Swimming World Presents “The Greatest American Woman Swimmer You’ve Never Heard Of!”

(left to right) Multnomah Athletic Coach Jack Cody and Nancy Merki in 1942 - Photo Courtesy: ISHOF

The Greatest American Woman Swimmer You’ve Never Heard Of

She’s not in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Until recently, the Hall didn’t even have a file on her. Yet for most of the decade of the 1940s, Nancy Merki was the most famous female competitive swimmer in America.

Merki was a fighter from early in life, suffering from infantile paralysis, but she overcame it and at the age of 10 won her first swimming race. She would go on to break her first American record at the age of 13 in the 400 freestyle, however she never got a chance to swim in an Olympic Games due to World War II.

She was nominated multiples for the James E. Sullivan awards as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete and was a large supporter of the “March of Dimes.”

To learn more about Merki and all of her accomplishments, check out the January 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazineavailable now!

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FEATURES

018 2017 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
by Taylor Brien, Erin Keaveny and Michael Randazzo
Diving: Shi Tingmao & Ilya Zakharov
Water Polo: Maggie Steffens & Márton Vámos
Synchro: Svetlana Kolesnichenko
Disabled: Sophie Pascoe & Vincenzo Boni

020 TOP 5 STORIES OF 2017
by David Rieder

023 THE GREATEST AMERICAN WOMAN SWIMMER YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF!
by Bruce Wigo
She’s not in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Until recently, the Hall didn’t even have a file on her. Yet for most of the decade of the 1940s, Nancy Merki was the most famous female competitive swimmer in America.

026 A PERFECT FIT
by David Rieder
Before last summer’s World Championships in Budapest, 15-year-old Regan Smith had doubted her place on U.S. team trips, ques­tioning if she really deserved to be there. After her quick transition from wide-eyed rookie to composed and confident World Championship finalist, she knows now that she definitely belongs.

030 MAKING AN IMPACT
by Annie Grevers
Canada’s Kylie Masse is a world record holder in the 100 meter backstroke and the first Canadian female swimmer ever to win a world title, and she realizes the importance—and privilege—of motivat­ing young Canadian swimmers who now aspire to be like Kylie.

034 2017 WORLD & AMERICAN RECORD PROGRESSION
by Taylor Brien

036 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH NATHAN ADRIAN
by Annie Grevers and Dawn Weatherwax
Raw, stragegic, consistent—words that describe Nathan Adrian…and his diet! To have power, a swimmer needs premium fuel in their tank. Adrian recently shared a few typical post-practice meals with Swimming World.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JACK ROACH
by Michael J. Stott

013 COLLEGE RECRUITING: SOCIAL MEDIA AND EARLY COMMITMENT
by Michael J. Stott
In the third of a multi-part series, Swimming World looks at early commitments and the way social media is altering (for better or for worse) how prospects are navigating the college recruiting process.

016 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: SCIENCE IS RISKY
by Rod Havriluk
According to conventional wisdom, per­formance—not science—is the ultimate criterion measure. Unfortunately, this ap­proach guarantees staying in the past and requires being satisfied with relatively small improvements. Applying science, on the other hand, may seem risky, but offers the potential for much bigger improvements much sooner.

041 Q&A WITH COACH LARS JORGENSEN
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN DANIELLE GALYER
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

033 DRYSIDE TRAINING: “FAST START” TO THE NEW YEAR
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
047 GUTTER TALK
048 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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