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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about the new Team USA on their way to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, and how they stack up against the rest of the world’s teams. Also featured is what the data says about American performances at Tokyo… is there cause for concern?; Paige Madden’s journey from NCAA Championships, COVID-19, Olympic Trials, to Team USA!; Andrew Wilson reflects the journey from DIII swimmer to Olympian; Inside the five-day wait for Brooke Forde, when she finally found out she made the team; The strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Men’s Swim Team for Tokyo; A breakdown of the U.S. Women’s Team for Tokyo; A look at how the seven relays are shaping up for Tokyo; Jessica Long and Rudy Garcia-Tolson selected to fifth Paralympics Team for Team USA; Cullen Jones embracing his role to help swimming continue to be more inclusive; the 2021 Aquatic Directory; Sun Yang’s ban reduced, but will still miss Tokyo following Cas retrial; Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers drop 200 free from Tokyo programs; and How They Train with St. Andrews’ Megan Moroney and Aspen Gersper


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JULY 2021 FEATURES

008 INSIDE THE JOURNEY OF PAIGE MADDEN: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, COVID-19 & OLYMPIC TRIALS
by Dan D’Addona
From March through June, Virginia’s Paige Madden experienced a stunning turn of events that saw her become the only woman to claim three individual wins at NCAAs, leading Virginia to its first team title…to testing positive for COVID-19…to fighting back and making the U.S. Olympic team!

012 WHAT THE DATA SAYS ABOUT AMERICAN PERFORMANCES AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO
by David Rieder
The landscape could change significantly by the time the Olympics take place later this month, but based on the current world rankings, there’s reason to be concerned that the U.S. team could lag behind its predecessors in the medal count, especially among the men.

013 ANDREW WILSON REFLECTS ON JOURNEY FROM DIVISION III SWIMMER  TO OLYMPIAN
by Dan D’Addona
Andrew Wilson finished second at Trials in both breaststroke events to secure his place on the U.S. Olympic team, becoming a rare NCAA Division III athlete (Emory University) to reach the biggest stage of his sport. Now he is preparing to make an impact for Team USA at the delayed Tokyo Games.

016 INSIDE THE FIVE-DAY WAIT FOR BROOKE FORDE, NOW FINALLY AN OLYMPIAN
by Dan D’Addona
In past years, it was pretty much a “sure thing” that the sixth-place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles would qualify for the Olympic team as relay alternates. But with limits on the roster numbers and because of extra events being added to the program in 2021, Brooke Forde had to wait until the last minute to see if she would be representing the United States in Tokyo. She is!

018 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE U.S. MEN’S SWIM TEAM FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS
by David Rieder
At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the U.S. men’s swim team captured 14 total individual medals, including five gold, with 10 different men being responsible for those honors. Five years later, the initial medal projections do not look as promising.

020 AFTER OLYMPIC TRIALS, A BREAKDOWN OF THE U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM BOUND FOR TOKYO
by David Rieder
Despite a lack of speed and depth in the freestyle relays, the American women’s team heading to Tokyo appears to be a very well-balanced squad that should have medal favorites in most of their individual events.

022 A LOOK AT HOW THE SEVEN RELAYS ARE SHAPING UP FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS
by David Rieder
At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the Americans won five of the six relays on the program—all except the women’s 400 free relay. This time, there will be seven relay events, and most of them are shaping up to be extremely competitive battles. With the Tokyo Games just weeks away, Swimming World takes a look at the four fastest flat-start times from the top countries to see how each team looks “on paper.”

026 JESSICA LONG, RUDY GARCIA-TOLSON SELECTED TO FIFTH PARALYMPICS TEAM FOR TEAM USA
by Matthew De George
Team USA recently announced the Paralympic swimming team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a group of 24 women and 10 men that includes five-time Paralympians Jessica Long and Rudy Garcia-Tolson.

028 CULLEN JONES EMBRACING ROLE TO HELP SWIMMING CONTINUE TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE—AND SHOW NEW PATHS
by Dan D’Addona
Cullen Jones, world record holder and four-time Olympic medalist (2008, 2012)—including two gold—is staying connected with the sport of swimming and is trying to help push it in the right direction.

029 2021 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 SUN YANG BAN REDUCED, BUT THREE-TIME CHAMPION WILL MISS TOKYO OLYMPICS FOLLOWING CAS RETRIAL
by Liz Byrnes
China’s Sun Yang will not defend his 200 freestyle title at the Tokyo Olympics after he was banned for four years and three months following a retrial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He had previously been handed an eight-year suspension in February 2020 that stemmed from an out-of-competition test in September 2018 during which a vial of Sun’s blood was smashed with a hammer by a member of his team.

044 EMMA McKEON AND KYLE CHALMERS DROP 200 FREESTYLE FROM TOKYO PROGRAMS; SPOTS FILLED
by Ian Hanson

045 HOW THEY TRAIN: MEGAN MORONEY AND ASPEN GERSPER
by Michael J. Stott

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