Special Edition SW Biweekly: FINA World Junior Championships + Full Photo Gallery

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Splashing onto the cover is 15-year-old Regan Smith, who demonstrated her tremendous speed with World Junior and NAG records alike. The young star was also a member of Team USA’s World Championships team, bringing “The Regan Era” into the spotlight. The 2017 FINA World Junior Championships shines bright on the pages of the seventeenth edition of the 2017 Swimming World Biweekly series! The newest edition includes features on Team USA all-stars Reece Whitley and Michael Andrew, as well as a full photo gallery courtesy of Swimming World’s chief photographer Peter H. Bick.  Additional athletes featured include Lilly King, Daniel Roy, Grace Ariola, and the Canadian women’s team.

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FEATURES:

008 2017 FINA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Peter H. Bick

028 TRITON WEAR PRESENTS: HOW THEY TRAIN – TANNER SONNEK
by Michael J. Stott
It would take “blood, toil, tears and sweat” to be triumphant, intoned Winston Churchill back in 1940. More than 75 years later, he could have been talking about GustavusAdolphus breaststroker Tanner Sonnek.

030 CAPTAIN REECE WHITLEY SOARS IN LEADERSHIP ROLE
by David Rieder
Reece Whitley had put up one of the best swims of his young career, securing his second straight silver medal in the men’s 100 breast at the World Junior Championships and nearly breaking the 1:00-barrier in the event for the first time.

032 HOW REGAN SMITH REALIZED SHE BELONGS ON THE WORLD STAGE
by David Rieder
Just 15 years old, Regan Smith had made an exclusive team, the one consisting of only the two best swimmers in each event in the United States…

034 USA JUNIOR TEAM’S CAPTAIN AND UNSUNG HERO
by David Rieder
On both the second and third nights of the World Junior Championships, Grace Ariola swam in an individual final. On both nights, things didn’t go quite as planned…

036 WITH JUNIOR CAREER WINDING DOWN, MICHAEL ANDREW LOOKS TOWARDS FUTURE
by David Rieder
Nobody even came close. These were two 50-meter races, where margins of victory are far more often fingertips than bodylengths, and Michael Andrew won both by at least a half-second…

038 DANIEL ROY TAKES ROUND ONE VS. “COMPETITOR” REECE WHITLEY
by David Rieder
How had they never raced before? They were the two most talented teenage 200 breaststrokers in the country, and somehow, Reece Whitley and Daniel Roy had never gone head-to-head in that event…

042 CANADIAN WOMEN HINT AT THEIR POTENTIAL AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
by David Rieder
Taylor Ruck led off, and Penny Oleksiak went second. At the halfway point of the women’s 400 free relay final, the Canadian women were already ahead by almost three seconds, a gold medal all but secured…

044 LILLY KING’S WEEKEND WITH THE U.S. JUNIOR TEAM AND HER “MINI-ME”
by David Rieder
Lilly King blends in well with the U.S. National Junior Team. She’s no taller than most of the girls on the team—and only two years older—and she has been donning just as much Team USA gear…

045 AT CONCLUSION OF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS, TEAM USA LEAVES INSPIRED
by David Rieder
The World Junior Championships exist to prepare athletes for senior level competitions—the World Championships, the Olympics, etc. Medals are great but a secondary concern. More than anything else, the goal is to learn.

050 FINA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET RUNDOWN
by Ailish Dougherty & Diana Pimer
All of the biggest stories from the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana including standout swims from Michael Andrew, Reece Whitley, Regan Smith, Taylor Ruck and more

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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