SW Biweekly – Mark Spitz: 7 For 7 – The 48th Anniversary of His 1972 Munich Olympics Success

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about Mark Spitz’ historic 7 for 7 gold medal wins at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, 48 years ago. Also featured is news about CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earheart, preparing coaches for changes amid program cuts; Life Time, a chain of health clubs and resorts, completed a 10-day virtual national meet consisting of 1,700 swimmers; Missouri Valley Conference announces Swimming & Diving Champs to be in mid-April, dates not finalized; Kyle Chalmers discusses what it might take to beat Caeleb Dressel on the Inside With Brett Hawke podcast; How Colombian Sirena Rowe went from lightly recruited to NC State leader; Coach Bob Bowman on working with his prized pupil, Michael Phelps; Why women have beaten men in marathon swimming; University of North Carolina’s full-time staff are facing furloughs and salary cuts; William & Mary University to cut swimming and diving program after the 2020-21 season; PAC-12 agreed to rapid COVID-19 testing so competition could return sooner; and more


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FEATURES

008 AMID PROGRAM CUTS, CSCAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GREG EARHART PREPARING COACHES FOR CHANGE
by Andy Ross
As more and more college swimming and diving programs are being cut due to the ongoing budget issues from COVID-19, CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart is trying to do something about it. The CSCAA, along with members of the Intercollegiate Coach Association Coalition, are proposing a new financial model with not how much money is being spent, but where the money is being spent.

010 LIFE TIME COMPLETES VIRTUAL CLUB NATIONAL MEET WITH 1,700 SWIMMERS
by Dan D’Addona
With many pools across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Life Time, a national chain of athletic resorts and health clubs, put together a virtual national meet that ran for 10 days in August. More than 1,700 swimmers took part at 64 different Life Time clubs throughout 27 states with more than 6,500 published results.

011 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TO HOLD SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MID-APRIL, DATES NOT FINALIZED
by Andy Ross
The Missouri Valley Conference has traditionally hosted its swimming and diving championships in February, but with an already delayed season, the coaches favored pushing the meet back to April, to be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University.

012 INSIDE WITH BRETT HAWKE: KYLE CHALMERS ON WHAT IT MIGHT TAKE TO  BEAT CAELEB DRESSEL
by Andy Ross
Reigning 100 freestyle Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers discussed a number of topics on a recent “Inside with Brett Hawke” podcast, including his memories of the 2016 Games in Rio as well as what the Aussie would need to do to beat American Caeleb Dressel in the 100 freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

014 HOW COLOMBIAN SIRENA ROWE WENT FROM LIGHTLY RECRUITED TO NC STATE LEADER
by Matthew De George
Colombian Sirena Rowe has come a long way since her high school swimming in 2016. Now a senior at NC State, Rowe has represented Colombia at the World Championships and Pan American Games and is a two-time All-American for one of the nation’s top college programs. It’s the kind of career that she had hoped for as a high school senior…but didn’t yet dare dream of!

020 TRAINING MICHAEL PHELPS: BOB BOWMAN ON WORKING WITH HIS PRIZED PUPIL
by Bob Bowman with Michael J. Stott
Coach Bob Bowman reflects on Michael Phelps’ swimming career—from the time the “baseball/soccer/lacrosse athlete” first joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club as a 7-year-old, doing a 60-minute, once-a-week stroke clinic…to setting NAG records by the time he was 10 and eventually becoming the Greatest Olympian of All Time!

022 WHY HAVE WOMEN BEATEN MEN IN MARATHON SWIMMING?
by Dan D’Addona
Swimmers have biological differences that affect their performance according to their sex. Women have lower hemoglobin levels, oxygen supply and do not develop as much muscular power. Therefore, in sprint events, women are quite far from reaching men. However, ultra-distance swimming is a different story.

024 48 YEARS SINCE MARK SPITZ WENT 7-FOR-7 AT MUNICH GAMES
by John Lohn
Sept. 4, 2020, marked the 48th anniversary of Mark Spitz’s seventh gold medal of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Each of Spitz’s titles was won in world-record time, and the accomplishment became the sport’s measuring stick for greatness for more than three decades. The following article takes a look at Spitz’s march to Olympic glory.

029 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA FULL-TIME STAFF FACING FURLOUGHS OR SALARY CUTS
by Andy Ross
The University of North Carolina is doing everything it can to avoid cutting any of its sports programs. However, beginning Oct. 1, all full-time members in the athletic department at UNC will either be furloughed for 15 days (those making less than $100,000 annually) or will see a reduction in salary of 10% (those between $100,000 and $200,000) or 20% ($200,000 or more). These reductions will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

030 WILLIAM & MARY TO CUT SWIMMING & DIVING AFTER 2020-21 SEASON
by Andy Ross
William & Mary has decided to cut six of its sports after the 2020-21 academic year. This marks the sixth NCAA Division I school to lose its swimming and diving team this off-season, joining East Carolina, Connecticut, Boise State, Dartmouth and Iowa in having their programs cut to ease the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

032 PAC-12 MAKES AGREEMENT FOR RAPID COVID-19 TESTING; COMPETITION COULD RETURN SOONER
by John Lohn
Due to an agreement with the Quidel Corporation, the Pac-12 Conference, which has postponed fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, could return to action sooner than anticipated. The agreement will allow for daily testing for COVID-19, enabling the conference’s schools to perform rapid tests and contact tracing.

033 HOW THEY TRAIN TAYLA LOVEMORE
by Michael J. Stott

034 PARTING SHOT

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