SW Biweekly – Big Fish, Small Pond: How Top Athletes Can Flourish In Unexpected Places – On Sale Now!

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about how top athletes can still flourish in states not known for major swimming success, like Patrick Callan and David Plummer of Oklahoma, both who made it to the national platform. Also featured is Ella Eastin, who announced her retirement from the sport following a dysautonomia diagnosis, a nervous system disorder that affects cardiovascular health, energy, mental stability and more; As Claire Curzan seems oblivious to limits on her path to Trials, becoming an Olympic favorite- we assess her event-by-event potential; Considered the most competitive race of the Olympic Trials program, the women’s 100 backstroke just got even faster- with only 2 spots open, a 57 second performance may be required just to qualify; Michael Andrew is on fire heading to Trials following his performance  at the TYR Pro Swim Series; How the pandemic has given many young swimmers the chance to improve enough to become a factor in Tokyo; Our latest world male rankings; And much more!


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[ON THE COVER: ELLA EASTIN, PHOTO CREDIT: JONAS GUTZAT]


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FEATURES

USA NEWS

008 WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE: THE BEST RACE OF OLYMPIC TRIALS JUST GOT EVEN FASTER
by David Rieder
No one would dispute that the women’s 100 backstroke is the race to circle for the U.S. Olympic Trials, the most competitive event on the program. With only two Olympic berths available and multiple medal contenders certain to be locked out from competing in Tokyo, a 57-second performance could be required just to qualify for the Olympics.

010 CLAIRE CURZAN OBLIVIOUS TO LIMITS IN RAPID RISE TO PERFORMANCE
by David Rieder
Claire Curzan has been swimming fast since she was a young age grouper and has continued to do so in high school. Last March, she came within 13-hundredths of the American record in the short course 100 fly, and in April, she found herself within 22-hundredths of the long course U.S. best. She’s versatile, she’s coachable, she has international experience, and she’s moved from a fringe Olympic contender to an Olympic favorite. Curzan is only 16, and her promising future couldn’t be brighter.

014 ASSESSING CLAIRE CURZAN’S EVENT-BY-EVENT POTENTIAL FOR U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
by David Rieder
Claire Curzan’s improvement in the women’s 100 fly (56.20 in April) has been the most recognizable measure of the 16-year-old’s breakthrough over the past year, but that won’t be the only event in which she makes an impact at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In fact, there are up to five events where she may be among the headliners in Omaha.

016 MICHAEL ANDREW ON FIRE HEADING TO OLYMPIC TRIALS
by David Rieder
At the recent TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, Michael Andrew provided a jaw-dropping moment: He became just the third American man to break 59 in the 100 breast, and the first in nearly four years. Next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials could be a career-defining week for Andrew, an opportunity to display his unorthodox training style and career plan while in his prime with the entire world watching.

017 RISING STAR LYDIA JACOBY READY TO CONTEND AT OLYMPIC TRIALS
by Matthew De George
Lydia Jacoby, 17, is vying to become the first Olympic swimmer ever from Alaska. After her 1:06.38 performance in the women’s 100 breast at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo—the third fastest U.S. time in 2019—she’s becoming a legitimate threat to get to Tokyo.

018 NCAA CHAMPION ELLA EASTIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER DYSAUTONOMIA DIAGNOSIS
by Andy Ross
Eight-time individual NCAA champion Ella Eastin officially announced her retirement from the sport of swimming, sharing that she has developed chronic fatigue and dysautonomia—a “nervous system disorder that affects my cardiovascular health, my energy, my mental stability and so much more!”

WORLD NEWS

020 COVID PANDEMIC HAS OPENED OLYMPIC DOOR FOR RAPIDLY DEVELOPING YOUNGSTERS
by David Rieder
What a difference a year makes! The one-year delay of the Olympic Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed many swimmers throughout the world to sufficiently improve to the point where they could now become a factor at the 2021 Games in Tokyo.

022 AHEAD OF OLYMPIC SUMMER, SWIMMING WORLD’S LATEST WORLD MALE RANKINGS
by David Rieder

COLLEGE NEWS

028 MATT MACEDO CONTINUES TOUR OF CALIFORNIA AS NEW UC DAVIS HEAD COACH
by Matthew De George
UC Davis has hired Matt Macedo as its new women’s swimming and diving coach. Previously, he spent seven seasons at UC Santa Barbara after six at UC San Diego. And as a swimmer, he was a 20-time All-American at UC Berkeley!

029 BIG FISH IN SMALL PONDS: HOW TOP ATHLETES CAN STILL FLOURISH IN STATES NOT KNOWN FOR MAJOR SWIMMING SUCCESS
by Andy Ross

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