Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Clark Kent Apuada”

Up & Comers: Clark Kent Apuada

BY “LOIS LANE” (AKA Taylor Brien)

Sponsored by Spectrum Aquatics

“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Clark Kent Apuada of the Monterey County Aquatic Team!”

Superman has bested one of Aquaman’s records. Apuada caught the nation’s eye last August when he downed Michael Phelps’ 10-and-under 100 meter fly meet record at the 2018 Far Western Long Course Championships with a 1:09.38, making local—and national—headlines.

Phelps had held the meet record since 1995 with a 1:10.48. Apuada would go on to win seven events! After he broke Phelps’ record, Apuada was thrust into the spotlight and quickly learned how to compose himself for important interviews with various media outlets such as NBC, ABC, CNN, USA Today and more.

To learn more about Clark Kent Apuada and his many accomplishments, the December 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine is available now!
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Dec 2018 Cover

[PHOTO BY LAPRESSE/ PROVIDED BY ARENA]

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FEATURES

016 2018 SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Annie Grevers, David Rieder and Dan D’Addona
World: Katie Ledecky (Female American)
& Adam Peaty (Male European)
Female European: Sarah Sjostrom
Male American: Chase Kalisz
Pacific Rim: Cate Campbell & Sun Yang
African: Tatjana Schoenmaker & Chad le Clos

024 5 BEST WOMEN’S & 6 BEST MEN’S PERFORMANCES OF 2018
by David Rieder
This year’s list of the top 11 performances features world records, second-fastest performances in history and textile bests. The swims come primarily from the year’s biggest regional meets—the European Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and Asian Games.

COACHING

009 SPECIAL SETS: WISCONSIN KICK TEST SETS
by Michael J. Stott

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: SOICHI SAKAMATO
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART 4—BASE OF SUPPORT
by Rod Havriluk
Body size and shape, body rotation and head position as well as motion need to be controlled for optimizing swimming technique. All of these factors help to minimize resistance, but also help to make a stable “base of support” to maximize propulsion.

038 VERTICAL KICKING: THE SIXTH STROKE?
by Michael J. Stott

041 Q&A WITH COACH BRIAN SCHRADER
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN: KYLE ROBROCK
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

028 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE AND DISTANCE STRENGTH SERIES—STARTS AND TURNS
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS: CLARK KENT APUADA
by “Lois Lane” (aka Taylor Brien)

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
029 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
044 DADS ON DECK
046 HASTY HIGH POINTERS
047 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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