SW Biweekly – “Silence In The Face of Injustice Is Complicity”

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about Reece Whitley, a U.S. National Champion and Cal-Berkeley All-American urging people and organizations on social media to take action instead of just words, to help bring people together in the wake of racial tragedies throughout the United States that have led to protests around the nation. Also featured is our response to Simone Manuel, who took issue with how Swimming World approached talking about George Floyd within the swimming community; Grant Hackett acknowledges Michael Phelps‘ “heart of gold” for saving his life by reaching out during a mental health crisis; Which athletes might benefit from the Olympics postponement; The NCAA is shuffling the deck with team adjustments in lieu of Olympics 2021; A list of the most anticipated women’s and men’s races to come at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials; Rohan Taylor appointed new Dolphins head coach; A government report reveals child drownings are on a steady rise; Lessons you learn when swimming seems cruel; and much more!

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012 REECE WHITLEY URGES ACTION RATHER THAN JUST WORDS
by Dan D’Addona
Reece Whitley, U.S. national champion and University of California-Berkeley All-American, took to social media to urge people and organizations to take action instead of just words to help bring people together in the wake of racial tragedies throughout the United States that have led to protests around the nation.

014 SORRY SIMONE MANUEL – YOUR VOICE ON USA TROUBLED TIMES HEARD BY SWIMMING WORLD
Commentary by Craig Lord

018 GRANT HACKETT REVEALS HOW MUCH MICHAEL PHELPS’ HEART OF GOLD SAVED HIS LIFE
by Dan D’Addona
Australian Olympic great Grant Hackett has publicly acknowledged the world’s greatest Olympian and his close friend, Michael Phelps, for virtually “saving his life,” revealing how Phelps invited him to stay at his Arizona home after he attended a 30-day detox program in the United States. Hackett now hopes he can inspire other people struggling with mental health issues to overcome their demons.

019 WHICH ATHLETES MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THE OLYMPICS POSTPONEMENT?
by Andy Ross
Swimming World takes a look at which swimmers might benefit from an extra year of preparation
for the Tokyo Olympics after dealing with various obstacles in 2019.

022 INTRIGUE ALREADY BUILDING FOR 2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPS
by Andy Ross
With the Olympics being reset to 2021, there has been a lot of shuffling in the NCAA system with adjustments being made by Olympic redshirts and incoming freshmen.

024 A YEAR OUT: 5 OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED WOMEN’S RACES AT 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
by Andy Ross
Even though the U.S. Olympic Trials are now more than 12 months away, Swimming World is particularly looking forward to the competition in the women’s 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, 100 fly and 1500 free.

026 A YEAR OUT: 5 OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED MEN’S RACES AT 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
by Andy Ross
Even though the U.S. Olympic Trials are now more than 12 months away, Swimming World is particularly looking forward to the competition in the men’s 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 breast.

028 ROHAN TAYLOR APPOINTED AS NEW DOLPHINS HEAD COACH AS JACCO VERHAEREN DEPARTS
by Ian Hanson
Swimming Australia paid tribute to its departing head coach Jacco Verhaeren, who will reluctantly step aside early from his national team duties on a day it also welcomed the appointment of Dolphins Team coach leader, respected Olympic team coach Rohan Taylor, as his replacement.

030 ROHAN NOW “TAYLOR”-MADE TO TAKE AUSTRALIAN DOLPHINS TO TOKYO OLYMPICS IN 2021
by Ian Hanson
Little did a 16-year-old Rohan Taylor realize that he would one day become the latest national head coach of the same Australian Olympic Swim Team that showed up in his family’s backyard in San Jose, Calif., in 1984.

032 LESSONS TO LEARN WHEN SWIMMING SEEMS SO CRUEL
by Annie Grevers
Missing an elusive time cut, falling short of a goal—what do we do with these moments of cruelty that come with this sport that demands so much of us? Keep swimming. Keep failing. Keep striving. And ultimately, success will taste so much sweeter.

034 GOVERNMENT REPORT: “STEADY RISE” IN CHILD DROWNINGS SHOWS NEED FOR VIGILANCE
by Matthew De George
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released a report showing a consistent rise in child drownings, sounding the alarm as summer approaches. The report uses the data to “highlight the need for continued vigilance in combating child drownings, particularly as many families prepare to spend more time at home this summer to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

035 CARSON FOSTER SAYS GOODBYE TO MASON MANTA RAYS, HELLO TO AUSTIN, TEXAS
by Andy Ross
Olympic hopeful Carson Foster will be moving early to Austin, Texas, to get a jump on his college life as a freshman at the University of Texas. In an Instagram post, Foster thanked Coach Ken Heis of the Mason Manta Rays for making his last five years with the Ohio club so enjoyable.

036 TAYLOR RUCK TO TRAIN IN CANADA FOR SUMMER; WEIGHS POSSIBLE STANFORD RETURN IN 2020
by Dan D’Addona
This past year, Canadian Olympian Taylor Ruck took an Olympic redshirt year from Stanford to train in Toronto for the Tokyo Olympics. With the Games postponed until 2021, Ruck will continue training in Canada for the summer, but hasn’t decided whether she’ll return to Stanford in the fall for her sophomore year or remain in Toronto to train for the stretch run leading up to the 2021 Olympics.

037 HOW THEY TRAIN MADDIE SMITH AND EMILIA BARCK
by Michael J. Stott

040 PARTING SHOT

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