Swimming World Presents “How They Train: Tanner Sonnek”

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How They Train: Tanner Sonnek

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It would take “blood, toil, tears and sweat” to be triumphant, intoned Winston Churchill back in 1940. More than 75 years later, he could have been talking about Gustavus Adolphus breaststroker Tanner Sonnek.

A latecomer to the sport, Sonnek started swimming as a ninth- grader at Mankato (Minn.) West High School. His senior year, standing 5-11 and weighing 165 pounds, he nished fourth in the Class A state meet in both the 100 yard breast (58.53) and 200 IM (1:57.24), and clocked free and breast relay splits of 21.64 and 26.52 to help the Scarlets to a fourth-place team nish.

“One of my biggest regrets is not starting earlier than I did,” says Sonnek. After ninth grade, he joined the Mantas Swim Club, sending him on an upward trajectory. “The reason I chose Gustavus was the team feeling of family I felt on my recruiting trip. Gustavus has helped me improve an incredible amount in just two years.”

To learn more about Sonnek, check out the September 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Take a tour through the current Swimming World Magazine…

FEATURES
010 A RED, WHITE AND BLUE DANUBE WALTZ
by David Rieder, Brent Rutemiller, Taylor Brien and John Lohn
Team USA danced circles around its com­petition in Budapest’s (Hungary) beautiful Duna Arena at the 17th FINA World Cham­pionships, July 23-30. Beginning nine days earlier on July 14, the city came alive, sup­porting all the aquatic sports—open water, diving, high diving, synchronized swimming and water polo.

020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO GALLERY
All photos courtesy of SIPA USA

028 POISE AND CONSISTENCY IN THE LONG BLUE LANE
by Annie Grevers
Men who have been fortunate enough to be a part of the legendary St. Xavier High School swimming tradition in Cincinnati, Ohio know what it means to belong to the “The Long Blue Lane.” But the members of the exclusive group also realize how instru­mental their years as St. X Aquabombers were to their character development.

032 THE X FACTOR
by Annie Grevers
St. Xavier swimmers knew they could do something pretty impressive during the 2016-17 high school season. By “doing the work and putting in the time,” Coach Tim Beerman’s Aquabombers won Swimming World’s boys’ national high school champi­onships, securing its fourth title to go along with team victories in 1973, 1992 and 2001.

036 EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE
by David Rieder
Carmel High School (Ind.) once again won Swimming World’s girls’ national high school championships—for a fifth straight year and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

COACHING
040 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: BOB KIPHUTH
by Michael J. Stott

044 SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a two-part series on train­ing for the individual medley, which requires time, sacrifice, incredible endurance and speed to achieve world-class status. This month, Coaches Ted Knapp and Jeff Kostoff share “the Stanford way” of training their IMers. Next month: North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Paul Yetter will provide some of his IM training secrets.

046 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: STROKE COUNTS
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article addresses the miscon­ception that a lower stroke count represents a more effective technique. While stroke counts can provide meaning­ful feedback about technique, swimmers often make technique adjustments that lower their stroke count, but do not necessarily make their tech­nique more effective.

049 Q&A WITH COACH JON CARLSON
by Michael J. Stott

050 HOW THEY TRAIN: TANNER SONNEK
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
043 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BREASTSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
053 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
048 MOMS AT MEETS
054 GUTTER TALK
056 PARTING SHOT

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  1. Nicole Aleshire

    Ethan Kubesh…check this out, Gustie swimmer in Swimming World magazine!!

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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