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Arthur Albiero (L) at the 2018 TYR Pro

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Guttertalk:
How Special Was It To Be Back On Deck At A Championship Meet Again?

By Andy Ross

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The University of Kentucky women's swim team defeated Vanderbilt University 187-72 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics

LARS JORGENSEN
Head Coach, Kentucky
[PHOTO BY NOAH J. RICHTER, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY]

Normally we are together in the summer, and we weren’t together at all. That was really unique, but I think the challenges of keeping the team engaged whether they were training at their clubs or on Zoom meetings, we did the best we could.

When we came back in August with our team, we were like, “OK, well, we have to get back in shape,” and our main goal was to stay healthy. There were challenges all year. Our freshmen never had the normal experience of going to football games and having class with people and meeting new people. It was all different.

But in some ways, all the stuff we had to go through—our athletic director told the team this—that winning during the COVID year may be even more special because of all the stuff we had to do. Everyone had to do it! But we are lucky we overcame that.

 

Images from the SEC swimming and diving championships Feb. 24, 2021 at MizzouRec in Columbia, Missouri.JAKE MAGAHEY
Freshman, University of Georgia
[PHOTO BY CHRISTINA LONG, GEORGIA ATHLETICS]

We’ve been really lucky at Georgia this season. We had four or five dual meets and a pretty normal season—not a lot of hiccups with COVID. We had SECs, and besides spectators not being there, it felt like a normal meet. I don’t want to say we took it for granted, but it went so smoothly that we were all treating it like a regular meet. It was probably the most exciting and draining meet I have been to, but it was a good time.

 

arthur-albiero-ARTHUR ALBIERO
Head Coach, University of Louisville
[PHOTO BY PETER H. BICK]

I think as the season progressed, our mindset changed. I preached all year to have an attitude of gratitude. I’ve done this before, but I think every practice from even the summer, I always called warm-down a “400 gratitude swim” because I wanted people to leave the practice and think, “I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring—and I am not going to worry about tomorrow—but today was awesome.”

I wanted them to have an appreciation for the fact that a lot of people were doing a lot of work behind the scenes to allow us to be there and have practice. We have always been humble, and I think that fit in well with our program, this attitude of gratitude.

As we were leaving for ACCs, it was like, “Guys, we get to go! How awesome is that?” The night before, we are having a team meeting, and like, “It is so awesome we get to do this!” It was almost like a Christmas morning feeling. There is no complaint for us to go three times during the meet to get COVID-tested. It was inconvenient, but it was so awesome we got to do it.

04 phoebe-bacon-wisconsinPHOEBE BACON
Freshman, University of Wisconsin
[PHOTO BY WISCONSIN ATHLETICS]

It was pretty awesome. It was extremely loud with just having the teams in the stands. You had a few people down on deck cheering. I gave my dad a call midway through the meet, and he mentioned to me that it looked so much fun on TV, and he couldn’t even imagine the atmosphere with spectators in the stands. It was like, “Wow! It’s going to be super loud when we get everyone in here next year.”

But just this year with all the different changes and precautions we had to take, it was so much fun to be able to bring the entire women’s team together and cheer everybody on, and watch two of the seniors have their last swims. I know I’ve only known them for a year, but it was special.

 

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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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