PHOENIX, Arizona, January 9. TAYLOR Abbott, of Cedar Park, Texas, is Swimming World Magazine's January Age Group Swimmer of the Month. The 14-year-old is a heavy hitter in the distance events, and an incredibly driven competitor in practice and competition.

Abbott holds numerous South Texas Swimming records and is ranked top-five nationally in his age group in distance and butterfly events. Judging by his favorite set, 16x200s butterfly all out, he certainly isn't afraid of hard work!

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32 Page Print Table Of Contents

FEATURES:

8 Top 10 Moments from 2012

10 Back in Full Force by Shoshanna Rutemiller
After retiring from swimming in 2003, Anthony Ervin, now 31, has developed into a mature student of the sport, culminating with a return appearance at the Olympics 12 years after winning a gold medal in Sydney.

14 Trusting in Hope
Fifteen-year-old swimmer Thomas Smith, who is diagnosed with bone cancer, believes that, with hope, his dreams can become a reality.

16 Let's Live a Healthier Life by Garrett Weber-Gale
What you put into your body is what you get out of it. With the beginning of a new year, now is the perfect time to eat healthier and perform better.

18 Dryside Training: New Year's Overhaul by J.R. Rosania

21 Q&A with Coach Sean Tedesco by Michael J. Stott

DEPARTMENTS:

6 A Voice for the Sport
27 Up-and-Comers
28 Gutter Talk
30 Parting Shot

52 Page Online Table of Contents

FEATURES:

10 Top 10 Moments from 2012

12 Back in Full Force by Shoshanna Rutemiller
After retiring from swimming in 2003, Anthony Ervin, now 31, has developed into a mature student of the sport, culminating with a return appearance at the Olympics 12 years after winning a gold medal in Sydney.


16 Better Things to Come? by Jeff Commings
Although she finished out of the medal picture at the London Olympics, Katinka Hosszu is definitely setting herself up for a bright future after winning 39 gold medals during the eight-meet World Cup Series.


17 Plenty of Promise by Jeff Commings
With more than $120,000 in hand from the World Cup Series, Kenneth To now looks to the promise of 2013 and a spot on the Australian team that will compete in the Long Course World Championships.


18 Brenda Villa: Leaving Her Legacy by Shoshanna Rutemiller