Swimming World Presents “The Top Performances of 2019”

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The Top Performances of 2019

By David Rieder

This year’s list of top performances in swimming comes exclusively from the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, where world records went down, the world’s best swimmers established themselves with signature performances, and teenagers took down legends in their best events.

The list includes the top five performances for both female and male swimmers, with all swimmers eligible to appear only once.

2019 also saw many impressive relay swims, with the Australian team of Ariarne Titmus, Madison Wilson, Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon taking down the world record in the women’s 800 meter free relay (7:41.50), and the U.S. team of Regan Smith, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia and Simone Manuel doing the same in the women’s 400 medley relay (3:50.40).

Meanwhile, the American men’s squad of Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian swam the fastest time in a decade in the 400 free relay (3:09.06).

However, only individual swims were considered for this list.

To access the Top 5 Men’s Performances and Top 5 Women’s Performances of 2019,
check out the December issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

016 THE TOP 10 PERFORMANCES OF 2019
by David Rieder
This year’s list of top performances in swimming comes exclusively from the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, where world records went down, the world’s best swimmers established themselves with signature performances, and teenagers took down legends in their best events. The list includes the top five performances for both female and male swimmers, with all swimmers eligible to appear only once.

020 2019 SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by John Lohn, Dan D’Addona, Craig Lord and David Rieder
World & American: Regan Smith & Caeleb Dressel, European: Katinka Hosszu & Adam Peaty, Pacific Rim: Ariarne Titmus & Daiya Seto, African: Tatjana Schoenmaker & Chad le Clos

026 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: WHEN BACKSTROKE WENT ROGUE
by John Lohn
It’s been more than 30 years since the underwater dolphin kick altered the landscape of the backstroke event, and never more so than at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul did it play a greater role.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: XU YIMING
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VERTICAL JUMP TEST FOR EVENT SELECTION
by Rod Havriluk
The vertical jump is a relatively simple test that reflects a swimmer’s muscle fiber composition, which, in turn, can help select a swimmer’s most competitive events. Using the VJ test to identify swimmers likely to excel in sprint or distance events may not only improve performance at an early age, but also avoid losing sprinters who are averse to distance training and distance swimmers who are discouraged by sprinting.

041 Q&A WITH COACH BYRON MacDONALD
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN KYLIE MASSE
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: HOLIDAY TRAINING
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

038 GOLDMINDS: WHAT MAKES GOOD COACHES GREAT?
by Wayne Goldsmith
Coaches change lives. They can inspire ordinary people to achieve remarkable and extraordinary things.

045 UP & COMERS: RYAN HOGAN
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS& SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

029 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

044 HASTY HIGH POINTERS

046 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT

 

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