SW Biweekly – 2020 U.S. Open Highlights: Nine Sites and Big Swims

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, check out highlights of the virtual 2020 Toyota U.S. Open, held at nine sites across the country, Nov. 12-14.  Also featured is Torri Huske, on her U.S. Open title in the 100 free using a new breathing pattern; Open water swimmer Joe Zemaitis, short on international options, turned to his local Roosevelt Lake, the largest lake entirely within Arizona; Cal’s Reece Whitley set 3rd fastest time in the history of the 200 yard breast; Jean-Francois Salessy resigns as general manager of the ISL with an angry open letter to Konstantin Grigorishin; Caeleb Dressel set two world records on the first day of the ISL Grand Final in Budapest; Asia Seidt named NCAA Woman of the Year; Adam Peaty blasts the 100 breast world record at ISL meet; Roland Schoeman facing longer doping ban if he can’t prove contamination; Milorad Cavic still claims he won the 2008 Olympic gold in the 100 fly over Michael Phelps; How They Train with Jack Alexy and Meredith Riegler; and our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!

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008 ROOSEVELT LAKE OPEN WATER SWIM: A NARRATIVE FROM SWIMMER JOE ZEMAITIS
by Joe Zemaitis
Author Joe Zemaitis usually does some international open water swims at the end of the summer, but those options weren’t available because of COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, he was drawn to a location closer to home: Roosevelt Lake, the largest lake entirely within the state of Arizona.

010 CAL’S REECE WHITLEY NOTCHES NO. 3 TIME IN HISTORY OF 200 YARD BREASTSTROKE
by Matthew De George
In Cal’s first competition of the season—an unscored dual meet versus Stanford—the Bears’ Reece Whitley swam a personal best time of 1:48.53 in the 200 yard breaststroke, bettering his 1:49.85 from the 2019-20 season.

012 ENERGY STANDARD GM JEAN-FRANCOIS SALESSY EXITS “FAKE MOVIE,” RESIGNS IN ANGRY LETTER
by Matthew De George
Energy Standard’s Jean-Francois Salessy announced via an open letter to Konstantin Grigorishin that he is stepping down as the ISL team’s general manager. Salessy expressed dismay at his efforts on the business side that met with difficulty at the hands of Grigorishin, who is also the International Swimming League’s founder.

014 CAELEB DRESSEL PUTS TOGETHER EPIC DAY: TWO WORLD RECORDS AND AMERICAN MARK
by John Lohn
Caeleb Dressel produced one of the greatest single-day performances the sport has ever seen in the short-course meters pool on the first day of the ISL Grand Final in Budapest. In the span of two hours, he became the first man to break the 48-second barrier in the 100 fly (47.78), added a world record of 20.16 in the 50 free and shaved 2-hundredths off his own American record in the 100 free (45.18).

016 ASIA SEIDT NAMED NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Asia Seidt, the high-achieving University of Kentucky alumna swimmer, was selected from more than 600 candidates as the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. Seidt has earned more All-America honors, NCAA Championship podium finishes, Southeastern Conference Championship medals and All-SEC First Team selections than any UK swimmer or diver, man or woman, ever.

017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

023 ADAM PEATY BLASTS 100 BREASTSTROKE WORLD RECORD IN ISL SEMIFINALS
by John Lohn
There is no doubt that Adam Peaty is the greatest 100 breaststroker in history, and with a short-course world record (55.49) added to his ledger during semifinals of a recent International Swimming League competition, the British star only enhanced his legacy in the event.

024 ROLAND SCHOEMAN FACING LONGER DOPING BAN IF HE CANNOT PROVE CONTAMINATION
by Matthew De George
Olympic relay gold medalist Roland Schoeman of South Africa is facing a longer doping ban—possibly extended to May 2021—if he cannot prove his supplement was contaminated. The South African was handed a one-year doping ban that ended in May 2020, testing positive for GW501516, a drug that is illegal and not commercially produced after testing in the mid-2000s deemed it a cancer risk.

028 TORRI HUSKE REFLECTS ON U.S. OPEN TITLE IN 100 FREE WITH NEW BREATHING PATTERN
by Dan D’Addona
Swimming in Richmond, Va. at the recent nine-site virtual U.S. Open, Torri Huske tried out a new breathing pattern—two cycles, then a breath, followed by one cycle and a breath—in winning the 100 meter free in 54.04. Although Huske said she wasn’t quite as fast as she had hoped, she is in good shape heading into 2021 with a variety of events to swim at the U.S. Olympic Trials next June.

030 2020 TOYOTA U.S. OPEN—MEET RUNDOWN
by John Lohn and Andy Ross
Swimming World reports the highlights of the virtual U.S. Open, held at nine sites across the country, Nov. 12-30, in Beaverton, Ore.; Des Moines, Iowa; Greensboro, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.;Indianapolis, Ind.; Irvine, Calif.; Richmond, Va.; San Antonio, Texas; and Sarasota, Fla.

036 MILORAD CAVIC STILL CLAIMS HE WON 2008 OLYMPIC GOLD IN 100 FLY OVER MICHAEL PHELPS
by Andy Ross
Serbia’s Milorad Cavic recently reflected upon his swimming career on the “Inside with Brett Hawke” podcast. Citing photos of the finish of the men’s 100 fly at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the silver medalist still believes he actually touched the wall first when he lost to Michael Phelps by 1-hundredth of a second!

037 HOW THEY TRAIN: JACK ALEXY & MEREDITH RIEGLER
by Michael J. Stott

038 PARTING SHOT

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