SW Biweekly – Dynasty In The Desert: How Ron Aitken Built the Sandpipers of Nevada into a Swimming Powerhouse – On Sale Now!

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[On The Cover: Bella Sims & Claire Weinstein | Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick]

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about how the Sandpipers of the Nevada Swim Club have evolved exponentially over the past two years with coach Ron Aitken. Also featured is what Claire Curzan learned from her busy World Championships debut; FINA released the full slate of qualifying procedures for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games; Duel in the Pool roster announced: Kalisz, Andrew, Lazor, Sims, and Held lead the USA; Official dates announced for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games; FINA confirms Doha 2024 to be Olympic relay qualification meet- only Top 3 will book slots in Fukuoka; Pushback on FINA dates for Doha grows, as Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott, and James Guy voice displeasure it’s to take place less than six months before the start of Paris 2024; Could UCLA reinstate the men’s swimming and diving program?; After bypassing Worlds, Tatjana Schoenmaker is ready for Commonwealth; Joe and John Zemaitis to swim all 50 states in 30 days for USA Swimming Foundation; The 2022 Aquatic Directory; and more!


SW Biweekly 7-21-22 - Dynasty In The Desert - How Ron Aitken Built the Sandpipers of Nevada into a Swimming Powerhouse - COVER2[On The Cover: Bella Sims & Claire Weinstein | Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick]

 


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FEATURES

008 WHAT CLAIRE CURZAN LEARNED FROM BUSY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DEBUT
by David Rieder
Claire Curzan performed admirably at Worlds, claiming individual bronze in the 100 back and helping the Americans win four relay medals, including two gold. After getting through the tough, eight-day competition and walking away with plenty of hardware, Curzan has every intention of sticking with her wide-ranging goals.

010 QUALIFYING TIMES ARE FAST AS OLYMPIC PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED FOR PARIS 2024
by David Rieder
FINA has released the full slate of qualifying procedures for aquatic events for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. There will be 852 athletes competing in the 35 pool swimming events, and the swimming competition at Paris La Défense Arena will be held from July 27 through Aug. 4, spanning nine days for the first time.

012 DUEL IN THE POOL ROSTER ANNOUNCED: KALISZ, ANDREW, LAZOR, SIMS, HELD LEAD USA
by Dan D’Addona
USA Swimming announced the American roster for the upcoming Duel in the Pool versus Australia, Aug. 19-21, in Sydney. For the first time, U.S. Paralympic Swimming athletes will be included in the competition.

013 OFFICIAL DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2028 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LOS ANGELES
by John Lohn
The 2028 Olympic Games will be held from July 14-30, a week earlier than was suggested in the bid book submitted by L.A. 2028. The Games are coming to Los Angeles for the third time (1932/1984).

014 FINA CONFIRMS DOHA 2024 WILL BE OLYMPIC RELAY QUALIFICATION MEET; ONLY TOP THREE TO BOOK SLOTS IN FUKUOKA
by Liz Byrnes
FINA has confirmed that only the top-three finishers in each relay event will qualify for Paris 2024 at next year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, with the remaining 13 teams booking their slots at the Doha Worlds, less than six months before the Olympics and weeks before the Trials season. Normally, 12 relay teams would qualify at Worlds 12 months before the Games.

015 JAMES GUY ON 2024 WORLD CHAMPS: “I AIN’T GOING”; PUSHBACK ON FINA DATES FOR DOHA GROWS STRONGER
by John Lohn
Following the disapproval expressed by countrymen Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott, British cornerstone James Guy also voiced his displeasure with FINA’s announcement that the 2024 World Championships, scheduled for Doha, will be held in February, less than six months before the start of the Paris Olympic Games.

016 COULD UCLA’S MOVE TO BIG TEN SPARK RETURN OF MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING PROGRAM?
by Dan D’Addona
UCLA eliminated its men’s swimming and diving program in 1994, along with men’s and women’s gymnastics, although the women’s gymnastics program was reinstated a few years later. With the Bruins moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2024, the possibility of the school reinstating men’s swimming and diving is as real as it has been since the program was cut.

017 TATJANA SCHOENMAKER READY FOR RETURN TO INTERNATIONAL ACTION AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
by John Lohn
After opting to bypass the World Championships and focus on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, South African Tatjana Schoenmaker is set to make her return to international competition. The Olympic champion will be in action in a little more than a week, including in the 200 meter breaststroke, the event in which she won Olympic gold in Tokyo in world-record time (2:18.95), becoming the only woman in history to crack the 2:19 barrier.

018 SWIM BROTHERS JOE AND JOHN ZEMAITIS TO SWIM IN ALL 50 STATES IN 30 DAYS
by Matthew De George
Swim Brothers Joe and John Zemaitis will start a swim-a-thon on July 20 in Hawaii and will visit all 50 U.S. states in 30 days, swimming 10 kilometers in each. The effort will raise money for the USA Swimming Foundation in an effort to promote water safety and drowning prevention and provide access to open water swimming across the country.

020 WHAT REMAINS? A LOOK AT THE LASTING SUPERSUIT RECORDS: WHICH WILL GO NEXT AND WHICH ARE UNTOUCHABLE?
by John Lohn
What are the remains of the calamity that was the two-year stretch in 2008 and 2009 when ability, fine-tuned via dedicated training and coaching, ran into the buzzsaw that was technology? Of course, we are referencing the sport’s supersuit era, when polyurethane equipment shredded the record book—locally, nationally and internationally.

022 COMMENTARY: THROUGH JIM THORPE DECISION, IOC HAS OPENED DOOR TO RIGHT WRONGS OF EAST GERMAN DOPING
by John Lohn
The IOC recently corrected an injustice from the past, declaring American Jim Thorpe as the sole gold medalist in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. An obvious question arises: Are we a step closer to the IOC righting the wrongs that pervaded the Olympic landscape when East Germany dominated via the benefits of a systematic-doping program?

024 ONLY IN VEGAS
by Dan D’Addona
The evolution of the Sandpipers of Nevada Swim Club has grown exponentially in the last two years in true Las Vegas style—from a long shot to a sure thing.

 

 

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