Swimming World Presents “Special Sets: Training for Excellence in the Individual Medley”

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Special Sets: Training for Excellence in the Individual Medley

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.

Knapp and Kostoff approach training the IMs with several insights and recommendations, including:

  • The 200 IM requires 50 speed and great underwaters
  • The 400 IM requires 500 endurance
  • Transitions are key — “so you need to swim a ton of IM in practice”

To learn more about how to train for excellence in the individual medley, check out the September 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine! And remember to tune in next month when North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Paul Yetter provides some of his IM training secrets.

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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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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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