Swimming World Presents “Special Sets – Lisa Bratton: Women at Work”

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Special Sets 
Lisa Bratton: Women at Work

By Michael J. Stott

Coaches preach that swimming is a process, a journey honed by dedication and perseverance. Presenting Exhibit No. 1: professional swimmer Lisa Bratton.

Lisa Bratton was a salutatorian at Delta High School in Pasco, Wash., which provided a STEM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math),
but no sports. So she swam for Richland High in Richland, Wash., where she was a five-time state champion (3x 100 back and 2x 200 IM), state swimmer of the year as a senior and a USA Swimming national junior team member.

She then traveled nearly 2,000 miles from Richland to College Station, Texas, where she graduated from Texas A&M this year in ocean engineering. In college, she was a 12-time NCAA All-American, 2015 World University Games champion (200 back), two-time SEC champion (200 back, 200 IM) and SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2018, as team captain, she joined forces with teammates Bethany Galat, Sidney Pickrem and other Aggies to snag a third-place finish at the women’s NCAA Division I Championships.

As a professional, she clocked 2:00.71 to win the 2018 World Short Course 200 meter backstroke. Still training with Steve Bultman at Aggie Swim Club, the current national team member now has her sights set on a U.S. Olympic team berth after she finished third at her second Trials in 2016 in the 200 back (2:08.20).

“One test set we do is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 x 200, with each grouping dropping five seconds with a little easy swimming in between each grouping. I always alternate back/IM by 200,” she says, “so the last one is a 200 back fast. We usually start on 2:25 on stroke and 2:30 on IM, so the last one stroke is on 2:05. Steve challenges us to step up and put all we have in the last 200; it’s fun to challenge myself to come in under 2:00. This set challenges me to swim as easily as possible early on and work 200s on about 10 seconds rest—ideally. It’s a great set to chug out and to challenge your mind and body; you have to learn to control your pace throughout,” says Bratton.

To access the complete sets from Aggie swimmer Lisa Bratton,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now

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FEATURES

016 EXPLOSIVELY FAST…AND ONLY A SOPHOMORE
by Dan D’Addona
Torri Huske of Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., is a national high school record holder, the fastest female this past high school season in two individual events and Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. And she still has two more years remaining of high school!

018 SHARING THE SAME PATH TO SUCCESS
by David Rieder
Swimmers Carson Foster and Luca Urlando: both are high school juniors…both were U.S. teammates and four-time gold medalists at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs in Fiji…and both were named as Swimming World’s Male High School Co-Swimmers of the Year. And they also share the Olympic dream of competing next year in Tokyo!

022 THE BATTLE FOR FIRST
by Dan D’Addona and David Rieder
Not only did this year’s top high school swimmers turn in impressive performances, but six of the top eight will be returning next season, providing optimism for another year of fast swimming.

024 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Chandler Brandes
Swimming World takes a look at the swimmers it considers to be the 10 best high school recruits (both male and female) from the Class of 2019 and where they’ll be attending college in the fall.

027 HISTORY IS ON THEIR SIDE
by David Rieder
Back before Mack Horton, Mireia Belmonte, Tyler Clary, Kyle Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel became Olympic gold medalists, they were World Junior champions. Who will emerge from the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships and follow the same path as many of those before them?

029 PIONEERS OF TITLE IX
by Bruce Wigo
Swimming World takes a look back to the years when there were only isolated opportunities for girls to swim while in high school. We also remember two pioneers who helped make swimming a high school sport for women: Donna de Varona and Sandra Bucha.

032 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH MICHIGAN LAKESHORE AQUATICS (Part 3)
by Dan D’Addona and Dawn Weatherwax

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JERRY HOLTREY
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE PREVALENCE OF SHOULDER PROBLEMS IN SWIMMING
by Rod Havriluk
Shoulder injuries are as prevalent now as they were 40 years ago. This is especially troubling given what we know about technique adjustments to prevent shoulder injury. To decrease the number of shoulder problems, it is vital that injury management strategies emphasize prevention and not just provide treatment.

036 SPECIAL SETS: LISA BRATTON—WOMAN AT WORK
by Michael J. Stott
Coaches preach that swimming is a process, a journey honed by dedication and perseverance. Presenting Exhibit No. 1: professional swimmer Lisa Bratton.

038 TRAINING PARTNERS
by Michael J. Stott
While pool and open water practice may seem dissimilar, the two are actually remarkably complementary. Open water offers a host of transferable skills, including variety, aerobic benefit and strategic training.

041 Q&A WITH COACH RICK ROWLAND
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN SCOTT TOLMAN
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: CHAMPIONSHIP SPEED
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

034 GOLDMINDS: WE, NOT ME!
by Wayne Goldsmith
What makes swimming teams great? It’s the power of selflessness.

045 UP & COMERS: ERIN GEMMELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

031 DID YOU KNOW? CLARE DENNIS

044 HASTY HIGH POINTERS

046 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT