Swimming World Magazine December 2014 Issue – Print Edition



Swimming World Magazine December 2014 Issue

In this issue:


Fifty years after Swimming World Magazine named Don Scholander as its first World Swimmer of the Year in 1964, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino became the first athlete from Japan-male or female- to win the annual award.  Hagino, 20, captured 12 medals between the Pan Pacific Championships and Asian Games (six gold, four silver and two bronze).  He finished the year ranked No. 1 in both IMs, No. 2 in the 200 free and 200 back as well as fourth in the 100 back and fifth in the 400 free. (see story, page 21.) Photo By Joao Marc Bosch



012 Short Cut To Success?

by Michael J. Stott

Whether out of necessity or by choice, there are those who train short course for long course competition.  Despite the obvious differences, swimmers can still be successful at either pool length.

020 2014 Swimmers of the Year

 by Jason Marsteller

World/American Female: Katie Ledecky.  World/Pacific Rim Male: Kosuke Hagino.  Pacific Rim Female: Cate Campbell.  American Male: Ryan Cochrane, Tyler Clary.  European: Katinka Hosszu, Adam Peaty.  African: Karin Prinsloo, Chad le Clos.

028 10 Best Performances of 2014

by Jeff Commings


010 Technique: Judging Walls Going Into Turns

 by Jeff Commings

In short course competition, turns are one of the biggest factors in determining the outcome of a race.

014 Swimming Technique Misconception: Freestyle Staright-Arm Recovery

 by Rod Havriluk

A common swimming technique misconception is that maintaining a straight arm throughout the recovery improves performance in freestyle.  While some swimmers are able to improve performance with a straight-arm recovery, science cearly shows that the improvment is not, in fact, related to the recovery itself.  Equally important there are significant limitations to recovering with a straight arm.

041 Q&A With Coach John Bitter

 by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Aiden Burns

by Michael Stott


040 Nutrition: Time Your Nutrition

 Republished with the permission of VeloPress from “Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes”


016 Goldminds: Find Out Just How Good You Really Are!

by Wayne Goldsmith

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the best?  Then, take our 20-question quiz, and let’s find out what you’re really made of!

045 Up & Comers


008 A Voice for the Sport

031 Holiday Gift Guide

046 Gutter Talk

048 Parting Shot