Swimming World Presents “A Transition Year for College Swimming”

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A Transition Year for College Swimming

College swimming may have lost the top two swimmers in the world—with Katie Ledecky turning pro and Caeleb Dressel graduating—but there will still be plenty of storylines to follow this college season.

Last year, if you took away all of the points that Ledecky, Manuel and Eastin scored, the Cardinal still would have won the national championship. However, Stanford also lost elite graduated seniors Janet Hu, Ally Howe and Olympic diver Kassidy Cook.

There are many other talented swimmers returning from the juggernaut Cardinal team plus a superstar recruit in Canadian Taylor Ruck. She’ll provide Stanford with another dynamic presence after earning gold last summer at Pan Pacs, beating Ledecky in the 200 free—not to mention winning an additional silver and three bronze medals in Tokyo…plus six gold medals at the 2017 World Junior Championships and two bronze medals at the 2016 Olympics!

“It is no secret that we are losing a ton, but I think we have a good group of freshmen who will be able to make an impact down the road,” Meehan said. “Taylor is coming in with a little bit more experience than the others, but I am thrilled about our class. It is probably the best incoming class we have ever signed, and Taylor certainly leads the way with her international experience and her versatility.”

NCAA runner-up Cal has Amy Bilquist, Katie McLauglin, Maddie Murphy and Abbey Weitzeil returning, but definitely will miss the presence and point scoring at NCAAs of Baker, who won multiple national championships individually and on relays.

Texas A&M will look different, too. Last year’s third-place team loses a dominant senior group that included Lisa Bratton, Jorie Caneta, Bethany Galat and Beryl Gastaldello.

To learn more about the transition year in the 2018-19 collegiate season, check out the October 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!  Swimming World subscribers can download this issue in the Swimming World Vault!

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FEATURES

022 SWIMMING’S RESPECTFUL REBEL
by Annie Grevers
Michael Andrew turned pro at the age of 14. He embraced the non-traditional Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training. Despite his naysayers, the 19-year-old fully believes he’s doing what he needs to do to pull out his God-given potential. And he proved it this summer with his men’s high-point performance at nationals and a 50 free gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships.

026 FOR LOVE OF THE SPORT
by David Rieder
Kathleen Baker has always loved swimming. It’s been a motivating force that has helped her battle Crohn’s disease and that has led her to help others believe they can overcome their own medical challenges. And it’s a quality that she has shown throughout her career that’s included a world record, Olympic gold and silver plus medals of every color at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

030 A TRANSITION YEAR
by Dan D’Addona
College swimming may have lost the top two swimmers in the world—with Katie Ledecky turning pro and Caeleb Dressel graduating—but there will still be plenty of storylines to follow this college season.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DON WATSON
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: ISCA HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article reports some of the highlights and coach reactions from the International Swim Coaches Association annual conference, held Aug. 28-31, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Many coaches are now applying science to support their swimmers to swim faster and with fewer injuries.

016 TOYS FOR BOYS…AND GIRLS
by Michael J. Stott
Thanks to new and innovative equipment for training, today’s swimmers have enjoyed more productive workouts, resulting in faster swimming.

040 KNOW THYSELF…AND YOUR OPPONENT
by Michael J. Stott
A good race plan and an awareness of your opponents’ tendencies can help you perform at your best.

042 Q&A WITH COACH KAMI GARDNER
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN EMILY HAGEBOECK
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS: MICHAEL PICKETT
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
032 PREP SCHOOL DIRECTORY
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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