SW Biweekly – The Top 25 Post-Tokyo: Ranking The Best Women’s Swimmers In The World – On Sale Now!

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Erica Sullivan (L) and Katie Ledecky (R) [PHOTO BY ROB SCHUMACHER / USA TODAY SPORTS]

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, find out the top 25 women swimmers in the world, post-Tokyo. Also featured are the lingering, unanswered questions following the Olympic Games; Torri Huske becomes the first college swimmer to sign with TYR thanks to new NIL rules; Ryan Lochte undergoes knee surgery to repair torn meniscus; Chuck Batchelor takes over as head coach at SWIMMAC Carolina; Vietnam swim coach Huang Guohui found dead following 14-day quarantine post-Olympics; The outstanding but overlooked men’s swims from the Tokyo Olympics; Top under the radar women’s swims of the Tokyo Olympics; Mother Vicki Bunke is swimming in 14 Swim-Across-America events to honor her late daughter, Grace Bunke; 5 eye-popping stats that defined the Tokyo Olympics, including the fastest men’s 100 free ever; After her second gold medal, Ashleigh Johnson expounds on her mission of promoting inclusion; Maggie Steffens talks on how “mental health” was a huge part of her journey back to water polo gold


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FEATURES

008 5 LINGERING AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE OLYMPIC GAMES
by John Lohn
With the Olympic Games in the rearview mirror and the start of the third season of the International Swimming League in front of us, here are five questions to contemplate, the answers to be revealed in due time.

010 TORRI HUSKE BECOMES FIRST COLLEGE SWIMMER TO SIGN WITH TYR, THANKS TO NEW NIL RULES
by David Rieder
As Olympian Torri Huske is about to begin her college career at Stanford, she took advantage of new NCAA rules that allow student-athletes to monetize on their name, image and likeness (NIL) rights and signed a deal with swimwear company TYR.

012 RYAN LOCHTE UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY TO REPAIR TORN MENISCUS
by David Rieder
Four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte, who turned 37 earlier this month, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus after hurting his knee while racing down an inflatable water slide, likely while playing with his two children who are 2 and 4 years old.

013 CHUCK BATCHELOR TAKING OVER AS HEAD COACH AT SWIMMAC CAROLINA
by David Rieder
Chuck Batchelor, the longtime head coach and co-owner of Bluefish Swim Club in Attelboro, Mass., has agreed to move to North Carolina to take over as head coach of SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte.

014 VIETNAM SWIM COACH HUANG GUOHUI FOUND DEAD IN QUARANTINE UPON RETURN FROM OLYMPICS
by Matthew De George
Huang Guohui, the coach of Vietnam’s swim team at the Tokyo Olympics, died in a hotel in Hanoi during a 14-day isolation after returning from Tokyo. The cause of death had not been determined for the 57-year-old, but VnExpress reported that it is being investigated as a possible suicide.

016 THE OUTSTANDING, BUT OVERLOOKED MEN’S SWIMS FROM THE TOKYO OLYMPICS
by David Rieder
There were several impressive men’s performances at the Tokyo Olympics, but perhaps not “headline-grabbing”—a silver or bronze medalist or even someone just off the podium…or maybe a relay contributor. Here are a few swims on the men’s side that went a bit under-reported.

018 THE TOP UNDER-THE-RADAR WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES FROM THE TOKYO OLYMPICS
by David Rieder
The Tokyo Olympics produced many stars, but here Swimming World focuses on a handful of women’s performances that, perhaps, didn’t receive as much attention as they should…in case their exploits from a long week of swimming went unnoticed.

020 POST-OLYMPICS RANKINGS: SWIMMING WORLD’S  TOP 25 FEMALE PERFORMERS
by David Rieder
With the Olympics just concluded, it seems only reasonable that the ranking of the best swimmers in the world should be based on the performances we witnessed over nine days in Tokyo. We begin with our list of the top 25 women’s swimmers in the world.

026 AMAZING GRACE: MOTHER, VICKI BUNKE, SWIMMING IN 14 SWIM-ACROSS-AMERICA EVENTS TO HONOR HER DAUGHTER
by David Rieder
When Grace Bunke was 11, she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left femur, which metastasized into both of her lungs. Grace beat the cancer into remission, but the disease returned in her lungs and spine when she was 14, and she passed away the day before her 15th birthday. More than three years later, swimming is the means by which her mom, Vicki, and her family honor Grace, by their full support of a cause near and dear to Grace’s heart: Swim Across America.

030 5 EYE-POPPING STATS THAT DEFINED THE TOKYO OLYMPICS, INCLUDING FASTEST MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE EVER
by David Rieder
What do Caeleb Dressel, Kyle Chalmers, Regan Smith, Kristof Milak, Michael Phelps, Katinka Hosszu, Yui Ohashi, Ahmed Hafnaoui, Bobby Finke and Lydia Jacoby have in common? They were all part of various storylines dealing with Olympic races in Tokyo that featured some crazy, unimaginable statistics.

032 AFTER SECOND GOLD, ASHLEIGH JOHNSON EXPOUNDS ON “MISSION” OF PROMOTING INCLUSION
by Matthew De George
Ashleigh Johnson won her second gold medal as the goalie of the U.S. women’s powerhouse water polo team. One of the few Black players in an overwhelmingly white sport, she is doubling down on her commitments to inclusion in the sport.

033 MAGGIE STEFFENS: MENTAL HEALTH “HUGE PART” OF JOURNEY BACK TO WATER POLO GOLD
by Matthew De George
For Maggie Steffens, one of the leaders of the U.S. women’s water polo team, a major reason that the Americans re-ascended the podium in Tokyo for their third straight Olympic gold medal was their ability to recognize and cope with the mental challenges.

034 PARTING SHOT

 

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