Swimming World Biweekly: Olivia Smoliga

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about how Olivia Smoliga dominated the 2018 FINA World Short Course Championships, capturing more gold than any American woman all-time at a single short-course championship. Find out how Ariarne Titmus is sneaking up on Katie Ledecky, and who took home “Best Team” from champs.  Read about two female NCAA coaches, Teri McKeever and Carol Capitani, who are trailblazing the deck in a male-dominated profession. Get a little advice for your swimmer’s shoulder, recap Swimming World’s top five Diving moments of 2018, and whoa, what’s this? Missy Franklin announcing her retirement?! Details within!

Plus much, much more news from the wide world of Swimming!

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  OLIVIA SMOLIGA CAPS SHORT COURSE WORLDS WITH RECORD 8 GOLDS; DAHLIA 9 TOTAL MEDALS
by Andy Ross
Olivia Smoliga’s eight gold medals at the 2018 FINA World Short Course Championships was the most of any American woman all-time at a single short course championships. Kelsi Dahlia was close behind with seven gold medals plus a silver and a bronze.

014  TEAM USA NAMED “BEST TEAM” WITH 17 GOLDS AT 2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

016 2018 FINA WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – FULL FINALS RECAPS
by Andy Ross, James Sica, Cathleen Pruden and Diana Pimer
Full event-by-event coverage of all six nights, Dec. 11-16, in Hangzhou, China.

032  TERI McKEEVER AND CAROL CAPITANI: TRAILBLAZERS FOR FEMALE NCAA COACHES
by Devin Javens
In the male-dominated profession of college swimming coaches, the success of Cal’s Teri McKeever and Texas’ Carol Capitani has established them as significant icons for aspiring female coaches.

034  WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SWIMMER’S SHOULDER
by Lianne McCluskey
Whether we have proper stroke mechanics or not, swimmer’s shoulder—the unfortunate injury that plagues many swimmers across the sport—can happen to anyone. Prehabilitation of the shoulder can prevent unforeseen injuries and assist in achieving optimal swimming performances.

037 HOW THEY TRAIN KYLE ROBROCK, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
by Michael J. Stott

038  ABBEY WEITZEIL DIALED IN, FOCUSED ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
by Lianne McCluskey
After training individually for the 2016 Olympics, Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil has successfully made the adjustment to college swimming, as she learns to trust herself, her training, her teammates and Coach Teri McKeever…while being able to enjoy the journey.

040  ERICA SULLIVAN DEFERRING HER ENROLLMENT TO USC UNTIL AFTER THE 2020 OLYMPICS
by Andy Ross
Erica Sullivan, 18, of the Sandpipers of Nevada,  committed to swim at USC in June 2017 and originally intended on joining the Trojans in January 2019. However, the distance freestyler/open water specialist decided to defer for a total of two years in order to follow her Olympic dreams in 2020.

041 SWIMMING WORLD’S TOP FIVE DIVING MOMENTS OF 2018
by Erin Keaveny
Daniel Restrepo Garcia, Rhiannan Iffland, the Chinese national team, Zhang Jiaqi and David Boudia all turned in outstanding diving performances in 2018. But who’s No. 1?

042 2018 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR THE U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO TEAM
by Michael Randazzo
The U.S. women’s water polo team went an astounding 33-1 in its matches this past year and swept all major FINA tournaments in 2018.

044 OLYMPIC CHAMPION MISSY FRANKLIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
by Andy Ross
2012 Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 23, recently announced she is retiring from competitive swimming in a first-person letter she wrote to ESPN.

046  PARTING SHOT

 

 

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