Swimming World Presents – NJCAA Preview: Death, Taxes… and Indian River!

Swimming World April 2021 - NJCAA Preview - Death Taxes and Indian River

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NJCAA Preview: 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.

NJCAA
April 28-May 1
Indian River State College
Fort Pierce, Florida

In a year as weird as the COVID season of 2020-21, one thing is certain: Indian River State College is still the school to beat at the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

IRSC was one of the few teams to get its hands on a national championship trophy in 2020, as NJCAAs were held just before the threat of coronavirus began to shut down sports competitions throughout the world.

This year, all systems are go for 2021, and Indian River’s men should garner their 47th consecutive national title. The Pioneers have six swimmers who lead the nation in at least two events: Luke Altmann in the 50, 100 and 200 yard free; Chance Conde (500 and 1650); Jhon Moncada (100-200 back); Michael Deans (100-200 breast); Brennan Hammond (100-200 fly); and Aramis Rivera (200-400 IM).

It is safe to say that with this star power, Coach Sion Brinn will be hoisting the team trophy once again in his home pool. Last year, the team was pushed by Barton (Kan.) and Iowa Central, but this year, those teams aren’t expected to factor into the final score.

Even without 2020 Co-Swimmer of the Year Hannah Kiely, Indian River still has a stacked women’s team led by the likes of Taryn Dailey (fly/free) and Rylee Woelk (breast/IM). With a win over Barton last year, Indian River’s women extended their winning streak to 38.

It’s been difficult for NJCAA teams to compete in many meets this season because of the COVID restrictions. Only three NJCAA schools have even registered a time in the 200 medley relay, meaning this year’s national meet may look like none other before it. Still, based on its history and current roster, Indian River is the team to beat.

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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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