SW Biweekly – The Decade That Was: A Look Back At The Best of The Last 10 Years

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, take a look back at the best of the last 10 years: The top 10 USA highlights, the top 10 Australian highlights, and Swimming World’s top water polo stories. Also featured: Remnants of the “shiny suit era”, the controversial polyurethane swimsuits that were banned 10 years ago, but not before leaving a major impact on swim times; “The End of a Career” features the thoughts and feelings of a swimmer about to embark on their last race; Gretchen Walsh joins her sister Alex with a big verbal commitment to swim for Virginia; Ashleigh Johnson and Francesco Di Fulvio chosen as Swimming World’s Water Polo Players of 2019; Swimming World staff give their top picks for which races to watch in 2020; Adam Peaty ends the decade as the first swimmer to exceed the German Democratic Republic’s “Human Limit” speed;  The 2019 NCAA Performances of the Year go to Abbey Weitzeil and Dean Farris; and train with University of Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon.

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FEATURES

008 TOM SHIELDS OPENS UP ABOUT WHAT LED HIM TO NEAR-SUICIDE EXPERIENCE IN 2018
by Andy Ross

010 THE END OF A CAREER: WHEN THAT FINAL RACE LOOMS
by Frank C. Elenio

011 GRETCHEN WALSH JOINS SISTER, ALEX, WITH HUGE VERBAL COMMITMENT TO VIRGINIA
by Chandler Brandes

012 DIFULVIO, JOHNSON ARE SWIMMING WORLD’S TOP WATER POLO PLAYERS FOR 2019
by Michael Randazzo

014 TOP FIVE SWIM MEETS TO WATCH IN 2020
by Andy Ross

016 SWIMMING WORLD STAFF PICKS: TOP RACES TO WATCH IN 2020
by Swimming World Editorial Team

020 DECADE IN THE MIRROR—MY TOP 10 USA HIGHLIGHTS
by John Lohn

028 DECADE IN THE MIRROR: 10 REMAINS OF THE DAY WHEN SHINY SUITS RULED THE POOL
by Craig Lord

030 HOW ADAM PEATY ENDS THE DECADE AS THE FIRST SWIMMER TO EXCEED GDR’S “HUMAN LIMIT”
by Craig Lord

032 DECADE IN THE MIRROR: THE BEST FROM DOWN UNDER
by Ian Hanson

036 DECADE IN THE MIRROR: SWIMMING WORLD’S TOP WATER POLO STORIES
by Michael Randazzo

040 2019 NCAA PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR: ABBEY WEITZEIL, DEAN FARRIS
by Dan D’Addona

042 HOW THEY TRAIN: SARAH BACON
by Michael J. Stott

043 PARTING SHOT

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