Swimming World Presents Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year in April Issue

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Richard Burns 5 time and Laura Val 14 time Masters World Swimmers of the Year

For the 16th year in a row, Swimming World has recognized the top masters swimmers in the world by awarding the title of World Masters Swimmer of the Year to 12 swimmers from around the globe.  This annual recognition is sponsored by P2Life.

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Richard Burns (75-79) and Laura Val (65-69), both from Tamalpais Aquatic Masters in northern California (San Rafael), lead the field.  Since Swimming World first recognized the Top 12 Masters Swimmers of the Year for the 2004 season, Burns has been selected five times and Val, 14 times.

Read about these impressive swimmers by downloading the current issue of Swimming World Magazine from the Swimming World Vault.

The remaining Top 12 Masters swimmers:
Katharina Flora (85-89), Hungary
Hideaki Hara (45-49), Japan
Dan Kirkland (70-74), USA
Clary Munns (75-79), Australia
Nicholas Neckles (40-44), Barbados
Penny Noyes (65-69), USA
David Radcliff (85-89), USA
Kalis Rasmussen (95-99), Canada
Nora Tausz Ronai (95-99), Brazil
Carlo Arturo Travaini (55-59), Italy

The runners-up included:
Women: Holly Green Blair, GBR (55-59), Nicole Heideman, Germany (35-39), Sanderina Kruger, RSA (70-74), Yoshiko Osaki, Japan (80-84), Ellen Reynolds, USA (55-59), Jenny Whiteley, Australia (60-64).

Men: Andrew Bray, USA (60-64), Jamie Fowler, USA (60-64), Dmitriy Gorbunov, Russia (25-29), Jack Groselle, USA (65-69), Calvin Maughan, Sweden (55-59), Steve West, USA (45-49).
Note: For voting purposes, the competition season was from Nov. 1, 2018 through Oct. 31, 2019.

More at the April Swimming World Issue

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Swimming World Magazine April 2020 Issue

FEATURES

014    2019 TOP 12 WORLD MASTERS SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Taylor Brien

022    FOR LOVE OF THE SPORT
by Andy Ross
There is no denying that Federica Pellegrini is the greatest 200 freestyler in history. What makes her illustrious career so special is her approach to swimming—she’s simply doing what she loves.

024    TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: SWIMMING’S FIRST FEMALE SUPERSTAR
by John Lohn
When the Olympic Games return to Tokyo this summer, one of the highlights will be a swimming schedule that is identical for men and women, the 1500 freestyle added for the ladies and the 800 freestyle added to the program for the gentlemen. But the first four editions of swimming at the Modern Olympics did not feature equality, with women not involved until 1912—at which point Fanny Durack made a major splash.

026    ISHOF: WHEN JAPAN RULED THE POOL
by Bruce Wigo
Japan’s men dominated world swimming in the 1930s, a period known as the Golden Age of Japanese Swimming.

030    THE OLYMPIC EFFECT
by Michael Randazzo
The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has shuffled the deck for the 2020 NCAA women’s water polo season.

032    MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH CLAIRE DONAHUE
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

008    LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: GLEN HUMMER
by Michael J. Stott

012    SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VALUE OF HAND FORCE ANALYSIS: PART I—BUTTERFLY
by Rod Havriluk
While information provided by underwater video alone can be useful, it doesn’t provide a quantitative measure of specific movements. A force analysis gives swimmers and coaches accurate and precise information so they can be absolutely certain of the impact of specific technique elements on performance.

 034    ALL HAIL TO ALMA MATER!
by Michael J. Stott
Alumni support positively affects college swimming and diving teams across the country.

036    SPECIAL SETS: TRANSITION TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
Frank Busch shares how he trained his NCAA national champion University of Arizona athletes in 2008 between NCAAs to the U.S. Olympic Trials.

042    Q&A WITH COACH MIKE LEONARD
by Michael J. Stott

043    HOW THEY TRAIN LUKE PAXTON AND OWEN TAYLOR
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

011    DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—BREASTSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

039    GOLDMINDS: BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here is a team-based approach to helping swimmers develop the quality of confidence.

045    UP & COMERS: KATIE CROM
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

006    A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
007    BEYOND THE YARDS
038    MOMS AT MEETS
046    GUTTERTALK
047    PARTING SHOT

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