PHOENIX, Arizona, December 6. IN 2004, Africa became the final continent recognized in Swimming World Magazine's regional Swimmer of the Year awards. Despite it's late recognition, a number of incredibly talented athletes have come out of the region. This year's male and female African Swimmer of the Year award winners are Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry and South Africa's Chad le Clos.
Every year, a panel of international Swimming World Magazine correspondents cast their ballots for Regional and World Swimmers of the Year. 2012 marks the seventh year Coventry has been honored as Swimming World Magazine's female African Swimmer of the Year. London 2012 was Coventry's third Olympics. She competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 IM.
Le Clos produced arguably the biggest upset of the London 2012 Olympics when he out-touched his swimming hero, Michael Phelps, in the 200 butterfly. For this effort, he received a large majority of the first-place votes among the Swimming World Magazine panelists.
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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.
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