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Up & Comers: Sea Otters’ Daniel Diehl

By Shoshanna Rutemiller

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Daniel Diehl, who swims for the Cumberland YMCA Sea Otters (Md.), was about to turn 15 on Oct. 26. But before aging-up, he took one last shot at setting a national age group record in the boys 13-14 age group. And he reached his goal not once, but twice!

Swimming unattached at the Eagle Swim Team Virtual Swim Meet #2, Oct. 10, at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., Diehl first broke Destin Lasco’s 2016 NAG record of 1:38.24 in the 200 yard freestyle by a second-and-a-half with his 1:36.75.

A week later, Oct. 17, at the Middle Atlantic Keystone Aquatics Fall Closed Invite in Carlisle, Pa., he clocked a 47.44 in the 100 yard back, eclipsing Michael Andrew’s 47.83, set in 2014.

Besides setting two NAG records, he also came within a tenth of a second of Andrew’s 13-14 NAG record in the 100 free with a 44.00. And in his first meet as a 15-year-old, Diehl swam an Olympic Trials qualifying time at the U.S. Open in Richmond, Va., Nov. 13, in the 100 meter backstroke (55.46).

“Daniel is a very dedicated and self-motivated person with an unstoppable drive to meet his goals in and out of the pool,” says Sea Otter Coach Brian Dowling.

Before committing solely to swimming at age 12, Diehl also participated in soccer and baseball, and was a successful long jumper on his middle school track team.

In his free time, he volunteers with the Special Olympics swim program and spends time at the nursing home with his grandmother. According to his mom, Karen, many have called Diehl a kind, humble and gracious young man who has the ability to easily make new friends at meets!

Swimming World: What is the best thing you do in swimming?
Daniel Diehl: I’m good at moving on after meets. Whether I reach my goals or not, I don’t look back; I move forward.

SW: What are some of the toughest workouts/set you’ve done?
DD: One of the toughest sets I swam was a 20×50 free at 200 pace.

SW: What is your favorite thing about swimming?
DD: My favorite thing is the friendships I’ve made through swimming. It’s fun hanging out on deck with the other swimmers and cheering them on.

SW: What are you most looking forward to this year?
DD: I’m looking forward to the Olympic Trials, and I would like to at least make semifinals.

SW: Who is someone you look up to in swimming… and why?
DD: I look up to Cody Miller because of his positive attitude. He is the embodiment of making it through hard work.

SW: What are your favorite hobbies?
DD: I like lifting weights and skating.

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Swimming World April 2021 Issue

FEATURES

012 A PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVE FROM MASTERS SWIMMING
by Dan D’Addona
Masters swimmers maintain a connection to the sport they love as well as to their team and community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that connection has been missing the past year, but they are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead.

017 DEATH, TAXES…AND INDIAN RIVER!
by Andy Ross
Indian River State College will be shooting for its 47th straight men’s and 39th consecutive women’s NJCAA team titles.

018 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: SPRINT TSAR
by John Lohn
As Swimming World continues its “Takeoff to Tokyo” series, the opportunity to examine the career of Russia’s Alexander Popov—accomplishments and approach—is the chance to pay tribute to a man who might be the greatest sprinter the sport has ever seen.

021 COUNT ON CHINA
by Dan D’Addona
Based on the results of the last eight Olympics—and the most recent World Championships held two years ago—China would be a good bet to once again dominate the diving competition, July 23-Aug. 8, at the 2021 Games in Tokyo.

022 EVER THE COMPETITOR
by David Rieder
Five years after her public introduction to the world at the Rio Olympics, little has changed about Lilly King. She will still speak her mind, tell you how she really feels, and she’s still a winner, a dominant force in sprint breaststroke.

025 THE GREATEST OF THEIR GENERATION
by Bruce Wigo
The General Slocum steamship disaster  in 1904, the tragedy that changed swimming history, had an impact on two of the greatest swimming heroes of all time, Johnny Weissmuller and Charles Robert Drew.

028 NUTRITION: FUELING FOR COMPETITION—THE “CHERRY ON TOP!”
by Dawn Weatherwax
Athletes spend hours upon hours training. It is now time to put the sports nutrition piece all together when it matters most. A big part of the plan is to know what, when and how much to eat and drink before, during and after the event.

COACHING

014 FAST AND FURIOUS
by Michael J. Stott
College coaches Braden Holloway (NC State), Todd DeSorbo (Virginia), Matt Kredich (Tennessee) and Jessen Book (Kenyon) share their ideas on how they help their swimmers maximize turn speed.

038 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: APPLYING MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES TO IMPROVE SWIMMING TECHNIQUE
by Rod Havriluk
Many swimmers attempt to swim faster by modeling the technique of the fastest swimmers. Using champions as models is an archaic approach of painstakingly slow, trial-and-error that risks adopting technique limitations. A far superior approach is to apply mechanical principles that eliminate uncertainty and accelerate the skill-learning process.

043 Q&A WITH COACH MEGAN OESTING
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN DIGGORY DILLINGHAM
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

037 DRYSIDE TRAINING: PUSHING POWER
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

040 GOLDMINDS:  LEARN HOW TO BE A RACER
by Wayne Goldsmith
It’s important to learn how to swim your event in such a way that you can perform to your potential in every possible racing situation, including different strategies for heats, semifinals and finals.

047 UP & COMERS: DANIEL DIEHL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT THE STORY OF THE AUMAKUA?

030 2021 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

046 DADS ON DECK: BRENT BILQUIST

048 GUTTERTALK

049 PARTING SHOT

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