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Swimming World November 2020 Special Sets - A Really Special Set - Mike Bruner
1976 Montreal Olympic gold medalist Mike Bruner

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Special Sets: A Really Special Set
Mike Bruner’s 100 x 100 on 1:00!

By Michael J. Stott


About eight months before he set a world record in the 200 meter butterfly (1:59.23) and won a second gold medal in the 800 freestyle relay at the 1976 Olympics, Mike Bruner completed an aquatic first, swimming 10,000 yards in under 100 minutes!

It was in the halcyon mid-1970 days of mega-yardage workouts espoused by the likes of American coaches Mark Schubert, Sherm Chavoor, Dick Shoulberg and Australia’s Laurie Lawrence.

Early in the 1970s, Marin Aquatic Club’s Rick DeMont, coached by Don Swartz, had been holding splits on 100 yards under a minute on long swims. In a plan to boost the growing profile of his De Anza Swim Club and inspire his swimmers, head coach Bill Rose cooked up a challenge to Bruner that nobody had ever done—average under one minute for an entire 10,000 yards…with a caveat: Should he fail to average under 1:00 per hundred, he would have to stop the set at that point.

With game on, a reported 700 people lined the pool deck to cheer him on. Cronus Watch Co. was also on hand to provide the official timing for the Guinness Book of World Records attempt.
Bruner hit the water at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1975, and emerged successfully after an elapsed 1:39:18.59.

Mission accomplished!

Rose, scheduled to speak at the Western States Coaches’ Clinic and never one to miss a marketing opportunity, rushed to catch a plane to L.A. That evening he related, that as a part of the team’s annual Swim-a-thon, one of his swimmers had done “extra.” He then read off Bruner’s 1,000 splits starting with 9:47.89 and ending with 9:40.31. (See Rose’s complete log at the end of the story).

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Swimming World Magazine November 2020 Issue

FEATURES

010 OPEN WATER SWIMMERS OF THE DECADE (2010-19)
by Andy Ross
Since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Swimming World from naming Open Water Swimmers of the Year for 2020, the magazine, instead, takes a look at the top marathon athletes over the last 10 years.

015 HIGHLIGHTING ISHOF’S 1980 OLYMPIC EXHIBIT
by Bruce Wigo
As we mark the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Games, much has been written and discussed about the impact on the athletes who were denied the opportunity to compete in Moscow. Lost in most of these discussions is the significance of the boycott to the Olympic movement, which is why, in 2014, the International Swimming Hall of Fame made it the subject of one of the largest permanent exhibits in its museum.

018 OLYMPIC HISTORY WITHIN REACH
by David Rieder
Despite the global pandemic, the Olympic postponement and a coaching change, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri put together some of the best swimming of his career last summer in the 800 and 1500 meter freestyle as well as the 10K marathon. Come Tokyo 2021, he’ll be trying to become the first swimmer ever to capture Olympic gold in both the pool and open water events.

021 STILL SWIMMING STRONG
by Dan D’Addona
Throughout Allison Schmitt’s illustrious swimming career, the three-time Olympian and eight-time Olympic medalist has experienced success and has dealt with her share of struggles. Now 30, she remains goal-oriented and continues to be one of the world’s elite athletes.

026 THE TRUE OLYMPIC SPIRIT
by John Lohn
Pierre de Coubertin developed the Olympic motto that stressed athletic prowess, but he also said, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part.” That description fit Eric the Eel Moussambani perfectly when he swam all by himself in Heat 1 of the men’s 100 meter freestyle at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and finished in slightly less than two minutes!

COACHING

012 TOUGHEST WORKOUTS (Part 1)
by Michael J. Stott
Here’s a painful—but productive—sampling from yesteryear of some coaches’ toughest workouts ever.

036 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART IX—BODY BASE OF SUPPORT FOR BACKSTROKE
by Rod Havriluk
An optimal backstroke body base of support (BOS) depends on first mastering a level torso and then mastering torso rotation. An optimal BOS facilitates the arm motion to maximize propulsion.

038 SPECIAL SETS: A REALLY SPECIAL SET
by Michael J. Stott
Nov. 21, 1975: Mike Bruner’s 100 x 100 on 1:00!

042 Q&A WITH COACH LORI RIEGLER
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN JACK ALEXY AND MEREDITH RIEGLER
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

035 DRYSIDE TRAINING: LET’S RACE
by J.R. Rosania
With COVID-19 being managed somewhat and new protocols being put in place, racing is slowly coming back. Here are some exercises that will help get your body ready to race.

JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: ALANA BERLIN
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

014 DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT HYDROMANIA?

029 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

045 THE OFFICIAL WORD

047 GUTTERTALK

049 PARTING SHOT

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4 comments

  1. Jim Booth

    I remember seeing the splits posted at the pool at De Anza. We were in awe.

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