Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Maggie Wanezek”

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Up & Comers: Maggie Wanezek

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The veins of swimming run deep in Maggie Wanezek’s family, with the up-and-coming 12-year-old joining a long line of talented NCAA swimmers. The young Wanezek’s parents swam for Indiana University (dad) and DePauw University (mom), while two uncles swam for Indiana, two aunts for Wisconsin, and one aunt for Texas. Even her two sisters, Abby (14) and Claire (10) have experienced swimming success at the state and regional levels.

Maggie, who swims for the Elmbrook Swim Club (Brookfield, Wis.), became the first swimmer in the girls 11-12 age group to break 30 seconds in the 50 meter backstroke, setting a national age group record at the Wisconsin 12 & Under State Championships, July 27-29. Her time of 29.36 smashed the 2011 mark of 30.16 set by Keaton Blovad of Oregon.

In addition to her NAG performance, Wanezek won five other individual events (50-100 free, 26.93-59.52; 100-200 back, 1:03.60- 2:20.29; and 200 IM, 2:27.02)—all in state record time—andcontributed to three winning relays.

Ever since she was 10 years old, Wanezek has been collecting multiple No. 1 age group rankings, and in 2017, she was named Wisconsin’s Long Course Age Group Female Swimmer of the Year.

“Maggie has tremendous kinesthetic sense in and out of the water,” says her coach, Mike Rose. “Everything she does—swim, run, dive—she makes it look effortless and comfortable.”

Rose also told Swimming World that Maggie trains less than 3,500 yards per day. “She also spends a couple days each week of 20 to 30 minutes of some fun activity at practice, and two days each week of 30 minutes of dryland—which consists mostly of tag games.

“She has lots of room to grow as she transitions into the senior program.”

Wanezek also enjoys playing with the family dog, Shadow, and spending time at her grandparents’ lake cottage, where she can go skiing and tubing.

To learn more about Wanezek and her achievements, check out the September 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

017 A YEAR TO REMEMBER
by David Rieder
North Allegheny High School won its first national title in school history, defeating Carmel High School (Ind.), 168 to 142.5, to capture Swimming World’s 2017-18 boys’ national high school championships.

021 “…NEVER THIS GOOD!”
by Annie Grevers
Forty years since Harpeth Hall School (Tenn.) finished second in Swimming World’s National High School Championships, the Bearacuda girls finally made it to the top, outswimming Buchholz High School (Fla.), 170.5 to 135.5—and ending Carmel’s (Ind.) five-year reign as national champions

027 TOKYO TAKEAWAY
by David Rieder
For Team USA, their performance at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo was cause for some concern. For Australia, it was reason to be excited. For both, it wasn’t the end game.

029 PROJECT 56
by David Rieder
At the European Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty—the best sprint breaststroker in history—took aim at an un­fathomable boundary: swimming the men’s 100 meter breast under 57 seconds.

030 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH ALLISON SCHMITT
by Annie Grevers 

040 AROUND THE TABLE WITH MARIAH DENIGAN—A LOOK INTO TEENAGE NUTRITION
by Annie Grevers and Dawn Weatherwax

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JOHN COLLINS
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART 3—HEAD POSITION AND MOTION
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article examines the effect of head position and motion on body rotation, and consequently, body size and shape. The head is critical because a slight variation in the non-breathing position or excess motion during breathing can impact resistance from the rest of the body.

032 SPECIAL SETS: EARLY FALL SEASON TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
Coaches Ethan Hall (Crow Canyon Sharks) and Brian Elko (Egg Harbor Township) share some insights and actual sets that they offer athletes, ages 15-18, as they resume aquatic training.

034 PREHAB/REHAB VIA THE SWIM BENCH: STAYING FIT
by Michael J. Stott
This installment is the third in a multi-part se­ries and explores the role of the swim bench in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

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

043 HOW THEY TRAIN DANNY KOVAC
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

026 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE AND DISTANCE STRENGTH SERIES—INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

036 GOLDMINDS: SETTING GOALS…AND HOW TO ACHIEVE THEM!
by Wayne Goldsmith
Exchange your hopes for “actions,” trade in your wishes for “commitment” and swap your dreams for “goals”—and you’ll be on your way to realizing your full potential!

045 UP & COMERS: MAGGIE WANEZEK by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
016 THE OFFICIAL WORD
039 MOMS AT MEETS
046 HASTY HIGH POINTERS
047 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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