Swimming World Presents “Wanted: Founding Members of the PSA”

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Wanted: Founding Members of the PSA

Picture this: fivve swim meets in beautiful destinations comprising a Paci c Rim Tour. Each meet would take place three to four weeks apart, allowing swimmers to train in between stops. Each stop would o er prize money that could potentially exceed the elite professional swimmer’s annual salary (unless you’re, say, Michael Phelps).

The Professional Swimmers Association (PSA), charted to kick off in 2018, is being spearheaded by the executive director of the American Swimming Coaches Associa­tion, John Leonard, and the president of the World Swimming Coaches Association, George Block. Block predicts it will not be fully formed until the end of that year…after athletes have used the tour as an opportunity, not only to race, but to convene and decipher what they want from an athlete-led organization.

“It’s a coach’s role to protect and care for athletes,” Block said. “We feel it’s our role to get this started, but at a certain point, it’s un- ethical to be involved because we’re not the athletes.”

To learn more about the PSA, check out the October 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

014 PREPARING FOR THE  NEXT LEVEL
by David Rieder
Today’s stars from the FINA World Junior Championships may become the stars of tomorrow at the 2019 World Champion­ships in Gwangju, South Korea and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

017 GAINING EXPERIENCE AND HAVING FUN
by Andy Ross
Not only did the World University Games this summer offer excellent competition, but it also provided the athletes who competed in Taipei with invaluable lessons that could help themwith future success.

019 WANTED: FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE PSA
by Annie Grevers
The Professional Swimmers Association (PSA), charted to kick off in 2018, is being spearheaded by the executive director of the American Swimming Coaches Associa­tion, John Leonard, and the president of the World Swimming Coaches Association, George Block.

026 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH HANNAH STEVENS
by Annie Grevers and Dawn Weatherwax
Hannah Stevens, a rising senior at the University of Missouri, won her first national title this summer and qualified for the World Championship team. She tells us what she feasted upon during Team USA’s training camp as she prepared for peak performance at her first international meet.

028 MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
by Annie Grevers
There was a time when American superstar Caeleb Dressel didn’t like swimming. But after his seven-gold-medal performance at the Budapest World Championships, the American superstar admits he is obsessed with the sport and loves it more than ever.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: STAN TINKHAM
by Michael J. Stott

013 BACK TO WORK
by Michael J. Stott
Mission Viejo’s Sarah Dawson, the 11-12 division director for the Nadadores, shares what she does to prepare her age groupers for the season ahead.

021 SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY (Part II)
by Michael J. Stott
This is the second of a two-part series on training for the individual medley. This month, North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Paul Yetter provides some of his IM training secrets.

044 Q&A WITH COACH McGEE MOODY
by Michael J. Stott

045 HOW THEY TRAIN EMMA BARKSDALE
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

035 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

032 GOLDMINDS: CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!
by Wayne Goldsmith
Choose your swimming destiny by turning around negative thinking and dealing with things positively in everyday life.

047 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
023 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
036 PREP SCHOOL DIRECTORY
048 GUTTER TALK
050 PARTING SHOT

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager 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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