Swimming World Presents “Dads on Deck: Dan Smith”

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Dads on Deck: Dan Smith

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Leah Smith has emerged as one of the world’s next distance freestylers…and 400 IMers (her winning time at the U.S. World Championship Trials ranks fifth in the world this year).

Consider Smith’s upbringing, and it’s not a shocker that she’s passionate about winning: her great-uncle, Billy Conn, was a world light heavyweight boxing champion. Her great-grandfather, Jimmy Smith, was a World Series champion. Her older sister, Aileen, swam at Columbia. Her dad, Dan, was a pole vaulter and decathlete at UVA.

Leah is the third of four siblings—no doubt her brothers and sister unintentionally refined Leah’s competitive drive. Swimming World recently spoke with Dan Smith about his daughter, Leah—a girl who hates to lose.

Author Annie Grevers and Dan discuss how he and his wife, Margee, knew Leah was a talented swimmer, how swimming has shaped Leah’s character, and wha advice he would give to new swim parents.

To read more about Dan Smith’s interview with Swimming World, check out the December 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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2017 SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Annie Grevers and David Rieder
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Female American: Katie Ledecky
Male European: Adam Peaty
Pacific Rim: Emily Seebohm & Sun Yang
African: Farida Osman & Chad le Clos

5 BEST WOMEN’S & 5 BEST MEN’S PERFORMANCES OF 2017
by David Rieder
Nothing can quite top the magic of the Olympic Games, but as far as encores go, this year’s FINA World Championships emphatically delivered, with nine of this year’s top 10 performances coming in Budapest.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MARY FREEMAN
by Michael J. Stott

COLLEGE RECRUITING: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
by Michael J. Stott
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SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BREASTSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY BREATHING REVISITED
by Rod Havriluk
Following the conventional wisdom for both breaststroke and butterfly breathing results in excess vertical motion that has a negative impact on performance. An effective breathing motion requires a swimmer to extend completely at the neck so that the body remains more level, thereby minimizing resistance and maximizing propulsion.

SPECIAL SETS: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SETS
by Michael J. Stott

041 Q&A WITH COACH PETER CASARES
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN SARA DAHER
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TRAINING

030 DRYSIDE TRAINING:HOLIDAY TRAINING—DAMAGE CONTROL
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JUNIOR SWIMMER

GOLDMINDS: BUILDING CONFIDENT SWIMMERS
by Wayne Goldsmith
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045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
033 DADS ON DECK
034 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager 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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