SW Biweekly – The Best of 2019

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, review the best of swimming that 2019 had to offer; Aussie Ariarne Titmus setting a world record in the 400m free, competing in sprint, and drawing comparisons to Katie Ledecky; Olivia Smoliga got her focus back after coming down from the success of 8 World Championship gold medals in 2018; Nathan Adrian talked about life after testicular cancer surgery, and in tribute to his dedication to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, read about other swimmers who endured obstacles and adversity to achieve enormous success; Michigan’s Miranda Tucker having her best season yet has her sights on a fourth straight Big Ten title; NC State’s Justin Ress switched from distance to sprint, and still keeps on winning; Lebron James launched a swim camp with Simone Manuel; Mallory Comerford looks back on her four years as a Louisville Cardinal; Amy Bilquist moved back to Scottsdale to join her old club team leading up to the 2020 Olympic Trials; USA Women won their fifth straight Pan Am Water Polo title at the 2019 Games in Peru; Regan Smith won the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award; Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, and of course many more events from Swimming World 2019!

 

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008  ARIARNE TITMUS IS SHOWING THINGS WE HAVE ONLY SEEN FROM…KATIE LEDECKY
by Andy Ross
Ariarne Titmus had a spectacular meet at the recent World Short Course Championships, including a world record in the 400 meter free. The Aussie distance swimmer also was competitive in the sprint events—something the sport has only seen recently from American superstar Katie Ledecky.

010  OLIVIA SMOLIGA RETURNS TO WORLD DOMINATION WITH FRESH FOCUS 
by Dan D’Addona
Olivia Smoliga captured eight gold medals at the 2018 FINA World Short Course Championships. What she took away from the meet was her improvement in the way she raced and the confidence she felt throughout the meet—something she had been struggling with the past couple of years.

012   OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: A TRIBUTE TO NATHAN ADRIAN
by Devin Javens
Despite the recent news of his testicular cancer diagnosis, Nathan Adrian has not given up his sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Like Adrian, several other swimmers have endured tremendous obstacles and much adversity, only to later achieve enormous success upon their return to the sport.

014  WHAT BECOMING VEGAN DOES TO AN ATHLETE
by Mark McCluskey
As people watch what they eat, they are beginning to realize that diets such as vegetarianism and veganism are incredibly healthy ways to eat. If a new vegan researches the nutrients they need to stay strong, veganism can improve his or her performances.

016 MIRANDA TUCKER WAS MICHIGAN’S MISSING PUZZLE PIECE
by Daniel D’Addona
Miranda Tucker, who transferred from Indiana to Michigan two years ago, is having her best season yet and hopes to help Michigan win its fourth straight Big Ten title and turn in another trophy finish at NCAAs.

018  JUSTIN RESS STILL KEEPING SWIMMING FRESH IN FINAL YEAR AT NC STATE
by  Andy Ross
Since coming to NC State in the fall of 2015, Justin Ress has changed his event focus from distance to sprint, but one thing that the Wolfpack senior has kept constant in his college career is winning.

020  MALLORY COMERFORD’S ELATIONS AND FRUSTRATIONS LEAD TO FINAL NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
by David Rieder
With her final NCAA Championships approaching, Mallory Comerford looks back on her four years as a Louisville Cardinal as well as her breakthrough among the international elite.

024  AMY BILQUIST RENEWING INNER ‘WE WILL ROCK YOU’ WITH MOVE BACK TO SCOTTSDALE
by Dan D’Addona
After a successful women’s NCAAs, Cal senior Amy Bilquist stunningly announced she would move back to Scottsdale, Ariz., leading up to the 2020 Olympic Trials, moving back to her old club team before she moved cross country to Carmel Swim Club before her junior year.

027 GOLDEN AGAIN! USA WOMEN WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT PAN AMERICAN WATER POLO TITLE AT 2019 GAMES IN PERU
by Michael Randazzo

029 OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

038  NATHAN ADRIAN READY FOR RACING RETURN AFTER TESTICULAR CANCER BATTLE
by David Rieder
In an interview with Swimming World Magazine, three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian talks about what his life has been like since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in December as well as his decision to return to competitive swimming.

041 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR DEFIES NCAA, SIGNS LAW LETTING COLLEGE ATHLETES TO MAKE MONEY FROM ENDORSEMENTS
by  Dan D’Addona

042  ANNIE LAZOR ERASES LIMITS IN STUNNING  SECOND ACT
by David Rieder
At the TYR Pro Swim Series in mid-May, Annie Lazor cut two seconds from her lifetime best to win the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:20.77—a swim that made her the ninth-fastest performer in history and second fastest American since Rebecca Soni’s 2:19.59 seven years ago!

045 LEBRON JAMES LAUNCHES SWIM CAMP WITH HELP FROM SIMONE MANUEL
by James Sica
Basketball star LeBron James is helping teach children to swim, with some major help from Olympian Simone Manuel.

046 CRAIG LORD AND JOHN LOHN TO LEAD SWIMMING WORLD MEDIA PLATFORMS; CELEBRATE FREEDOMS
by Brandi West
A new chapter started at Swimming World, July 4, as Independence Day was celebrated in the United States. It was only fitting that we also celebrated the freedom of the press and independent journalism by welcoming Craig Lord and John Lohn back to the fold to oversee Swimming World’s media platforms.

049 TAYLOR RUCK ON TAKING OLYMPIC REDSHIRT: “MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I’VE EVER HAD TO MAKE”
by Dan D’Addona
Canada’s Taylor Ruck has decided to take an Olympic redshirt year from Stanford and train in Toronto at Canada’s High Performance Center through the Olympics, then return to Stanford in the fall of 2020.

050  HALI FLICKINGER ON BODY TRANSFORMATION: ‘I NEED ALL THE STRENGTH I CAN GET’
by Dan D’Addona
Standing 5 feet, 5 inches and being smaller than most of her competition, Hali Flickinger knew she needed to do more to compete at the national and international levels, so she completely transformed her body into a pillar of strength. That transformation propelled her into the Olympics and among the world’s elite swimmers.

053 USADA BOSS BACKS HORTON AND SCOTT: FAILURE TO RESOLVE SUN CASE BEFORE WORLDS 

“SHAMES” SYSTEM
by Craig Lord

056 NATALIE COUGHLIN “EXCITED TO RACE” IN RETURN TO SWIMMING IN ISL
by Dan D’Addona

058 REGAN SMITH WINS PHILLIPS 66 PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AWARD
by Andy Ross

059 PARTING SHOT

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