Teri McKeever and Carol Capitani: Current Trailblazers for Female NCAA Head Coaches

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By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.

The small presence of female head coaches in college swimming is extremely apparent, let alone the lack of representation in top tier NCAA Division I programs. While searching for these women, Teri McKeever and Carol Capitani are among the few who appear in the otherwise extremely overwhelming amount of male head coaches. Many women have pushed for an increase in female head coaching opportunities throughout college swimming, and in this male-dominated profession, McKeever and Capitani have become current trailblazers. Their success and presence has greatly influenced the college swimming landscape and established them as significant icons for aspiring female coaches.

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McKeever has gained national recognition for being one of college swimming’s greatest coaches. She has racked up 61 relay and individual NCAA titles, in addition to her four NCAA and PAC-12 team titles respectively. Her efforts have named her PAC-12 Coach of the Year seven times and have ranked Cal in the top three teams at NCAAs for 10 consecutive years – the longest period in the nation. Additionally, she has coached 26 of her athletes to the Olympics.

McKeever has not only coached swimmers at University of California-Berkeley to success but has also extended her efforts to many swimmers nationwide. In addition to her 27 years as head coach for UC-Berkely’s women’s team, McKeever has also been appointed to the head coaching positions of Fresno State (1988-1992) and most notably, the 2012 United States Women’s Olympic Team. Her prodigies include but are not limited to Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer, Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin, and Kathleen Baker.

In addition to being one of the few female head coaches of a top tier Division I program, McKeever is the only woman to be selected as a head coach of any U.S. Olympic Swim Team. However, Dave Salo – head coach of University of Southern California – tells the NY Times that McKeever struggles with her gender defining her career. He recalls, “She wants to stand against anybody and go, ‘Look, I do this well; I do it right; I’m successful at it — no different than a man.’”

Rather than wanting to be known as “the first female head coach to…” McKeever wishes to be known for her excellence in coaching successful swimmers. By making strides to increase female head coach opportunities in college swimming, perhaps women like McKeever and their accomplishments can be normalized. After all, it isn’t their gender that makes their careers relevant – it’s their success.

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Capitani began her career as head coach for the Texas Women’s Swim Team back in 2012. She has made significant strides to develop the Texas women’s swim program. On top of relationship building and a team culture revolved around success, Capitani has made an effort to bring together both of Texas men’s and women’s teams. At the 2015 ASCA Legends of Texas Clinic, she recalls her first days of coaching upon her arrival at Texas when she asked Texas men’s coach Eddie Reese if the women could join the lanes on the other side of the pool, which had previously been reserved for the men. Pushing for the two teams to come in contact with each other has contributed to the fostering of a team culture built on success, relationships, and self-confidence. After all, why should the men’s and women’s teams be completely separated?

Since her start as head coach at Texas, she has coached her women to five top 10 team rankings at NCAAs – finishing as high as fifth in 2017 – and has additionally won sixth Big 12 Championship team titles. Capitani is known for coaching many of her swimmers to success, shattering team and Big 12 records and coaching swimmers Madisyn Cox to a third-place finish in the 200 IM at the 2017 FINA World Championships and Laura Sogar to a 2013 NCAA title in the 200 breaststroke. Her continuous success has named her Big 12 Women’s Coach of the Year and has earned her national honors, such as being appointed as the head women’s coach of the 2013 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool and the 2017 World University Games.

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Both McKeever and Capitani have evolved their teams into extremely successful, top tier Division I programs. Being the few female head coaches in a male dominated field, both of these women have made impressive strides in both college swimming and at the national level just like some of their male counterparts. Their success and efforts to normalize female head coaches are perhaps starting to pave the way for more female head coaches within not only college swimming, but throughout the entire sport.

All commentaries and research are completed by the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Swimming World Magazine Parting Shots in Review – 2018

It was another incredible year of photography for Swimming World Magazine Parting Shots in 2018.  We feature some of the best as our Parting Shots of each issue of our magazine.

Big names like Danas Rapsys, Jonathan Paredes, and Kathleen Baker graced the “Parting Shots” pages in the year of 2018.

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Donate To ISHOF – The International Swimming Hall of Fame

ISHOF – International Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame wants to thank all the supporters who donated to ISHOF throughout 2018.

2018 was a turn-around year for ISHOF as it renewed its relationship with the City of Fort Lauderdale via a new 30-year lease and supported the city’s 27 million dollar investment to renovate the aquatic facility.

2019 will bring more exciting news as the ISHOF Board of Directors kick off a three-prong approach to enhance the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s mission.  The three prong approach will focus on the following:

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The Week That Was: Capturing The Highlights of 2018

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For the final week of 2018, Swimming World has been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the year. In this edition of the week that was, check out some of the biggest headlines that made waves in 2018!

The Week That Was #5 – Top Swimming Photos From 2018

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Check out the photos from this year’s biggest meets, including the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships, and Short Course World Championships, among many others!

The Week That Was #4 – 2018 Newcomer of the Year

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2018’s Newcomer of the Year went to Canadian Taylor Ruck, who ended the year with 8 Commonwealth Games medals, five Pan Pac medals (including a gold over Katie Ledecky in the 200 free), and a crazy amount of potential heading into 2020. Ruck, who is in her freshman year at Stanford under US Olympic Coach Greg Meehan, may just be scratching the surface on what she can accomplish in her career.

The Week That Was #3 – NCAA Performances of the Year: Ella Eastin and Caeleb Dressel

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Relive the amazing performances from NCAA star Ella Eastin in the 400 IM and Caeleb Dressel in, well, everything he seemed to swim this year!

The Week That Was #2 – Top 18 Interviews of 2018

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Catch up on all of the best interviews from this year, including Katie Ledecky post-world record in the 1500 free, Dressel following his 17.63 in the 50-yard freestyle, Kathleen Baker after her first long course world record, Allison Schmitt on her return to swimming, and many more!

The Week That Was #1 – World Record Performance of the Year

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Refresh yourself on Kathleen Baker’s epic long course world record at 2018 U.S. Nationals, where she nearly became the first woman to break 58 seconds in the 100 backstroke!

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Swimming Community Memoriam: 2018 People to Remember

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The world of swimming lost several legendary figures in 2018. Some were pioneer athletes, others were elite coaches and some were young swimmers we lost too early because of cancer.

From the first African-American All-American swimmer to several legendary coaches, here is a look at the legacy left behind in 2018 (links to their obituaries are included):

Ed Kirk, 87

Edward Roscoe Kirk passed away at his home in Braden, Florida, on Saturday, April 21. He was 87 years old. Ed was was the first person of African descent to be named a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-America swimmer.

As a member of the famed Du Sable High School swim team, in Chicago, Ed was the first African-American to win an Illinois State high school swimming Championship, when he won the 150-yard individual medley at the state meet in 1950.


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Du Sable was a segregated school in Chicago in the pre-integration era and while many of the white schools refused to swim DuSable in dual meets, the Illinois School Board mandated that all schools were eligible to compete in the state championships and they all did.

The 150 individual medley race in 1950 was not without incident. In the preliminaries, a stroke and turn judge disqualified Kirk for an illegal turn. But on the pool deck was Wally Ris, the 1948 Olympic 100-meter champion. Ris had grown up in Chicago and had attended Crane Technical High before swimming for the University of Iowa and winning double gold medals in London, the second for the 4 x 200 free relay. Ris was adamant that he had watched the race closely and was certain Kirk did not make an illegal turn. On the word of Wally Ris, the official’s decision was overruled and Kirk went on to win the final and record an All-American time that also broke the state record.

Don LaMont, 82

Legendary swimming coach Don LaMont died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, months after suffering a stroke.

LaMont coached for nearly six decades and he was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2008. He coached at USC for 25 years and coached 13 Olympians during his career, also coaching Team USA.

His swimmers set 10 American and two world records and included Olympic medalists Sandy Neilson, Jill Sterkel, Cynthia Woodhead, Michelle Ford, Anne Ottenbrite. He also placed Karin LaBarge and Mike Miao on Olympic teams.

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Daniela Samulski, 33

2009 World Championship silver medalist Daniela Samulski died in May after she lost her battle to cancer in her native Germany. Samulski succumbed to cancer after originally being diagnosed with the disease after her retirement in 2011. She was 33.

Samulski was the silver medalist in the 50 back at the 2009 World Championships behind China’s Zhao Jing, who set the world record that still stands today. Samulski’s time (27.23) still stands as the German record. She also holds the current German record in the 100 back with a 59.77 from the 2009 Worlds where she was ninth.

Bruce Hunter, 79

Richard Bruce Hunter, 1960 Olympian and All-American swimmer from Harvard died on July 6, on his 79th birthday. He is remembered not only being one of the best American sprinters of his era, but for one of the great demonstrations of sportsmanship in competitive swimming history, offering to give up his place on the Olympic team to a teammate recovering from appendicitis.

Tiger Holmes, 97

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is saddened to report the passing of Rogers Baldwin “Tiger” Holmes, at the age of 97.  Tiger served as member of ISHOF’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 1996, as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 1998 and was the recipient of the organization’s Gold Medallion Award in 1998.  Here are some thoughts from a few who were impacted by his life.

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Bruce Hopping, 96

Bruce Hopping (a.k.a. “Brucey”, “Mr. B”, et al.) passed away peacefully just after midnight on Thursday, May 17.

For fifty years, Bruce and his foundation have been recognized internationally, nationally, at the state, county, and city levels for numerous contributions to water sports, arts, and the environment. His cultural exchanges for swim, surf, and water-polo teams have included multiple events on every continent except Antarctica.

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Ed Bartsch, 75

Ed Bartsch, coach to many teams across the country and 1963 NCAA Champion in the 200 Backstroke, passed away on June 18 after a multi-year battle with heart complications.

After winning NCAA and Pan-American Gold while swimming for the University of Michigan, Bartsch earned an MBA at SMU in 1968. He began his coaching career in 1971 with club and age group swimmers.

Bartsch then spent time working with the University of Southern California and the Philippine Olympic Team leading up to the 1992 Games in Barcelona. At the time, his swimmers set eight Philippine National Records, one Word Record and more.

Lyle Draves, 103

Lyle Draves passed peacefully in Northern California on Jan. 12, according to his family. He was 103.

Lyle Draves was the first pure diving coach developing 3 Olympic Champions: Vicki Manalo Draves (his wife), Pat McCormick, Sue Gossick.  Vicki was the 1st woman to win the Platform and Springboard at the same Olympics (1948). McCormick followed by becoming the first double, double Olympic gold winner (1952, 1956).  Gossick won the Springboard in 1968.  Draves coached female divers to 12 Olympic medals and 35 National Championships.  His Olympic silver medalists include Paula Jean Myers and Zoe Ann Olsen, each of whom took a bronze.  His divers Olympic medal count reads 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Draves was America’s first great diving coach beginning an era when diving coaches could specialize in divers and not coach swimmers too, or vice versa.  He was a Hollywood film editor and his show biz background has helped his coaching or again, vice versa since Draves was diving in and then producing, top rated diving water shows before he became a film editor.

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Bob Clotworthy, 87

Olympic diving champion Robert (Bob) Lynn Clotworthy passed away peacefully at his home, in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 1st. He was 87 years old.

Born in Westfield, New Jersey, Bob attended the Ohio State University where he won 11 Big Ten, NCAA, and National AAU Championships before capping off his career with an Olympic gold medal at Melbourne in 1956.  In between he won a bronze in Helsinki (1952) and another bronze at the Pan Am Games (1955).  These were all as a springboard diver but he added a silver from the tower at the Pan Ams just to prove his versatility.

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Grace Bunke, 14

Para swimmer Grace Bunke passed away in March after a battle with an aggressive form of bone cancer. Bunke was just 14-years old and had been a member of U.S. Paralympics Swimming since May 2016, and last September competed in a Swim Across America event to raise money for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the hospital where Grace has received treatment the last four year.

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Robert White Sr., 91

Robert White Sr., a deeply respected and highly accoladed coach of 40 years and former Indiana University swimming star, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 91.

White’s lifelong commitment and service to the sport garnered a NISCA Hall of Fame Award in 1999, forever memorialized at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Bill Farley, 73

Former Princeton Swimming & Diving Coach Bill Farley passed away in late August at his home in Sacramento.

After graduating from St. Francis High School in La Canada, California, Bill went on to become one of the most decorated and accomplished swimmers in University of Michigan history.  Bill won multiple Big Ten Conference Championships in the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events. He was named All-American in 1964, 1965 and 1966. It is rumored that he set the American Record in the 1000 yard freestyle in a practice time trial at Michigan, after a full lunch of spaghetti and meatballs. He graduated from Michigan in 1966.

In 1963, at the age of 18, Bill placed 4th in the 1500 meter freestyle at the Pan American Games in Brasilia, Brazil. In 1964, he was selected to the United States Olympic Team. He placed 4th in the 1500 meter freestyle in Tokyo, Japan.

Niels Jorgensen, 80

Niels Jorgensen, who coached three Olympians (including two of his sons) in the 1980s and 1990s, died in January. He was 80 years old.

Jorgensen coached sons Dan and Lars onto the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 in freestyle events along with breaststroker Kirk Stackle. Dan won gold as a part of the U.S. 800 free relay in 1988 and returned to the Olympics in 1992, where he won bronze on the 800 free relay.

Jorgensen coached his sons and Stackle at the Blue Fins swim team in San Diego after earlier coaching under Mark Schubert at Mission Viejo. Before coaching swimming, he had competed in wrestling when living in Denmark, where he had a shot at qualifying for the 1964 Olympics before becoming sick, and he later coached wrestling before moving over to the pool.

Lou MacNeill, 88

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics mourns the passing of former director of aquatics, men’s swimming coach and assistant professor Lou MacNeill. He passed away at the age of 88, Monday at York Hospital in Kennebunk, Maine, following a long illness.

MacNeill joined the Nittany Lions in 1965 as director of the University’s entire aquatic program and was the head coach of the varsity team for 17 seasons before retiring in 1984. He was integral to the revival of varsity swimming in 1968 after a 17-year hiatus from the athletic program. During his tenure, MacNeill guided the Nittany Lions to a 90-104 record, a top finish of second at the Eastern Championships in 1983 and an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in his final season in 1984. He left a strong foundation, as the Nittany Lions went on to claim the next three A-10 Championships following his retirement.

Jack Pettiger, 79

Jack Pettinger, the winningest coach in the history of the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving program, passed away in July at the age of 79.

Pettinger, who coached the Badgers from 1969 to 1993, amassed a dual-meet record of 233-92 (.717) in his 24 seasons on deck and led UW to 15 top-five Big Ten finishes.

Kevin Polansky, 67

Kevin Polansky, a local legend in the Loveland, Colorado area, died at a masters swim practice in January. in Loveland.

He was treated with CPR until an ambulance arrived after he stopped at the end of the pool during a workout and became unresponsive, according to multiple news outlets. He was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland where he died. His cause of death has not been released.

Polansky founded Loveland Masters Swimming in 1978, just shortly after US Masters Swimming was created in 1970. He was also a longtime coach for the Loveland High School team. He was Colorado High School Coach of the Year four times during his tenure as head coach. Polansky was also a successful masters swimmer, where he held multiple national-level Masters records.

Joel O’Connell, 75

Joel Lenzi O’Connell was a 10 x National AAU diving champion, and an honoree of the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Hall of Fame. She passed away in Tempe, Arizona on May 10th at the age of 75.

She finished third at the 1960 Olympic trials. She won AAU national titles the following year on both boards.

Tazmin Pugh, 18

Former British swimmer Tazmin Pugh passed away in a house fire that occurred near Worcester in October.

Pugh, 18, was the 2016 European Junior Champion in the 200 backstroke in 2016, setting a best time of 2:11.12. That ranks her 19th all-time in the 200 back in all of Great Britain.

Fred Schlichting

Legendary diving coach Fred Schlichting passed away in May after a battle with gliobastoma.

Jan Cameron, 70

New Zealand National Coach and High-Performance Manager Jan Cameron passed away suddenly in the early hours of Monday 30 April 2018 at her home aged 70.

Jan was appointed Swimming New Zealand’s National Head Coach in 2001 and coached many of New Zealand representatives to various Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Dudley Jensen, 93

The William & Mary athletics department is saddened to announce the recent passing of former men’s swimming & diving coach Dudley Jensen (1925-2018). Jensen was a fixture at W&M for nearly 50 years, from 1951-96, and coached the men’s swimming & diving team for 33 years over three tenures from 1951-89.

Betty Perkins-Carpenter, 85

Legendary Olympic diving coach Betty Perkins-Carpenter passed away over the weekend at the age of 85.

Perkins-Carpenter coached Olympic bronze-medalist and 1982 World diving champion Wendy Wyland and also served as a coach for Greg Louganis on international trips.

Cee Evans (Finneran), 96

On February 5, 2018, 1976 U.S. Olympic Swim Team Manager Carolyn ‘Cee’ Evans Finneran passed away in her home in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was 96 years old.

Her contributions to United States and amateur swimming did not stop at managing the 1976 swim team, as her daughter Sharon Rittenhouse earned a silver medal in the 1964 Games and her son Michael Finneran scored the first “Perfect Dive” at the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials. Rittenhouse was later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Bill Barnett, 76

Bill Barnett, who for five decades coached boys and girls water polo at Newport Harbor High School, and who led the U.S. Men’s Water Polo Team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, passed away Christmas Eve at the age of 76.

The venerated coach steered the Sailors to 15 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section titles—10 with the boys and five with the girls—but Barnett may be best remembered for his efforts with U.S. Olympians. He took a veteran American squad to the finals of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, only to fall 9-7 to Yugoslavia. In 1992, Team USA reached the semifinals of the Barcelona Games before falling to host Spain.

Despite the missed opportunities, Barnett is regarded as one of the finest polo coaches America ever produced. He is one of only two coaches in U.S. Olympic polo history—the other is the legendary Monte Nitzkowski—to lead the American men to top-four finishes in back-to-back Games. For his efforts with USA Water Polo, and due to his distinguished career with Newport Harbor, where from 1966 to 2015 he produced multiple DI athletes as well as Olympians, in 2000 Barnett was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.

Among the many male and female high school water polo athletes he sent on to success are Olympians James Bergeson, Kaleigh GilchristEric Lindroth and Kevin Robertson.

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10 Ways to Be the Best Teammate in the New Year

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By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern.

The relationships that you build with your teammates throughout your swimming career are paramount to most everything else you accomplish in the pool. The bonds shared between swimmers are hard to put into words. The blood, sweat, and tears poured into the sport is unique to those who train and compete together.

Through the duration of your time as a swimmer, your teammates will be the ones who cheer the loudest when you are at your best and help to buoy your spirits when you are at your worst. They are the ones with whom you will travel the country and share jokes and hardships; they are the ones who will always have your back come competition time.

You most likely spend more time with you teammates then your own family. Even if you don’t love all of your teammates, there needs to be a healthy respect among all members in order to succeed in the pool and have a mutual kinship outside of it.

With the new year fast approaching, here are 10 ways to be the best possible teammate moving forward:

1). Be accountable.

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If you offer to work with a younger teammate with some technical drills, show up. If you offer to count for a friend swimming the mile, be there. And if you offer to hang back at the end of practice to run a core workout, do it.

2). Spearhead clean-up.

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Oftentimes, it falls to younger swimmers or underclass men to clean up equipment. Be the first person to help reel in lane lines or wrap up the flags. It goes a long way in the eyes of your coach, as well as your teammates.

3). Help set the tone.

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Be a leader. Create a positive training environment by setting the tone for your peers. No one likes a Wendy-whiner, especially when things are tough. Be the person who turns complaints into encouragement.

4). Exercise awareness.

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Be aware of how you affect the younger members of your team. When you were a kid, you too looked up to the older and faster swimmers. You have been where they are now. Be willing to offer advice, or spend time with them at practice or meets. Use the experience you have, and don’t take advantage of the impression that you are making every day.

5). Be the biggest cheerleader.

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Be the first one on your feet to cheer for your teammates. All of them, not only the ones who you train with, or you are close to. Be supportive when your teammates do well, and offer a shoulder to lean on when they do poorly.

6). Goal-setter.

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Be the first person to set the value of team goals. While swimming is a highly individualized sport, it is still team-centric. Stress how important it is for the team to succeed. Everyone needs to strive for a common goal, and achieve together.

7). Own your mistakes and gloss over your teammates’.

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No one is perfect, inside the pool or out of it. Own when you make mistakes. Whether it be a wrong send off, or a stealing a friends equipment. That beings said, don’t harp on your teammates mistakes. Deflecting your teammates slip-ups go a long way.

8). Be Welcoming.

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Always say hi to the new kid. It can be so hard to start in a new program. Be the first one to welcome a new team member into the fold. Show them what makes your team weird and awesome.

9). Pay attention.

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Know what’s going on at practice. Be on top of sets, intervals, and the technical aspects of your stroke. If you commit to a set, your teammates will too, and you have a good chance to lead by example.

10). Focus on the details.

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Remember your teammates’ birthdays. Offer to fill up water bottles. Pass out equipment. Help time test-sets. The little stuff adds up over time, and your teammates will truly appreciate it in the long run.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Splashbacks: Adam Peaty, Missy Franklin Top Nov-Dec 2018 Headlines

It’s been another amazing year of aquatics competition, including exciting trips to Glasgow for the European Championships and Tokyo for the Pan Pacific Championships, and Swimming World had our readers covered every step of the way.  During the next few days, we’ll take a look back in “Splashbacks”, the most read stories of 2018.

The most read article of the November and December months was a throwback from December 2015. Three years ago then Swimming World college intern, Delaney Lanker, penned a timely commentary titled “25 Things to Get a Swimmer for Christmas.”

Olympic and World Record holder Adam Peaty has been vocal in the past few months about his support for an International Swim League, despite threats of being banned from competition from swimming’s governing body, FINA.

Swimming World college intern, Maggie Lasto, penned a comentary about the seven reasons why a swimmer’s strength is unmatched. This included reasons, such as, perseverance, self-confidence, and welcoming pain.

Early in December, Swimming World college intern, Olivia McKelvey, analyzed whether or not chlorine is hurting swimmers more than it is helping them. This included looking at several different impacts chlorine can have on a swimmer’s life.

The swimming community mourned the death of 14-year-old Julian Urbina in mid-November. Urbina was participating in a conditioning practice on Wed, Nov. 14 when he went underwater in the deep end of the pool, but did not resurface. The death was ruled an accident.

Taylor ByersSwimming World college intern, examined the importance of strength training in early December and all of the benefits it provides a swimmer’s performances.

Prior to the Thanksgiving season, Swimming World college intern, Emily Thirion, took a closer look at 35 reasons to be thankful to be a swimmer.

Swimming World college interns continued to produce top-notch articles close to the Christmas season. Devin Javens penned an article on 2016 Olympic coach David Marsh and his philosophy on coaching female athletes.

Missy Franklin, 2012 Olympic champion, announced her retirment on Wed, December 19th in a letter she wrote to ESPN. In her letter, Franklin explained what led to her difficult decision and her emotional connection to the sport of swimming.

British swimmer Adam Peaty spoke out in December about FINA, swimming’s governing body, and the need for change in the sport. Peaty explained to the BBC that “FINA needs to listen to the athletes and hear what they want.”

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FINIS Tip Of The Week: 2 Up, 2 Down Breaststroke

Welcome to the “FINIS Tip of the Week.” Swimming World will be bringing you a topic that we’ll explore with drills and concepts for you to implement with your team on a regular basis. While certain weeks may be more appropriate for specific levels of swimming (club, high school, college, or masters), each tip is meant to be flexible for your needs and inclusive for all levels of swimming.

This week’s drill is 2 up, 2 down breaststroke and is a fun drill to play around with your tempo and the timing of your breaststroke.

To practice the drill you alternate between two “head up” strokes (i.e. – do not put the head back in the water after the breath) with two longer breaststroke cycles. The head up cycles should be fast, with a focus on not pausing at any point in your stroke cycle. Specifically, watch that swimmers are driving through the middle of the stroke cycle quickly and minimizing any pause that may normally come at the start of the stroke.

The two “down” cycles should be longer, distance per stroke focused cycles. Alternating between these two stroke tempos will give swimmers a chance to reset their timing between fast strokes while also helping them learn how to gain better control their tempo and timing.

Ultimately, this drill should help makes it easier for your athletes to hold onto their timing when they sprint breaststroke. You can also play around with the number of “head up” cycles you want to do with this drill, making it three, four, or even half a length of them really focusing on driving their tempo.

All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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Male NCAA Performance of the Year: Caeleb Dressel — in Everything

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Swimming World’s Male NCAA Performance of the Year goes to Caeleb Dressel for his dominant three-event performance at the men’s NCAA championships this March. After all of his historic performances, how could we choose one over the other?

Dresser’s 50 yd free had it’s own historical significance with it marking Dressel as the first man to ever break 18-seconds in a 50 free, from a flat-start.

Dressel’s 42.80 to win the 100 yd fly would make him the first man to get under 43-seconds in the event, making him the new American and NCAA record holder by a large margin.

His 100 yd free had, at least, equally as much historical significance with him being the first man to swim the event under 40-seconds with his 39.90.

Not to mention the fastest relay split in history.

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100 yard Free

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel continues to smash barriers by breaking yet another NCAA and American record, this time in the 100 free where he produced a 39.90. This makes Dressel the first and only swimmer to break 40-seconds in a 100 free, making for the third major barrier the Gator senior has broken at this meet alone.

Dressel was the only swimmer in the heat out in under 19-seconds for the first 50, where he split 18.96.

Touching second in the A final was NC State’s Ryan Held in a 41.08 which ties him with Nathan Adrian for fifth all-time. Fellow Wolfpack member Justin Ress threw down a 41.49 for third place overall.

Touching in eighth was USC’s Santo Condorelli in a 42.34.

Auburn’s Zach Apple touched first in the B final with a 41.36.

         NCAA: N 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
     American: A 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: O 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
 Championship: C 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: P 40.68  03/24/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             40.68      39.90N  200   20  
    r:+0.62  18.96        39.90 (20.94)
  2 Ryan Held        SR NC State            41.26      41.08   190   17  
    r:+0.62  19.54        41.08 (21.54)
  3 Justin Ress      JR NC State            41.34      41.49   185   16  
    r:+0.65  19.74        41.49 (21.75)
  4 Blake Pieroni    SR Indiana             41.16      41.51   185   15  
    r:+0.63  19.54        41.51 (21.97)
  5 Jacob Molacek    JR NC State            41.74      41.55   184   14  
    r:+0.65  19.94        41.55 (21.61)
  6 Townley Haas     JR Texas               41.80      41.67   183   13  
    r:+0.71  19.98        41.67 (21.69)
  7 Tate Jackson     JR Texas               41.82      41.81   181   12  
    r:+0.70  20.17        41.81 (21.64)
  8 Santo Condorell  SR USC                 41.69      42.34   176   11  
    r:+0.66  19.59        42.34 (22.75)

100 yard Fly

The A final of tonight’s 100 fly featured the Caeleb Dressel/Joseph Schooling showdown where Dressel emerged victorious in a time of 42.80. This marks Dressel as the fastest all time in the event, continuing his record-breaking weekend.

Dressel continues to marvel with his unmatched speed and unparalleled underwater dolphin kick abilities. Dressel was out first at the 50 in a 19.99, with NC State’s Ryan Held trailing in 20.55. By the finish, Dressel had come back in a 22.81 to win it while Held (44.88) would fade to fifth.

Dressel’s fellow Gator teammate Jan Switkowski got by Schooling for second place in a time of 44.49 while Indiana’s Vini Lanza touched third in 44.50. Former NCAA champion from two years ago, Schooling, faded to fourth in a time of 44.68. Rounding out the A final in a 45.11 was Cal’s Matthew Josa.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
         NCAA: N 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 44.37  03/23/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             44.37      42.80N  200   20  
    r:+0.64  19.99        42.80 (22.81)
  2 Jan Switkowski   SR Florida             45.09      44.49   191   17  
    r:+0.66  20.85        44.49 (23.64)
  3 Vini Lanza       JR Indiana             44.66      44.50   191   16  
    r:+0.68  20.81        44.50 (23.69)
  4 Joseph Schoolin  SR Texas               44.97      44.68   189   15  
    r:+0.62  20.75        44.68 (23.93)
  5 Ryan Held        SR NC State            45.06      44.88   187   14  
    r:+0.62  20.55        44.88 (24.33)
  6 Ryan Hoffer      FR California          45.29      44.93   186   13  
    r:+0.68  21.05        44.93 (23.88)
  7 Justin Lynch     SR California          45.13      45.02   185   12  
    r:+0.62  20.97        45.02 (24.05)
  8 Matthew Josa     SR California          45.23      45.11   185   11  
    r:+0.65  20.81        45.11 (24.30)

50 yard Free

In tonight’s 50 free A final Florida Gator Caeleb Dressel threw down yet another NCAA and American record with a 17.63 to win by nearly a second ahead of NC State’s Ryan Held. Minnesota’s Bowen Becker snuck into third with a 18.90.

USC’s Santo Condorelli touched first in the B final with a 18.99.

Event 5  Men 50 Yard Freestyle - Caeleb Dressel
         NCAA: N 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
     American: A 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: O 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
 Championship: C 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: P 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             18.11      17.63N  200   20  
     r:+0.63  8.48         17.63 (9.15)
  2 Ryan Held        SR NC State            18.69      18.64   192   17  
     r:+0.60  9.10         18.64 (9.54)
  3 Bowen Becker     JR Minnesota           18.88      18.90   186   16  
     r:+0.63  9.20         18.90 (9.70)
  4 Pawel Sendyk     SO California          18.95      18.94   185   15  
     r:+0.66  9.08         18.94 (9.86)
  5 Ryan Hoffer      FR California          19.04      18.97   184   13.5
     r:+0.65  9.07         18.97 (9.90)
  5 Zach Apple       JR Auburn              18.97      18.97   184   13.5
     r:+0.63  9.10         18.97 (9.87)
  7 Robert Howard    JR Alabama             19.00      19.09   181   12  
     r:+0.69  9.19         19.09 (9.90)
  8 Blake Pieroni    SR Indiana             18.93      19.17   179   11  
     r:+0.64  9.28         19.17 (9.89)

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Splashbacks: Tech Suits for Kids; 2020 Olympic Trials News Headline Sep-Oct 2018

It’s been another amazing year of aquatics competition, including exciting trips to Glasgow for the European Championships and Tokyo for the Pan Pacific Championships, and Swimming World had our readers covered every step of the way.  During the next few days, we’ll take a look back in “Splashbacks”, the most read stories of 2018.

Tech suits for kids and the 2020 Olympic Trials were among the top headlines for the months of September and October.

USA Swimming made a monumental decision in September when they announced that tech suits would be banned for all 12 and under swimmers. One amendment to the rule was made and that is to allow 12 and under swimmers who qualify for the USA Junior National Championships and National Championships.

All heads have officially turned to the 2020 Olympic Trials as USA Swimming’s Rowdy Gaines and Mike Unger announced the 2020 Olympic Trials cuts. Each of the cut times announced were faster than the 2016 cuts, however, only 12 of the 26 previously contested events improved by more than one second. The 2020 Olympic Trials are set to take place in Omaha, Nebraska June 21-28, 2020.

Two-time Olympian Missy Franklin continued to have an exciting 2018 as she announced her engagement to Texas swimmer Hayes Johnson via Instagram.

Swimming World college intern, Mark McCluskey, wrote a compelling story about the Howard University men’s and women’s swim teams. The Howard University team is the only HBCU (Historically Black and Colored University) Division 1 team in the country. Coach Nicholas Askew took over in 2014 and has doubled the size of the team since taking over. Askew continues to grow the team and fight the stigma that black people can’t swim.

Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine has become a prominent name in swimming, qualifying for the 2017 World Championships, 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, and notching his first NCAA Championship title in the 400 IM. n addition to his successes in the water, DeVine has also been breaking boundaries as one of few openly gay swimmers.

Santa Clara Swim Club released head coach John Bitter from all duties in September after the club learned that there were financial irregularities in the realm of $600,000.

Swimming World college intern Taylor Byers took a closer look at the ever-changing turn that is the back to breast exchange. This crucial transition has stirred up a lot of controversy over the past few years.

Swimming World college intern J.P. Mortensen examined the age old question: what makes the perfect swimmer’s body? Mortensen examined a variety of variables, including center of mass, height, anthropometry, flexibility, and more.

Dates for the 2020 Olympic Trials have officially been set: June 21-28. The eight-day meet is set to take place in Omaha, Nebraska for the fourth straight quadrennial and will determine Team USA’s 2020 Olympic team.

The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) announced in late September that they would be reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Olympic legend Michael Phelps spoke out against the decision while at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Philanthropy for Better Cities forum, stating “I’ve complained about it, I’ve testified about it. And still nothing changes. So I guess that then leads us here and where do we go next? What else can be done?Somebody has to take charge and if WADA’s really not going do anything about it then somebody else has to.”

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