Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Justina Kozan”

Justina Kozan

Up & Comers
Age Group Swimmer of the Month:

Justina Kozan

When Justina Kozan was 5 years old, she was still afraid of water. After conquering her fear and joining a swim team, a young Kozan lost her goggles while swimming at her first meet—in four out of her five races! Thankfully for the swimming community, the 14-year-old from Brea Aquatics in Southern California has now found a passion for the sport of swimming.

Kozan began turning heads in the sport when she downed a 40-year-old Southern California Swimming record in the summer of 2016. At 12 years of age, she broke the first of Olympian and world record holder Sippy Woodhead’s age group records from the 1970s, beginning with the 11-12 200 meter free.

Kozan’s coach at Brea, Jim Johnson, says that “Justina is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever coached. If she thinks she can win a race, she’ll win it!”

 

To read more about Up & Comer Justina Kozan, check out the February 2019 issue of Swimming World, available now. Swimming World subscribers can download this issue in the Swimming World Vault!

SW February 2019 Cover

[PHOTO CREDIT: PETER H. BICK]

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FEATURES

018 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH JOSH PRENOT
by Annie Grevers

023 HISTORIC SWIMMING FIRSTS IN BLACK HISTORY
by Bruce Wigo
In recognition of Black History Month, which is celebrated in the United States in February, Swimming World takes a look at some historic accomplishments in swimming turned in by athletes of African descent.

025 WILD AND CRAZY
by David Rieder
History has proven that the women’s 100 yard backstroke is an event where wacky, unexpected results are the norm, whether because of the typical depth of field, the format of the meet, the factors of the race or some other reason entirely.

026 BACK ON TOP
by David Rieder
Beata Nelson, a high school record holder in the 100 yard fly and Swimming World’s 2016 Female High School Swimmer of the Year, once considered backstroke her secondary stroke. But after clocking a 49.67 last November, the University of Wisconsin junior is now the American record holder in the 100 yard backstroke.

028 ALL IN THE FAMILY
by Dan D’Addona
It was a moment that didn’t become real until they embraced. Arkansas freshman diver Brooke Schultz had just won the NCAA championship in 3-meter diving and stood, half in shock, on the podium, and accepted the championship trophy from her coach. But it wasn’t just her coach—it was her father, Dale Schultz.

030 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH JUSTIN WRIGHT
by Annie Grevers and Dawn Weatherwax

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DON LAMONT
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART 6—ENVIRONMENTAL BASE OF SUPPORT FOR BUTTERFLY
by Rod Havriluk
To swim butterfly as fast as possible, a swimmer must first optimize the body base of support (by minimizing vertical movement of the shoulder) and then position the hand to gain the most stability from a relatively unstable environmental BOS. With a stable body BOS, a swimmer can more precisely control the hand pitch and hand path to achieve a more effective hand position in the environmental BOS, maximum propulsion and the fastest swimming velocity.

016 INSPIRING SWIMMERS…AND TESTING LIMITS (Part 2)
by Michael J. Stott
Once swimmers are inspired to complete a difficult task, the resulting action often involves a test of
one’s limits. In this two-part series, four veteran coaches share insights on how they motivate the athletes entrusted to their care. Swimming World’s January issue featured Gregg Troy and Jessica O’Donnell, while Catherine Vogt and Richard Hunter continue the discussion in February.

040 SPECIAL SETS: GETTING IT ON—A RECIPE FOR POWER AND PRECISION
by Michael J. Stott
Megan Oesting, owner and head coach of the Eastern Iowa Swim Federation, provides two sample sets that her Eastern Iowa Swim Federation age groupers do to help prepare them for competition.

042 Q&A WITH COACH JOSH CHRISTENSEN
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN: LAURA FORNSHELL
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—STRETCH CORDS
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

020 GOLDMINDS: POSITIVE PARENT POINTERS (Part 2)
by Wayne Goldsmith
The January issue of Swimming World featured #s 1-15 of 30 things that swimming parents can do to help their child realize his or her potential—as swimmers…and as human beings. This month’s magazine gives you the rest of the list: #s 16-30.

046 UP & COMERS: JUSTINA KOZAN
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
009 BEYOND THE YARDS
022 DID YOU KNOW? MARJORIE GESTRING
033 2019 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY
047 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

1 comment

  1. avatar

    LOVE that she overcame her fears! Swim goggles coming off or pulling hair is such an annoying problem that I, as a parent have battled with as well….I did invent Frogglez to solve this exact problem and hope more kids will pursue this awesome sport because of them.

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