Swimming World Magazine Parting Shot in Review: 2020

Parting Shots

Even in a year with little action, Swimming World Magazine presented 11 great images on the final page of each issue in our Parting Shots.

Legends like Ian Thorpe and Chad Le Clos graced the Parting Shot pages in the year of 2020.

Swimming World Parting Shots in Review – 2020

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January 2020


Photo Courtesy: January 2020 Issue

The Aquatic Complex at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is in the middle of a $44 million renovation project.

The Complex first opened in December 1965 when ISHOF inducted its first class of aquatic honorees. Since then, it has played host to numerous international and national-level aquatic events, and has seen 10 swimming world records fall from such swimming legends as Mary T. Meagher, Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin.

The pool is set to be completed in 2021.
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February 2020


Photo Courtesy: February 2020 Issue

Signe Bro of Denmark forms a heart with her fingers during a training session held at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 2016. Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer
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April 2020


Photo Courtesy: April 2019 Issue

The Stanford Cardinal celebrate the 2020 Pac-12 women’s swimming and diving title, their third straight conference title.
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May 2020



Photo Courtesy: May 2020 Issue

Five coaches at Richmond’s (Va.) Collegiate School urge on junior Kelsey Stratford, three feet away in lane 8 of the 500 yard free final at the 2015 Virginia Independent School state meet. Stratford qualified 16th in 5:32. 93 and surged to 10th in 5:23.22, enabling the Cougars to win their fourth straight state title by two points (271-269) over arch rival St. Catherine’s School.

Pictured, from left: assistant coach Mike Peters (now head coach), Drake “Bucka” Watson (now St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s head coach), Laure Keatts, David Stillman and head coach Mike Stott.

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June 2020


Photo Courtesy: June 2020 Issue

Ian Thorpe of Australia is pictured during a training session at his 50m outdoor training pool at the Centro sportivo nazionale della gioventu in Tenero, Switzerland, Friday, September 9, 2011.
[PHOTO BY Patrick B. Kraemer]
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July 2020


Photo Courtesy: July 2020 Issue

Chad Le Clos of South Africa goes off the blocks at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Le Clos won gold in the men’s 200m butterfly with a time of 1:53.33.
[PHOTO BY Gian Matteo D’Alberto / La Presse]
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August 2020


Photo Courtesy: August 2020 Issue

An open water event kicks off at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay. The venue was set to be the location of open water events during the 2020 Olympic Games. Organizers of the Tokyo Games and FINA plan to alter the Olympic Marathon swimming course due to predicted changes in the tide level in July 2021.
[Photo Courtesy: Tokyo 2020]
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September 2020


Photo Courtesy: September 2020 Issue

Nearly 22 years after the first swimmer crossed Lake Michigan, Epic Swim 2020, a six-man relay, crossed the 54 miles in nearly 21 hours. The group of swimmers, led by Jone Ornee, swam a relay across Lake Michigan from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan. Ornee was joined by Nick HobsonMatt SmithTodd SuttorDave Ornee and former Ohio State swimmer Jeremy Sall. They dove in for the first five minutes of the crossing, then swam the final quarter mile to Ludington. In between, the swimmers did 30-minute legs of the relay, with the next swimmer up diving in to high-five the exiting swimmer.

The direct route across is 51 miles but because of currents, Ornee said the swimming distance was around 54 miles. The group is just the second on record to make the trip across Lake Michigan. The first was Jim Dreyer, who did it solo in 1998.
[PHOTO BY Epic Swim 2020]
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October 2020


Photo Courtesy: October 2020 Issue

Lia Neal poses during a photoshoot for FINIS. Neal, a two-time Olympian, has been one of the pioneers for African American swimmers on the elite level, along with fellow 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley, created Swimmers for Change to promote diversity and inclusion.

“It was a way of having the same community – a predominantly white sport and white community – step up and show their support as allies for the black community to just say that black lives matter,” says Neal. “That very simple, and what many would say is common sense or morally right ideology, was just something that wasn’t being said.” Neal appeared on the cover of the October 2020 issue.

[PHOTO BY Becca Wyant / FINIS Photography]
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November 2020


Photo Courtesy: November 2020 Issue

Henry Palmer, who turned 18 last month, has been swimming open water since he was 10. His poem reflects on his experiences of swimming the Escape from Alcatraz open water swim in the San Francisco Bay, an event that he has completed three times. He also was one of the youngest ever to complete the NYOW 20 Bridges Marathon Swim around Manhattan Island (2019, 28.5 miles) as well as the San Barbara Channel Swim (2020, 12.2 miles). He credits Joe Zemaitis, head coach of Swim Neptune (Phoenix, Arizona) and founder of the Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training, for getting him started and training him for his marathon swims.

[PHOTO BY John Zemaitis]
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December 2020


Photo Courtesy: December 2020 Issue

The IU Natatorium in Indianapolis sits quiet prior to the start of the 2020 Toyota US Open, which took place November 12 – 14 across nine locations around the country.
[PHOTO BY Peter H. Bick]
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