Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Raquel Maldonado”

Up and Comers Raquel Maldonado - Swimming World July 2019

Up & Comers: Raquel Maldonado
Age Group Swimmer of the Month

By Shoshanna Rutemiller

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Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club’s 11-year-old Raquel Maldonado is one to watch. In January, she blazed into the headlines as a 10 and under when she smashed the 100 meter fly national age group record. As one of the youngest competitors at the senior-level Midwest Premier Meet, her 1:07.06 was nearly 4-tenths faster than the previous NAG mark of 1:07.42.

While that swim took her into the limelight, a closer look at her short swimming career reveals a remarkably versatile swimmer. She holds individual Illinois state records in 10 events: seven short course (50 yard free, 50-100-200 back, 50-100-200 fly) and three long course (50 meter free, 50-100 fly). She also has some pretty fast teammates who combined with Raquel for an additional three state relay records (200 yard free and the 200 meter free and medley).

And on the national level, Raquel swam the fastest time in her age group for the 2018-19 SCY season in six events (50-100 free, 50-100 back, 50-100 fly).

Swimming World: What are some of the toughest workouts/sets you’ve done?
Raquel: One of the hardest practices I have done was: 2×50 (meters) at 400 pace, 2×50 at 200 pace, then 100 all-out. Then we did 4×50 400 pace and 4×50 200 pace, then 100 all-out. And we finished with 6×50 at 400 pace, 6×50 at 200 pace and a 100 all-out.

SW: What is your favorite thing about swimming?
Raquel: It’s definitely the fact that swimming is like a whole different world. All of us understand each other and are like one big family.

To read more about Up & Comer Raquel Maldonado,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

019 CRUNCH TIME!
by Michael Randazzo
With the Olympic Games a little more than a year away, the U.S. men’s water polo team—whose head coach predicted a gold medal in Tokyo—has yet to qualify. They’ll get a chance to punch their ticket if they can finish first at the Pan American Games next month in Lima, Peru.

023 THE VALUE OF AQUATIC SPORTS: TEDDY CANN SAVES THE MAY
by Bruce Wigo
While serving as a seaman onboard the USS May in November 1917, Tedford “Teddy” Cann, an elite swimmer, water polo player and all-around athlete, risked his life to find—and fix—a leak in a flooded compartment, thereby saving the ship.

026 DESTINED FOR GREATNESS
by David Rieder
Perhaps it was always meant to be that Kyle Chalmers would be a champion swimmer. Despite his childhood dreams of playing professional football, he eventually decided to pursue swimming seriously in 2015. The next year, at 18, he won Olympic gold in the men’s 100 free. After undergoing heart surgery in 2017, he rebounded in 2018 to win a combined nine medals (five gold) at the Pan Pacs and Commonwealth Games. Now, all eyes are on Chalmers to win gold at this month’s World Championships.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: RATKO RUDIC
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PREVIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME SUMMIT
by Rod Havriluk
The ISCA Hall of Fame Summit, Aug. 27-30, in Clearwater Beach, Fla., will once again include a wide variety of topics, international presenters and participants from many countries. The presentations will emphasize the WHY (the scientific basis) as well as the HOW (the strategies for applying the science) to improve swimmer performance.

016 PLAN B: COLLEGE CLUB TEAM OPTION (Part 2)
by Michael J. Stott
College Club Swimming has been offering more and more athletes the opportunity to continue participating in the sport they love. In Part 2 of this two-part series, Swimming World explores more personal perspectives from swimmers pursuing their aquatic passion while enjoying a college experience unencumbered by the demands of a varsity athlete.

020 SPECIAL SETS: WORKOUTS OF A WORLD CHAMPION
by Michael J. Stott
In 2017, Coach Gregg Troy put together a plan to maximize Caeleb Dressel’s opportunities at the World Championships in Budapest. Following are eight workouts done by Dressel in his preparation for what resulted in a record seven gold medals.

043 Q&A WITH COACH ANTHONY NESTY
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROBERT FINKE
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—MULTI-EQUIPMENT PROGRAM FOR STRENGTH AND POWER
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: RAQUEL MALDONADO
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

022 OFFICIAL WORD

025 DID YOU KNOW? MARK SPITZ & PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND

030 2019 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

3 comments

  1. Pamela Wu

    So proud of you Raquel!