Swimming World Presents “American Swimming Team: Past (Part I)”

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American Swimming Team: PAST (Part I):

The name, “American Swimming Team” (AST), is intended to capture the concept of American swimmers who collectively form one team.

Furthermore, each swimmer is a contributor to an individual swim team made up of athletes, coaches and volunteers that produce a cell of the American Swimming Team. The stronger each cell is, the stronger the body. The greater the quality and quantity of local competition among swimmers, the greater the success of the American Swimming Team at the top of the sport, including the Olympic Games.

Formulating the organization of competitive swimming throughout the United States required vision and leadership. One of several key figures was British-born coach Matt Mann, who championed the value of the sport: “Swimming is a wonderful sport because it is the best competitive outlet I know for a child who is long on desire and short on natural ability. Unlike running, no one knows how to swim until you teach them.”

Over the next several issues of Swimming World Magazine, we will take a quick look at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future.

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014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM: PAST (Part I)
by Chuck Warner
Beginning with the December 2016 issue of Swimming World Magazine, we will take a quick look over the next several months at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future.

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2016 2016 SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Taylor Brien, Annie Grevers and David Rieder

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World/American: Katie Ledecky & Michael Phelps

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European: Katinka Hosszu & Adam Peaty

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Pacific Rim: Rie Kaneto & Kosuke Hagino

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African: Kirsty Coventry & Chad le Clos

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024 10 BEST PERFORMANCES OF 2016
by David Rieder
During an Olympic year, there’s a plethora of performances that could rank among the year’s best. And that’s not even taking into account the record-breaking swims around the world during the lead-up to the Games…or the stellar short course yards performances in the United States. Needless to say, we had some good options from which to choose for the top 10 races of the year.

COACHING
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: BILL SWEETENHAM
by Michael J. Stott

038 ART OF THE WARM-UP
by Michael J. Stott
Whether it is summer league, age group, club, high school or college swimming, proper warm-up is absolutely imperative for successful meet performance.

041 Q&A WITH COACH JACK BAUERLE
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN KRISTY KOWAL & MARK DYLLA
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
028 DRYSIDE TRAINING: HAPPY, HEALTHY HOLIDAYS
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
029 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
040 DADS ON DECK
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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