Swimming World Biweekly: Abrahm Devine

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In this issue of Swimming World Biweekly, Abrahm Devine discusses life as an elite IMer and gay athlete, USAS releases the roster for 2019 World Championships, Tritonwear reveals Swimmer of the Month, Rikako Ikee, meet the new wave of swimmers for the Tokyo 2020 Quad, and water polo family, the Harrisons of Huntington Beach. Plus more news from the wide world of swimming!

010  INTRODUCING THE NEW WAVE OF SWIMMERS FOR THE TOKYO 2020 QUAD
by Andy Ross
There were a few swimmers who used 2018 as a coming-out party, using the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and Pan Pacs to announce they mean business as the new wave of swimmers emerges for the Tokyo 2020 quad. SW Biweekly highlights seven of those swimmers from around the world.

013  BOLLES HEAD COACH JON SAKOVICH STEPPING DOWN IN DECEMBER
by James Sica
News4Jax.com recently reported that Coach Jon Sakovich, who has been involved with the Bolles team since 2000 and who became the school’s head coach in 2015, will be stepping down from that position at the end of the year.

014  HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING AND DIVING GROWS TO 138,935 PARTICIPANTS
The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 29th straight year in 2017-18, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Swimming/diving ranks ninth among the high school sports for boys, and eighth for girls.

016   USA SWIMMING FINALIZES 46-STRONG ROSTER FOR 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
With 18 Olympic gold medalists leading the way, 46 swimmers (24 men, 22 women) are set to represent the United States at next year’s World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 12-28, 2019.

018  RUSSIAN ANTI-DOPING AGENCY REINSTATED BY WADA; SUBJECT TO STRICT CONDITIONS
by Andy Ross
WADA’s decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which had been suspended for nearly three years since November 2015, was met with mixed reactions throughout the world.

020  USA SWIMMING ATHLETES’ COMMITTEE RELEASES STATEMENT ON WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY’S PLAN TO ACCELERATE RUSSIA’S REINSTATEMENT
“It is our future, our sport and our responsibility to demand that the rules are enforced.”

022  SWIMMERS REACT NEGATIVELY TO WADA DECISION ON RUSADA REINSTATEMENT
by Andy Ross

024  ABRAHM DEVINE STEPPING OUT AS ELITE IMer AND GAY SWIMMER
by David Rieder
In a Q&A with SW Biweekly, Stanford swimmer Abrahm DeVine talks about his experiences in swimming and his interests outside of the pool, and opens up about being a gay athlete.

027  FORGED IN THE DARK
by Jamie Kolar
Here are some things to keep in mind as swimmers everywhere wake up at the crack of dawn for those early morning workouts.

028  THE HARRISONS OF HUNTINGTON BEACH: A BATTLIN’ WATER POLO FAMILY
by Michael Randazzo
The Harrison family is an inspirational story because of their collective devotion to water polo as well as a tradition of military service that stretches back four generations. Josh, Julie and Justin Harrison talk about their family’s connection to water polo.

030  DEJAN UDOVICIC TALKS ROSTER OPTIONS, RULE CHANGES AT FINA MEN’S WATER POLO WORLD CUP
by Michael Randazzo
In a Q&A with SW Biweekly, U.S. head water polo coach Dejan Udovicic spoke frankly about the challenges his team faces.

034  TRITONWEAR SWIMMER OF THE MONTH—RIKAKO IKEE
Each month, Swimming World will partner with TritonWear to bring you our Swimmer of the Month. This month, we feature Japan’s Rikako Ikee.

036  USOC INCREASES MEDAL PAYMENTS FOR PARALYMPIANS TO MATCH OLYMPIC PAYOUTS
As part of a continued effort to direct more resources to athletes, the United States Olympic Committee board of directors voted to increase Operation Gold Awards for Paralympic athletes by as much as 400 percent.

037  PARTING SHOT

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