy and I utilize the art of coaching more than the science.” Meehan and Slusser approach taper time with the following mindset. "As coaches, we... • Understand that everyone is slightly different and responds to rest differently; • Continue to follow our season-long weekly schedule; • Start by pushing back our morning practices to give swimmers a change in volume (rest). The intensity of workout remains the same. For the most part, we continue to double three times per week throughout the entirety of the taper. Usually, the Friday before the week of competition is only 45 minutes in the morning; • Ensure quality work is done at a very high intensity and with details at the forefront—i.e., stroke counts, kick counts, etc.; • Do heart rate work to maintain aerobic capacity; • Continue to lift until five to seven days prior to competition. The last few lifts are light, but they are still doing strength movements; • Do something fast each morning session—even if it’s simple.” Sample Saturday Set for Freestylers (about 11-12 days prior to competition) • 2x {dive 25 @ :30, push 50 kick fast @ :60, push 50 (2nd 50 of 100)—100 easy in between • 2x {dive 25, assisted band 25, push 50 (2nd 50 of 100)—100 easy in between Sample Saturday Set for 100 Stroke Specialists (about 11-12 days prior to competition) 2 Rounds: • Dive 75 (first 75 of 100—stroke count and kick count) :15 rest • Push 25 underwater fast :15 rest • Push 50 (2nd 50 of 100) :10 rest • Push 25 fast  March 2017 / SWIMMINGWORLDMAGAZINE.COM



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Last March when Texas coach Eddie Reese won his 12th national men’s crown, he became the most titled leader in NCAA D-I college aquatic history, surpassing Ohio State’s Mike Peppe, who won 11 championships between 1943 and 1962. Lost in the Reese hoopla was the background on the man he surpassed. For starters, Peppe was a renowned swimming and diving coach. He was the head man at Ohio State (1931-62) for 31 years. He served as U.S. Olympic diving coach in 1948 and 1952, and was also the first head coach (swimming and diving) of the U.S. Pan Am Games team that went to Buenos Aires in 1951. Born in New York City, the son of Italian immigrants moved to Columbus, Ohio at age 10. He graduated from Ohio State in 1927 and earned a master’s from Columbia in 1928 before returning to found the Buckeye swimming program in 1931. An aggressive recruiter, he built powerhouse squads coaxing, among others, Bill Smith, Ford Konno and Yoshi Oyakawa to the Columbus campus. Among them, the three Hawaiians earned 42 national championships, 20 NCAA titles and seven Olympic medals. In all, Peppe’s squads won 33 major championships—12 Big Ten, 11 NCAA and 10 AAU titles. In dual meets, the Scarlet and



Gray went 173-37, and were undefeated in 12 different seasons. Peppe’s success quickly took him to the international stage. His athletes won five Olympic gold medals and earned 24 Olympic berths. In the four Olympic Games following World War II until he retired, Ohio State athletes comprised 19 of the 92 members of the U.S. Olympic aquatic team, including five of 25 in 1952. Overlooked in honoring Reese was the acknowledgement at just how good a diving coach Peppe was. He was universally known as the man with more Olympic divers than anyone else. In the four Olympic Games from 1948-60, his divers captured two gold, four silver and three bronze medals. At NCAAs in 1947 and in 1956, Peppe’s divers swept places first through fourth. In one period, 20 of his divers bagged 96 of 125 available national titles. In the 1950s alone, Ohio State produced 17 national champion divers. Among his most successful was Don Harper, a 1956 Olympic and 1959 Pan American Games silver medalist (10-meter platform). Harper also won five U.S. national, three NCAA and seven AAU championships. Three divers—Al Patnik, Bruce Harlan and Lou Vitucci—won five NCAA crowns each. In the 27 years between 1937-62, Buckeye divers won 42 of 51 titles on the 1- and 3-meter springboard. Another protégé, Ron O’Brien, earned NCAA and AAU gold medals before going on to become one of America’s most successful and celebrated diving coaches. Peppe also coached swimmer James “Doc” Counsilman, who didn’t think much of him as a coach and with whom he had a contentious relationship. Often on call as a commentator for ABC’s coverage of national swimming championships, Peppe found time to make diving films. His 1950 effort, Diving Dynasty, showcases the skills of Buckeye divers honed through a regimen of three-hour workouts six days a week. Peppe and Ohio State, along with Matt Mann at Michigan and Bob Kiphuth at Yale, composed the dominant collegiate swimming and diving triumvirate in the early years of the NCAA Championships. Beginning in 1937, and continuing for 20 years, only Ohio State, Michigan and Yale won team titles. Eighteen times one of those teams also finished second. For their efforts, the three men were individually awarded the CSCAA’s College Swimming Coaches Scholastic Swimming Trophy. Prior to his death in 1979, Peppe was inducted into the International Swimming and ASCA Halls of Fame.


“My junior year (1962), I swam at NCAAs at Ohio State for the University of Florida. I was swimming prelims and watching finals. That was the last NCAA championship Mike Peppe won. I remember being around those Ohio State swimmers, and they were just really tough, nice guys. “We were sharing advice. I recall watching Artie Wolfe win the 200 fly (1:58.0). Wolfe was doing a lat set on a weight machine right before the race, and we talked about it. L.B. Schaefer, a big guy, won the 100 and 200 back. They were just great guys. I’m sure they don’t remember me, but I remember them. “Mike Peppe was in charge of that team and helped them become tough, but still be good people in the world—and you can’t beat that.”  Michael J. Stott is an ASCA Level 5 coach whose Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) teams have won nine state high school championships. He has been named a 2017 recipient of NISCA’s Outstanding Service Award.


April 1st, 2017


3X NCAA Finalist 2016 Trial Qualifier 28 Time All American

MELANIE MARGALIS 2016 Gold Medalist


SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BY ROD HAVRILUK Many people believe that it is worth copying the technique of the fastest swimmers. In reality, even the fastest swimmers have technique limitations, but they offset them with strength and conditioning. The purpose of this series of articles is to address scientifically the technique misconceptions that have become “conventional wisdom,” and to present more effective options. This month’s article addresses the misconception that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers. A closely related misconception is that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video only captures images of a swimmer and does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally. In all fairness, video is essential so a swimmer can match his/ her perception with reality. However, a typical video analysis is only appropriate for a beginning swimmer. Even comparison of a swimmer’s video with that of a champion only shows similarities and differences, but does not identify positive technique elements and limitations. Once a swimmer becomes reasonably competitive, quantitative data is essential for a meaningful evaluation. 12



Video has become a pervasive technology in our general culture—and swimming is certainly not an exception. Above-surface video is easy to capture by anyone with a camera or smartphone. Underwater video is not as common, but the technique of many swimmers is analyzed below the surface at some point in their career. The main problem with a video analysis (whether filmed from above or below the surface) is that it is usually qualitative, and, therefore, any analysis is based on the opinion of the analyst regarding what is effective and ineffective. Without the benefit of quantitative data, the analyst typically relies on conventional wisdom to assess specific motions. Conventional wisdom, in turn, is usually based on the technique of the fastest swimmers. For example, video images of the champion in Fig. 1 show the beginning of the breaststroke arm motion. When just looking at the video of a fast swimmer, it would be reasonable to assume that it makes sense to model his technique. Applying the logic of “a fast swimmer’s technique must be effective” is consistent with conventional wisdom. However, when quantitative data is added, it is clear that the breaststroker’s motion is ineffective—because his hand force does not increase as his hands move backward (see Fig. 2, next page). His straight arms remain in a relatively weak position (with poor leverage) throughout the motion. While a qualitative video analysis based on conventional rationale would evaluate this motion as effective, a quantitative analysis based on data reveals a serious limitation.


Every top swimmer has a number of positive technique elements, but as shown in the aforementioned example, each one also has technique limitations. Unfortunately, a qualitative video analysis—even when using a champion swimmer for comparison—does not distinguish effective and ineffective technique. An evaluation based on a comparison reveals similari-

Fig. 1

FIG. 1 > (ABOVE) This national champion breaststroker moves his hands laterally with his arms straight during most of the outward sculling motion.

ties and differences, but cannot provide the most meaningful evaluation. Video feedback is useful for a swimmer’s development. Swimmers need to see what they look like when swimming so they can compare their actual movements with their own perception. For that reason, video is essential for all swimmers. However, even if a swimmer’s video is compared to some model, quantitative data is necessary to remove the guesswork in an analysis. Fortunately, there are several options for adding quantitative data to a video analysis.


There are several quantitative measures that add insight to a qualitative video analysis: • The active drag coefficient (Cd) is the overall best measure of swimming technique. The active Cd is a measure of how well a swimmer both minimizes resistance and maximizes propulsion. Since the Cd is an overall evaluation, it is most useful for tracking improvement. However, the Cd does not specify the necessary adjustments. • The index of coordination (IdC) provides a measure of gaps and overlaps in propulsion (for freestyle and backstroke).

FIG. 2 > (BELOW) This national champion breaststroker fails to increase his hand force during most of the outward sculling motion because his hands move laterally with the arms straight.

Fig. 2

Improvement of the IdC has the greatest potential impact for the greatest number of swimmers. Swimmers typically train with a negative IdC, which produces gaps in propulsion. However, swimmers use a more positive IdC when racing. A video analysis with IdC values can help a swimmer benefit by minimizing gaps in propulsion. • Fluctuations in the swimming velocity throughout the stroke cycle identify positions that both benefit and limit propulsion. Within a stroke cycle, the velocity can vary from less than 1 meter/second to more than 3 meters/second. Decreases in velocity clearly identify body positions that cause the most resistance. For example, data from Coach Budd Termin shows that the swimming velocity for a female U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier drops below 1.5 m/sec for almost 2-tenths of a second (see Fig. 3, below). This information shows the importance of making adjustments in the body position during the arm recovery to minimize resistance. • Fluctuations in hand force throughout the stroke cycle pinpoint both effective and ineffective arm positions. Hand force values can fluctuate greatly within a stroke cycle, as shown in Fig. 2. Force losses clearly pinpoint less effective arm positions,

Fig. 3

FIG. 3 > (ABOVE) Fluctuations in the swimming velocity of an elite female butterflyer—the red zone shows that her velocity drops below 1.5 m/sec for almost .2 sec. (Data courtesy of Coach Budd Termin.)

and make necessary changes very obvious. Hand force values can change dramatically in less than 1-tenth of a second. The data makes it possible to make very subtle adjustments in technique. Ideally, all of these measures could be included in a video analysis. Realistically, it may be feasible to include only one of those measures as part of a video analysis. While a qualitative video analysis may be interesting, the addition of quantitative data is essential. Swimmers need information that accurately pinpoints technique benefits and limitations. The data also makes it possible to track improvements and determine issues of continuing concern. 

Dr. Rod Havriluk is a sports scientist and consultant who specializes in swimming technique instruction and analysis. His new ebook— “Approaching Perfect Freestyle + Science”—is available at the STR website: www.swimmingtechnology. com. You can contact Rod at info@ All scientific documentation relating to this article, including scientific principles, studies and research papers, can be provided upon demand.

SUMMARY Video has become a widely accepted and useful technology. Whether filmed from above or below the surface, however, video is only sufficient to analyze beginning swimmers. Even a video analysis based on comparison with a champion swimmer will only promote that champion’s technique elements—both effective and ineffective. As swimmers progress, quantitative data is essential to analyze technique completely and accurately, and to provide information that can both reinforce positive technique elements and identify limitations.






Beginning with the December 2016 issue and running through May 2017, Swimming World takes a look at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future. This month: Part IV. Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why? To help answer these questions, Swimming World retrieved data from USA Swimming that documented each LSC’s number of high-school-age swimmers (13-17 years) who qualified to attend the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials (see Fig. 1). The data lists the top 12 LSCs that contributed the highest percentage of qualifiers from its total available swimmers in that age range. Ohio ranked No. 1 among the country’s 60 LSCs with 0.62 percent—16 qualifiers from 2,562 registered swimmers. Jim Peterfish, longtime head coach of the Westerville Aquatic Club (based in Columbus, Ohio), believes the reason the Ohio LSC has such high numbers is, “We have great age group coaches. At our local championships, two different teams broke the 13-14 boys NAG record in the 200 free relay.” Peterfish also points to the conFig. 1. Top 12 LSCs that qualified high-school-age swimmers (1317 years) for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials. NO. OF 13-17 NO. OF 13-17 QUALIFIERS REGISTERED AT U.S. SWIMMERS TRIALS


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tributions of the relatively new age group program conducted out of the state-of-the-art aquatic center, completed in 2005, at The Ohio State University. LSCs such as Florida, North Carolina and Virginia aren’t big surprises among the top 12. On the other hand, how many have heard of the Inland Empire LSC? It is a tiny spot on the border of the states of Idaho and Washington, and the LSC has shown great success, although with a small sampling of swimmers. Connecticut’s inclusion in the top 12 might surprise some. For a long time, the Nutmeg State was weak in facilities, but over the last 10 years, it has added an indoor 50-meter pool in Greenwich to the bubbled long course pools at the Wilton and Cheshire YMCAs. In the northeast winter climate of the USA, keeping a bubble on an otherwise outdoor pool isn’t necessarily easy. Cheshire lost training for two of its most recent winters when its bubble blew down in heavy storms. In 2016, after temporarily relocating its training 30 minutes away at Wesleyan University, Cheshire assistant coach Brent Nigro explains, “The negative of traveling for practice turned into a positive, because we were able to broaden the geographic draw of swimmers to our team.” A COMBINATION OF LEADERSHIP AND COMPETITION Whatever the circumstances or environment, the difference between the top 12 contributors in the country compared to the middle or the bottom, tends to be a combination of the leadership of the club with the level of healthy competition in the LSC and—often, but not always—its surrounding area. Take, for example, the Lake Erie LSC, a neighbor to the Ohio LSC, in the northeast corner of Ohio. It was less than 20 years ago that Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Holtrey’s development of a small army of distance swimmers culminated in Diana Munz’s Olympicgold-medal performance. Coach Holtrey is now retired, and according to these rankings, Lake Erie is in the bottom tier of the country for contributing high school swimmers to the U.S. Trials... at least for 2016. This past Olympic year, there were three LSCs that qualified one high-school-age swimmer (13-17 years) for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials...and an additional 15 LSCs that did not produce any Olympic Trials qualifiers (see Fig. 2). Included among those 15 LSCs—with a combined registration of 9,304 swimmers in the 13-17 age group—is Central California, home to former Olympic medalist Gabe Woodward; Hawaii, home to Soichi Sakamoto’s Three-Year Swim Club that produced national champions in the 1940s and a 1948 Olympic champion, Bill Smith, Jr.; as well as San Diego that once boasted high school swimmers on Olympic teams out of Coronado coached by Mike Troy.


“The American Swimming Team is positioned attract more and more of its population base into swimming and expose children to competition.” (Pictured: two-time Olympian Cammile Adams at the 2015-16 Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa, Ariz.)

Fig. 2. LSCs that qualified one high-school-age swimmer (13-17 years) for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials plus LSCs that did not qualify any swimmers.




Lake Erie (LE)




Utah (UT)




Missouri Valley (MV)




No qualifiers: Adirondack (AD), Alaska (AK), Border (BD), Central California (CC), Hawaii (HI), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Dakota (ND), New Mexico (NM), San Diego-Imperial (SI), South Dakota (SD), Snake River (SR), West Texas (WT), West Virginia (WV) and Wyoming (WY). Combined number of 13-17 registered swimmers: 9,304. The past success in Lake Erie, Central California, Hawaii or San Diego was based upon leadership and competition at that time. If one thought of those 15 LSCs without any Trials qualifiers as a single team, that’s a team of 9,304 swimmers in the 13-17-year-old age group. If you were the leader of a team that large, wouldn’t it be difficult to accept that the team—or the AST—is meeting its potential when no one was capable of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials? In last month’s article, we explained that competition in the top 100 world rankings drives athletes into the top 10 rankings and toward Olympic medals. It follows that LSCs that include clubs that encourage young swimmers toward a high degree of skill—and engage in intense competition—have the most Trials qualifiers. The greater the number of clubs that are engaged in world-class goals, the more competitive the LSC...and it follows that the frequency of swimmers approaching their potential would also increase.

COACH/ATHLETE GENDER CHANGES The number of USA Swimming-registered coaches has not only increased from 8,800 in the year 2000 to more than 18,000 in 2016, but the number of women coaches has also increased. Sixteen years ago, the balance was 46.3 percent female to 53.7 percent male coaches. Today, it is nearly even at 49.8 to 50.2 percent. The athlete balance has been just the reverse, thanks to Phelps, Lochte and the male USA stars making it more than ever to be “cool to be a swimmer.” In 2000, the AST was made up of 61.3 percent female and 38.7 percent male, while today, it is 56.8 percent female and 43.2 percent male. In total, there are 60,000 more males on the American Swimming Team than there were 16 years ago and about 40,000 more females. LEARN-TO-SWIM It’s taken most American clubs many, many years to realize the value of incorporating a learn-to-swim program into their business and team development plan, but today that is emphatically changing. More and more clubs are seeing the financial merits of adding hundreds or even thousands of swim-school members to their weekly roster. Jim Wood, head coach of the Berkeley Aquatic Club in New Jersey, says, “If I only had a six-lane pool, I would dedicate one lane to a ‘learn-to-swim’ program.” BAC has recently opened a spectacular aquatic center with four pools in New Providence, N.J. The learn-to-swim facility is a key component. For decades, one of the secrets to Australia’s success—as a relatively small country in worldwide competition—was clubs guiding the entire swimming experience from the first entry into the water through helping children reach their competitive potential. While there are many fine programs that teach kids to swim, the ones with a vision for not only swim safety, but also proficiency, tend to assist young children in progressing more quickly. They also help expand their potential experiences in swimming, including competition. In summary, the strength of each LSC is critically reliant upon the strength of club leadership. But overall, the American Swimming Team is positioned today better than at any time since soccer moved into virtually every neighborhood in the 1990s, to attract more and more of its population base into swimming and expose children to competition.  Next month: Part V of the AST series takes a look into the possible future of the American Swimming Team.





University of Texas at last year’s NCAAs

After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat...and they have the talent to win big again! Two years ago, Coach Eddie Reese tied former Ohio State Coach Mike Peppe (1931-62) for the most men’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving team titles (11). After last year’s meet, Reese stood alone at the top with 12 national titles. With a team that has 11 scorers back from last year that accounted for 465.5 points—200 to 300 more returning points than their closest competition—Title No. 13 appears well within Reese’s reach. To no one’s surprise, Texas is the heavy favorite for a three-peat at this year’s championships, March 22-25, at Indianapolis.

1. TEXAS LONGHORNS Last year: 1st (541.5 points) Returning points: 465.5







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The Longhorns have dominated the last two NCAA Division I Championships. In 2015, Texas scored 528 points on their way to a 129-point margin of victory. Last year, the Longhorns scored 541.5 points for a 190.5-point margin of victory. The question this year isn’t whether or not they’ll win, but by how much? Texas returns national champions Townley Haas (200500 free), Will Licon (200 breast-200 IM) and Joseph Schooling (100-200 fly) as well as American record holder Jack Conger (runnerup in the 200 fly).



Its NCAA, American and U.S. Open record-setting 800 yard freestyle relay returns intact (Conger, Haas, Clark Smith and Schooling) as does its NCAA and U.S. Open record-setting 400 medley relay (John Shebat, Licon, Schooling and Conger). And three of the four swimmers on last year’s winning 200 free relay are still competing (Brett Ringgold, Schooling and Conger).

2. FLORIDA GATORS Last year: 3rd (334 points) Returning points: 288.75

Florida has been building up its sprint corps the past two years, and that group—led by junior Caeleb Dressel—should continue its success at this year’s meet. Dressel won two Olympic gold medals on relays last summer and has been one of the most dominant sprinters in collegiate history. He’s the defending NCAA champion in the 100 yard free and two-time defending champion in the 50. He also is a central part of Florida’s relays, which, along with its sprinters, is another strength. Coach Gregg Troy welcomes back top-eight scorers Mitch D’Arrigo, Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek as well as Jack Blyzinskyj and Ben Lawless. The Gators are also excited to see how top recruit Maxime Rooney will do at his first NCAAs.

3. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS Last year: 2nd (351 points) Returning points: 208.75

Coach Dave Durden has guided his Cal men’s swimming team to top-two finishes at NCAAs for seven straight years—including championship teams in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The Golden Bears have the potential to finish second again—as they’ve done the last two years—but they only have five returning scorers who accounted for 208.75 points last year. Among those five is superstar Ryan Murphy, who won three Olympic gold medals last summer (100-200 back and 400 medley relay) and set a world record in the 100 meter backstroke. And his NCAA credentials are also impressive, having won both the 100 and 200 yard back for three straight years. Oh...and he’s the American, NCAA and U.S. Open record holder in both events as well! Joining Murphy from last year’s point scorers are Long Gutierrez, Connor Hoppe, Justin Lynch and Andrew Seliskar. The Bears should also get a huge boost from freshman freestyler/flyer Michael Jensen, who should help ensure that Cal’s relays continue their high placings from last year. In 2016, Cal finished second twice, fourth twice and was DQ’ed in the 400 free relay (but had the fifth fastest time).

4. NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK Last year: 4th (314 points) Returning points: 217.5

North Carolina State returns 11 swimmers who scored at last year’s NCAAs—tied with Texas and Indiana for the most returning point scorers. The Wolfpack may not have many household names leading the way, but it has a slew of swimmers who should contribute big-time relay points and ensure another top-five finish. Topping that list is Olympic 400 free relay gold medalist Ryan Held, a junior who placed fourth, seventh and ninth in the 100, 50 and 200 freestyles, respectively, last year. Along with Lithuanian Olympian Simonas Bilis, Andreas Schiellerup and Danish Olympian Soren Dahl, Held also helped NC State earn its first NCAA relay title—and the first by any ACC team—with a victory in the 400 free relay. All but Bilis return to defend their title. Coach Braden Holloway also welcomes back top-eight finalists Hennessey Stuart (100-200 back, seventh and third) and Anton Ipsen (500-1650 free, seventh and fifth).

5. GEORGIA BULLDOGS Last year: 5th (239.5 points) Returning points: 165.5

The number of returning points for Georgia may be a little deceiving. That’s because it doesn’t include Chase Kalisz, who redshirted last season to train for the Olympics. Two years ago, the Olympic 400 IM silver medalist scored 29 points at NCAAs by finishing second in the 400 IM and 15th in the 200 IM. He also helped his teammates place 10th in the 800 free relay. Coach Jack Bauerle will also have nine other returning point scorers, including Olympic 800 free relay gold medalist Gunnar Bentz and the Litherland triplets—Jay (fifth at Rio in the 400 IM), Kevin and Mick. Add in Pace Clark, and the Bulldogs appear ready for another top-five showing.

6. INDIANA HOOSIERS Last year: 9th (180.5 points) Returning points: 150

Being ranked No. 1 by the CSCAA for part of this season has Coach Ray Looze’s Hoosiers believing they can become a national power. And with 11 returning point scorers from last year’s ninthplace team, Indiana not only should stay in the Top 10, but move up a few spots as well. Blake Pieroni will be the key to the team’s success. The sprint freestyle specialist captured an Olympic gold medal in Rio by swimming prelims of the men’s 400 freestyle relay. And last December at the FINA Short Course World Championships, he won two silver medals and one bronze (all relays), and finished fourth in the 100 meter free. He also was a five-time All-American at last year’s NCAAs. His best individual finish was eighth place in the 200 yard free.

7. MISSOURI TIGERS Last year: 8th (184 points) Returning points: 152.5

Led by Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri is looking for another strong NCAA finish. Last year, the Western Kentucky transfer became the first Tiger to win an NCAA title in program history when he captured the 100 yard breaststroke. He also finished third in the 200 breast and swam on Mizzou’s fourth-place 400 medley relay. In addition to the senior swimmer from Nuremburg, Germany, Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh welcomes seven more returning scorers from last year’s NCAAs. At the top of that list is senior sprinter Michael Chadwick, the most decorated swimmer in Missouri history with 15 All-America citations to his credit. Last year, he placed fourth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100, and he swam on all five scoring relays. Another major contributor to the Tiger relays will be senior flyer/ freestyler Andrew Sansoucie.

8. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE Last year: 6th (225 points) Returning points: 151.5

One of the biggest surprises of last year’s NCAAs was Alabama. After six years of finishing between 21st and 29th (2008-13), Coach Dennis Pursley’s Crimson Tide has steadily moved up the ladder, finishing 12th in 2014, 10th in 2015 and sixth last year. It was their best showing at NCAAs since 1983 when they finished fifth. Alabama plans to stay in the Top 10, and it has the depth to do it, which especially bodes well for their relays. Among the talented Tide athletes are Matthew Adams, Alex Gray, Laurent Bams, Robert Howard, Luks Kaliszak, Anton McKee, Connor Oslin, Christopher Reid and Pavel Romanov. — continued on 18 March 2017 / SWIMMINGWORLDMAGAZINE.COM


MEN'S NCAA PREVIEW— continued from 17 Oslin (backstroke), Romanov (breaststroke) and Kaliszak (butterfly) were NCAA champions last year as part of the Crimson Tide’s 200 medley relay—Alabama’s first NCAA relay title.

9. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS Last year: 11th (164.5 points) Returning points: 141.5

The Cardinals are loaded with relay depth. They scored 96 points last year on their five relays alone—and every single relay swimmer returns except for one! Trevor Carroll, Grigory Tarasevich, Matthias Lindenbauer, Zach Harting, David Boland, Carlos Claverie and Josh Quallen are the returning scorers. Three of those seven scored individually, including two Olympians: Venezuela’s Claverie (100-200 breast, tie for fourth and sixth) and Russia’s Tarasevich (100-200 back, third and ninth). At Rio, Tarasevich placed ninth in the 100 back; Claverie finished 15th in the 200 breast. Coach Arthur Albiero also has a third Olympian on this year’s roster: sophomore distance freestyler Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador. He was the first swimmer from his country to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut.

10. AUBURN TIGERS Last year: 10th (167 points) Returning points: 137.5

have won eight NCAA men’s titles, finished second three times and third twice. Coach Brett Hawke is in his ninth season as head coach and was an Auburn swimmer from 1996-2000, so he knows all about the tradition of great swimming in Auburn, Ala. And it looks like he has the horses—uh, Tigers—with seven returning scorers (137.5 points) to help keep the streak alive. Auburn is led by junior Peter Holoda, a 2016 Hungarian Olympian from Budapest who anchored his country’s 12th-place 400 freestyle relay in Rio. At last year’s NCAAs, he finished 13th in the 50 free and swam on four relays—all of which finished in the top eight. Senior Joe Patching of England is Auburn’s record holder in the 200 and 400 IM and is the third fastest 200 backstroker in school history. He placed 11th last year in both IMs and just missed qualifying for the “B” final of the 200 back, placing 18th. 

Dan D’Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA Championships, USA Nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic Trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Mich., where he also is the sports editor of The Holland Sentinel.

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WOMEN’S NCAA PREVIEW Simone Manuel, Stanford



Not even a relay disqualification— which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet. The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team lost a heartbreaker at last year’s NCAA Championships. The Cardinal lost 40 points after they were disqualified for a 4-hundredths of a second false start in the women’s 200 free relay. Georgia ended up winning the meet by 19 points over Stanford. However, Coach Greg Meehan’s team has reloaded for 2017 like none other. The Cardinal add freshman Katie Ledecky—the most dominant swimmer on the planet—and also return Simone Manuel, who redshirted last season to train for the Olympics. Both were Olympic gold medalists and should lead Stanford to this year’s title, March 15-18, at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.


























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1. STANFORD CARDINAL Last year: 2nd (395 points) Returning points: 323.5

If it isn’t enough that the Stanford women return more points than the rest of its competition (16.5 more than last year’s fourthplace finisher, Texas A&M, and 70 points more than defending champion Georgia), the addition of freshman Katie Ledecky and redshirt junior Simone Manuel could add 100-plus points on their individual events alone, not to mention their relay contributions! Ledecky and Manuel are two of the biggest names in women’s swimming after their Olympic performances in Rio. Ledecky won four gold medals and a silver. Manuel took home two gold and two silver medals while becoming the first African-American woman to capture gold in an individual event (tie for first in the 100 free). And there’s more—much more! Stanford returns Olympic diver Kassidy Cook after a redshirt season; Olympic sprinter Lia Neal; defending NCAA champion in both individual medleys Ella Eastin; and 11-time All-American and four-time NCAA relay champion Janet Hu. Ally Howe, Lindsey Engel, Nicole Stafford and diver Gracia Leydon Mahoney also scored points last year.

2. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS Last year: 3rd (358 points) Returning points: 245

The Golden Bears are at a crossroads. It sounds silly to say that about a team that finished third in the nation last year and could finish second this year, but it’s true. This is a much different team than in previous years. Gone are some of the biggest names in swimming—Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz and Elizabeth Pelton. But Cal was able to reload last year with two freshman stars, Kathleen Baker and Amy Bilquist, who are primed to lead the Golden Bears as sophomores. Baker made the Olympics last year, capturing silver in the 100 back and gold on the 400 medley relay. She was the NCAA runner-up in the 200 IM in 2016, and made the consolation finals in both backstroke events. Bilquist was the anchor of the champion 200 freestyle relay, and finished fourth and fifth in the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Coach Teri McKeever also welcomes sprinter Abbey Weitzeil, a freshman Olympian who’s set to challenge Stanford’s Simone Manuel at NCAAs and anchor some relays. Senior Farida Osman, an Olympian from Egypt, has been huge on relays and has scored in individual events, as has senior Celina Li. Cal is loaded with top-level talent.

3. GEORGIA BULLDOGS Last year: 1st (414 points) Returning points: 253.5

Coach Jack Bauerle’s Bulldogs took advantage of a Stanford relay DQ to claim last year’s NCAA women’s title by 19 points. But to repeat as champions and claim their fourth championship in the last five years and eighth overall, they’ll need to do so without graduating seniors and national champions Hali Flickinger and Brittany MacLean. Still, Georgia has nine returning scorers, led by senior Olympian Olivia Smoliga, who won the national title in the 50 and 100 freestyles and posted the second fastest 100 backstroke time (although it came in her ninth-place finish to win the consolation final). The Bulldogs also return scorers Kylie Stewart, Meaghan Raab, Emily Cameron, Stephanie Peters, Olivia Ball, Rachel Zilinskas and Megan Kingsley, along with Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem, who redshirted last season and won an Olympic bronze medal in the 400 freestyle relay.

4. TEXAS A&M AGGIES Last year: 4th (309 points) Returning points: 307

The Texas A&M women’s team roster has plenty of names of whom you have probably never heard! Then again, the Aggies prefer to remain under the radar—but it’s going to be difficult to be considered underdogs this year after their fourth-place NCAA finish in 2016. Coach Steve Bultman’s Aggies return 307 points (second most behind Stanford’s 323.5) from their 309 total last year, and have 11 returning scorers—more than any other team. Junior Lisa Bratton finished fourth in the 200 backstroke, tied for fifth in the 200 IM and placed seventh in the 400 IM last year to become just the second swimmer in team history to final in all three of her individual events at NCAAs. She also is coming off a strong U.S. Olympic Trials that saw her miss out on Rio by 31-hundredths of a second, finishing third in the 200 backstroke. Junior Bethany Galat also just missed out on Rio, finishing third at Trials in the 200 breast (by 13-hundredths) and the 400 IM (by 88-hundredths). At last year’s NCAAs, she finished fifth in both of those events.

5. TEXAS LONGHORNS Last year: 15th (79 points) Points returning: 79

The Longhorns have been the toughest team to figure out. Texas fell far short of expectations in 2016, missing out on the top 10 at NCAAs, but started off the new season by knocking off Auburn and Georgia in dual meets in early January. Their win over Georgia (ranked No. 2 at the time) ended the Bulldogs’ 103-meet home win streak! The Longhorns won every event but the 100 backstroke—and they were even briefly ranked No. 1 in the nation after their stunning victory. Freshman Claire Adams and senior Madisyn Cox will provide a balanced scoring effort for Coach Carol Capitani’s Lady Longhorns. Adams is a backstroker and freestyler from the nation’s No. 1 high school team for the last four years, Carmel High School of Indiana. Cox is coming off a U.S. Olympic Trials in which she finished fourth in both individual medley events. She was fourth at NCAAs in the 200 IM and ninth in the 400 IM in 2016. If returning scorers Brooke Hansen, Remedy Rule, Rebecca Millard, Jordan Surhoff and Tasija Karosas can get to the next level, Texas will turn some heads and have a huge turnaround season after finishing 15th at last year’s NCAAs.

6. USC TROJANS Last year: 6th (244.5 points) Returning points: 209.5

The USC women had a successful season in 2016, finishing sixth at NCAAs. The Trojans have a slew of points returning, but have remained under the radar since they are in a conference (Pac12) that includes teams that could go 1-2 in the nation. Coach Dave Salo’s Trojans are led by freshmen Louise Hansson and Becca Mann along with senior Anika Apostalon. Hansson is an IMer and butterflyer who competed for Sweden in the Rio Olympics. She adds big-meet experience, as does Mann, who has been a member of the U.S. national team in distance freestyle and IM. Apostalon was a five-time All-American last year, which included a national championship in the 400 freestyle relay.

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Leah Smith, Virginia

7. VIRGINIA CAVALIERS Last year: 5th (264 points) Returning points: 195

All-America breaststroker Riley Scott, along with Hansson, give the Trojans a huge boost in the medley relays. And USC returns three of the four swimmers who won the school’s first-ever NCAA title in the 400 freestyle relay last year: sophomore Kirsten Vose plus seniors Chelsea Chenault and Apostalon.

Virginia has been on the rise for the past five years, culminating with a top-5 finish in 2016. But if they want to continue that trend, they’ll need to replace some major points following the graduation of Courtney Bartolomew, who was the NCAA runner-up in both backstroke events, took 10th in the 200 IM and contributed to multiple point-scoring Cavalier relays.

Fortunately for Coach Augie Busch, he still has senior Leah Smith, who won the 500 and 1650 freestyles in 2015 and 2016. But this season, the Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 free (and 800 freestyle relay gold medalist) at Rio will be going up against Olympic teammate Katie Ledecky from Stanford. Seasoned veterans such as Ellen Thomas, Laura Simon, Kaitlyn Jones, Megan Moroney and Jennifer Marrkand will help the Cavaliers score in the relays. The question, though, is how well they’ll score individually.

8. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES Last year: 10th (150 points) Returning points: 113

The Wolverines are coming off an excellent season in 2015-16, winning the Big Ten championship and placing 10th at NCAAs. While losing Ali DeLoof to graduation, Michigan still returns a strong group of All-Americans who will try to keep the Wolverines among the nation’s elite. Siobhan Haughey, an Olympian from Hong Kong, was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships last year as a freshman and an All-American in the 200 freestyle. She currently ranks among the nation’s top five in multiple events. Coach Mike Bottom also expects the Wolverines to receive a scoring boost from Rose Bi, Gabby DeLoof, Catie DeLoof and Clara Smiddy.

9. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS Last year: 8th (220 points) Returning points: 130.5

The Cardinals scored in all five relays at last year’s NCAAs and will have strong relays again at this year’s championships. However, losing Kelsi Worrell to graduation will hurt Louisville considerably—not only did she contribute to four of those five relays, but she also won the 100 and 200 fly, and placed fourth in the 50 free. Coach Arthur Albiero has seven swimmers on his roster who scored 130.5 points last year, and he’ll need them to have repeat performances for Louisville to stay in the top 10.

10. NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK Last year: 9th (155 points) Returning points: 126.5

The Wolfpack made a statement in late January when they upset Virginia (then ranked No. 5) in a dual meet, 153-147. NC State proved then that it is a contender—not only for the ACC title, but also for a spot among the nation’s top 10. Much like their nickname, the strength of the Wolfpack is in the pack, and NC State’s relays will be their driving force at NCAAs. Coach Braden Holloway’s squad scored points in all five relays last year, and seven swimmers from those events return this season. Leading the Pack are three seniors: backstroker Alexia Zevnik (sixth and seventh last year, respectively, in the 100 and 200 back), breaststroker Kayla Brumbaum and flyer Natalie Labonge (16th in the 100 fly). 

Dan D’Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA Championships, USA Nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic Trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Mich., where he also is the sports editor of The Holland Sentinel. to learn more about women’s NCAA Division I college swimming. 22


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COLLEGE PREVIEWS Senior Andrew Wilson has done just about everything possible during his swimming career at Emory University: earned AllAmerica honors, won national titles, set national records—he even was named NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year in 2015! But one thing is still missing: a team championship. Will this be the year?

FAMILIAR FAVORITES At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions. NCAA DIVISION II March 8-11, Birmingham, Ala.

Could this be the year of “turnabout is fair play”? Two years ago, Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) abruptly ended Drury’s reign as NCAA Division II national champs (10 straight titles for its men and five of six for its women). And Queens repeated as champs last year. With the loss of some key point scorers, the Royals’ bid for three in a row could be challenged—especially on the women’s side. Drury is one of three teams in the hunt for the women’s title. Versatile freshman Bailee Nunn has a shot at multiple individual wins. She currently holds the fastest times in the country in the 100 yard breast (1:00.42), 100 fly (53.16) and 200 IM (1:57.96). Still, Queens has the depth to stay in the hunt, as does Nova Southeastern University, which will be led by senior Emma Wahlstrom. Sadly, the women’s NCAA meet will be missing Drury senior Wen Xu, the national record holder in the 50 free. She tragically passed away following a medical emergency during a team practice, Feb. 3. The Royals appear to be the favorites among the men, thanks to a strong junior class. Dion Dreesens, Nick Arakelian and transfer Paul Pijulet all could win multiple individual titles. Drury, though, should benefit from the addition of freshman Konrad Stepien, who was just a tenth of a second off of Dreesens’ NCAA DII record in the 500 free (4:17.19) last fall. The Panthers can also expect big points from juniors Rodrigo Caceres (sprints) and Jun Kim (fly/IM).




Nova Southeastern will be another team to watch, particularly with NCAA record holder Anton Lobanov returning in the breaststroke events. —By James Sica

NCAA DIVISION III March 15-18, Shenandoah, Texas

Emory University’s women have won seven straight NCAA DIII titles and nine of the last 12. Its men haven’t won any, but came close four times with runner-up finishes in 2001-04-05-09. The Eagles’ Andrew Wilson would like to see that change. “I really think that our guys’ team has a good shot to win it all, which is something that I really want,” says Wilson, a senior, who was named the NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year in 2015. “I’ve gotten individual titles in Division III (100-200 breast and 200 IM in 2015, including NCAA DIII records in both breaststrokes). But every year, we watch our girls jump in and celebrate. It would be nice to have the men’s team jumping in the pool as well.” This just might be the year that Emory joins Kenyon as the only teams to win the men’s and women’s meets in the same season. Besides Wilson, Emory returns junior Oliver Smith, who won three gold medals last year (50 free and the 200-400 freestyle relays). Senior distance stud Christian Baker had six top-eight finishes: third in the 200-500 free, 200 medley relay and 800 free relay; fifth in the 1650; and sixth in the 400 medley relay. This year, he currently holds the top time in the 500 (4:21.43) and second fastest time in the 1650 (15:20.57). Freshman backstroker Sage Ono is set to make an impact on the national stage—he leads Division III men in the 100 back (48.37). In the medley relays, the Eagles appear untouchable with current seed times about three seconds ahead of any other team—even in the 200. And nothing has changed for Emory’s women—they’ll again be this year’s favorite. Their depth in sprint free will set them apart in the freestyle relays. Individually, junior Cindy Cheng holds the top DIII times in the 200 and 500 free (1:48.13, 4:51.85) plus the 100 and 200 back (54.87, 1:57.26). And sophomore Fiona Muir, last year’s runner-up in the 50 and 100 free, has the fastest time this season in the women’s 100 free (50.00). —By Diana Pimer

NAIA March 1-4, Columbus, Ga.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Olivet Nazarene dominated the women’s and men’s competition, respectively, at last year’s NAIA Championships, and both teams have their sights set this season on a return to the top. The SCAD women were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country all of last season before arriving at the NAIA Championships and winning nine of the 20 events contested. SCAD swimmers filled the top five spots in the women’s 200 fly at last year’s meet—two of those five, including runner-up Rebecca Justus, will be back in action this year. Also returning for 2016 is Abigail Richey, last year’s NAIA champion in the 200 free. Olivet Nazarene could be the biggest challenger to SCAD, especially with reigning NAIA Female Swimmer of the Year and double backstroke champion Amanda Moran back for her junior season. On the men’s side, Olivet Nazarene is the reigning champion, and SCAD finished runner-up and has 2016 NAIA Male Swimmer of the Year Joel Ax returning to the championships. But the favorite to win the men’s competition may just be Keiser College. Keiser’s first-year swimming program is coached by Adam Epstein, previously of NJCAA powerhouse Indian River. And the Seahawks have already impressed—at the Florida International Spring Invite, Keiser finished just behind NCAA Division I Binghamton despite having no divers...and at the SCAD Invite, Keiser again finished second, well ahead of the SCAD men and of DIII Emory. —By David Rieder

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NJCAA March 1-4, Buffalo, N.Y.

Indian River State College (IRSC) has dominated NJCAA swimming since its inception, and this year shouldn’t be any different. Since NJCAA women’s swimming began in 1976, the IRSC ladies have won 38 out of 41 titles, with their only misses coming in 1980-82. As for the Pioneer men, they have won 42 straight national championships. A season ago, both the women’s and men’s teams scored upwards of 1,300 points, each more than doubling the totals of runner-up South Georgia State. But IRSC’s top performers from a season ago have all moved on to four-year institutions. Defending NJCAA Swimmer of the Year Craig Emslie is now at North Carolina, and Christina Loh landed at Florida State. But IRSC still returns plenty of talent. Osianna McReed won the 50 and 100 free at last year’s meet and contributed to four national championship relays, while Meagan Abad was the national champion in the 50 and 100 back. On the men’s side, freestyler Jason Van Der Touw is back after winning the 200, 500 and 1000 freestyles at last year’s meet, and he’s joined by impressive freshman Luka Tomic. Nick Loomis (50100 fly) and Gavin Erdmann (50-100 free) both return as well after winning multiple individual races last season. —By David Rieder James Sica is an assistant coach for women’s and men’s swimming at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Diana Pimer is currently earning her master’s in sports journalism from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Conn.). David Rieder is a Swimming World staff writer and the host of SWTV.

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YOU’RE BEING WATCHED! BY JACK NEILL A new season means lots of new officials on deck and lots of opportunities for veteran officials to serve as mentors. Mentoring plays a significant role in the training of new officials, helping the trainee attain the skills and confidence needed to become an effective deck official. Many LSCs assign mentors to apprentice officials as part of a formal training program. But all experienced officials are de facto mentors—newer officials watch us to see how we act, what we say, what we do, how we handle various situations—and then they base their actions and words on what they’ve observed. While we aim to be unobtrusive to swimmers, coaches and spectators, all of us are constantly being studied by our apprentice officials. The dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide” and “a wise, loyal advisor or coach.” The original Mentor was a character in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. When Odysseus went off to fight the Trojan Wars, he entrusted his son, Telemachus, into Mentor’s care. Mentor was a tutor, guide and protector to the boy for many years, teaching by words as well as by actions. As officials, we take our lead from this character. The goal is to educate by example. Conversations can be motivating, but teaching by example has impact. It’s one thing to tell a trainee to “observe, but do not scrutinize,” but it’s much more powerful to demonstrate this on a consistent basis. As John Wooden once said, “Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.” Model respect. Don’t criticize swimmers, coaches or other officials. Rather, respect and support decisions made by the referee. It’s vitally important for apprentice officials to see and hear us interacting appropriately with swimmers and coaches. This is particularly true when delivering bad news—if we consistently approach these occasions respectfully, professionally and with empathy, our new officials will likely do the same when placed in a similar situation. While these incidents can become stressful, it’s critical that apprentice officials see us handle the stress in a positive manner. Think out loud. Give the apprentice some insight into your thought process and how you arrive at your decisions. Make it a conversation, not a lecture. Don’t focus solely on performance or behaviors that need to improve—let your apprentice know when he/she is doing something well. And when you have suggestions for improvement, use language that supports without criticism. Model a professional look. The new officials have all heard that they need to be neat in attire, and attentive and focused in deportment. But this needs to be reinforced by seeing every deck official demonstrating these behaviors consistently. At this time of the year, all of us are mentors, regardless of whether the LSC has a formal mentoring program or not. As a mentor, your actions are being appraised, so you must set the bar for yourself just as high—or higher—than you’d expect from your new officials. The less-experienced officials on deck are watching you, looking for a role model. Be their mentor.  Jack Neill is a former officials chair for Potomac Valley Swimming, and he currently serves on the LSC’s board of directors. 26


LISA JACKSON Lisa Jackson of the North Carolina Swimming LSC has served as a swimming official for more than 14 years. Certified as a meet referee, she has also mentored many of the stroke-and-turn judges, starters and referees in her area. She is a single mother of three kids—all swimmers. While many parents are unable to find the time to attend a swim meet, Jackson typically works all sessions of a meet and manages to provide a dish for hospitality! Even though all three of her children have graduated from high school—with two of them having gone on to swim in college—Jackson continues to support the swimming community, helping out when needed.


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BUTTERFLY: STABILITY BALL FLY STROKE Lying prone over a stability ball with your feet secured on something stable (see photos), perform a butterfly stroke while stabilizing your body on the ball.


BACKSTROKE: SUPINE CABLE OR TUBE ALTERNATING ARM/LEG BACKSTROKE While on your back and holding a cable handle in each hand, begin kicking and alt arm pulling at the same time. Count to 15 reps for each leg.


BREASTSTROKE: TRX BREASTSTROKE PULLOUT Using a TRX strap, position your feet behind your body and lean forward into a tight streamline. Then perform a pullout movement with your arms.


FREESTYLE: ONE-ARM MEDICINE BALL THROW-DOWN While standing, raise a med ball overhead with one arm and straighten your arm. At the top of the stretch, perform a throw-down, using the med ball as resistance. Catch the ball off the rebound, and repeat with the other arm.


I think some of the toughest races in swimming today are the individual medley events. They are a grueling combination of skill, strength, power and endurance. Swimmers need to have a high level of conditioning and an adequate amount of strength to get through the distance for each particular stroke. One of the ways to prepare for these events is to increase your strength per stroke by doing dryland exercises—especially stroke-specific exercises with resistance. Shown here are four different exercises, one for each stroke. Perform each exercise in a circuit for three sets of 15 reps, two to three times a week, and discontinue 10 days away from any major competitions. Become a stronger swimmer in each stroke, and see your IM times improve.  MEET THE TRAINER J.R. Rosania, B.S., exercise science, is one of the nation’s top performance enhancement coaches. He is the owner and CEO of Healthplex, LLC, and has finished the Ironman Triathlon 18 times. He also serves as Swimming World Magazine’s fitness trainer and was named one of “America’s Top Trainers” by Men’s Journal and Vogue magazines. Check out Rosania’s website at MEET THE ATHLETES Carl Mickelson swam for the University of Arizona. As a senior, he finished fourth in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke at the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships. Susie Paul has been a Masters swimmer for the past 11 years.

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“I’ve always been someone who takes a lot of pride in my craft. At the end of the day, I’m going to listen to my coaches, and leave no stone unturned.... You find what works for you. I don’t deviate from that. I have a set plan.”

—Ryan Murphy


was the summer of 1998 when a lifeguard spotted the two eldest Murphy kids playing in a neighborhood pool in Jacksonville, Fla. “You guys should join the country club swim team!” the lifeguard said. Mom—Katy Murphy—laughed. She and her husband, Pat, were not swimmers—Katy had always been active, but admittedly was not the athlete. Pat played football, basketball and baseball in high school, but was sidelined by an injury before having the chance at a collegiate field. The next summer, sister, Shannon, and brother, Patrick, joined the Queen’s Harbor Wahoos and fell in love with the sport of swimming. The youngest Murphy wasn’t old enough to compete yet— little Ryan was only 3, but he couldn’t wait to dive in and follow in his brother’s footsteps. “I’ve always looked up to Patrick,” Ryan said. “I remember watching my siblings do summer league when I was too young...I was so excited to eventually be on relays with my brother.” The following summer, 4-year-old Ryan took the plunge into competitive swimming...and yes, for Ryan, everything was always competitive. “Ryan showed athleticism from a very young age,” Katy said. “He was so constantly active that Pat and I thought, ‘He’s gotta be our last.’ He was just wild—so strong before he could even walk.” Three years after starting summer league, Ryan was swimming at an 8-and-under meet in Savannah, Ga. Ryan eyed the high-point trophy right away. The newly turned 7-year-old had incredible swims in the 50 free and 50 back. He easily got the Junior Olympic cuts for the 10-andunder age bracket. There was only one event left...and Ryan and his nemesis at the meet, an 8-year-old breaststroker, were tied for high point. “He wanted that trophy so bad,” Katy recalled. “That’s when his inner fire really came out. He didn’t say a word as he walked toward the blocks before the 100 free. He stepped up and dove in. He swam it like a sprint! We thought he was going to die. But that little guy finished, won and almost got the JO cut in the 100 free.”

Although the Ryan Murphy laser-focus was apparent at a young age, Mom and Dad Murphy are quick to point out the outstanding string of coaches who have worked with their “wild man” over the years. Andre Salles-Cunha was Ryan’s first year-round coach. His philosophy was to develop great technique and keep it fun. Ryan’s dad remembers Andre teaching Ryan how to do underwater dolphin kicks. Andre told Ryan he wanted him to keep practicing the movement, and when he was older, the kicks would be integrated into his races. Pat was impressed by the age group coach’s insight, and he attributes his son’s underwater prowess to Andre’s early encouragement.


In 2008, Ryan was in eighth grade, and his talent was gleaming brighter each year. Sergio Lopez-Miro was in his first year of coaching at The Bolles School. A 1988 Olympic medalist for Spain, Sergio showed foresight immediately with Ryan. While most coaches would be eager to work with such a talent, Sergio saw that Ryan needed a year with a different coach—someone who could transition him to a heavier workload without burning him out. “I wasn’t ready to be racing the best guys,” Ryan recalls. “Sergio knew it was better for me to be around guys closer to my speed. It allowed me to keep my competitive fire alive.” The following year, Ryan was thrown to the sharks in Sergio’s group. His mom recalls it being an adjustment, but it was precisely what the freshman phenom needed. “Even if I was having a really good day, I could get beaten,” Murphy said. “It was the first time I had to deal with losing. I had a lot of growth that year—Sergio talked a lot about long term...believing in how good I could be.” “Sergio was the coach who got Ryan to stop thinking like an age grouper,” Katy said. “NAGs (national age group records)—Ryan and Sergio were never about that (although Ryan broke 26 NAG records in his 18-and-under career). Sergio got him to think about how you make it to a higher level.”

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RYAN MURPHY — continued from 29 Katy said Sergio has a skill for identifying talent. And he saw more than a successful age group career in a 14-year-old Ryan Murphy.


2011 was the year the world—or at least the Americas—were introduced to Ryan Murphy. The backstroker grabbed a bronze medal in the 200 meter backstroke at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru. In October of 2011, Murphy collected another bronze in the 200 back at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was in the sub-2:00 range, but he had a ways to go before keeping pace with the likes of Ryan Lochte. At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Murphy was in the mix in both backstrokes. At the very least, he was expected to make the final heats, and he was a dark horse to make the Olympic team. “Sergio’s goal was to try to make me believe that I could make the team,” Ryan said. “I learned to deal with that pressure. If I hadn’t put so much pressure on myself, I wouldn’t have learned those lessons. But I didn’t think it was realistic (making the team)—I knew someone else would have to screw up for me to qualify.” So when Murphy finished sixth in the 100 back (53.92) and fourth in the 200 back (1:57.39), he wasn’t wallowing in self-pity. He was 17...and proud to be in world-class company. The following summer brought about the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The year following the Olympics is often considered an “off year”—a time when rookies may have a better chance of making a team. At World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Murphy saw the number no swimmer wants to see at a swimming trials meet. A “3” popped up beside his time after both the 100 and 200 backstroke. The dreaded third-place finish had struck twice. But the high school grad had an exciting year ahead. He had committed to join the illustrious Cal-Berkeley swimming program and was eager to learn. Two third places may have made him more of a student of the sport than ever before. “That motivated me a ton coming into college,” Ryan recalled. “I started absorbing information from (Coaches) Dave (Durden) and Yuri (Suguiyama) immediately. One thing my parents have done a really good job of is pushing me to look forward to the next thing: ‘What can I take from that to improve next summer?’”


In 2015, Murphy climbed the ranks and qualified for the World Championships team in the 200 back. The meet proved to be a rollercoaster ride for the 20-year-old. He took fifth in his individual event, then shocked the world by leading off the 4x100 mixed medley relay with a time that would have won the 100 back (52.18). Mama Murphy looks back at that meet and remembers Ryan admitting that he “felt like a deer in the headlights.” She recalled an interview in which Swimming World’s Jeff Commings asked Ryan if his other international meets had prepared him for this. Ryan responded, “No, those were baby meets compared to this.” Katy said Ryan surprised and overwhelmed himself with his blistering lead-off split. “People were saying, ‘You could get the world record,’ and he didn’t feel like he deserved that,” Katy recalled. Murphy added nearly a second to his split in the relay final. Ryan had proven to everyone that he was the best in the world with his preliminary split. Now he had a year to prove to himself that his 52.18 could be repeated. to download bonus photo coverage: “Ryan Murphy through the Years.”





Murphy spent the next year mapping out every second of his Olympic racing routine. “I’ve always been someone who takes a lot of pride in my craft,” Murphy said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to listen to my coaches, and leave no stone unturned. I constantly bounce ideas off of Dave and Yuri.” Murphy describes his two coaches as “super-intense.” He credits Durden as someone with self-restraint—“He knows when to press and when to pull back.” Yuri, on the other hand “wants to grind every day.” But the caffeinated coaches bring energy and humor to the pool at 5:45 a.m., which the Cal Bears feed off of. Murphy recalled a conversation while Durden was recruiting him. He asked his future coach how his day was. Dave sighed, “Well, I’m tired. We had a really hard workout.” Murphy laughed at a coach drained from a workout, but soon thereafter, he understood Durden’s fatigue. “He and Yuri run up and down the pool deck during practice,” Murphy said. “They’re so excited to be there.” An electrical engineer in his former life, Durden is the king of strategic planning. His analytical ways have bled into his athletes. “You find what works for you,” Murphy said. “I don’t deviate from that. I have a set plan.” Murphy has the same exact stretching routine, arrives at the pool with a set amount of time before his races, and does the same general warm-up. He even listens to the same types of songs before his races. “I think it’s easier to deal with big-pressure moments when you’re doing the things you’ve always done,” Murphy said. “Dave and Yuri have pushed me to that, so being in a big moment can be mindless. I nailed down my 2016 year’s plan in January, and worked that at every meet.”


It was Aug. 8, 2016—the morning of the 100 back Olympic final. Murphy was seeded first, with a glowing chance of keeping the USA’s gold-medal streak in the event alive. He had his day mapped out to a ‘T.’ Then a drug tester came a-knocking. “That threw off my whole schedule,” Murphy said. “Then I got lost with the drug tester—I was pretty close to boiling over...just really mad at the situation.” But somehow, Murphy, the pragmatist, kept his cool. “I have my preferences, but my preferences aren’t what’s going


to make me go fast,” Murphy decided. “I didn’t necessarily need to stick to my plan as closely as possible.” The Olympics come with a whole new set of distractions and a plethora of unpredictables. For instance, the bus schedule was never precise. Because of this, Murphy always played it safe and hopped on an earlier bus. Some nights, Murphy heard the wind howling past his dorm room on the 20th floor of USA’s building in the Olympic Village. He had to learn to sleep through the noise. As Murphy put it, “I was well prepared to deal with crappy situations.” The Olympic final was nerve-racking, but if you watched Murphy on TV, you’d have thought the rookie had been there before. He swam the race beautifully and touched in 51.97—an Olympic record, just shy of Aaron Peirsol’s world record (51.94). Murphy went on to win the 200 back (1:53.62). But the following day, the double Olympic champion wasn’t riding high. In fact, he felt horrible in the water. He’d been through the backstroke wringer, but still had medley relay duty on the final day of the Rio Olympics. He suited up and swam a 50 back at 100 back opening speed under Coach Durden’s watch. But Murphy felt so low in the water, he didn’t want to get mentally shaken. He told Durden to lose the stopwatch.


Ryan Murphy’s Olympic gold medal performance started with a win in the 100 back on Day 3, followed by a victory in the 200 back on Day 6 (below and previous page) and a world record leadoff split on the winning 4x100 medley relay on Day 8 (above, from left: Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian).

“But Dave, of course, got my time,” Murphy said. He didn’t reveal his time until a month after the Games. He swam that 50 back in 26.5 seconds— a shockingly slow time for a guy who would go on to set the world record in his 100 back lead-off the following day. His opening split in the relay leadoff? A 25.13. “That just showed me what a difference 24 hours can make,” Murphy said. His body was not ready or capable of a world record on Aug. 12, but on Aug. 13, he was physiologically a different person.


As Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian approached the block for Team USA’s final event, the energy in the natatorium was electric. By Day 8 of the competition, Murphy no longer felt like a newbie. And if you’re swimming on a relay with Phelps, you’ve got to know you’ve “made it” in the swimming world. Murphy jumped in to kick off the relay with a new element of confidence. “The biggest thing for me was being very comfortable in a final,” Murphy said. “For the relay final, the hardest thing was coming off the 200 back and getting into race mindset when tired.” The backstroker clocked a 51.85...a new world record...and he couldn’t bask in the glory of it immediately after—three more legs had to be swum! But his teammates celebrated their integral backstroker. “Michael knew right away,” Murphy recalled. “Then Cody turned to me after Nathan finished and said, ‘Dude, what did you go on that?’ I told him, and he said, ‘That’s the world record, right?!’” When Phelps emerged after his fly leg, he congratulated the rookie and to top off the humble celebration, Murphy’s fellow Cal Bear, Nathan, turned to him and gave him a massive, big-man embrace. Some might have wished for a moment of individual glory after setting a world record, but laying out the world’s finest 100 backstroke in a relay was more Murphy’s style. He’s never been one to showboat, and he’s always been one to garner energy from his team. Murphy is stoic. His mom says he internalizes so much that she sometimes worries. But he confessed to tearing up after the men’s historic victory in the 4x100 medley relay in Rio. His dream of a world record and a gold medal swim with the G.O.A.T. (Phelps), fellow rookie Miller and long-time mentor and teammate Adrian came to fruition. He never celebrated heartily after making the Olympic team because the driven 21-year-old knew his mission had only just begun. Making the team was merely a steppingstone to the Olympic-sized dreams he’d planned with Sergio years prior. “This was the first time I went 100 percent in on swimming... doing everything I could right,” he said. “I think that’s unique. A lot of times, you protect yourself from being 100 percent committed to something, so you can have a fallback. Last year, we had no fallbacks—it culminated into a great to read Ryan Murphy’s thoughts on the summer.”  upcoming men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.








he key to using any form of resistance training tool is “consistency,” says University of Wisconsin coach Whitney Hite. His Big Ten compatriot at Ohio State, Bill Wadley, couldn’t agree more: “The neat thing about these tools is that they all have their place, but you’ve got to be careful about not doing so many and not enough of one thing regularly to get the real benefit. Picking a handful every year can be valuable, but you have to do enough to experience the value.” The choices for resistance tools are innumerable. After Power Towers, which seem to have a universal following, the list is endless: DragSox, parachutes, D-bands, weight belts, shoes, fist gloves, ad infinitum. DRAGSOX DragSox disturb the laminar flow of water behind the swimmer. This causes turbulence and creates an area of low pressure that essentially sucks the swimmer backward without altering body position or technique. To overcome the suction, the swimmer has to exert more energy. “Once you get to a certain point as an athlete, just kicking freestyle harder doesn’t get you to be a better kicker,” says Texas coach Eddie Reese. “You’ve got to find a way to make resistance. And the DragSox definitely do that,” says Reese, who decided to utilize DragSox in training this year after rejecting kicking with shoes as too strenuous on knees and joints. “You are less efficient with DragSox. They break up the propelling surface, reduce propulsion and create resistance in the up-anddown factor, so you must kick faster. That requires adjustment in the nervous, muscular and cardiovascular systems. My real good freestyle kickers—if they are not kicking with Sox—they are wasting their time,” says Reese. “I love the DragSox and the resistance,” says Hite. “You can play with people’s power. Take them off, and swimmers can feel the difference in their kick tempo. We put them on hands. I like to be creative with them,” he says. PARACHUTES Parachutes have been hailed as the face of resistance training. Occasional entangled cords aside, parachutes are tough to beat for daily utility and ease of use. Hite has gone even further and put basketballs on cords behind his athletes and watched other coaches attach sponges. “Parachutes are a big overload and really, really good,” says



This is the third and final article of a multi-part series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.


Reese. “We do them mostly at the beginning of the year and back off second semester as we ready for the Big 12 and NCAA Championships.” “We like parachutes because they can improve your strength and force you to focus on a firm, strong catch,” says Wadley. “You really have to work on your body position up front so you press and get your body position right.” D-BANDS Jon Howell’s Emory women have won the last seven NCAA Division III titles. He is fond of D-bands as a complement to pulling. “They give you a lot of things,” he says. “I like them for catch drilling because you have to hold the body line, which can be difficult for frequent breathers and people with wide or crossover strokes. Swimmers need to figure out how to keep their feet up and constantly engage their core. My best swimmers have no problem with D-bands. The weakest really struggle with them, but they learn something through the struggle,” says Howell. How about D-bands and parachutes? That was a suggestion from Longhorn All-American Clark Smith, “who can pull a D-band like nobody you’ve ever seen,” says Reese. “He started doing it about 1:10 on a hundred; now he repeats 100s, 200s, 300s and 400s on a minute base. There are probably only four or five guys in the country who should be doing D-bands and parachutes. It’s that demanding. We’ll be adding some of that in between NCAAs and World Championship Trials.” WEIGHT BELTS Weight belts are common equipment in the college arsenal. “We use weight belts around our waists probably two to three times a week,” says Wadley, “especially for breakouts, sprint work and 12-and-a-halves.” Wadley has also had great success with fist gloves, which he credits as a key to the Buckeyes’ 2010 Big Ten title. PULLEY SYSTEM Olympic coach, ISHOF inductee, out-of-the-box thinker and inveterate tinkerer Randy Reese is currently director of aquatics with the Clearwater Aquatic Team. He has had considerable success with a pulley system that mimics Power Towers. “We also do vertical kicking holding weights out of the water, where swimmers move off the wall and kick maybe 15, 20 seconds and put a weighted ball back in the gutters and swim 50 and 100 yards, and then repeat for rounds of 10 on an interval,” he says.

(From left) Eddie and Randy Reese [PHOTO BY PETER H. BICK]

“Once you get to a certain point as an athlete, just kicking freestyle harder doesn’t get you to be a better kicker. You’ve got to find a way to make resistance. And the DragSox definitely do that.”

—Eddie Reese, University of Texas

WEIGHTED FINS “We do a lot of kicking with weighted fins, which adds to strength. Putting a weight at the end of your leg (attached to a fin with duct tape)—even if it is only a three-pounder—magnifies the weight. If anything, a weighted fin forces you to kick more, so it actually helps you take pressure off of your shoulders,” adds Reese. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? Says Hite: “Regardless of the resistance tools—especially with men—you’ve got to be careful as you start to taper. If you are thinking about doing four of something, you better do half. If you typically go 8 by 50 (four kick, four swim) on a Power Tower, as soon as you start to rest, do four total. Then, as you get to three weeks out, do two, one of each, because it really tears you down. You are looking for the beneficial strength, not the kind of strength that will change your stroke,” he says.

“We kick with weighted fins, which adds to strength. If anything, a weighted fin forces you to kick more, so it actually helps you take pressure off of your shoulders.”

—Randy Reese, Clearwater Aquatic Team

ing more and more toward traditional swimming. If you want to be successful long course, you need to know how to swim. Look at Texas (where he was a former swimmer). Now and then, they do some resistance, but they are pretty committed to swimming. I’ve gone back and forth because we’ve had people lift four times a week, and everyone wants to get stronger...but if you want to get better at swimming, you’ve got to do some swimming,” he says. 

Michael J. Stott is an ASCA Level 5 coach whose Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) teams have won nine state high school championships. He has been named a 2017 recipient of NISCA’s Outstanding Service Award.

ANOTHER DIRECTION A complement to resisted training is assisted training/swimming—the kind that is done on return trips from a pulley system or being sleigh-ridden on a cord by a coach. Hite and Eddie Reese do some of both. “Honestly, it is good training-wise. It looks easy, but when you are swimming or moving faster than you move in a race, it is very demanding physiologically. When we train with our pulley system, it is overload swimming out and overspeed coming back. I like that in a workout where you can do repeats,” says Reese. In January, the Longhorns were doing 16 and 20 x 50 on their pulley system. Such a quantity introduces physiological change, which is a plus, says Reese: “I‘ve got some guys who like to be pulled through the water before races, and I really don’t like it. I try to talk them out of it. It is nowhere like where the real race is going to be. I don’t want to do it at all.” In 19 seasons as an NCAA Division I coach at Georgia, Cal, Washington, Arizona and now Wisconsin, Hite has been exposed to myriad forms of resistance training. “I think all this stuff is valuable,” but then he adds, “I am goMarch 2017 / SWIMMINGWORLDMAGAZINE.COM




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FUSION SWIM CAMPS 1700 Post Rd. D-5, Fairfield, CT 06824 800-944-7112 Producing clinics and camps that exceed the goals of our local hosts is very important to us. Fitter and Faster Swim Tour selects where we produce clinics based on the shared objectives and relationships we establish with teams, LSCs and leagues. We invest in every event that we produce and do our best to keep the financial investment on the part of the event host to a minimum. Depending on the schedule of the athletes we work with, we are capable of producing more than 10 clinics or camps anywhere in the United States on any weekend during the year. FAST-PACED. EXPLOSIVE. THRILLING. Fusion Camps offer young swimmers a terrific opportunity to improve their technical and competitive skills, make friends and have fun! Campers will improve individual stroke times, learn start and turn techniques, strength train and participate in timed trials daily. The Fusion swim staff is comprised of talented and energetic NCAA coaches & swimmers dedicated to the individual development of each camper. The Fusion Swim Camps are designed to give young athletes the opportunity to work hard and improve in a fun, positive atmosphere!

NEW THIS SUMMER: 1-Day, Start & Turn Clinics working on the back & freestyle stroke starts, underwater kicking, flip & open turns. Film, dry & technique training included. Boys and Girls ages 8-18. June 18-22 Gregg Parini Swim Academy @ Denison University (OH) June 18-21 Brian Schrader Swim Camp @ Denver University (CO)

GATOR SWIM CAMP Leah Stancil, Camp Director P.O. Box 14485, Gainesville, FL 32611 352-692-6165 The University of Florida Gator Swim Camp is a developmental camp designed to teach swimmers proper technique and provide quality training to swimmers of ALL abilities between 8 and 18 years old. The camp emphasizes technical skills, training habits and mental preparation as well as the importance of health and fitness in a structured, fun and enthusiastic Gator environment. Each camper will receive specific, hands-on instruction for each of the four strokes, starts and turns by UF coaches and champion swimmers! At the end of the week, campers will be emailed a link to view a video of their strokes. Activities will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Florida, the home of the 2010 Women’s Swimming & Diving national champions and the reigning men’s SEC champions! The Session Camp is designed to review the drills, starts and turns of all four strokes. Session Camp is available to swimmers of all abilities between 8 and 18 years old. The Elite Camp is designed for the experienced and highly motivated athlete and is available to swimmers of all abilities between 13-18 years old. Campers must be prepared for intense practices. The camp will consist of at least nine water workouts per week along with dryland practices. Session Swim Camp: June 12-15 Session I June 19-22 Session II Elite Swim Camp: June 11-23

HARTWICK COLLEGE COMPETITIVE SWIMMING AND DIVING CAMPS Dale Rothenberger, Director and Camp Coach Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820 607-431-4714 • Fax: 607-431-4018

CELEBRATING ITS 38th YEAR An extensive program for ages 8-18 (coeducational...resident and commuter campers) emphasizing improvement in the fundamental skills of competitive swimmers and divers. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will balance time spending with water and dryland training. Above and underwater filming and analysis. Lectures on nutrition, mental preparation, strength training, etc. Sprint/distance camp emphasizes conditioning and proper training of the major energy systems. Diving camp concentrates on technical improvement on 1- and 3-meter springboard diving. Stroke camp enables competitive swimmers to develop skills and techniques in starts, turns, IM and competitive strokes. Special two- and three-week sessions are available. Director Dale Rothenberger, Hartwick swimming and diving coach, will be joined by a staff of highly experienced coaches, counselors and guest clinicians (1:6 staff/camper ratio). Enrollment limit guarantees individual attention and frequent feedback. Residential Camp: $625 per week. Commuter Camp: $515 per week. (Multipleweek discounts available.) July 9-15 Stroke Technique Camp July 16-22 Stroke Technique/Sprint/ Distance Camps July 23-29 Stroke Technique Camp July 30-August 4 Springboard Diving Camp

LONGHORNS SWIM CAMP Jon Alter, Director The University of Texas P.O. Box 7399, Austin, TX 78713-7399 512-475-8652 • Fax: 512-232-1273 40 years of excellence! Headed by 2012 Olympic and Texas head men’s coach Eddie Reese, 2014 Short Course World Championships and women’s head coach Carol Capitani, and assistant coaches Roric Fink and Wyatt Collins, the Longhorns Swim Camp is the most exciting camp in the country! Guest coaches and speakers include Olympians Ian Crocker, Josh Davis, Colleen Lanne´-Cox, Garrett Weber-Gale, Ricky Berens and Whitney Hedgepeth. Open to male and female competitive swimmers, ages 8 to 18. Camp is held at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus, home to 21 NCAA team champions. Facility includes a 50-meter by 25-yard pool and 25-yard by 25-meter pool. Four training groups based on age and ability, with a 1:7 coach/swimmer ratio in technique sessions. Daily training includes challenging longcourse sessions Monday-Friday mornings; technique sessions Monday-Thursday afternoons and evenings, with start/turn work included. Classroom sessions on technique

and race strategies held. Underwater video of each camper analyzed by a coach. Daily social activities and field trips offered. Multiple-week stays include planned weekend activities with supervision. Experienced, mature, adult staff provides 24-hour supervision. Cost: Overnight Camp $1,035; Day Camp $935. Complete camp information and online registration available at Per NCAA rules, sport camps and clinics conducted by The University of Texas are open to all entrants. Enrollment is limited only by age, grade level, gender and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp. NCAA guidelines prohibit payment of camp expenses by a representative of The University of Texas’ athletics interest. NCAA rules also prohibit free or reduced camp admission for prospects (9th grade and above). See display ad on page 41. June 11-15, June 18-22, July 30-August 3, August 6-10

MERCERSBURG SWIM CLINICS Glenn Neufeld, Head Coach Mercersburg Academy 300 East Seminary Street Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6225 Mercersburg Swim Clinics are dedicated to improving your technique and helping you develop as a swimmer both inside and outside of the pool. Mercersburg Academy’s storied aquatics program has produced over 30 Olympians and brings a tradition of excellence to their summer program. The primary aim of Mercersburg Swim Clinics is to provide an experience that teaches swimmers the most innovative techniques available, while having fun. The philosophy is simple. Swimmers do not just compile distance, but also work on improvements in starting, turning and stroke techniques. Mercersburg Swim Clinics participants stay in Mercersburg Academy’s state-of-the-art residence halls that are recently renovated, air-conditioned with carpeted hallways, and have bathrooms on every hall with individual shower stalls. The swimmer-to-staff ratio is around 5 to 1. Mercersburg Academy’s elite coaching staff and other successful coaches from colleges and club teams will instruct swimmers throughout the week. Counselors are generally current and former college swimmers or Mercersburg Academy graduates with swimming experience. Cost of camp: overnight camper—$675; commuter camper—$485. Mention this listing and use the promo code “SWIMMINGWORLD10” to receive a 10% discount! Team discounts are also available.

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MICHIGAN SWIM CAMP Jim Richardson, Camp Manager 8160 Valley View Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-845-8596 • Fax: 734-484-1222 or Four sessions open to any and all entrants, limited to 195 campers per session in Canham Natatorium at the University of Michigan. A staff of 50 and three instructional sessions per day ensure the individual attention necessary for significant improvement. Coaches Mike Bottom, Dr. Josh White, Rick Bishop, Sam Wensman, Kristy Brager, Kurt Kirner and Roger Karns are directly involved in coaching and teaching campers. All campers HD-filmed and receive a written stroke analysis. Optional custom 4-view underwater video available for a fee. Choose the Intensive Training Tract or the Technique Development Tract. World-class staff provides leadership and mentoring that encourage each swimmer to strive for excellence in and out of the pool. Cost: $795/week includes instruction, swim cap, T-shirt, color photo, instructional printed materials, “goody bag” plus room and board; $640/week day camper fee includes all of the above (less room and board) and betweensession supervision. See display ad on page 42. June 11-15 Week 1 June 18-22 Week 2 July 30-Aug. 3 Week 3 Aug. 6-10 Week 4

NAVY SWIMMING CAMPS Bill Roberts, Camp Director Navy Swimming Camps 2017 566 Brownson RD, Annapolis, MD 21402 410-293-5834, 410-293-3012 Fax: 410-293-3811 Facebook search: Navy Swimming Camp Now going into our 20th season, expect direct results by being part of the 2017 Navy Swimming Camp this summer! Our principal goal is to provide you the very best in individual instruction, evaluation, camper experience and safety/supervision. The purpose of our camp is to offer you a unique environment to learn and develop your competitive strokes, including all 38


related starts, turns and finishes. Navy Swimming Camp is a stroke-intensive camp. Swimming campers will receive individual attention. Additional training sessions are offered to all needing to maintain conditioning while at camp. Video analysis, dryland activities designed to improve individual fitness levels, performance, training, goal-setting, leadership presentations and the Severn River boat cruise are all part of the schedule for 2017. Campers will learn, train and reside in an amazing and unique environment on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. Additionally, teamwork and leadership are important points of emphasis for every camper. The Navy camp is led by an experienced camp staff while providing the very best in 24-hour supervision. See for greater detail, including brochure, application, daily schedule and frequently asked questions. Cost for each camp: $640/commuter camper (ages 8-18), $690/extended day camper (ages 8-18), $740/resident camper (ages 9-18). All campers receive a NAVY swimming shirt & an exclusive NAVY backstroke flag. Go Navy! June 13-17 Session I June 19-23 Session II June 17 & 18 Clinics (see website for 2017 clinic offerings)

NBAC SWIM CAMP John Cadigan, Coach 5700 Cottonwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209 410-433-8300 • Fax: 410-433-0953 NBAC is proud to announce its 11th year of Competitive Swim Camp. In the last 11 years, NBAC has hosted swimmers from 38 states and Puerto Rico and 17 foreign countries. Celebrating its 50th competitive season, NBAC is one of the most highly regarded swim programs in the country. NBAC is the only team in the country to be awarded GOLD MEDAL status every year since the recognition began in 2002. Producing national- and international-level athletes for almost half a century, NBAC’s record of 58 Olympic and Paralympic medals, 48 world records and 3 Olympic coaches is remarkable, considering our team size of just under 200 swimmers. We invite year-round competitive swimmers, ages 9-15, to join NBAC for a week and learn the “NBAC Way.” Day Camp $785, Overnight $950. Three weeks of camp will be offered this year. Sign up ONLINE at www. June 19-23 Week 1 June 26-June 30 Week 2 July 10-14 Week 3

OHIO STATE SWIMMING CAMPS Bill Wadley, Camp Director McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion 1847 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-1542 • Fax: 614-688-5736 Train and learn from Ohio State coaches Bill Wadley and Bill Dorenkott as they lead the Ohio State camps with the assistance of Mike Hulme and Jordan Wolfrum. The Ohio State staff will conduct the camp in a healthy, wholesome environment providing a positive experience for all campers. The camp is designed to focus on the technical aspects of starts, turns and stroke technique in a fun and enjoyable environment that will prove beneficial for each camper. It is our plan to share the most up-to-date drills in a manner that is memorable for the athlete. Many of our campers have gone on to win state titles and even become national record holders and USA Olympians. Coaches Dorenkott and Wadley have both served on numerous USA national team staffs, and each of them have produced Olympians and national record holders. The camp will take place in America’s finest aquatic center, which has hosted the NCAAs, Big Ten Championships, USA Nationals and Junior Nationals. June 5-8 Commuter Camp June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29 Commuter, Overnight, Stroke Technique, Intensive Training Camps

STR SPEEDWEEK SWIM CAMPS THE SCIENCE TO IMPROVE YOUR STROKE At STR SpeedWeeks, swimmers undergo intensive technique instruction and analysis with Dr. Rod Havriluk, world-renowned biomechanist and swimming technique expert. Dr. Havriluk has been improving swimmers’ technique for more than 30 years and is internationally recognized for his approach to accelerating skill-learning and preventing shoulder injury. He recently presented at FINA, IOC, USAS, USMS, ASCA and ISCA conferences. Swimmers receive individual feedback to improve technique and learn practice strategies so they can continue to improve when they return to their normal training routine. The patented Aquanex analysis captures force data and underwater video to provide visual and quantitative technique data. This sciencebacked analysis is unlike anything else in the world of swimming, giving swimmers the tools to fine-tune their technique and make drastic time drops. Each SpeedWeek is limited to 12 swimmers. Check our schedule for a camp near you: id=3010&preview=true

TOTAL PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMPS AT KENYON COLLEGE & CALVIN COLLEGE 740-398-4464 “WHERE SWIMMERS LEARN TO TRAIN AND THINK LIKE CHAMPIONS!” Total Performance is one of the nation’s premier swim camp programs at Kenyon College and Calvin College. Headed by 2015 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year and head coach at Kenyon College Jessen Book; 2016 NESCAC Coach of the Year and head coach at Middlebury College Bob Rueppel; and 13time MIAA Conference team champion and head coach at Calvin College Dan Gelderloos; along with other collegiate head and assistant coaches and current collegiate swimmers. Competitive Stroke Camps at both Kenyon College and Calvin College feature our nationally ranked collegiate coaches, takehome videotaping and analysis with coach’s feedback, guest speakers on topics of sports psychology and motivation, two workouts per day focusing on training and technique, and drylands designed for improving swimming. Open to competitive swimmers, ages 1018. Our Total Performance Elite Camps offer intensive, specialized programs designed for elite-level swimmers, ages 13-18. These camps feature nationally and internationally ranked headliners such as 2016 Olympic coach and University of Michigan head coach Mike Bottom; the University of Florida sprint coach Steve Jungbluth; NCAA Coach of the Year Jessen Book; former Olympian and world record holder Kristy Kowal; and former Olympian and Kenyon assistant coach Doug Lennox. Elite camps are highly challenging, competitive programs that provide elite swimmers with cutting-edge training and techniques in each specialty, data-driven classroom sessions and swimming-specific drylands. All camps at both Kenyon College and Calvin College feature beautiful facilities that have been rated in the Top 20 by the Princeton Review. All of our camps provide 24-hour supervision by our staff of college swimmers and coaches, providing greater opportunities for mentorship during the week. For 37 years, our camps have inspired more than 10,000 competitive swimmers from 47 states and 11 countries to achieve their own “Total Performance.” Cost: Competitive Stroke Camps (overnight) $610; Competitive Stroke Camp (day) $500; Elite Camps (overnight) $675; Elite Camps (day) $575. Space is limited. Call 740-3984464 or visit Competitive Stroke Camp at Kenyon June 4-8 Session 1 June 11-15 Session 2 June 18-22 Session 3

Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin June 11-15 Elite Distance Camp at Kenyon June 10-14 Elite Breaststroke Camp at Kenyon June 18-22 Elite Fly/Back Underwater Camp at Kenyon June 25-29

UTAH SWIM CAMPS Michele Lowry, Camp Director University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 801-349-7197 Marius Aleksa, Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving University of Utah 801-209-5115 (Cell) University of Utah Swim Camps offer the unique experience of high-performance coaching combined with individualized, personal attention. Our pride is in our technique-focused approach that equips the swimmers with skills that they can bring back to their usual training. Each day includes two water sessions focusing on all strokes, turns and starts, with instant video analysis and one-on-one coaching. In addition, camp offers educational sessions, including dryland workouts, stretching routines, nutrition advice and goal setting. Campers will also learn more about the psychology of training, mental aspect of the sport and dynamic team-building strategies. Don’t miss this high-performance, low-cost opportunity! GO UTES! For a recruiting questionnaire: https:// aspx?iid=353&sportid=52 June 12-16 Overnight* June 19-23 Overnight* * Includes day and extended camp option July 6-8 Day Camp July 10-11 Start and Turn Camp

VILLANOVA SWIM CAMP Rick Simpson, Head Coach Villanova University 610-519-7212 Villanova Swimming prides itself on its long history of excellence in the distance events. Villanova athletes have experienced great success in the distance events, including

several back-to-back conference champions, record holders, NCAA qualifiers and Olympians from several nations. Now you can spend a week in the Villanova “D-Group”! Two in-pool training sessions daily. Each session will be directed by Coach Simpson personally • Dryland program • Lunch break provided in the Villanova Dining Hall • Guest lectures and technical meetings covering race strategies and pacing, nutrition, health management in a high-volume program, stroke technique, etc. • Overnight and day camp available. The Four-Stroke Technique Camps: Each week, the Villanova coaching staff will focus on all aspects of competitive swimming. The camper will be exposed to a variety of topics such as stroke technique, training methods, strength training, nutrition and sports psychology. The Four-Stroke camps are day camps only. See display ad on page 42. June 26-June 30 Distance Training Camp Overnight and Day Camps July 10-July 14 Four-Stroke Camp Day camp only

THE WIL-POWER SWIM PROGRAM Alissa Martin, Camp Director 10575 N. Skylark Terr., Citrus Springs, FL 34434 904-718-9555 • Fax: 352-897-3206 Facebook Search: The Wil-Power Foundation The Wil-Power Swim Program is a unique swim camp experience designed for swimmers in their last two years of high school who are planning to swim at the collegiate level. This camp includes: • Coaching staff from UF, UNF, the head coach of the Ocala Marlins, University of Tampa; and the Division II Men’s Coach of the Year, Mike Blum. • Planned daily activities, including development of individualized nutrition plans for college life, financial planning education, stress management training and safety on campus talks, including how to never leave your teammate behind. This camp remains low cost due to charitable donations to the Wil-Power Foundation, which supports the operations of this camp. $850/camper will include all room, board, food and FUN for the duration of the camp; and excludes only travel costs related to getting to the camp. The camp will run from June 25 through July 1. Please visit www.wilpowerfoundation. org for more details on the foundation as well as the Wil-Power Swim Program. 

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Thanks to coach Bill Wadley’s leadership, with one exception, the Ohio State men have finished in the top 15 at NCAAs every year since 2009. Q. SWIMMING WORLD: Any mentors/influential people besides Don Gambril? A. COACH BILL WADLEY: There have been many. My high school coach, Dennis Carlson, at Auburn High School in Rockford, Ill. was an early influence. In my early years, there was Doc Counsilman and, subsequently, Eddie Reese. I have also had great coaching friends in Dennis Dale, Bob Groseth, Jon Urbanchek, John Klinge, Gregg Troy, Skip Kenney, Dan Ross, Bill Dorenkott, Mark Bernardino and many others. Leadership author/speaker John Maxwell met with our team in the 2009-10 season, and his books continue to be a great resource for us. SW: What does it take to keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for a Big Ten Conference title? BW: To regularly win championships, we must recruit talented, driven, intelligent young people who are TEAM-oriented and who understand the importance of teamwork and selfless behavior. We must help them rise to the next level in every way— i.e., technique, training and confidence—so they can be at their best when required. SW: What are you doing differently now from five to 10 years ago? BW: Almost everything—because the target is continuously moving and requiring us to look for new and better ways to improve. We do more speed, pace and technique work and continuously look to incorporate new stroke refinements. We also do more power and resistive training. SW: How does a coach “develop” a 45-second sprinter into a 42-second NCAA contender? BW: By incorporating all of the above. A big part of coaching is to find that special stroke for each swimmer, and then building that stroke through training. It is imperative to stay in touch with that stroke regularly so swimmers don’t allow tired training to negatively impact the special stroke we have worked to develop. SW: What’s a normal weight room/dryland schedule for your athletes?

BW: We do two weight sessions per week after the p.m. practice and two drylands after the afternoon practice, alternating days. SW: You say, “You can’t win the race if you are not in the race from the beginning.” How do you ingrain that possibility in your swimmers? BW: The swimmer has to be in the race from the beginning. That means working on that pace in practice with great habits that will build confidence as well as develop the neuromuscular and heart rate conditioning to handle that challenge. SW: By the same token, how do you ready athletes for their “championship moment”? BW: Each day, we have an opportunity to have a “championship moment” when the athletes must decide to push themselves a bit further or allow the moment to pass. That championship moment comes along on most sets. It is our goal to help swimmers succeed in that moment and to help build confidence so that they will be ready when the opportunity presents itself. SW: Why do you carry such a huge roster (54 men)? BW: Because we have the biggest indoor pool in America...and I feel a responsibility to help young men grow and develop through sport. Also, in the early ’90s, we lost the men’s programs at Ohio University, Bowling Green and Toledo. A large roster allows athletes the chance to grow and develop without feeling the responsibility to be a major contributor as a first-year student. Invariably, we will have someone become that special swimmer even if they were previously unknown. SW: Your athletes are outstanding students. How do you help them balance their practice schedule and their academic loads? BW: We have academic goals that are also very challenging, and our team has a history of producing engineers, doctors, dentists, attorneys and earning almost every conceivable degree. Weekly academic meetings help us stay directed. In the past

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Coach Bill Wadley Head Coach Men’s Swimming Ohio State University | Columbus, Ohio

• Austin Peay State University, B.S., education, ’79 • Michigan State University, men’s coach, 1987-89; women’s coach, 1988-89 • 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year • Coached Joliet Jets YMCA for two years; finished second at Y-Nats in 1984 (team broke nine national records) • World University Games coach, 1993, 1998, 2009 • Mentored 12 Olympians, placing swimmers in every Olympics from 1988-2008 • Coached 16 national and 11 Big Ten record holders plus 30 world-ranked swimmers • Ohio State dual meet record stands at 249-41 Bill Wadley’s four-decade resumé is characterized by winning and service to athletes, sport and community. He has leveraged his 28-year tenure at Ohio State into campus, local, national and international positions of leadership, including service as past president of the CSCAA and ASCA as well as a member of the U.S. Swimming International Relations Committee and technical director for FISU for the World University Games.






As a senior at West Bend East High School (Wis.), Matt McHugh was a state champion in the 100 yard butterfly (48.71) and second in the 100 back (48.95). For four years in Columbus, he has continued his winning ways. In a stellar junior season, he earned 24 first-place finishes and won Big Ten Conference titles in both the 100 fly (45.46) and 100 back (45.07). At the 2016 NCAAs, he finished sixth in the 100 fly (45.64), eighth in the 100 back (46.70) and 11th in leading off both the 200 free (19.82) and 400 medley (45.63 backstroke) relays. “Matt has a very calm demeanor and a great ability to focus well when challenged. He is very laid-back, coachable and a quick learner who is always sincere about his efforts. The great effort he gives daily to the most important parts of training comes from a hate-to-lose mentality,” says Coach Bill Wadley. “Matt is tough and a champion mentally with an underwater kick that is as good as they come. He has worked on it every day since his arrival at Ohio State, going 15 meters underwater on most 25s. He has the ability to stay underwater for 15 meters off every wall for a 2,500-3,000 kick set on very challenging intervals, and he holds very fast times when meeting these challenges. “His secret seems to be that he has an easygoing personality. He doesn't take himself overly seriously, which seems to help him keep it light and fun daily.”






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Q&A— continued from 43 10 years or so, we have had as many or more Academic All-Big Ten team members than most schools. We also had the NCAA first and second Elite 89 award winners and several Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winners—the highest male student-athlete award on campus. SW: How do you go about creating energy for home meets? BW: We actively promote opportunities for club or high school teams to attend our meets and then have our team leaders/coaches do a leadership discussion with those teams after the meet. We usually have one or two teams attend our meets all the time. SW: How important is it for coaches to endow their programs? BW: Endowing a program will eventually be the ONE thing that saves any program whose athletic department is going through some tough financial stretches. We need to protect our history and program for the next generation TODAY, so always working on development is, indeed, a part of every coach’s job. That we have endowed 19 scholarships shows the level of interest that our alumni have in protecting the program.

SW: You do many more clinics than most coaches. Why? BW: Because it allows me to grow, experience and develop into a better coach as well as learn from others. SW: You have become very involved in programs to help others. BW: I currently help with an assistant-coachmentoring program at Ohio State as well as with the Wolstein Leadership Academy program for the leaders of each team. I am a regular speaker for several courses at Ohio State in the college of business plus arts and sciences on the topics of culture shaping and leadership. Whenever we challenge ourselves to help others, we must put our best foot forward to prepare and learn at a higher level. I am always learning even when leading and teaching. We are in service to our community, and for me, that means being involved with our students, assistants, staff and other coaches in the area and state, nationally and internationally. SW: What was the motivation for Swim for Life Ohio? BW: I started a swim school because I wanted to do more for children in our communi-

ty. I have spent my entire life giving mostly to those of university age, and I felt it was time I helped others. The Swim for Life Ohio is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides free swimming lessons for the underserved children. I wanted to make sure that all children can learn to swim, regardless of family economics. I have partnered with the local Head Start program, and each week, we provide 25 children free swimming lessons to those who wouldn’t normally be able to afford them. It is the very best hour of my week every week. We teach 3-to-5-year-olds how to swim. It is also a great front door experience in providing water safety instruction as well. SW: Video series such as your 2013 OSU Drills & Skills for Swimming—are they more for camp revenue streams or a way to spread the Ohio State swimming brand? BW: I did those drills series because several coaches said that I should share my way of teaching since it is easy to understand and use with their swimmers.  Michael J. Stott is an ASCA Level 5 coach whose Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) teams have won nine state high school championships.

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Swimming is a demanding sport that requires not only mental and physical endurance, but also perseverance. Emma Warner, 14, of Sedona Swordfish Swimming and Mingus High School in Arizona knows all about “perseverance”—not only for her skill at managing the life of a student-athlete, but also for her strong will as she battles thyroid cancer. In January of 2015, Warner was diagnosed with the disease, and she’s had three surgeries since then. Still, she’s maintained a positive attitude and a dynamite 4.0 grade point average. Gretchen Wesbrock, head coach of Mingus, told Swimming World that Warner “stood apart because of her discipline both in the water and in the classroom. She had a lot of moments where she was overcoming both physical and emotional pain, but she persevered!” Jay Bronson, Warner’s club coach, added, “The best thing about Emma is that she leads by example in the pool. While she does not drop time at every meet, it’s how she displays leadership during practice that stands out most to me. She encourages and motivates her teammates to become the best swimmers they can be.” Outside of the pool, Warner enjoys singing—“whether alone or with my church worship team”—fishing, drawing and photography. She plans to go to college to pursue a degree in medicine.  SPONSORED BY


Breaststroke—my favorite stroke—and the IM.


One hundred 100s, twenty 500s sprint and four 400 IMs. If anyone were to breathe off the walls or have a bad turn, we had to start over.


Making a comeback after having my third cancer surgery last December. Each time I have surgery, I have to work to get back to my times. It can be very frustrating, especially when I see others who are progressing...and I have to keep starting over. But it’s making me a stronger person.


The fact that it is an individual sport, yet I am still part of a team. I like how swimming is a sport for everyone. Whether you are slow or fast, there is a place for you to fit in. Since my diagnosis of cancer, swimming is my release. When I am swimming, it is just me and the water, and I can let all my feelings out and nobody knows. I also really enjoy the friendships that are made through swimming. The meets and camps that I go to have allowed me to make friendships with other swimmers, and it’s fun to meet up with them throughout the season at the different meets.


I honestly would have to say that I do not have a swimming idol. I love the sport of swimming, and I love to watch all athletes swim. I believe that everyone has a chance to shine and be a standout.




The Longhorns Swim Camp at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking mature, motivated, teamoriented individuals to be part of its 40th year! Exciting opportunity to work with world-renown coaches Eddie Reese, Carol Capitani, Roric Fink and Wyatt Collins. Guest coaches/speakers include Olympians Ian Crocker, Colleen Lanné-Cox, Garrett Weber-Gale, Ricky Berens and Whitney Hedgepeth. Five one-week sessions (May 28-June 30). Room, board, parking, $600/session salary, up to $300 travel expense help and NIKE camp apparel package provided. Applicants must agree to work in an alcohol/drug-free environment and must have completed at least 60 hours of college coursework. Competitive swimming and/or teaching/coaching/ camp experience required. References, First Aid, CPR and/or Lifeguarding/Safety Training for Swim Coaches must be submitted. For more information/application, check our employment section at Completed applications accepted until positions filled. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status or sexual orientation.

MICHIGAN SWIM CAMP CAMP COUNSELORS/COACHES: The Michigan Swim Camp at the University of Michigan is looking for individuals seeking an opportunity to work with Olympic coach Mike Bottom and staff. Four one-week sessions (June 11-15, June 18-22, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10). Room, board plus $520/ week salary and $125 travel expense help. Applicants must be 21 years or older, have attended at least two years of college and have experience as a competitive swimmer and/or coach. References, CPR and First Aid certification are required. For more information and an application, call 734647-0862, fax 734-763-6543, email: kbrager@umich. edu, or write to: Kristy Brager, Michigan Swim Camp, 1000 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Candidates must be willing to work in an alcohol/drug-free environment.

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First and foremost, I think it’s so important for both male and female athletes to see a woman in a leadership role. This generation needs to know that you can be a woman and a respected leader. Second, I think every male coach—who is willing to be honest—will admit that the older a female athlete gets, the harder it is to understand her. I think we can all agree that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and it’s tough for a male coach to understand the complexity of a woman’s mind. It is so important to have a woman on deck to understand the unique needs of a female athlete. To have a healthy and successful team environment, it’s time for athletic directors, boards and coaches to understand the importance of a woman’s presence on the pool deck.

CAROL CAPITANI / Head Coach, University of Texas Women’s Team [PHOTO PROVIDED BY TEXAS ATHLETICS]

That’s the million-dollar question! One could say it’s easier for women than men to get hired at the collegiate level, because most programs (combined or single-sex women’s programs) are constantly looking for “at least” one female for the staff. I find it fascinating, though, that most DI combined programs have only one woman (usually an assistant) coach out of their six allowed (head coach, diving coach, four assistants and sometimes even a director of operations). While a lot of programs aren’t funded to support the full allotment of NCAA countable coaches, not many look hard to hire more than one female. It’s a complicated issue that has not changed much in the last 20 years. There are also women who are coaching at the senior and collegiate level who find that it’s too difficult or that they don’t have enough support from either their employers or their spouses/partners to make it work. I was very fortunate to work for a head coach (Jack Bauerle) who knew that family was important and that everyone on the staff needed a quality of life outside of work. I hope the current efforts of conventions, communication and mentoring will help women whose passion is coaching to put themselves in more competitive and attractive positions.

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I was a head coach with a child. Because I was a single parent, if I wanted to see my kid, I needed to take her to school. I couldn’t do mornings. The team knew my child was my first priority. I could do it—miss some mornings—because I was the boss. If more coaches could do that, maybe there would be more females. Single-gender teams are only allowed one assistant coach. When my assistant was pregnant, I thought, “What do I do now?” On the college end, it might be easier if they were friendlier for single-gender programs. I feel like I’m a role model. I want my team to know it’s OK to miss practice because of your kids sometimes. I don’t have to stand on deck at every practice for them to be great. I’ve been coaching a long time (29 years)—it’s a marathon, not a sprint. My assistant and I traded off mornings. That’s what I had to do to see my child. I’d take my daughter to one swim meet per year so she’d understand my job. For women with kids, it’s hard. Pat Summitt (legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach) was having labor pains and on a plane, on her way to talk to a recruit. Those are our role models—we’re competing against guys. USA Swimming is doing a really good job—I really think there needs to be coaches’ education on what it looks like to be an assistant coach. It should be OK for coaches to occasionally miss practices for their child. More, harder, longer isn’t always better. 

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Swimming World Magazine March 2017 Issue  

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