Swimming World Presents “Tossed Into Turmoil: How COVID-19 Has Impacted The Sport Of Swimming Across The Globe”

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Tossed Into Turmoil:
How COVID-19 Has Impacted The Sport Of Swimming Across The Globe

By Dan D’Addona

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) has had a far-reaching impact not only on everyday life, but also on the sport of swimming across the globe.

One by one, dreams were heartbreakingly dashed. For swimmers, it started with the NCAA Championships as college seniors saw their careers suddenly finished with an abrupt ending that left no conclusion.

But it also affected the dreams of every other athlete as nearly all sports throughout the world were postponed or canceled because of COVID-19 until even the Olympics were put on hold.

It was a devastating decision that also provided much relief to athletes who have not been able to train because of the coronavirus conditions. Pools and gyms around the world were closed for weeks—and many are still closed.

The International Olympic Committee rescheduled the Games for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, citing the following considerations in making its decision:

  • To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved;
  • To support the containment of the COVID-19 virus;
  • To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport;
  • To keep in mind the global international sports calendar.

There was also confirmation that athletes who had already qualified for Tokyo 2020 would retain their spots while quota places would be unaffected, with the capital of Japan remaining as host of the XXXII Olympiad.

The first major blow to swimming came on March 12 when the NCAA announced the cancellation of this year’s NCAA Championships.

For Division I, numerous questions were left unanswered:

  • Would Stanford’s women have been able to shake the underdog role and earn a four-peat?
  • How exciting would the Cal-Texas men’s showdown have been?
  • How would seniors such as Abbey Weitzeil, Louise Hansson, Beata Nelson, Felix Aubock and Maxime Rooney finish their impressive careers?

Soon after NCAAs were canceled, discussion arose as to whether or not the Olympics might be canceled…or at the very least, postponed.
When the college season ended, at least the elite college swimmers had the hope of training for their country’s respective Olympic Trials. But 12 days after they heard the news about NCAAs, it became official on March 24: the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been postponed.
That announcement changed everything.

“As an athlete who put her life ‘on hold’ to chase (the Olympic) dream, I feel slightly defeated. Regardless, I do not feel as though I can complain because I have my health, my family is healthy…and right now, that is the most important thing in my life. This has shaken up the world for everyone, and I just hope we can get it under control.” —Amy Bilquist

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Swimming World Magazine May 2020 Issue

FEATURES

016 TOSSED INTO TURMOIL
by Dan D’Addona
The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a far-reaching impact not only on everyday life, but also on the sport of swimming across the globe.

018 TIMING IS EVERYTHING
by David Rieder
Everyone knows how important timing is—races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second. For swimmers competing at the NAIA and NJCAA Championships, the most important timing was measured in days. Both associations were able to complete their championship meets just before other major sports championships were being canceled due to the threat of coronavirus.

022 SILVER LINING COULD TURN TO GOLD
by Michael Randazzo
The Olympic postponement was hardly perceived as a positive, but it could lead to hope and opportunity for any men’s or women’s water polo team that aspires to Olympic competition—including the United States’ national teams.

024 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH ASHLEY TWICHELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

026 IMPACTING LIVES THROUGH COACHING
by David Rieder
Dave Durden, University of California and U.S. national team coach, simply refers to himself as a swim coach. But he’s also a leader, an expert at maximizing performance, removing doubt, instilling confidence and navigating young men through demanding situations.

030 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO:  T ‘N’ T—A FRIENDLY RIVALRY FOR A DYNAMITE DUO
by John Lohn
During the Olympic campaign of 2000, Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres—complete opposites out of the pool, but with few differences as competitors—were engaged in a friendly, but not-so-easy rivalry—one that brought out the best in both swimmers.

034 ISHOF: A DUKE, A MERMAID, A WAR AND THE FLU
by Bruce Wigo
COVID-19 isn’t the first pandemic disease to have brought the world of competitive swimming to a halt, and the 2020 Olympic Games are not the first to be postponed or canceled. This is the story of the years between 1914 and 1918, when the world was suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down by events not so different from what our sport is experiencing today.

COACHING

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VALUE OF HAND FORCE ANALYSIS: PART II—BACKSTROKE
by Rod Havriluk
Synchronized video and hand force data is an essential tool for optimizing technique. A coach can use the force data to pinpoint limitations, refer to the corresponding video images to explain changes and monitor a swimmer’s progress in improving technique.

038 MOTIVATING SWIMMERS TO NEW HEIGHTS
by Michael J. Stott
Memorable are the sporting events where an athlete or team is “on fire.” Swimming World checks in with two high school and two age group coaches for insight into how that happens. Spoiler alert: the common denominator is “buy-in” from athletes who connect with a coach.

042 SPECIAL SETS:  CHANGE-OF-PACE FUN
by Michael J. Stott
USA Swimming master coach consultant Bob Steele provides some favorite change-of-pace exercises that are designed to insert spice and fun into in-season training.

046 Q&A WITH COACH DOUG FONDER
by Michael J. Stott

047 HOW THEY TRAIN OLIVIA BRAY
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

012 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

049 UP & COMERS: FINN CONLEY
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

010 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 BEYOND THE YARDS

036 DID YOU KNOW? 1920 U.S. WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM

044 THE OFFICIAL WORD

050 GUTTERTALK

051 PARTING SHOT

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