Swimming World August 2021 Presents – The Female High School Swimmer of the Year: Torri Huske

Swimming World August 2021 - Female High School Swimmer of the Year - Torri Huske
Torri Huske at the 2021 Olympic Trials [PHOTO BY PETER H. BICK]

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The Swimming World August 2021 Issue Presents

The Female High School Swimmer of the Year: Torri Huske

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.

In the 15 minutes or so before any race, Torri Huske prefers not to speak with anyone. The 18-year-old from Yorktown High School and the Arlington Aquatic Club in Virginia might be a newer face on the elite swimming scene, but as she has steadily built to this level, she has refined the approach to racing that works for her. Some swimmers are social beings in the immediate leadup to the race to distract themselves from nerves and pressure, but Huske embraces those feelings, knowing she can channel them into adrenaline.

“I just like sitting on the floor and stretching and getting in my own head and getting in my own mindset,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll think about the race. I’ll think about how I’m feeling, like emotionally. It’s just feeling everything that’s around you and the energy. Sometimes, there’s this tension. Everyone’s really anxious before their swim, and I feel like it’s just kind of experiencing the moment, shaking out my body, making sure everything feels good and that I’m loose and stretched out and making sure that I’m warm and that I’m physically and mentally ready.”

A STELLAR HIGH SCHOOL SEASON
In the past few months, the United States and the world have gotten the chance to see Huske display her physical talents and mental fortitude on the sport’s grandest stages, the Olympic Trials and the Olympics, but before that, she was producing some of the best-ever performances in high school swimming. She broke the national public school record in the 100 yard fly as a sophomore, then as a junior and then a third time her senior year at the high school regional meet. That set her up for an amazing swan song for her high school swimming career.

At the Virginia 6A championships in late February, Huske swam a 1:53.73 in the 200 yard IM, breaking a 12-year-old national record of 1:53.82 held by Dagny Knutson. Shortly after, she won the 100 fly in 49.95, breaking not only her own public school record, but the overall national high school record held by Claire Curzan. Just six years after the first overall woman broke 50 seconds in the 100 fly, Huske became the first to do so in a high school swimming competition. Those two record-breaking performances were good enough for Huske to be named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year.

“I have been chasing after that for so long,” Huske said. “It was kind of just a relief. I had been 50-point so many times, and it was really frustrating, just because I knew I was capable of going under 50, and I had been so close so many times. It was just really nice to finally look at the clock and see that.”

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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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