Swimming World Presents “Test Run For Tokyo: 2019 FINA World Championships Recap”

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Test Run For Tokyo: 2019 FINA World Championships Recap

By Craig Lord

With the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo a year away, this summer’s World Championships, July 21-28, in Gwangju, South Korea was a global meet of watersheds, with pioneers refusing to yield to youth and youth seizing their day to overtake pioneers. It also served as confirmation that we live in a new age of longevity and strong dynasties that don’t lie down on a conveyor belt of progress that rarely rests.

After the curtain fell on eight days of sizzling racing, Gwangju will now be remembered as the World Championships…

• of Americans Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel, with Caeleb winning a record eight medals and Simone seven;
• of their teammate Regan Smith and Hungarian Kristof Milak as the new pioneer time warpers of their generation;
• and of Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, with Project 56 conquered and a unique triple-double of crowns accomplished for good measure.

The end of July also delivered a week in Korea’s typhoon season when swimming’s global leadership was reminded of the gathering storm heading their way at the dawn of pro-athlete power.

If the 18th FINA showcase since 1973 saw Dressel, Peaty, American Lilly King and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu nail their dominance to the mast, among far less predictable outcomes was the felling of both butterfly world records held by Michael Phelps just three years before his retirement as the most decorated Olympian, all-time, all sports.

Stunning efforts of 1:50.73 from Milak over 200 meters and then 49.50 from Dressel in the 100 meter fly topped the men’s league of extraordinary performances at the championships.

To access our full review of World Championships this year,
check out the September 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Swimming World Magazine September 2019 Issue

FEATURES

016 TEST RUN FOR TOKYO
by Craig Lord, John Lohn and David Rieder
With the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo a year away, this summer’s World Championships, July 21-28, in Gwangju, South Korea was a global meet of watersheds, with pioneers refusing to yield to youth and youth seizing their day to overtake pioneers. It also served as confirmation that we live in a new age of longevity and strong dynasties.

18th FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MINI-FEATURES:

018 CAELEB DRESSEL: ALWAYS STRIVING TO GET BETTER AND FASTER

020 ADAM PEATY: MAKING “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” POSSIBLE

021 REGAN SMITH: SUDDENLY, AN OLYMPIC FAVORITE

022 KATIE LEDECKY: DESPITE ILLNESS, LEDECKY REMAINS CONFIDENT

024 DOPING: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

026 RISING TO TOKYO

028 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTO GALLERY

030 EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS
by David Rieder
The Carmel High School girls swimming team has won six national titles in the last nine years. But at the end of the 2018-19 season—and after finishing national runner-up the last two years—it was the Carmel boys who seized the spotlight as the best swimming team in the country.

033 SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE’S BOYS’ NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS MOCK HEAT SHEET
by Bob Klapthor

035 REPEAT CHAMPIONS
by Dan D’Addona
Coach Polly Linden’s Harpeth Hall (Tenn.) swimmers have dominated the last two Swimming World girls’ national high school championships, winning by 35 points last year and nearly 50 this year over Santa Margarita Catholic, 168 to 118.5.

038 SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE’S GIRLS’ NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS MOCK HEAT SHEET
by Bob Klapthor

042 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH NATALIE COUGHLIN
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: PHIL MORIARTY
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: RISK FACTORS FOR SHOULDER INJURY IN SWIMMING
by Rod Havriluk
The most common risk factors for shoulder problems are overuse, muscular imbalances and harmful technique. Fortunately, there are also options to minimize risk.

044 SPECIAL SETS: EARLY AGE GROUP TRAINING—GETTING STARTED
by Michael J. Stott
Megan Hughes, an Aquajets Swim Team lead age group coach, offers insight on what a youngster with some summer league success can expect when deciding to try a year-round program.

046 KNOWING THE BASICS OF AGE GROUP SWIMMING
by Michael J. Stott
Here’s everything parents need to know about age group swimming.

051 Q&A WITH COACH ALICIA KEMNITZ
by Michael J. Stott

052 HOW THEY TRAIN: JESSICA MACDONALD
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: FALL STRENGTH—BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

049 GOLDMINDS: NEVER SAY NEVER
by Wayne Goldsmith
When success doesn’t come easily or early—relax! Success will come if you give everything you have to the achievement of your goals, and if you work tirelessly to be all you can be.

055 UP & COMERS: TRISTAN PRAGNELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

040 THE OFFICIAL WORD

041 MOMS AT MEETS

054 HASTY HIGH POINTERS

056 GUTTERTALK

057 PARTING SHOT