Swimming World Announces Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 11. SWIMMING World's Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year for 2011 is one of the most diverse internationally since the award's inception in 2005 when the magazine honored the top 12 Masters swimmers of 2004.

Half of last year's honorees are from the United States, followed by Germany with two and one each from Canada, Brazil, Great Britain and Italy: (Swimmers listed alphabetically): Women–Jane Asher, GBR, 80-84; Janet Evans, USA, 40-44; Ingeborg Fritze, GER, 90-94; Lynn Marshall, CAN, 50-54; Diann Uustal, USA, 65-69; Laura Val, USA, 60-64. Men–Tom Barton, USA, 55-59; Giulio Divano, ITA, 80-84; Marcus Mattioli, BRA, 50-54; Jim McConica, USA, 60-64; Hans Reichelt, GER, 75-79; Steve Wood, USA, 50-54.

The runners-up included: Women–Carolyn Boak, USA, 65-69; Dawn Heckman, USA, 30-34; Leslie Livingston, USA, 50-54; Mieko Nagaoka, JPN, 95-99; Christel Schulz, GER, 70-74; Agnes Van Obberghen, BEL, 80-84. Men–Richard Abrahams, USA, 65-69; Roberto Alberiche, ESP, 80-84; Serkan Atasay, TUR, 40-44; David Guthrie, USA, 50-54; Ed Moses, USA, 30-34; Rico Rolli, ITA, 45-49.

Later this month, we will offer online features of the winners.

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April 2012 Issue
Contents of the April issue:

7 Lane Lines to London sponsored by Competitor by Jason Marsteller
This month's regional Olympic preview features Europe.
13 2012 Olympic Preview: Diving by Emily Sampl
Four years ago, Chinese divers captured seven out of a possible eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. The story could be much the same in London.
14 Olympic Flashback: 1960-72 by Jeff Commings with special contributions by Steve Johnson
16 Going the Distance(s) by John Lohn
China's Sun Yang, the world record holder in the men's 1500 meter freestyle, is the favorite for a gold medal in that event come London. And he also has the ability to medal in the 200 and 400 free as well.
18 Top 12 World Masters of 2011 by Jason Marsteller
19 Pool's Edge: Mindful Swimming by Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
20 Dryside Training: Hard Core! by J.R. Rosania
22 Q&A with Coach Dawn Dill by Michael J. Stott
25 How They Train: Wyatt Ubellacker by Michael J. Stott
29 Peer Coaching: Sharing the Load by Michael J. Stott
While it doesn't take a village to teach a swimmer, a little help from a friend can go a long way.
31 USSSA: Learning through Repetition by Lory Kirk
33 National Age Group Record Setter by Judy Jacob
34 American Relay by Judy Jacob
35 TYR Age Group Swimmer of the Month
36 Goldminds: The Performance Puzzle by Wayne Goldsmith
Swimming fast is like solving a puzzle. Your success in swimming is determined by how effectively you put the pieces of the “swimming performance puzzle” together.

6 A Voice for the Sport
38 Lane 9/Gutter Talk
39 For the Record
43 Calendar
46 Parting Shot
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