SW Biweekly – “Ripple Effect – Will Other Schools Follow Arizona State’s Lead And Redshirt Their Entire Team?”

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about Arizona State Coach Bob Bowman’s recent announcement of redshirting their entire swim team for the 2020-21 season. Will this cause other teams to do the same? Also featured are five reasons why MVP stands for Most Valuable Practices at college-level swimming; Regan Smith to defer enrollment to Stanford for an Olympic redshirt year; YMCA of Central Ohio cancels competitive swimming for the 2020-21 season; British Swimming launches an LGBT+ support network, “Pride in Water”; How the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials were a road to nowhere due to the Moscow boycott, and how Glenn Mills turned a missed Olympic opportunity into a career of giving back to the sport of swimming; The importance of mental health for swimmers; Roric Fink hired as head coach of the Austin Swim Club; 10 things non-swimmers should never say to a swimmer; Japanese sports feds want the IOC & Tokyo 2020 bosses to a final decision on whether the Olympics will proceed as planned for 2021; and more!

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008  5 REASONS WHY MVP STANDS FOR MOST VALUABLE PRACTICES AT COLLEGE LEVEL
by Gigi Picard
Some schools have cut swimming and diving, while others have transitioned to a non-traditional season consisting of only practices. For those college athletes who are still able to train in the pool, their experience will never ever be the same as it once was. Here, the author shares five things that college swimmers and divers like herself might miss about fall practices.

010 ALL ARIZONA STATE SWIMMERS TO REDSHIRT 2020-21 SEASON, BOB BOWMAN ANNOUNCES
by Dan D’Addona
ASU Coach Bob Bowman announced that his entire swimming and diving team will redshirt and only train in 2020-21, with the expectation that the entire roster will return in 2021-22. Bowman believes, “This decision promotes the health and safety of our student-athletes, enhances their educational opportunities and allows time to rebuild and refocus on performing at the highest levels of NCAA competition.”

012 REGAN SMITH WILL DEFER ENROLLMENT TO STANFORD FOR OLYMPIC REDSHIRT YEAR
by Dan D’Addona
World champion and world record holder Regan Smith will defer her first year at Stanford to train in Minnesota for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. Her decision is based on the current situation with COVID-19.

013 WILL ARIZONA STATE & REGAN SMITH DECISIONS CAUSE RIPPLE EFFECT IN NCAA WATERS?
by Andy Ross
With no guarantee on an upcoming college swim season, will schools follow Arizona State’s lead and redshirt their entire team? And with the Tokyo Games postponed to 2021, will other Olympic hopefuls follow Regan Smith’s lead and stay at home an extra year to prepare in familiar surroundings?

014 YMCA OF CENTRAL OHIO CANCELS COMPETITIVE SWIMMING FOR 2020-21 SEASON
by Andy Ross
Following the decision made by the YMCA of Central Florida, the YMCA of Central Ohio also announced the cancellation of all competitive swimming for the 2020-21 season at their metropolitan YMCAs. In addition to not being able to compete, swimmers will not be allowed to practice.

015 BRITISH SWIMMING LAUNCHES LGBT+ SUPPORT NETWORK CALLED PRIDE IN WATER
by Liz Byrnes
British Swimming has launched a LGBT+ support network, “Pride in Water,” as part of its continual improvement toward advancing support, inclusivity and engagement for all in aquatic sports.

016 THE 1980 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS REPRESENTED A ROAD TO NOWHERE
by John Lohn
President Jimmy Carter had announced that the United States would boycott the 1980 Games in Moscow in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in late 1979. The United States, however, still held its Olympic Trials after the conclusion of the swimming events in Moscow—an unusual circumstance for athletes who were robbed of the opportunity to compete on their sport’s biggest stage.

018 FOR GLENN MILLS, A MISSED OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITY IN 1980, BUT A CAREER OF GIVING BACK
by Andy Ross
Glenn Mills is one of 15 swimmers who made the U.S. Olympic team in 1980 who, because of the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Games, never swam in an Olympics. Since then, he’s made a huge impact on the sport of swimming by teaching and helping other people through GoSwim, the sport’s leading provider of educational video content and an official technique video supplier to USA Swimming.

022 THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR SWIMMERS
by Brooke McCormick
Mental barriers can prevent swimmers from reaching a certain time, competing at a higher level or even staying active in the pool. That’s why it’s important for every athlete to understand the basics of mental health.

023 RORIC FINK HIRED AT AUSTIN SWIM CLUB
by Dan D’Addona
Rorik Fink, who has been coaching since the mid-1990s, was hired as head coach of the Austin Swim Club in Austin, Texas, taking over for former coach, Chris Coghill. Most recently, he was an associate head coach at the University of Texas.

024 10 THINGS NON-SWIMMERS SHOULD NOT SAY TO A SWIMMER
by Brooke Irving
Swimmers lead lifestyles that don’t make sense to non-swimmers, which appears quite obvious from the questions swimmers must endure from them. So, in order to avoid a swimmer’s wrath (just kidding), here are some comments and questions to swimmers that best should be avoided.

025 JAPANESE SPORTS FEDS WANT IOC & TOKYO 2020 BOSSES TO MAKE “STOP/GO” CALL THIS YEAR
by Craig Lord
In a Kyodo News survey from the end of June to mid-July, about half of the 35 national sports federations in Japan say they want the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo  Olympic Games organizers to make a firm decision this year to either go ahead with the Olympics as planned in July 2021 or cancel the event altogether.

026 GREAT SCOT(T)
by David Rieder
Scotland’s Duncan Scott should be an Olympic medal threat next year in the 100 and 200 free and maybe even the 200 IM, and he will be a key cog for British 800 free and 400 medley relays with gold medal aspirations.

030 A NEW HOPE
by Dan D’Addona
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe and changed the lives of everyone in the world. Now, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as the world struggles to find normalcy again.

032 HOW THEY TRAIN ANNA HOPKIN
by Michael J. Stott

034 PARTING SHOT

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