PHOENIX, Arizona, December 7. IN addition to naming the World and Regional Swimmers of the Year, every December Swimming World Magazine takes the time to name the year's best male and female athletes from other aquatic sports. The 2012 female Diver of the Year is China's Chen Ruolin, and the male Diver of the Year is Russia's Ilya Zakharov.

Chen has won Swimming World Magazine's female Diver of the Year award previously, but cinches it in 2012 for her Olympic gold medals won on the 10-meter platform (individual) and in synchronized diving competition. Zakharov earns the male honors for his Olympic gold medal in the 3-meter individual competition and his silver in the 3-metere synchronized competition.

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Table Of Contents
World Swimmers of the Year Print and Online Issues
48 page print and online .pdf table of contents

Page 8 World and Regional Swimmers of the Year
by Shoshanna Rutemiller and Jeff Commings
Page 16 Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming & Disabled Swimming Award Winners
Page 18 10 Best Performances of 2012 by John Lohn
Page 20 Dryside Training: Holiday Tune-up by J.R. Rosania
Page 22 The Pool's Edge: Freestyle Pop Quiz by Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
Page 28 Q&A with Coach Bryan Dedeaux by Michael J. Stott
Page 31 Water Polo as Cross-Training by Michael J. Stott
Swimming and water polo should be working together
to get more kids excited about being in the pool.
Page 33 American Relay by Judy Jacob
Page 34 TYR Age Group Swimmer of the Month by Judy Jacob
Page 41 World & American Record Progressions by Jason Marsteller
Page 44 A Final Tribute by John Lohn
As we prepare for the calendar to flip to 2013, thus officially
closing the door on the last year of the Michael Phelps era,
it seems appropriate to bid farewell one more time to the greatest
swimmer the sport has ever known.

DEPARTMENTS
Page 6 A Voice for the Sport
Page 23 Holiday Gift Guide
Page 36 Lane 9/Gutter Talk
Page 39 For the Record
Page 43 Calendar
Page 46 Parting Shot




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