Swimming World Presents – Up & Comers: Green Hope High’s Keelan Cotter – Sponsored By Spectrum Aquatics

Swimming World June 2021 - Up and Comers - Green Hope High's Keelan Cotter
Green Hope High's Keelan Cotter [PHOTO BY MORGAN COTTER]

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Up & Comers: Green Hope High’s Keelan Cotter

By Shoshanna Rutemiller

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Keelan Cotter, now 15, graduated from the 13-14 age group rankings with two short course yards national age group records: 200 freestyle relay (1:33.30, along with TAC Titan teammates Claire Curzan, Taylor Morris and Elena Dry) and 200 medley relay (1:41.87/Curzan, Abby Clark and Morris).

Now, she’s making waves in high school! The Green Hope High School sophomore claimed two All-America A-cuts at the North Carolina 4A high school championships in February. Cotter took first place in the 500 yard freestyle with a 4:47.87—nearly five seconds below the standard—and also placed second in the 200 free with a 1:48.48, just below the All-America A-cut.

Although freestyle may be her strength, Cotter is an all-around talented swimmer, regularly gracing the podium in the IM events at her championship club meets. Looking back at her age group record, Cotter regularly claimed titles in everything from the 100 butterfly and breaststroke to the 1500 freestyle. With so much versatility, it’s no wonder Cotter is looking forward to her upcoming recruiting season!

Cotter comes from a closely bonded swimming family. She and her two older brothers, Colin and Michael, enjoy driving to swim practice together. Michael, who also attends Green Hope High School as a junior, recently committed to North Carolina State University.

SWIMMING WORLD: What is the best thing you do in swimming?
KEELAN COTTER: I think the best thing I do in swimming is competing. I’ve always had a competitive personality, and I love to race for something bigger than myself. My best meets are always swum when my team is working toward a common goal.

SW: What are some of the toughest workout/sets that you’ve done?
KC: Some of the toughest sets I have done include:
• 6 x 400 IM
• 30 x 100 best average
• 20 x 200 IM
• 3K for time
• Run swims: 4x {run a mile, swim a 1000

SW: What is your favorite thing about swimming?
KC: I truly love the team culture of swimming. Team goals create such a motivating environment and strengthens the bond between me and my teammates.

SW: What are you most looking forward to this year?
KC: I’m really looking forward to starting the recruiting process this summer and having the opportunity to meet new people and coaches.

SW: Who is someone you look up to in swimming… and why?
KC: I look up to a number of female college swimmers. I have grown up on teams with many of them, and I admire their team spirit, work ethic and dedication.

SW: What are your favorite hobbies?
KC: When I’m not swimming, I really enjoy going to the lake with my friends and playing with my dog, Finn.


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Swimming World June 2021 Issue

FEATURES

12 | U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS PREVIEW
by David Rieder
The fastest swimmers in the United States will be putting their hopes and dreams on the line at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming, June 13-20, in Omaha, Neb. If realized, they’ll have the opportunity to perform next month on the world’s grandest stage: the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

22 | A NATURAL LEADER
by John Lohn
Still producing elite-level performances, Nathan Adrian, now 32 and pursuing his fourth Olympic Games, has the opportunity to further his already lofty reputation. And whenever his days in the sport come to an end, Adrian will be viewed for his excellence in the sport as an athlete, teammate and ambassador.

25 | NJCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: QUALITY & QUANTITY
by Andy Ross
That’s the same winning formula that Indian River’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been using for nearly a half-century at the NJCAA Championships. The Pioneer men now have won 47 straight team titles; the women, 39—and 43 of the past 47.

26 | TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: A FORGOTTEN STAR
by John Lohn
By all measures, Don Schollander is a legend in the sport, a Hall of Fame talent who was unrivaled in his heyday. Yet, his impact has been lost to a combination of unfortunate timing and modern-day fascination.

29 | DOMINANCE AND PARITY ON DISPLAY IN TOKYO
by Dan D’Addona
While the U.S. women have dominated international water polo since 2015—winning their second straight Olympics in 2016 plus three World Championships in 2015-17-19—a different men’s champion has emerged at each of the last three major international competitions—Serbia (2016 Olympics), Croatia (2017 Worlds) and Italy (2019 Worlds).

30 | ISHOF: REMEMBERING THE KALILI BROTHERS—90 YEARS AGO
by Bruce Wigo
As kids who preferred to dive for coins rather than race in a swimming pool, brothers Maiola and Manuella Kalili from Hawaii would eventually become national champions and Olympic silver medalists in 1932.

33 | NUTRITION: HOW MANY CALORIES SHOULD I EAT?
by Dawn Weatherwax
As long course, Olympics and endurance events get underway, a common question is: “How much do I need to eat?” This is a loaded question—one in which the author will try to simplify.

35 | MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH AMY BILQUIST
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

38 | SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING SWIMMING VELOCITY (Part 2)—STROKE CYCLE PHASES
by Rod Havriluk
Swimmers typically decrease non-propulsive time to decrease stroke time, increase stroke rate and swim faster. Research shows that a further decrease in the non-propulsive time is possible and should produce further performance improvement.

40 | A COACHES’ GUIDE TO ENERGY SYSTEMS
by Michael J. Stott
In the first of two parts, Swimming World explores the concept of energy systems and how coaches can use them to maximize athlete development and performance.

42 | SPECIAL SETS: KATIE LEDECKY—RUN-UP TO RIO 2016
by Michael J. Stott
With this month’s Olympic Swimming Trials now upon us, Swimming World takes a back-to-the-future approach to revisit some training done by superstar Katie Ledecky prior to the 2016 U.S. team qualifying meet.

44 | Q&A WITH COACH CATHERINE KASE
by Michael J. Stott

45 | HOW THEY TRAIN HALEY ANDERSON
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

037 | DRYSIDE TRAINING: TRAINING AMY BILQUIST
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

47 | UP & COMERS: KEELAN COTTER
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

08 | A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

11 | DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT BUSTER CRABBE?

48 | GUTTERTALK

49 | PARTING SHOT

 

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