Swimming World August 2021 Presents – How They Train with Howard University’s Miles Simon – Sponsored By StrechCordz

Swimming World August 2021 - How They Train - Miles Simon
HU Bison Miles Simon [PHOTO BY FRANK MITCHELL]

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How They Train:
Howard University’s Miles Simon

By Michael J. Stott

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Swimming World August 2021 - How They Train - Miles Simon

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With a return to normalcy, rising junior Miles Simon is looking forward to a breakout year. Fresh off a baptism in the 50 meter free at U.S. Olympic Trials with a 23.42 (tied for 61st out of 95 swimmers)—well off his 23.11 qualifying time—Simon is ready to improve upon his already impressive Bison résumé.

Currently, the Atlanta product and Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Academic honoree owns top-10 times in seven Howard individual events, two of them firsts: 100 yard back (49.97) and 100 IM (51.68). He also shares firsts in four relays: 200-400 medley and 400-800 freestyle.

Says his coach, Nicholas Askew, “Miles has a very laid-back personality—never too high or too low. He is not easily rattled, nor will you see him just sitting idle. He is always working to improve himself or giving his time to help improve others. Miles is very driven and enjoys the challenge of progress. He understands the loads of work and sacrifice necessary to see improvement and is fueled by seeing progress from his efforts. He also pulls fulfillment from seeing others succeed.

“When training, Miles quickly grasps the intent behind sets and njoys exceeding expectations. Our coaches will often challenge him at various workout stages to achieve an even higher gear. I like that Miles looks for areas in which to compete when training, whether it be the first 15 meters or to the finish.”

A consummate teammate, Simon often sets the tone of Howard practices. “He never complains when the set is difficult, and the team feeds off of his approach to training and the example he sets. He is super-encouraging and fun to train with. He could honestly share a lane with anyone of any ability in any pool,” says Askew.

As an HU swimmer, Askew has trained Miles primarily to compete in the 100 fly, 200 IM, 100-200 free and 100-200 back, and he has shown steady improvement as a result.

SIMON SETS
Following are two workouts Bison swimmers did as a way to chart team progress (with Miles Simon’s times shown for September and November).

Free: 400 @ 8:00, 300 @ 8:00, 200 @ 8:00, 100 @ 8:00 (All MAX EFFORT, all off the block)
400: September 3:57.05; November 4:00.92
300: September 2:54.35; November 2:58.42
200: September 1:51.53; November 1:50.44
100: September 50.71; November 48.20

200 fly, back, breast, IM; 100 fly, back, 100 breast, IM—each off 8:00 (All MAX EFFORT, all off the block)
200 fly: September 2:06.22; November 2:08.53
200 back: September 2:06.19; November 2:03.30
200 breast: September 2:30.88; November 2:31.83
200 IM: September 2:05.43; November 2:02.51
100 fly: September 56.68; November 55.34
100 back: September 58.62; November 54.00
100 breast: September 1:14.07; November 1:11.54
100 IM: September 55.98; November 55.46


Michael J. Stott is an ASCA Level 5 coach, golf and swimming writer. His critically acclaimed coming-of-age golf novel, “Too Much Loft,” was published in June 2021, and is available from Bookbaby.com, Amazon, B&N and book distributors worldwide.


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SWIMMING WORLD AUGUST 2021 FEATURES

012 | READY FOR A NEW CHALLENGE
by David Rieder
Torri Huske finished her high school career by setting national high school records in the 100 yard fly and 200 IM and by being named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year for the second time (2019, 2021). The 18-year-old senior from Yorktown High School (Arlington, Va.) will be moving on to Stanford in the fall, but first, she set an American record in the 100 meter fly at U.S. Trials that earned her a trip to Tokyo to compete in her first Olympics.

014 | TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
by Dan D’Addona
Everything appears to be OK for Norman North (Okla.) High School senior Aiden Hayes. He set two national high school records (100 fly and 50 free) this past season. He competed and gained experience at the U.S. Olympic Trials as the fastest 18-year-old in the country in butterfly. And he was named Swimming World’s Male High School Swimmer of the Year.

016 | CREAM OF THE CROP
by David Rieder and Andy Ross
There were some mighty fast swimmers who finished the 2020-21 high school season right behind Swimming World’s Female and Male High School Swimmers of the Year, Torri Huske and Aiden Hayes. Of the four runners-up, two of them are underclassmen and will be returning for more fast swimming in 2021-22.

018 | TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Chandler Brandes
Swimming World takes a look at the swimmers it considers to be the 10 best high school recruits—both male and female—from the Class of 2021 and where they’ll be attending college in the fall.

021 | NUTRITION: WHAT TO EAT BEFORE THE “BIG RACE”
by Dawn Weatherwax
To reach your swimming goals, it is important to know what to eat—at what times and in what amounts. It is different for everyone, but very important to master.

022 | ISHOF: THE U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS—DONNA DeVARONA AND THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF WOMEN’S SWIMMING
by Bruce Wigo
At the recent U.S. Olympic Trials, there was one moment that linked the past with the present and future of swimming like no other. It came when Donna de Varona presented Olympic qualification medals to Katie Grimes, the youngest member of the 2021 Olympic swimming team, and three-time Olympian Katie Ledecky.

025 | ONE OF THE GREATEST SPRINTERS OF ALL TIME
by John Lohn
The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney are widely remembered for the home-nation success of Australia, which was spearheaded by teenage sensation Ian Thorpe. But the Games Down Under also served as a redemptive locale for the Netherlands’ Inge de Bruijn, who used the stage to define herself as one of the sport’s legends.

028 | MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH KATE DOUGLASS
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

030 | SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING KAYLA WILSON
by Michael J. Stott
Coach Richard Hunter of TIDE Swimming in Virginia Beach, Va. discusses goals and workouts for one of his top swimmers, Kayla Wilson, a rising senior at Norfolk Academy who recently committed to Stanford for fall 2022.

034 | SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING SWIMMING VELOCITY (Part 4)—MINIMIZING THE ARM ENTRY PHASE TIME IN BACKSTROKE AND BREASTSTROKE
by Rod Havriluk
To minimize the arm entry phase time in backstroke, a swimmer must quickly move the hand downward directly behind and below the shoulder. Minimizing the arm entry phase (glide phase) in breaststroke requires precise control of the timing between the finish of the kick and the beginning of the pull. A decrease in the non-propulsive entry phase decreases the time for a stroke cycle, increases stroke rate and increases swimming velocity.

038 | SPECIAL SETS: ENERGY SYSTEM TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
George Heidinger, former USA Swimming National Team High Performance Consultant and owner of Pikes Peak Athletics (Colo.), specializes in long-term athlete development. As such, he is well-schooled in the science of energy systems and shares some sample sets he has given to rising high school senior Quintin McCarty and his PPA senior teammates.

040 | A COACHES’ GUIDE TO ENERGY SYSTEMS (Part 3): WHILE THEY’RE YOUNG
by Michael J. Stott
In Part 3 of our series on energy systems, two age group coaches—one from Clovis, Calif. and one from Richmond, Va.—share how they inform and guide their younger athletes through energy system training.

043 | Q&A WITH COACH NICHOLAS ASKEW
by Michael J. Stott

044 | HOW THEY TRAIN: MILES SIMON
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

033 | DRYSIDE TRAINING: GOLD MEDAL WORKOUT
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

036 | GOLDMINDS: 10 GREAT REASONS TO GET BACK IN THE POOL
by Wayne Goldsmith

47 | UP & COMERS: BRIAN HAMILTON
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 | A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 | DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT ETHELDA BLEIBTREY?

046 | HASTY HIGH POINTERS

048 | GUTTERTALK

049 | PARTING SHOT

 

 

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