Swimming World Presents the “10 Best Performances of 2017”

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5 Best Women’s & 5 Best Men’s Performances of 2017

Plenty of superstars competed at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest this past summer—including Katie Ledecky, Sarah Sjostrom, Adam Peaty, Katinka Hosszu and Lilly King…all gold medalists from the Rio Olympics. But there were also those who stood atop the podium for the first time after using Rio as a launch pad, turning modest success in their first major international meet into top honors a year later.

With so many great performances in Budapest—not to mention other outstanding swims throughout the year—Swimming World was presented with quite a challenge to determine the very best of the best for its annual Top 10 Performances list. And to make it even more interesting, this year’s list comes with a twist: we decided to narrow the choices to the top five performances for women and the top five for men. (As usual, only a swimmer’s single best swim of the year was considered for the list.)

To read more about the ten best performances of 2017, check out the December 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

2017 SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Annie Grevers and David Rieder
World: Sarah Sjostrom (Female European) & Caeleb Dressel (Male American)
Female American: Katie Ledecky
Male European: Adam Peaty
Pacific Rim: Emily Seebohm & Sun Yang
African: Farida Osman & Chad le Clos

5 BEST WOMEN’S & 5 BEST MEN’S PERFORMANCES OF 2017
by David Rieder
Nothing can quite top the magic of the Olympic Games, but as far as encores go, this year’s FINA World Championships emphatically delivered, with nine of this year’s top 10 performances coming in Budapest.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MARY FREEMAN
by Michael J. Stott

COLLEGE RECRUITING: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
by Michael J. Stott
In the second of a multi-part series, Swimming World explores social media and its effect on recruiting.

SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BREASTSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY BREATHING REVISITED
by Rod Havriluk
Following the conventional wisdom for both breaststroke and butterfly breathing results in excess vertical motion that has a negative impact on performance. An effective breathing motion requires a swimmer to extend completely at the neck so that the body remains more level, thereby minimizing resistance and maximizing propulsion.

SPECIAL SETS: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SETS
by Michael J. Stott

041 Q&A WITH COACH PETER CASARES
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN SARA DAHER
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

030 DRYSIDE TRAINING:HOLIDAY TRAINING—DAMAGE CONTROL
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

GOLDMINDS: BUILDING CONFIDENT SWIMMERS
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here’s a “babies-to-the-best” way of developing confidence in swimmers.

045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
033 DADS ON DECK
034 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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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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