Swimming World Presents the 2016 Aquatic Athletes of the Year

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2016 Athletes of the Year:

Each January Swimming World Magazine celebrates the accomplishments of the many other aquatic sports by naming our Athletes of the Year.

The athletes of water polo, diving, paralympic swimming and synchronized swimming all delivered strong performances at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Ashleigh Johnson of the USA took home was named the women’s water polo player of the year for the third straight year, while Serbia’s Filip Filipovic earned the men’s water polo player of the year for the first time.

Read the full bios of each of our top athletes in the January 2017 issue, available now!

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FEATURES
014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM: PAST (Part II)
by Chuck Warner
In this second of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World takes a look at the Montreal Olympics, the 1980 U.S.-led Olympic boycott, the birth of professional swimming, the benefits of college swimming and the transition from AAU Swimming to U.S. Swimming and, eventually, to USA Swimming.

016 TOP 5 STORIES OF 2016
by David Rieder

018 2016 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: DIVING, WATER POLO, SYNCHRO & DISABLED SWIMMING
by Taylor Brien

020 PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE
by David Rieder
How can high school and club coaches work together for both teams to produce the best results?

023 SAVE OUR SPORT
by Dan D’Addona
USA Swimming and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America are continuing their efforts to save college swimming from radical change, keeping elite swimmers on scholarship and in college pools.

026 CONFIDENCE IS KING
by Annie Grevers
Olympic gold medalist Lilly King has always had an unshakable sense of self-belief. And her coach at Indiana University, Ray Looze, will also tell you she’s extremely coachable. Put that confidence and desire to improve— not to mention her blazing speed—and it’s easy to see why she’s currently the world’s best women’s 100 meter breaststroker.

032 2016 WORLD & AMERICAN RECORD PROGRESSION
by Taylor Brien

034 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH JORDAN WILIMOVSKY
by Annie Grevers and Tasija Korosas
How can a guy who trains for a six-mile race possibly stay replenished? Pull up a chair at Jordan Wilimovsky’s training table to see how a world champion chows down.

COACHING
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: PENNY TAYLOR
by Michael J. Stott

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: REAL LIFE
by Rod Havriluk
The swimming culture is often quick to adopt the real-life technique elements used by the fastest swimmers. There are, however, many technique elements supported by mechanical principles and research that have not been adopted or are completely ignored. Will swimmer success continue to be the validation standard for a technique element or will science someday be sufficient?

036 RESISTANCE SWIM TRAINING (Part I)
by Michael J. Stott
This is the first of a two-part series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

042 Q&A WITH COACH RAY LOOZE
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN LILLY KING & BLAKE PIERONI
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
025 DRYSIDE TRAINING: HAPPY NEW YEAR: READY, SET, GO!
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
029 GOLDMINDS: SWIMMING 101 (Part I)
by Wayne Goldsmith
Happy New Year! Ready to make some New Year’s resolutions? Here are 101 things you can do that will make you a better swimmer!

045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
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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