How Upper Palmetto YMCA Trains Zach Piedt

The January 2015 Collectors Issue of Swimming World Magazine

How They Train Zach Piedt

PHOENIX- The January 2015 Issue of Swimming World Magazine showcases how they train Zach Piedt at the Upper Palmetto YMCA in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Zach Piedt has had quite an autumn. In October, he won two individual South Carolina state high school championships, setting records in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles (20.71, 45.14), and was accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Piedt (6-2, 165 pounds) was also part of two winning relays, swimming the fly leg in the 200 medley (21.53) and anchoring the 200 free relay (20.43). (Story page 40)
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USA Swimming is producing a documentary film that explores the dark chapter in Olympic history of systemic doping by the East German women at the 1976 Olympics. It also tells the greatest Olympic Story never told of the against-all-odds triumph by the American women’s 4×100 relay (Kim Peyton, Wendy Boglioli, Jill Sterkel and Shirley Babashoff) that ended the meet in Montreal. East German swimmers (Kornelia Ender, Petra Thumer and Andrea Pollack) also contribute to the film. (See story page 30, and related stories, pages 18,26 and 29.)



011 5 Top Stories Of 2014


012 Mind Games Forever

by Michael J. Stott

Personal and team traditions and rituals are just as much part of the sport of swimming as the competition itself. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, swimmers and teams do whatever it takes to perform their best.


018 Doing The Right Thing

by Jason Marsteller

A year ago, Swimming World Magazine vacated its women’s World and European Swimmer of the Year awards from nine East German swimmers from the 1970s and 80s. Now the magazine proclaims the rightful winners.


020 2014 Athletes Of The Year: Diving, Polo, Synchro, Disabled Swimming
by Jason Marsteller


022 2014 World And American Record Progression
by Jason Marsteller


026 Top 10 Triumphs & Tragedies

by Chuck Warner

Beginning in its April issue and running through February 2015, Swimming World Magazine is counting down the top 10 triumphs and tragedies in the history of swimming. This month: #2 The greatest Triumph in Swimming History.


028 Reflections On History: An Interview With Jill Sterkel
by Jeff Commings


031 The Greatest Olympic Story Never Told

Casey Barrett

Here’s a sneak peak at the making of “The Last Gold”-a documentary film about the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.



008 Lessons With the Legends: Richard Shoulberg

by Michael Stott

010 Turn Technique

014 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Freestyle Straight-Arm Pull

by Rod Havriluk

A common swimming technique misconception is that a straight-arm pull produces the fastest freestyle. A related misconception is that different pulls are more effective for different racing courses: a straight-arm pull for short course and a bent-are pull for long course.

038 Q & A With Coach Tim Conley

by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Zach Piedt

by Michael J. Stott



016 Goldminds: Never Give Up!

by Wayne Goldsmith

043 Up & Comers



042 Dryside Training: Medicine Ball Madness

by J.R. Rosania



006 A Voice For The Sport

044 Gutter Talk

046 Parting Shot