KHSAA Record-Holder Will Tarvestad Sends Verbal to Stanford

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NEW COMMIT: Stanford has received a verbal commitment from Kentucky state record-holder Will Tarvestad, one of only two members of the high school graduating class of 2019 who have broken 20 seconds in the 50 free. The Goshen, Ky. native will join the Cardinals as part of the class of 2023.

Tarvestad swims year-round with Triton Swimming under head coach Mike Essig where he is a four-time U.S. Open qualifier. He capped off a successful long course season as a two-time finalist at Junior Nationals and recorded a pair of lifetime bests at the TYR Pro Swim Series Columbus. At Junior Nationals East in December, his highest finish came in the 100 free (44.58) with a ninth-place showing. He was also a three-time champion at the 2018 Kentucky SCY Championships.

Also representing North Oldham High School, Tarvestad has finaled in every event he has swum at the KHSAA State Championships. As a junior, he won the 50 free (19.94) in state record-setting fashion and was the runner-up in the 100 free (44.16) en route to being named Swimmer of the Meet. He finished second in both of those events (20.63, 44.81) as a sophomore and placed first (21.10) and second (45.73), respectively, during his inaugural season. He has also earned NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors during his career thus far.

He told Swimming World:

“Excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at Stanford University! Thank you to my family, coaches, team, and friends for helping me this far. Can’t wait to see what the future holds on The Farm! Go Card! #fearthetree”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 19.94
  • 100 free – 44.16
  • 200 free – 1:38.11
  • 500 free – 4:30.47
  • 100 back – 49.14
  • 200 back – 1:48.26
  • 100 fly – 48.73

Tarvestad will be extremely valuable when he arrives on The Farm for the 2019-20 season and he’ll join a training group that includes top returning sprinters Alex Liang and Albert Mestre. Both his fastest 50 and 100 free time would’ve scored in the B-final at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships where Stanford finished second in the team standings.

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TCU and Kansas Kick Off 2018 Big 12 Conference Action

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As the 2018 NCAA season gets underway, most schools are having their first competitions this weekend. After seeing some SEC action last week, this week is all about the Big 12.

While only two of the Big 12 teams will be competing this weekend, we are still slated for some exciting racing.

According to the Horned Frog’s schedule, it looks like TCU will be splitting their rosters, with their distance swimmers attending the CSCAA Open Water National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.

Those not swimming open water, will travel to Fort Worth to face University of Texas-Permian Basin, as is their typical first dual meet showdown. At last year’s version of the meet, TCU’s men and women both emerged victorious with the men winning in a score of 143-73 and the women scoring 132-94.

Kansas University will be hosting the CSCAA Open Water Nationals after winning the meet for the past two straight years.

KU will look to secure another team victory with sophomore Lauryn Parrish, junior Jenny Nusbaum and senior Haley Bishop leading the charge after placing in the top-10 last year.

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Elaine Breeden Takes First Swim With Daughter 10 Years After Olympics

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By Dan D’Addona.

Ten years ago, Elaine Breeden was at the top of the swimming world, competing in her first Olympic Games.

When she dove into the water in Beijing, her life would never be the same.

Ten years later, Breeden was in the water once more, and again, her life would never be the same.

This time it was because she was in the water with her 8-week-old baby Julia, the first time her daughter entered a pool, a place that had so much meaning and history for her mother.

Photo Courtesy: Elaine Breeden

It was almost 10 years to the day of Breeden earning a silver medal in Beijing.

“I think I was kind of aware of that. It wasn’t planned. I had seen my Olympic teammates posting anniversary posts for 10 years, so we were all tagged to a lot of things,” Breeden said. “There are a lot of parallels. Being back there with my baby was surreal. She is going to enjoy those days in another six to eight years. Although I don’t know if I will enjoy being a swim mom as much as I was a swimmer.”

Making it even more special was the fact that the historic mother-daughter swim happened in the same pool that Breeden grew up in.

“She loves it. She is obsessed with the water. Baths are her favorite things. I think she was 8 weeks when we took her to the pool. She splashed around for a good 20 minutes and absolutely loving it. We got her out when she started shivering,” she said. “We went back to my childhood pool in Kentucky. It is my summer league neighborhood pool. There is a plaque that they put up that says childhood pool of Elaine Breeden. So we got Julia’s picture with that.”

It brought back a plethora of memories and had Breeden thinking about Julia’s future.

“It was kind of weird being back there and remembering the summer league meets and having my heat and lane written on my hand with a sharpie. I used to be a total pool rat. We would bike to morning practice then pretty much stay and play at the pool until it closed. That is how we spent our summers,” she said. “It is just kind of mind-blowing how fast things go by.”

It is hard to believe it has been a decade since Beijing, something that Breeden, who also held the longest-standing NCAA record recently broken, thinks of often.

“I still remember everything,” she said. “I loved my teammates. I knew most of them, but really getting to know them as teammates really changes your relationship. I remember how much fun we had at training camp in Singapore. I remember the huge highlights, Jason Lezak’s incredible comeback in the 400 freestyle relay. That will always be seared into my brain as one of the coolest Olympic moments and I was right there watching.”

Woven into those moments were Breeden’s swims.

“Those went by like a blur. I had the 100 fly the first day and I remember not being able to sleep the night before because the Opening Ceremony was right by my window it seemed, so the fireworks were pretty loud,” she said. “I remember just being so excited. I had never represented the U.S. at that level. I was disappointed because I didn’t make the finals, but you can’t be too disappointed with 10th in the world. 
I ended up getting seventh in the 200 fly. I was happy to get into that final.”

But it was the medley relay that ended up being the most life-changing for Breeden, even swimming in the preliminaries.

“I swam the prelim leg,” she said. “That was really cool. Being asked to be a member of that relay — I didn’t realize how life-changing that would be. You never really know who will be on those relays. The first thing people ask is if I got a medal. We got the silver medal in finals. Being an Olympian is life-changing enough, but being a medalist is crazy.”

Now the life-changing swims are much more simple, full of smiles between mother and daughter.

“It was pretty relaxing. She was handling it so well. She just loved it. Part of me was relieved because I envision us having a lot of fun at the pool in the summers,” she said.

And it will be a bond they will be able to share for a lifetime.

Photo Courtesy: Elaine Breeden

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Stanford Picks Up Distance Ace Andrew Matejka With Verbal

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NEW COMMIT: Stanford’s distance group just became even stronger with the recent verbal commitment from Andrew Matejka. The Wellesley, Mass. native will make the move to Palo Alto to join the Cardinal’s class of 2023.

Matejka swims for Gator Swim Club where he is a four-time U.S. Open qualifier. He had a phenomenal 2018 NCSA Spring Championships, placing second in the 500 free (4:21.65), third in both the 1000 (9:08.43) and 1650 (15:17.01) and 15th in the 200 free (1:38.91).

He is the current New England Boys 15-16 record holder in the 1500m free with a time of 15:51.02 set back in 2017. Matejka is coming off a successful long course season where he finished 15th in the 400m free (4:00.28), 18th in the 800m free (8:21.97), and 24th in both the 200m free (1:53.50) and 1500m free (16:00.92) at Junior Nationals.

The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American is a rising senior at Wellesley High School. He attended both the National Select Camp last fall as well as the National Open Water Select Camp this past August.

He told Swimming World:

“It’s a dream come true to announce my commitment to continue my education and swim career at Stanford University! Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, friends, dog and anyone else who has ever given me the opportunity to do what I love! I can’t wait to get out to The Farm and represent the Cardinal! #GoCard #FearTheTree”

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:38.91
  • 500 free – 4:21.65
  • 1000 free – 9:08.43
  • 1650 free – 15:17.01

When Matejka arrives on The Farm for the 2019-20 season, he will join one of the top distance groups in the nation. Stanford took third through eighth in the men’s 1650 free at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships. Of those six A-finalists, Matejka – whose best mile time would’ve ranked him 11th at Pac-12s last season – will have all but one to train with.

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USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee Statement On World Anti-Doping Agency Plan to Accelerate Russia Reinstatement

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On Wednesday, USA Swimming’s Athletes’ Committee released a statement on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s plan to accelerate Russia’s reinstatement, saying, “it is our future, our sport, and our responsibility to demand that the rules are enforced.”

The International Paralympic Committee last week had urged the Russian authorities and WADA to increase their efforts to resolve the ongoing stalemate regarding the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

RUSADA is currently on a three year doping suspension by WADA. Earlier in the year, the Russian Olympic Committee’s ban was lifted by the International Olympic Committee.

USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee Statement:

COLORADO SPRINGS – The USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee has consistently expressed that clean sport is the cornerstone of competitive excellence in sport. In recognition of our unwavering position, we stand with fellow athletes worldwide in support of clean sport and insist that the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee vote to hold their original course on the plan for reinstatement of Russia.

WADA took clear, decisive action, instituting a clear roadmap by which Russia can achieve reinstatement. To accelerate the reinstatement process before all of the conditions are met is capitulation.

The rules are clear; they exist to ensure that clean sport is achieved in an independent, fair, and justified manner. It is our future, our sport, and our responsibility to demand that the rules are enforced.

We insist that WADA stands with us – athletes who cherish and uphold the fundamental principles of the Olympic movement: spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play – as we stand together with athletes around the world, in urging WADA to hold the line on the Russia Roadmap.

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Special Sets Presented by VASA: Early Season Sets

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Long before the first day of high school practice—whether it be fall, winter or spring—coaches are hard at work mapping out team organization, season plans and daily sets. Here’s a sample workout that Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.) High School’s Coach Don Heidary uses to help roll his swimmers back into the rigors of the high school season as well as another sample early-season set from Coach Polly Linden of Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, Tenn.)

Don Heidary, co-founder of Orinda Aquatics (with his brother, Ron), has coached the Miramonte High School team for the last 27 years. While he has a number of water polo players and some year-round swimmers, his high school team is amply populated with seasonal athletes. With a diverse cast, he has produced more than 150 All-American and national-level swimmers, and his teams have finished among the top three at California’s competitive North Coast Section Championships more than 25 times.

Reminders of TEAM permeate every aspect of the Miramonte culture. Once the team meets and before the first stroke is taken, Heidary introduces three key concepts: team culture, swimmer/group assessment and stroke development.

An overriding theme is Mats (Matadors) Pride. Among other activities is an early captain’s dinner, use of games to help with team building, a discussion of team goals and what it means to be an athlete.

With a no-cut policy, Miramonte athletes (approximately 120 are evenly divided into varsity and junior varsity groups), Heidary’s goal is to get to know and/or catch up with all of his swimmers. Next comes an evaluation of the team rosters after which he assigns swimmers to the appropriate training groups. He also prepares spreadsheets to monitor attendance, effort, maturity and team commitment—all which play into daily coaching and year-end lettering considerations.

Once on deck, Heidary’s focus turns to technique.

“Since most swimmers come from sprint-driven summer leagues and have been out of the water for a few months, I look at distance per stroke as well as underwater body position and speed. Initially, we concentrate on light-to-moderate aerobic swimming, aggressive kicking and turn technique. All of this is in the context of discussions on stroke keys, fundamental development and the introduction of base drills,” he says.

Following is a sample early-season varsity workout of 5,500 meters. The emphasis is on moderate aerobic swimming, stroke development and kicking.

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“It’s a great way to see where our girls are,” she says. “They will definitely see this set again later in the season. Although it is a tough set, the girls always feel good about themselves when they are able to make all of their intervals and/or have shown improvement.

“It is a freestyle set. The kick intervals are all the same—usually one minute—and the 100 swim intervals descend by five seconds through the set. So, if the top group starts at a 1:30, for example, they would do 5 on 1:30, 4 on 1:25, 3 on 1:20, 2 on 1:15 and 1 on 1:10.

“Since they obviously don’t need to make that last 100, we always ask them to get their time on that one,” she says.

Special Sets Sponsored by VASA

• 5 x 100 swim
• 1 x 50 free kick w/board
• 4 x 100 swim
• 2 x 50 free kick w/board
• 3 x 100 swim
• 3 x 50 free kick w/board
• 2 x 100 swim
• 4 x 50 free kick w/board
• 1 x 100 swim
• 100 easy

About the Author:

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

This article was originally published in the October 2016 edition of Swimming World Magazine. 

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Aggies Get Verbal From In-State Freestyler William Coakley

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NEW COMMIT: Katy, Texas native William Coakley has announced his intention to stay in-state and swim for the Texas A&M Aggies beginning in the fall of 2019.

A four-time Junior Nationals qualifier, Coakley does his club swimming with Katy Aquatics and competed in the 200m and 400m freestyle events at Summer Juniors in August. At the College Station Speedo Sectionals in March, he finished fourth in the 500 free (4:26.20) and recorded three lifetime bests. He finished sixth overall in the 500 free (4:23.70) at Speedo Juniors West last December.

Coakley also represents Seven Lakes High School where he is a three-time Texas 6A State Championship finalist. As a junior, he finished third in the 200 free (1:39.50) and fifth in the 500 free (4:30.94) after placing 15th in the 500 (4:37.81) as a sophomore.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my education and swimming career at Texas A&M! I could not be more thankful for my family, my friends, and my coaches who helped me along the way! With the wonderful programs and amazing coaching staff, I cannot wait to become an Aggie! Gig’em”

His best times include:

  • 100 free – 46.73
  • 200 free – 1:38.27
  • 500 free – 4:23.70
  • 1000 free – 9:17.52
  • 1650 free – 15:41.84

His coach, Travis Sandifer, told us:

“Great young man that will thrive at Texas AM.  He has a dedication to be the best he can be and help his team be the best it can be.”

Coakley will provide valuable depth to the Aggies’ freestyle lineup when he arrives on campus as a member of the class of 2023. His current fastest 500 free time sits just outside scoring range at the 2018 SEC Championships where the Aggies finished second in the team standings.

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Trixi Worrack and Audrey Cordon-Ragot latest riders to announce move to Trek Factory Women’s Racing

Trek’s women’s line-up looks even stronger with two new additions

Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-High5) have both announced that they will ride for the newly formed Trek Factory Women’s Racing team, alongside Lizzie Deignan, in its inaugural year.

Both riders have strong backgrounds in the time trial and team time trial disciplines – Cordon-Ragot has been TT national champion for three consecutive years and Worrack was part of the World Championship winning TTT squad in both 2012 and 2013.

Announcing the move, 36-year-old Worrack said: “I’m really happy.. to get this opportunity to race with such a big team and great girls for the next season.”

Cordon-Ragot commented: “I’m really excited to ride alongside all those good riders [also on the team].”

The pair join the line-up alongside 2013 UCI Road World Championship time trial champion Ellen van Dijk. The reigning european time trial champion will make the move from Sunweb in 2019.

Cordon-Ragot, 28, has signed a deal which will see her remain on the same squad as her Wiggle-High5 team mate, 2017 Italian national road and time trial champion Elisa Longo Borghini.

They’ll be under the guidance of long-term Wiggle-High5er, Giorgia Bronzini, who finished her career racing with Cyclance Pro Cycling this year and takes a directeur sportif role alongside former pro Ina Teutenberg.

British riders to sign alongside former world champion Lizzie Deignan include Giro Rosa stage winner, Ruth Winder, who joins from Sunweb and wore pink on stage six in Italy this year. From Trek-Drops, 21-year-old Abi Van Twisk joins as well as US rider Tayler Wiles.

Finnish national champion and Women’s Tour stage winner Lotta Lepistö has announced her move to the team, from Cervelo-Bigla, as have Lauretta Hanson (UHC) and Letizia Paternoster (Astana).

Speaking to Cycling Weekly ahead of rider announcements, Teutenberg said: “We should be competitive from the start, even though we are new.”

“There’s enough experienced riders on the team, with a couple of young ones, that even if they have to get used to one another, I don’t think that it will be an excuse for not having success.”

“We will have everything around us we need to be successful,” she added. “The men’s team management is really, really behind this team, it’s not just an ‘add on’ – we will have a really good working relationship.”

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