Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Scott Sobolewski”

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Up & Comers: Scott Sobolewski

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Long before 16-year-old Scott Sobolewski was born, the Cincinnati Marlins Swim Team had a history of producing talented swimmers—with a total of 18 Marlins representing the United States at the Olympics!

One such talented swimmer was Glenn Mills, who in 1980 posted a pool record of 55.46 in the 100 yard breast in Keating Natatorium—a record that would remain untouched for 38 years until this year when Sobolewski stepped onto the blocks. That day in March, Sobolewski sprinted to a 55.33 and etched his name in the Marlins’ history book.

In addition to the Keating Natatorium pool record, Sobolewski also owns Cincinnati Marlins records in both the 100 and 200 yard breast. At the 2018 Ohio State High School Swimming and Diving Championships, Sobolewski, representing Cincinnati St. Xavier, turned in a second-place finish of 55.50 in the 100 yard breast and an eighth-place finish of 1:51.93 in the 200 IM.

Brad Isham, head coach and Cincinnati Marlins CEO, explained to Swimming World,

“Sobolewski has a tremendous work ethic and determination to succeed. He has a keen focus on proper technique and identifying any little thing that can make a difference. He is always inquisitive as to how he is doing and what he can do better. In addition to his work ethic and determination, he is always seeking ways to improve.”

Sobolewski’s success in the pool is not very surprising when his family’s history is taken into account: his brother, Luke, just concluded his freshman year as a member of North Carolina State’s Wolfpack, while his mom, Anna Pleasants Sobolewski, swam for the University of Georgia from 1984-88 under Coaches Jack Baurle and Harvey Humphries.

To learn more about Sobolewski and his accomplishments, check out the July 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now! 

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Take a look inside Swimming World’s July 2018 issue:

FEATURES

016 RIPPLE EFFECT?
by Dan D’Addona
When Gregg Troy announced his retirement from the University of Florida in April, the sport’s immediate focus was how it would impact the Gators. But the real ripple effect of Troy’s retirement could be seen in American swimming from now through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—and it might even change the way professional swimming is approached in the United States.

018 HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
by David Rieder
National teams that will compete at major international meets the rest of this year and next will be selected at this summer’s U.S. nationals. But for those swimmers who miss making Team USA at this year’s meet, don’t lose hope—many swimmers have made their breakthrough two years later at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

020 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
by David Rieder
Team USA has long dominated the men’s 4×200 meter freestyle at major international competition. Although the Americans failed to win at Worlds in 2015 and 2017, last year’s performances at the college level in the 200 yard freestyle provide reason for renewed optimism.

022 THE “ART” OF SWIMMING
by Bruce Wigo
In the first half of the 20th century, sports cartooning was one of the most entertaining mediums within the spectrum of the graphic art world, and no American newspaper of any size was without its regular sports cartoonist.

024 FREE TO MAKE HISTORY
by Annie Grevers
Olympic gold medalist Blake Pieroni of Indiana University became the first man ever to break 1:30 for the 200 yard freestyle. With the kind of training he’s putting in with coaches Ray Looze and Mike Westphal—not to mention being a part of a training group consisting of many of the world’s best 200 freestylers—it’s exciting to think just how fast he can be.

028 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH CULLEN JONES
by Annie Grevers and Dawn Weatherwax

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: ED SOLOTAR
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART I—BODY SIZE AND SHAPE
by Rod Havriluk
Conventional wisdom relies on modeling the technique of champions. A scientific approach considers the biomechanical principles that optimize performance. Application of these principles can develop an optimal model for swimming technique based on clear and demonstrable factors.

032 DO IT RIGHT, OR DO IT OVER
by Michael J. Stott
This is the first installment in a multi-part series on swimmer motivation and how coaches approach the often-vexing issue of unsatisfactory practice performance.

035 SPECIAL SETS: SOMETIMES IT’S NOT ABOUT THE WATER
by Michael J. Stott
Summer league swimming is many things to many people. In some locales, it is no big deal. In other areas of the country, it is quite a different story. Here are some sample sets—and some fun activities—from Southamp­ton and Westwood swim clubs in Virginia to help prepare for your summer league championships.

049 Q&A WITH COACH KEN HEIS
by Michael J. Stott

050 HOW THEY TRAIN JAKE AND CARSON FOSTER
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

038 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE AND DISTANCE STRENGTH SERIES—DISTANCE FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

030 GOLDMINDS: UNDERSTANDING MOTIVATION
by Wayne Goldsmith
Why do you swim? This is probably the most important question you can ask yourself. Understanding your answer is even more important. It will tell you what you really need to know: what motivates you to be the best you can be.

053 UP & COMERS: SCOTT SOBOLEWSKI
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
039 2018 AQUATIC DIRECTORY
048 DADS ON DECK
052 THE OFFICIAL WORD
054 GUTTER TALK
056 PARTING SHOT

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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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