SW Biweekly – “Rivalry Revisited: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte”

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte that spanned over a decade, especially at U.S. Olympic Trials. Also featured is the Aquatics Coalition, a new group formed by more than 20 aquatics organizations in order to aid the reopening of pools across the nation; World University Games’ silver medalist Asia Seidt of Kentucky announces her retirement; The Jenny ThompsonDara Torres rivalry throughout the 2000 Olympic cycle; Olympians Lia Neal and Jacob Pebley launch the “Swimmers For Change” movement in the swimming world to support Black Lives Matter; Alex and Gretchen Walsh, sisters chasing the Olympic dream together; David Marsh and Team Elite talk on what it’s like getting back in the pool; and the DeLoof sisters, Ali, Gabby, and Catie of Team Elite rode out their Quarantine with open water adventures in the Pacific.

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FEATURES

012 AQUATICS COALITION LAUNCHED TO SPEED UP AMERICA’S SAFE RETURN TO POOLS
by Matthew De George
More than 20 aquatics organizations recently announced the forming of a new group, the Aquatics Coalition, to aid the reopening of swimming pools in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic.

014 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES SILVER MEDALIST ASIA SEIDT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
by Andy Ross
Kentucky graduate Asia Seidt announced her retirement from the sport of swimming, thanking her family and friends for always supporting her goals. The reigning U.S. national champion in the 200 back wrote, “Even though my career was cut short, my heart will forever be happy, knowing that swimming will always be a part of me and who I am.”

016 THE THOMPSON-TORRES RIVALRY: SHORT, SENSATIONAL—AND STRAINED
by John Lohn
During the Olympic campaign of 2000, Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres—complete opposites out of the pool, but with few differences as competitors—were engaged in a friendly, but not-so-easy rivalry…one that brought out the best in both swimmers.

020 OLYMPIANS LIA NEAL, JACOB PEBLEY LAUNCH “SWIMMERS FOR CHANGE” MOVEMENT, INVOLVING MORE THAN 30 TEAM USA ATHLETES
“Swimmers for Change” is a grassroots movement whose goal is to provide a platform for the swimming community to contribute toward raising awareness and support for the Black Lives Matter movement and combating systemic racism in the United States.

022 ALEX AND GRETCHEN WALSH CHASING THE ULTIMATE DREAM…TOGETHER
by David Rieder
Alex and Gretchen Walsh have worked their way up the pecking order of American swimming, and in 2021, the talented sisters from the Nashville Aquatic Club and two-time national champion Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn., will get their shot at their greatest goal: the Olympics.

026 DAVID MARSH AND TEAM ELITE RETURN TO THE POOL: “IT WAS PRETTY EMOTIONAL”
by Andy Ross
With the majority of swimmers in the United States out of the water since mid-March, teams around the country were approved little by little to return to the pool, subject to strict social distancing restrictions. Coach David Marsh’s Team Elite professional swimmers from San Diego welcomed the opportunity after staying in shape by training in backyard pools and the Pacific Ocean!

028 DELOOF SISTERS RIDE OUT QUARANTINE TOGETHER WITH PACIFIC OPEN WATER ADVENTURES
by Dan D’Addona
During the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than returning home to Michigan, the DeLoof sisters—Ali, Gabby and Catie—decided to stay in San Diego and swim for Team Elite with eyes on the Tokyo Olympics. And with a built-in adventure of swimming open water in the Pacific Ocean, the trio of All-Americans from the University of Michigan feel they made the better choice.

032 THE PHELPS-LOCHTE RIVALRY: A YEARS-LONG DUEL THAT CAPTURED THE SPORT
by John Lohn
Through the years, the U.S. Olympic Trials have served as the stage for some of the great rivalries in the sport, including the numerous matchups between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Here is a look at the rivalry between the two swimming greats, an ongoing duel that spanned more than a decade.

036 PARTING SHOT

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