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Brendon Smith, Australia (New York Breakers) [PHOTO BY DELLY CARR, SWIMMING AUSTRALIA]

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Guttertalk: What are your goals racing in the ISL so soon after the Olympics?

By David Rieder

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Swimming World October 2021 - Guttertalk - What are your goals racing in the ISL so soon after the Olympics - Caeleb DresselCAELEB DRESSEL
USA (Cali Condors)
[ PHOTO BY PETER H. BICK ]

The goal coming here—my coach was adamant—we’re just coming here to have fun. It’s as simple as that. I know you hear it over and over again, but even more so coming off the Olympics into this.

I couldn’t be worried about times or a scoreboard right now, and I think ISL is a perfect place to go, get back into shape, get back into my groove, be around my people again.

I didn’t know if I was going to be ready for it, and after having one meet down, I’m already ready for the next one. I’m trying to take things one day at a time, but it’s weird. I don’t really feel the pressure here. I’m not trying to do anything special. I think that might be why.

The goal here is getting back into shape. I’m not trying to go world records. I’m not trying to beat one person in particular. I’m going to score my points, get back into shape, and have a good time doing it. If I don’t do that, then I need to go home.

 

Swimming World October 2021 - Guttertalk - What are your goals racing in the ISL so soon after the Olympics - Brendon SmithBRENDON SMITH
Australia (New York Breakers)
[PHOTO BY DELLY CARR, SWIMMING AUSTRALIA]

I swam in the ISL competition last year as one of two Australians who made the journey to Budapest. I am a racer and love to race. Last year, due to continual lockdowns in Victoria, ISL was the only chance I had to compete in any competitions, national or international, without having to do two weeks hotel isolation before I swam.

Swimming ISL last year gave me the confidence to be able to mix it up with the best in the world in the 400 IM, which I believe helped me to win a bronze in that event at the Tokyo Olympics.

I will forever be grateful for the opportunities ISL has given me. ISL is a great concept, and I would love to see it take off and continue. For this to happen, it is important for the competition to be strong and continue the momentum from the Olympics. It is a way for swimmers to make some money in a sport they love to do.

 

Swimming World October 2021 - Guttertalk - What are your goals racing in the ISL so soon after the Olympics - Paige MaddenPAIGE MADDEN
USA (Tokyo Frog Kings)
[ PHOTO BY PETER H. BICK ]

Personally, my goals are to have a positive mental health experience while I’m here. I want to experience Italy, learn about different cultures, and focus on having fun.

Because I was focused on my well-being, I only swam three times between Tokyo and arriving in Naples, so I knew my results wouldn’t be up to par.

(Tokyo head coach Dave) Salo has been preaching that we should both “train and race into shape,” and I’ve embraced that!

 

Swimming World October 2021 - Guttertalk - What are your goals racing in the ISL so soon after the Olympics - Matt TempleMATT TEMPLE
Australia (New York Breakers)
[PHOTO BY DELLY CARR, SWIMMING AUSTRALIA]

Going from the Olympics to the ISL has definitely been a journey. Coming off the high of the Olympics and the amazing success of the Dolphins swim team to going straight to Italy and now racing again has been a big mental shift.

I have set a few focus points for the ISL. In terms of performance, as the ISL is short course, I have set myself a couple small goals around speed in and out of turns and to gain as much speed off the walls as I can.

As this is my first ISL, I want to enjoy the experience, meet new people from across the world and have fun. I honestly haven’t put too much pressure on myself in terms of performance and times, but rather focus on the process and plan of each race.



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FEATURES

010     THE OLYMPIC “QUADRENNIUM:”  A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK AHEAD
by David Rieder
Swimming World reflects on the last five years since the last Olympic Games in Rio and ponders the questions that lie ahead during the next three years leading up to Paris 2024.

014     A CANADIAN SURGE
by Matthew De George
Swimmers from Canada exceeded expectations at the Tokyo Games. And the Canadian delegation showed that the future is as bright as the present, with prolific young talents on both sides of the competition.

020    ISHOF FEATURE: AQUATOTS MURDER CASE—THE KATHY TONGAY STORY (Part 1)
by Bruce Wigo
It is doubtful that in the annals of aquatic history, there has ever been an example of abusive parents like the story of “little Kathy Tongay.”

024    EXPECT GREAT THINGS!
by John Lohn
David Popovici just turned 17 years old, but the Romanian sprint freestyler appears poised to follow a path to prominence.

031    NUTRITION: KNOW THYSELF
by Dawn Weatherwax
Knowing your body composition can help you swim fast and stay healthy.

COACHING

029    BASIC DRYLAND TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
A concentrated, ongoing strength and conditioning regimen provides a quality supplement to in-pool training, helping swimmers become stronger and faster. Coaches Ron and Rich Blanc of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern California share last season’s dryland training schedule that helped his girls’ and boys’ teams become national powers.

030    WEIGHT ROOM COMMON SENSE
by J.R. Rosania

These “Do’s and Dont’s” are courtesy of exercise scientist J.R. Rosania, whose performance enhancement firm Healthplex serves multisport athletes worldwide.

034    SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING SWIMMING VELOCITY (Part 5): MINIMIZING THE ARM RECOVERY PHASE
by Rod Havriluk
The greatest possible time decreases for additional swimming velocity increases are in the non-propulsive phases (entry and recovery). This article includes strategies to minimize the recovery phase time of all four strokes.

045    Q&A WITH COACHES RON & RICH BLANC
by Michael J. Stott

046   HOW THEY TRAIN MAGGIE McGUIRE & JACK NUGENT
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

033    DRYSIDE TRAINING:  BACK TO BASICS (Part 1)
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

044   UP & COMERS:  MARYJANE (MJ) NEILSON
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008    A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009    DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT FAMOUS GUYS WHO GOLF?

016    HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

036   PREP SCHOOL DIRECTORY`

048   GUTTERTALK

049    PARTING SHOT

 

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