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In this issue of SW Biweekly, find out how Olivia Smoliga and Lia Neal are using their downtime and Zoom to inspire swimmers from their hometowns. Also featured is Mission Viejo’s Mark Schubert, who recently got permission to train a small group of Nadadores under strict social-distancing guidelines; USA Swimming denies support of Mark Schubert, saying his team received the same guidelines provided to all teams; Mark Schubert confirms USA Swimming sent letter of support; Sun Yang is appealing to Swiss Tribunal against 8-Year doping suspension; World Anti-Doping Agency concludes investigation into 298 Russian athletes; Missy Franklin joins the board of Yuwa, a youth sports program in Jharkand, India; Kaitlin Sandeno to start “Behind The Blocks” with Women in Sports podcast network; Water polo coach Adam Wright says we’ll come out of lockdown the better for it; Relive the 2000 Olympics most epic relay race; and have a training session with Virginia Gator, Olivia Bray!


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FEATURES

012 MISSION VIEJO AND MARK SCHUBERT SPLASH AGAIN UNDER STRICT SOCIAL-DISTANCING GUIDELINES
by Andy Ross
After spending an extended amount of time away from the pool deck because of the coronavirus pandemic, legendary coach Mark Schubert recently wrote a proposal to the city of Mission Viejo and received permission to train a small group of his Nadadores athletes as long as they adhered to strict social-distancing guidelines.

014 USA SWIMMING DENIES LETTER SPECIFICALLY ALLOWING MISSION VIEJO TO HOLD ORGANIZED PRACTICE
by Andy Ross
Although Coach Mark Schubert indicated that USA Swimming sent a letter to the City of Mission Viejo that endorsed the city’s swim club to be able to return to practice during the coronavirus pandemic, USA Swimming responded by saying, “What they received is the guidance we provided to all teams: ‘if teams conduct practice, they must follow all local, state and federal public health guidelines.’”

015 MARK SCHUBERT CONFIRMS USA SWIMMING SENT LETTER ON POSSIBILITY OF OPENING MISSION VIEJO POOL FOR PRACTICE
by Andy Ross
Mission Viejo Nadadores coach Mark Schubert confirmed that he did have a personalized letter sent to him from USA Swimming that stated the organization would not prohibit the club from holding organized practices, as long as the club was respecting guidelines put in place by local, state and federal public health officials.

016 SUN YANG APPEALING TO SWISS TRIBUNAL AGAINST EIGHT-YEAR ANTI-DOPING SUSPENSION
by Andy Ross
China’s Sun Yang, who was served an eight-year suspension for tampering with a blood sample administered by anti-doping officers in September 2018, filed an appeal against the decision on May 4.

018 WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY CONCLUDED ITS INVESTIGATION INTO 298 RUSSIAN ATHLETES
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that the Agency’s independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team had completed its investigation of 298 Russian athletes that WADA I&I targeted as part of its ongoing “Operations LIMS’(1) probe into institutionalized doping in Russia. It also provided detailed case packages to 28 Anti-Doping Organizations, including 27 International Federations and one Major Event Organization.

020 MISSY FRANKLIN JOINS BOARD OF YUWA, INDIAN YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATION FOR GIRLS
by Matthew De George
Missy Franklin announced via Instagram that she is joining the board of Yuwa, a youth sports program in Jharkhand, India, for at-risk young girls. Franklin learned about the program at last year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, where Yuwa won the Sport for Good Award.

022 JIM GERSON RETURNS AS PRESIDENT OF SPEEDO NORTH AMERICA
by Dan D’Addona

023 KAITLIN SANDENO TO START “BEHIND THE BLOCKS” WITH WOMEN IN SPORTS PODCAST NETWORK
Olympic gold medalist Kaitlin Sandeno recently debuted a new show via WiSP—Women in Sports Podcasts—aptly titled, “Behind the Blocks.” Sandeno, a four-time Olympic medalist, is also one of the first female GMs in pro sports history with her position for the International Swimming League’s DC Trident.

024 OLIVIA SMOLIGA & LIA NEAL GOING BACK TO THEIR ROOTS WITH ZOOM Q&A
by Andy Ross
Olivia Smoliga and Lia Neal participated in Zoom Q&A last month with members of the club teams they grew up with. The sessions were a chance for Smoliga and Neal to give back by inspiring swimmers from their hometowns.

026 UCLA’s ADAM WRIGHT: “WHEN WE COME OUT OF THIS, WE’LL BE BETTER FOR IT”
by Michael Randazzo
In a Q&A with Swimming World, UCLA men’s and women’s water polo coach Adam Wright explains how strange it is for his team to be idle because of the coronavirus pandemic—especially during a time that is often his busiest of the year. He  also believes this is an opportunity to think about what’s most important during these challenging times, and to look back on the moments that make life worth living.

032 THE NIGHT THAT AUSTRALIA STRUMMED UP EPIC RELAY PERFORMANCE
by John Lohn
Before the men’s 400 freestyle relay at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, American Gary Hall Jr. proclaimed the United States would “smash (the Australians) like guitars.” However, it was the Aussies who won the race by 19-hundredths of a second and ended the U.S. streak of seven straight Olympic gold medals in the event—and 15 straight international victories, counting the World Championships!

036 HOW THEY TRAIN OLIVIA BRAY
by Michael J. Stott

038 PARTING SHOT