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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about Claire Curzan’s immense performance at the U.S. International Team Trials. At Worlds, she’s now set to race in four individual events, two relays, and could also participate on the mixed 400 medley and freestyle relays. Also featured is USA Swimming’s announcement of the team of 21 women and 20 men headed for FINA World Championships in Budapest; Alex Walsh becomes the title favorite in 200 IM; Leah Hayes breaks Katie Hoff’s National age group record, qualifies for Worlds; Katie Ledecky won in the 200-400-800-1500 freestyles at International Trials, but withdrew from the 200 in Budapest to focus on the three longer events; Why the Olympic Trials returning to Indianapolis is a perfect fit; The made-for-tv event “Duel In The Pool” between USA and Australia is back after 15 years; Nearly 600 Olympians honored by President Biden at the White House; How They Train with Westchester Aquatic Club’s Claire Weinstein; and much, much more!


SW Biweekly 5-7-22 - Claire Curzan - Fulfilling Her Potential - COVER[On The Cover: Claire Curzan | Photo by Peter H. Bick]

 

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ISSUE FEATURES

008 USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES TEAM HEADING TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BUDAPEST
by David Rieder
USA Swimming announced a team of 21 women and 20 men who will represent the United States at this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest. The swimming portion of the meet will be held June 18-25 at the Duna Arena, the same site that hosted Worlds in 2017.

010 ALEX WALSH RAISES THE BAR AGAIN, BECOMES TITLE FAVORITE IN 200 IM
by David Rieder
Alex Walsh, the Olympic silver medalist in the 200 IM, set a U.S. Open record in the event at the U.S. International Team Trials with a 2:08.32. That time made her the sixth-fastest performer in history, the second-fastest American and the big favorite to win a world title in Budapest next month.

012 LEAH HAYES “HONORED” AS SHE QUALIFIES FOR WORLDS, BREAKS KATIE HOFF’S NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD
by David Rieder
After qualifying first in the 400 IM, but finishing fourth, Leah Hayes made the most of her second chance to make the World Championships team by touching second in the 200 IM. Her time of 2:09.99 broke the national age group record of 2:10.41 set by Katie Hoff on her way to winning gold in the event at the 2005 World Championships.

013 KATIE LEDECKY NOT SWIMMING 200 FREESTYLE AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
by David Rieder
Katie Ledecky posted four dominant victories at the U.S. International Team Trials, winning the 200-400-800-1500 freestyles. She’s won world titles in all of those events in her career, but after the meet, she chose to withdraw from the 200 for this year’s meet in Budapest to focus on the three longer events and the 800 free relay. Leah Smith, the third-place finisher in the 200, will swim the 200, 400 and 800 at next month’s World Championships.

014 CLAIRE CURZAN FULFILLED IMMENSE PROMISE AT U.S. INTERNATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
by David Rieder
After a year of watching Claire Curzan flash her potential across a wide range of events, she has now proven herself with all the best swimmers in the nation, peaking at an all-important selection meet. At Worlds, the 17-year-old will race in four individual events (100 free, 50-100 fly, 100 back) and two relays, and could also participate on the mixed 400 medley and freestyle relays.

016 CARSON FOSTER OVERCOMES LINGERING DOUBTS TO CONQUER 400 IM, UNLOCK HUGE POTENTIAL
by David Rieder
Carson Foster swam the fastest time in the world last year in the 400 IM, but that came a month after Olympic Trials, where he missed making the team. His performances, however, at the International Team Trials were absolutely a game-changer. First, he made the U.S. team by placing third in the 200 free, then he won the 400 IM. He performed his best when it counted, and that win could be the moment that kicks off a prolific international career.

018 A FAMILIAR HOME: WHY OLYMPIC TRIALS RETURNING TO INDY IS A PERFECT FIT
by Cooper Vandriessche
1924 is when the U.S. Swimming Trials first came to the city of Indianapolis to determine who would represent Team USA at the Olympics in Paris. Between 1924 and 2000, Indy has hosted the meet six times. Now, exactly 100 years after the first meet, the city is getting ready to host the U.S. Trials…with Paris once again the site of the Olympic Games.

020 DUEL IN THE POOL REVIVAL HAS POTENTIAL TO BECOME CAPTIVATING RIVALRY SHOWDOWN
by David Rieder
The Duel in the Pool is back. This made-for-TV, rivalry-style event between the USA and Australia has been absent from the international calendar since 2007. Almost 15 years later, these two powerhouse nations have announced its return in the same Sydney Olympic Aquatic Center that hosted the memorable 2007 event.

022 ANDREW WILSON, FROM NCAA DIVISION III TO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
by Dan D’Addona
Andrew Wilson, the Emory University graduate who won Olympic gold as a prelims swimmer in the 400 medley relay in Tokyo, has retired from swimming. He also finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke and is the first NCAA Division III swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic swim team.

024 JOSEPH SCHOOLING TO REASSESS OLYMPIC CYCLE PLAN AFTER SEA GAMES
by Matthew De George
2016 Olympic champion Joseph Schooling recently reported he will reassess his plan for the road to the 2024 Olympics. The 26-year-old is scheduled to compete at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in May and later at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. But whether the Singapore sporting icon will vie for a spot at a fourth Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 remains an open question.

026 “I WAS SUPER DEPRESSED”: CHAD LE CLOS ON PRE-TOKYO TRAUMA AND RECOVERY
by Matthew De George
Chad le Clos underwent a traumatic experience in January 2021, something that clouded his Olympic experience in Tokyo. It’s only now that he’s opening up about that experience and seeking help in the aftermath.

028 RACHEL ZILINSKAS, FORMER GEORGIA ALL-AMERICAN, ENJOYING SECOND CAREER IN TRIATHLON
by Matthew De George
Filling the hole left by swimming due to injury was a complex challenge for Rachel Zilinskas when she left the University of Georgia. But a few years later, she’s been able to pursue life as a professional athlete in triathlons, with a couple of high-profile top-10 finishes at Ironman events to her name.

030 OLYMPIANS HONORED BY PRESIDENT BIDEN AT WHITE HOUSE
by Matthew De George
Nearly 600 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians were honored at the White House by President Joe Biden, who addressed the group of Olympians, congratulating them for their hard work, success and inspiration. Team USA totaled more than 260 medals at last summer’s Tokyo Games.

031 HOW THEY TRAIN: CLAIRE WEINSTEIN
by Michael J. Stott

032 PARTING SHOT

 

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