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Swimming World November 2019 How They Train with Noah Corbitt

How They Train: Johns Hopkins’ Blue Jay Noah Corbitt

By Michael J. Stott

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As a two-time high school state champion in the 200 yard freestyle (1:41.65/1:41.45) and once in the 100 free (46.70), Noah Corbitt was the No. 1 2018 recruit from The Palmetto State (South Carolina). As a freshman this year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., Corbitt became a three-time All-American. He secured a runner-up finish in the 200 free (1:37.81, missing first by 6-hundredths of a second!) and was a part of two fourth-place freestyle relays, anchoring the Blue Jays’ 800 (6:36.44/1:36.16) and leading off the 400 (3:00.13/45.40).

As a 6-0, 155-pound mechanical engineering major out of Hilton Head, S.C., Corbitt is a cerebral swimmer. “Noah is one of the most curious swimmers with whom I’ve worked,” says his coach, Scott Armstrong. “He doesn’t second-guess or test the coach—he just genuinely wants to know how things work. He loves creating and building things on the pool deck. Building or fixing the power racks is a good example.

“This curiosity helps him stay fresh in any given practice. It enables us to set up a training plan that engages him in the mechanics and details. This year, he made huge strides with his flip turns. The changes were as simple as explaining the why and how we wanted his turns to change. Once he understood the physics behind the change, it was as if a switch had been flipped on, and he was able to consistently perform the improved technique,” says Armstrong. “Noah thrives on variety, and balancing his energy systems is the key to his continued progress. He also takes a lot of pride in his kicking, which is a team-wide trend!

To read more about Noah and access his weekly training plan,
check out the November issue of Swimming World, out now!

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FEATURES

016 2019 OPEN WATER SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by David Rieder and Dan D’Addona
Female: Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil
Male: Florian Wellbrock, Germany

018 OPEN WATER HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019
by Dan D’Addona
The open water competition at the FINA Aquatics Championships commanded the sport’s spotlight for 2019. But many more open water highlights took place this past year—from Hawaii to Florida to Europe and East Asia. Here are Swimming World’s top five.

020 DOPING FOR GOLD
by Craig Lord
The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago in November 1989 opened the door that would eventually reveal East Germany’s systematic doping of an estimated 10,000 athletes over more than two decades.

023 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
by David Rieder
Through a constant drive for bettering herself, Simone Manuel has crafted a career for which she may eventually be remembered as the greatest American sprinter ever. But she has forever changed the sport, her impact reaching far beyond any medal she has won.

026 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: THE SYDNEY 6
by John Lohn
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, six American male teenagers broke through during their first Olympic foray and remained major players in the sport in the years ahead. The scenario that unfolded for Michael Phelps, Anthony Ervin, Ian Crocker, Aaron Peirsol, Klete Keller and Erik Vendt could very well remain unmatched.

030 ISHOF: SWIMMER RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF BRITISH MILITARY’S GREATEST HEROES
by Bruce Wigo
Bernard Freyberg, a New Zealander who distinguished himself both in swimming and in war, used his expertise in swimming to perform one of the most heroic acts of World War I.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DICK KIMBALL
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME THE BARRIERS TO IMPROVING TECHNIQUE
by Rod Havriluk
There are many barriers that make it difficult for any swimmer to improve technique. Fortunately, there are also very effective strategies to deal with these barriers. The first step is for the swimmer to stay mentally engaged for the duration of every training session.

038 SETON SWIMMING’S SAMPLE FOR SUCCESS
by Michael J. Stott
Jim Koehr, head coach of the Seton School swimming team in Manassas, Va., has devised an ideal model for a winning high school program.

041 Q&A WITH COACH SCOTT ARMSTRONG
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN NOAH CORBITT
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS: McKENNA STONE
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

013 THE OFFICIAL WORD

032 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

046 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT