Swimming World Presents “ISHOF Exhibits: Poseidon…More Than A Trophy”

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ISHOF’s Exhibits: Poseidon…More Than A Trophy

It’s quite likely that swimming’s most spectacular “trophy” is the one that stands at the entrance to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale. The bronze sculpture of the rugged face of Poseidon—Greek god of the sea—sits atop a 16-inch-high bronze base and a four-foot, four-inch wooden pedestal.

If you are more than five feet tall, you can stare this god right in the eyes. The height and depth of Poseidon’s head and shoulders are imposing. His widespread arms seem to be protectively calming the seas for two stroking swimmers on a course left to one’s imagination.

Before ISHOF opened in 1968, this work of art stood in the lobby entrance to the stunning theatre for swimming named the “Yale Exhibition Pool.”

There is a theory in anthropology that modern humans descended from “Lucy,” the hominid whose 3.2 million-year-old bones were discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. Is it possible that an ancient, singular source also exists for competitive swimmers? Could the sport’s origin have something to do with Poseidon, the mythological god of the sea?

To learn more about ISHOF’s trophy of Poseidon, check out the August 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!


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by Annie Grevers
Junior Morgan Tankersley of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) finished the 2016- 17 high school season as the top-ranked female swimmer in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles and third in the 100, and was named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. Perhaps even more special is that she uses her star power to inspire and encourage those around her.

by Annie Grevers
This year’s runners-up for Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year honors all had equally impressive performances during the 2016-17 season.

by David Rieder
Reece Whitley, Swimming World’s 2016-17 Male High School Swimmer of the Year (two No. 1 rankings in the 100 breast and 200 IM with a national record in the 100 breast) just completed his junior year at William Penn Charter High School (Pa.). He seems to have all the tools necessary to be a transcendent talent in swimming.

by David Rieder
Reece Whitley may have been the clear choice for Swimming World’s Male High School Swimmer of the Year, but the four runners-up also turned in a few No. 1 times of their own.

by Cathleen Pruden
The high school Class of 2017 boasts several top recruits who should make an impact with their new teams at the college level.

by Chuck Warner
The bronze sculpture of the rugged face of Poseidon—Greek god of the sea—that stands at the entrance to the International Swimming Hall of Fame is quite likely swimming’s most spectacular “trophy.

by Annie Grevers


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This is the fourth of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming—actions that can be executed under pressure and in unusual circumstances. This month’s article focuses on kicking.

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Coaches Allison Beebe (high-performance coach, Santa Clara Swim Club) and John Smithson (assistant coach, Quest Swimming) share their philosophy on how to train their swimmers following the summer break.

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When it comes to training, there are respected coaches and athletes who are able to think outside the box. And when they do, the swimming world takes notice. What follows is a sampling of divergent training methods used over the years.

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The Netherlands’ Strong Morning Highlights First Morning at Berlin World Cup

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The second World Cup meet kicked off Sunday morning in Berlin. No records were broken on the first morning of the meet as the majority of the swimmers are still coming off of World Championships in Budapest as well as the recent World Cup meet in Moscow.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda is fresh off his bronze medal winning swim in Budapest at the World Championships and swam the fastest 100 breast of the morning in Berlin with a 56.53 ahead of Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich (57.03) and the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga (57.42).

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom had the fastest 50 fly of the morning with a 24.52, just off of countrywoman Therese Alshammar’s world record of 24.52. The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.06) and Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (25.46) followed her.

Russia continued a strong morning as Vladimir Morozov swam a 46.26 to claim the top seed in the 100 free ahead of Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak (46.86) and Hungary’s Doiminik Kozma and the Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk (46.93).

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (1:52.83) has the top seed in the men’s 200 back just ahead of Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:53.06), Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich and Germany’s Christian Diener (1:53.11). World record holder Mitch Larkin of Australia (1:53.33) was right behind them.

The Netherlands continued its strong morning as they claimed the top two seeds for the women’s 50 back final with Kira Toussaint (26.29) and Maaike de Waard (26.66) on top. They are just ahead of Australia’s Emily Seebohm (26.74).

Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (22.81) swam the top time of the morning in the 50 fly ahead of Finland’s Riku Poytakivi (22.85) and Great Britain’s Adam Barrett (22.99).

The Netherlands rolled on the good swims with Femke Heemskerk (1:53.05) leading a tough 200 free final ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (1:54.16) and Italy’s Federica Pellegrini (1:54.59).

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen rebounded from a disappointing World Championships in Budapest to take the top seed in the 200 breast heats with a 2:21.87 ahead of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (2:22.35) and Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (2:23.93).

Kyle Stolk broke the Dutch national record in the 200 IM with a 1:54.33 that belonged to Marcel Wouda from the 1998 World Cup in Sydney (1:55.90). Stolk leads Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (1:55.52), Australia’s Clyde Lewis (1:55.53) and Hong Kong’s Kenneth To (1:55.56).

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Three-Way Tie Highlights Night 3 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold/Aringo

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern.

Jillian Hatch of Clovis Swim Club, who had taken home two third place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly last night, came back tonight to win the 200 fly in a time of 2:17.84 – the only one in the field under 2:18. Sixteen year olds Danielle Nowaski of College Area Swim Team and Hanna Erickson of Mission Viejo took second and third in times of 2:18.22 and 2:19.44 respectively.

Thomas Hall, who had also won the 100 butterfly the night before, won the 200 tonight in 2:03.81 dropping almost 4 seconds off his best time from July. Min Zhi Chua and Uriel Tejeda both dropped almost 3 seconds from their entry times to take second and third in the event.

Leanna Gharbaoui won the women’s 50 freestyle by a hair, out touching Sara Delay by 3 hundreths of a second, winning in 26.59 to delay’s 26.62. Yet the most exciting feature of this race was a three way tie between Kailyn Winter of Quicksilver Swimming, Eleanor Beers of Bainbridge Island Swim Club, and Mya Jackson of Fusion Aquatics. The three girls touched simultaneously in 26.71

The men’s 50 free was much more clear cut as Alex Chan of Iolani Swim Club won in 23.23, blowing past his best time by over half a second. Zachary Allen and Nathan Yates took second and third respectively.

Tonight was a night of repeats, as second place finisher in the 100 breaststroke Tegan Preston won the 200 breaststroke in 2:35.54, going well under the 2:40 barrier for the first time in her career. Sarah Savage also joined Preston under 2:40 to come second in 2:39.75. 100 breaststroke winner Katrina Hage took third in 2:40.04, just missing the mark.

Brandon Stride of Gold’s Aquatics Club took first in the men’s 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.44, while Katelyn Laderoute won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.93 – the only girl under 1:04 in the field and her first time under the mark.

Michael Petrides, a member of Hawaii’s 2016 Oceanic Championships team, won the 100 backstroke in 57.94 – an impressive drop from his entry time of 59.71. Kyle Millis of Bellevue Club Swim Team out touched King Aquatic’s Tyler Lu 58.53 to 58.56.

Jasmine O’Brien won the women’s 400 freestyle in 4:22.71, while Petrides came back to immediately pick up another win in the men’s 400 freestyle – breaking the four minute barrier for the first time to win in 3:59.67.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 USA Swimming Futures Santa Clara

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Furlong, Kaufmann Take Home Gold in the Third Day of the Lewisville Futures

Jacob Furlong won his third gold this championship. Photo Courtesy: CWAC Twitter

By Joe Buchanan, Swimming World College Intern.

Day 3 of the Lewisville Futures Championship saw many familiar faces over the past two days return to the podium. Teams like the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatics Club continue to dominate the top spots, but fans also saw many teams new swimmers take home medals for their respective teams.

The women’s 200 butterfly began the night with Ellie Flanagan of the Columbia Swim Club receiving her first medal of the championships with her time of 2:17.84. The Dallas Mustangs’ Rebecca Brandt placed second with a time of 2:18.89. In third was Alvena Walpole of the Alamo Area Aquatic Association with a time of 2:20.69.

Andrew Limpert of the Mansfield Aquatic Club took home gold in the men’s 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.07. He was followed by number 22 seed Luke Davis of the American Energy Swim Club who placed with a time of 2:04.60, a major lead over third place, Spencer Woodward of Lakeside Aquatic Club, who finished in 2:07.80.

The women’s 50 freestyle had a long scratch sheet consisting of 79 swimmers. Of these swimmers, Kennedy Quist of the Aspen Swim Club took home gold with her time of 26.63. In second was Abby Kapeller of the Aquajets Swim Team with a time of 26.82, barely beating out Lincoln Select Swimming’s Alana Palmer who finished in 26.87.

Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club’s Reilly Shields took home his first individuals gold of the Lewisville Futures with his time of 26.87 in the men’s 50 freestyle. John Shelstad of the Aquajets took second with his time of 23.83. Returning to the podium, Dalton Lowe of the Spring Swim Team finished in 24.09.

Familiar faces took the podium of the women’s 200 breaststroke. Great Wolf Swim Team’s Reese Dehen earned her first gold of the championships with a time of 2:38.30. In second was the Aquajets’ Jordyn Wentzel placing for the second time this championship with a time of 2:40.45. In third, Molly Winer of the Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club, who finished in 2:41.33.

The men’s 200 breaststroke was won by Greater Omaha Aquatics’ Conner Funke with his time of 2:20.66. Behind him was Forrest Frazier of the Iowa Flyers Swim Club with a time of 2:22.31. Coming in third, the first unattached swimmer to place in this championship, was Adam Fust-Molnar with a time of 2:23.80.

The women’s 50 freestyle bolsters the most swimmers of any event in the 2017 Lewisville Futures with 90 competitors. Of these swimmer, Kapeller was able to return to the podium, this time with a gold for her time of 1:03.57. Brooke West of Team Millennium took second with her time of 1:04.55. In third Emily Smith of the Dunlap Dolphins Swim Team finished with a time of 1:04.67. These are the first two medals in the Lewisville Futures for both Team Millennium and the Dunlap Dolphins.

Brett Spires of the Bloomington Normal Swim Club took first in the men’s 100 backstroke for his time of 58.21. Following closely, Alex Wowk of the Waunakee Wave took second with a time of 58.80. Brandon Garcia won another medal for the Alamo Area Aquatic Association by placing third with a time of 59.13.

Carson Kaufmann of the Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club bested SwimTulsa’s Liberty Howell for the first time this championship with her time of 4:20.91 in the women’s 400 freestyle. Howell came in second with a time of 4:24.41. In third, Katia Soudakova of the Rochester Swim Club Orcas, finished with a time of 4:25.49.

To finish the night, Chicago Wolfpack’s Jacob Furlong took home his third gold in the men’s 400 meter free with his time of 3:57.00. In second was Jack Little of the Jets Aquatic Club with a time of 4:02.86. In third, placing for the first time, was Trever Brenner of the Sioux Falls Swim Team with his time of 4:04.54.

Live Results Available on Meet Mobile

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Maggie Wyngowski, Josh Matheny Dominate 200 Breast at Geneva Futures, Night 3

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The 200 breaststroke, heralded by Maggie Wyngowski and Josh Matheny, proved to be the highlight of the night in Geneva, Ohio, where the Futures Championships continue. Wyngowski, who will swim for Bucknell University in the fall, racked up yet another gold after winning the 400 IM and earning silver in the 100 breaststroke on night two. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Matheny claimed his second gold in two days, along with the third-ranked 200 breast of all time for the 13-14 age group.

The action started off with Northern Kentucky Clippers’ Allison Piccirillo taking home another butterfly title, this time in the 200 meter distance. Piccirillo dropped two seconds from her prelims time–on top of a one second drop in prelims from her entry time–for a 2:13.83. Piccirillo stayed one hundredth ahead of Empire Swimming’s Kate Amar on the first hundred, but Piccirillo really made her move on the second hundred, where she kept her time at a low 1:08.79.

That back half kept Piccirillo positioned her over two seconds ahead of Amar and the rest of the field. Amar wound up with a 2:16.42, while 14-year-old Megan Deuel of Victor slowly gained ground in the second half of the race for a 2:16.68.

On the men’s side, New York Sharks’ Tavis Siebert tasted gold with his 2:02.99, thanks to a whopping time job of 5.52 seconds from the morning. Siebert accomplished his winning time by never wavering from the beginning of the race, which he took out in the fastest split in the pool (59.14).

Second place went to Casey Ransford of Pack Swim Team of Pittsburgh, who came in at a respectable 2:05.58, just ahead of Scarlet Aquatics’ Kyle Iorizzo (2:05.63), who finished quickly.

In a change of pace for the night, Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics’ Charlotte Krevitt barely edged out Radnor Aquatic Club’s Madison Ledwith by just one one-hundredth of a second. The fifteen-year-old Krevitt dropped 0.71 seconds from prelims for the victory and 26.61. Not far behind Ledwith was Fairport Area Swim Team’s Rebecca Evans, who earned her spot on the podium with a 26.76.

In the men’s race, Sam Neaveill, representing Club Mountaineer, posted a serviceable 23.37 for the win. Behind Neaveill, Canton City Schools’ William Rose, 15, stopped the clock in 23.81, while Brendan Sullivan of Seacoast Swimming nabbed the bronze medal with a 23.90.

The other long stroke event of the night–the 200 breaststroke–belonged to Maggie Wyngowski of Schenectady-Saratoga Aquatic Club, who took the heat with a 2:36.34. Wyngowski went out in an ambitious 1:15.64 and came back in a steady 1:20.70.

Second place went to Hudson Explorers’ Giovanna Cappabianca, who dropped 4.44 seconds from the morning for the silver and for her 2:38.51. Finally, Katelyn Walsh of Patriot Swim Team took care of the bronze with a 2:39.66.

Meanwhile, demolishing the men’s 200 breaststroke was the 100 breaststroke champion, 14-year-old Josh Matheny of Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics, who earned the third-ranked 200 breaststroke of all time for his age group in the NAG rankings with his 2:17.73. Matheny virtually obliterated the competition, as the next top finisher, Lake Erie Silver Dolphins’ Sulta Bukeev, was good for silver with a 2:22.05. Maxwell Reich of Phoenix Swimming was not far behind, tightening up on his final 100 behind Bukeev for Bukeev in 2:22.17.

The top three had a photo finish in the women’s 100 back. Yunfan Dong of Schenectady-Saratoga laid claim to gold with a 1:04.14. The fastest swimmer in the first fifty was Victor’s Alyssa Helak, followed by Dong’s teammate, Mattie Williams. 

It was all Dong, however, in the second fifty. She came back to touch three hundredths ahead of Williams (1:04.17) and 0.25 seconds ahead of Helak (1:04.39).

In the men’s race, Joseph Perry of Cape Cod Swim Club proved himself top dog in the event with a 58.09. Jared Daigle  of North Shore Swim Club took out the first fifty fast (28.35), but Perry came back to dominate the second fifty in 29.64. The silver medalist, William Rose, fresh off of the 50 freestyle, got his hand to the wall in 58.38, while Daigle settled for third in 58.71.

The distance event of the evening, the 400 freestyle, was the territory of Victor’s Sydney St Rose-Finear, who brought back the gold with a 4:19.21. St Rose-Finear trailed Team Pittsburgh’s Meghan Joram during the first 100, but St Rose-Finear came back strong in the back half to touch first, while Joram’s stroke shortened for a 4:21.31. The next top finisher was Hudson Explorers’ Paige McCormick, 15, who snatched bronze in 3:22.92.

The final event of the night, the men’s 400 freestyle, belonged to Ryan Schonbachler of the University of Pittsburgh, who posted a 4:03.96. The next top finisher was Empire Swimming’s Liam Bogart in 4:04.47, while Scarlet Aquatics’ Kyle Iorizzo snagged the bronze in 4:06.01. Bogart went out fast, but Schonbachler gradually gained as the 400 progressed. Meanwhile, Iorizzo hung tight with clockwork-like splits.

Live Results are available at the link on the sidebar and on Meet Mobile under “2017 Futures Championships (Geneva, Ohio).” 

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April Woo Promoted To Associate Head Coach At Notre Dame

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A critical component in the recent resurgence of the Notre Dame swimming and diving programs, April Woo has been promoted to associate head coach in a move announced on Friday by head coach Mike Litzinger.

“April is a tremendous coach who has truly come into her own at Notre Dame,” Litzinger said. “Her passion and attention to detail is geared to our team’s success, and is evident in the recent results of our speed group. Most importantly, April is dedicated to our process of building a Notre Dame program that is among the elite in the country. I am proud to have her as member of our coaching staff.”

In just Woo’s first two seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish set 32 school records, produced seven All-Americans, and qualified 29 men and women for the NCAA Championships. The Irish women placed seventh overall at the 2017 ACC Championships and finished the season at No. 24 after the NCAA Championships. The Irish men, meanwhile had the most successful year in school history in 2016-17, improving from seventh to third at the ACC Championships with a final national standing of No. 19.

Woo came to Notre Dame from Stanford, where she served as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Woo helped coach on-deck while assisting with all aspects of the swimming & diving program. During her year with Stanford, the Cardinal placed third overall at the 2015 NCAA Championships, setting three American records in the 400 medley and free relays and the 100 free (Simone Manuel) in the process. Eight individuals earned All-America status while four others claimed honorable mention All-America citations. In addition, four relays claimed All-America accolades and one other secured honorable mention All-America honors.

Prior to coaching at Stanford, Woo was an assistant coach for Florida Gulf Coast from 2012-14. There she assisted with the team’s recruiting classes, which included the 12th-ranked recruiting class in 2013. She also designed weight-training programs for the distance swimmers. In her last season at FGCU, the Eagles placed 32nd at the 2014 NCAA Championships, which was the highest finish in program history. Three individual All-America citations highlighted the 2014 run. In her first year with the program (2012-13), the team claimed the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association team title.

In 2013, Woo was awarded the prestigious Jean Freeman Award. This award is given to a male and female assistant coach in each NCAA division whose contributions have brought recognition to the respective colleges or university, and whose honesty, leadership and integrity reflects the characteristics of Jean Freeman.

Woo’s first stop out of college took her to Cleveland State, where she worked under the direction of legendary head coach Wally Morton while also completing a Masters of Education in exercise science in 2012. With the Vikings, Woo assisted in all aspects of the program including recruiting, training, weight plans and meets. Eleven individual school records fell under her watch in addition to nine relay marks.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Woo swam collegiately at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California from 2005-09 where she served as co-captain during her senior campaign (2008-09). Woo earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2009.

Outside of her assistant duties with various collegiate programs, Woo has assisted with several camps and clubs all over the country including the Neal Studd Swimming Camp, Ohio Masters, Swim Strongsville Club, Fast Lane Swimming Camp, LLC and the Pacific Swim School.

Press release courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics. 

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Lake Oswego’s Mara Newman Verbally Commits to UCLA

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NEW COMMIT: Lake Oswego Swim Club’s Mara Newman has verbally committed to swim for the UCLA Bruins beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Newman is a rising senior at Oregon’s Lakeridge High School.

Newman told Swimming World,

“I felt immediately at home at UCLA when I visited. The team was unbelievably welcoming and the school just felt right. The coaching staff is amazing and you really can’t beat sunny Southern California! The campus was beautiful and the academics are top notch. UCLA has a storied tradition of excellence and I can’t wait to be a part of it! Go Bruins!”

Newman is a fairly versatile swimmer though she excels in backstroke. Her best times are:

  • 50 Back 26.26
  • 100 Back 53.78
  • 200 Back 1:56.65
  • 50 Free 23.73
  • 100 Fly 55.34

At the 2017 Oregon High School 6A State Championships Newman finished third in the 100 butterfly (56.36). She also picked up a silver in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.51. The junior also posted a 25.47 butterfly split on the team’s fourth place 200 medley relay. In the 400 freestyle relay Lakeridge finished second, anchored by Newman in 52.13.

At the 2017 Pac-12 Championships Newman would have been a 100 and 200 backstroke B finalist with her best times.

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Zoe Skirboll Eclipses 11-12 50 Breast National Age Group Record

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Zoe Skirboll of Racer X Aquatics eclipsed the 11-12 50 breast LCM National Age Group (NAG) record while swimming in prelims of the 2017 ISCA Summer Senior Championships.

The 12-year-old powered to a time of 32.96, becoming the first 11-12 year old to break the 33 second barrier. The previous record was a 33.05 set in 2012 by Olivia Calegan.

In addition to today’s NAG record, Skirboll also owns the 10 & under SCY records for the 50 free (24.90) and 100 free (54.89), plus the 11-12 SCY 50 breast (28.70) records.

Skirboll returns to finals tonight of the 50 breast tonight in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Watch Skirboll’s NAG breaking race:

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2017 U.S. Open Swimming Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day one prelims of the 2017 U.S. Open Swimming Championships in East Meadow, New York. Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.


  • Women’s 200 Freestyle
  • Men’s 200 Freestyle
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke
  • Women’s 100 Backstroke
  • Men’s 100 Backstroke

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