Swimming World Presents – Dads on Deck: Brent and Amy Bilquist

Swimming World April 2021 - Dads on Deck - Brent and Amy Bilquist
Brent Bilquist, with daughter and DC Trident Amy Bilquist

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Dads on Deck: Brent and Amy Bilquist

By Shoshanna Rutemiller

Swimming World presents a quarterly series that showcases moms and dads of swimmers from around the country.

Amy Bilquist was a talented swimmer from a young age. Growing up in Scottsdale, Ariz., her father, Brent, enjoyed watching his daughter’s success in the pool and several other sports, including volleyball.

It wasn’t until the family moved to Carmel, Ind. before her junior year of high school that Bilquist finally committed to being a single-sport athlete. She went on to hold Indiana state high school records in the 50 and 100 yard free as well as the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays. She followed that with a successful collegiate career at Cal and a third-place finish in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Now, Bilquist is one of the pioneers of the International Swimming League (ISL).

But this year, the 2019 U.S. national champion in the 100 meter backstroke will have her sights set on making the Olympic team that will compete in Tokyo this summer.

Throughout all of her success, Bilquist’s father has enjoyed watching his daughter’s incredible perseverance. Through all of the highs and lows (and several injuries), Brent has considered the swim parent experience both fun and rewarding.

He took the time to talk to Swimming World Magazine about 16-plus years of being on deck, cheering on his daughter!

Swimming World: How has the sport of swimming shaped Amy’s character?
Brent Bilquist: The combination of team fun and successes, along with individual goals in swimming plus the need to put in the work to be successful, really have added a balance to Amy’s character. As a dad, I am very proud that the achievements that she gets most excited about and has always been so strong at, are the relay accomplishments where the success of the whole team depended on each person doing her best to make each other better.

SW: What advice would you give to new swim parents?
BB: Well, 16-plus years of being a swim parent has taught me the easy answer to this question. Focus on making it fun for the swimmer and for you, and just be there to support your child/children. The competition aspect is up to the swimmer, and it takes care of itself.

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Swimming World April 2021 Issue

FEATURES

012 A PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVE FROM MASTERS SWIMMING
by Dan D’Addona
Masters swimmers maintain a connection to the sport they love as well as to their team and community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that connection has been missing the past year, but they are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead.

017 DEATH, TAXES…AND INDIAN RIVER!
by Andy Ross
Indian River State College will be shooting for its 47th straight men’s and 39th consecutive women’s NJCAA team titles.

018 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: SPRINT TSAR
by John Lohn
As Swimming World continues its “Takeoff to Tokyo” series, the opportunity to examine the career of Russia’s Alexander Popov—accomplishments and approach—is the chance to pay tribute to a man who might be the greatest sprinter the sport has ever seen.

021 COUNT ON CHINA
by Dan D’Addona
Based on the results of the last eight Olympics—and the most recent World Championships held two years ago—China would be a good bet to once again dominate the diving competition, July 23-Aug. 8, at the 2021 Games in Tokyo.

022 EVER THE COMPETITOR
by David Rieder
Five years after her public introduction to the world at the Rio Olympics, little has changed about Lilly King. She will still speak her mind, tell you how she really feels, and she’s still a winner, a dominant force in sprint breaststroke.

025 THE GREATEST OF THEIR GENERATION
by Bruce Wigo
The General Slocum steamship disaster  in 1904, the tragedy that changed swimming history, had an impact on two of the greatest swimming heroes of all time, Johnny Weissmuller and Charles Robert Drew.

028 NUTRITION: FUELING FOR COMPETITION—THE “CHERRY ON TOP!”
by Dawn Weatherwax
Athletes spend hours upon hours training. It is now time to put the sports nutrition piece all together when it matters most. A big part of the plan is to know what, when and how much to eat and drink before, during and after the event.

COACHING

014 FAST AND FURIOUS
by Michael J. Stott
College coaches Braden Holloway (NC State), Todd DeSorbo (Virginia), Matt Kredich (Tennessee) and Jessen Book (Kenyon) share their ideas on how they help their swimmers maximize turn speed.

038 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: APPLYING MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES TO IMPROVE SWIMMING TECHNIQUE
by Rod Havriluk
Many swimmers attempt to swim faster by modeling the technique of the fastest swimmers. Using champions as models is an archaic approach of painstakingly slow, trial-and-error that risks adopting technique limitations. A far superior approach is to apply mechanical principles that eliminate uncertainty and accelerate the skill-learning process.

043 Q&A WITH COACH MEGAN OESTING
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN DIGGORY DILLINGHAM
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

037 DRYSIDE TRAINING: PUSHING POWER
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

040 GOLDMINDS:  LEARN HOW TO BE A RACER
by Wayne Goldsmith
It’s important to learn how to swim your event in such a way that you can perform to your potential in every possible racing situation, including different strategies for heats, semifinals and finals.

047 UP & COMERS: DANIEL DIEHL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT THE STORY OF THE AUMAKUA?

030 2021 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

046 DADS ON DECK: BRENT BILQUIST

048 GUTTERTALK

049 PARTING SHOT

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