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Up & Comers: The Aquajets’ Henry Webb

By Shoshanna Rutemiller

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Henry Webb of the Aquajets Swim Team in Eden Prairie, Minn. is no stranger to the top of the podium. This past long course season, Webb, 14, placed second overall in the high-point standings at the Minnesota 14 & Under State Meet, July 22-25. At that meet, he and his Aquajet teammates set three Minnesota state records in the 200-400 medley (1:51.82, 4:01.99) and 200 freestyle (1:40.15) relays. He also turned in personal-best times in the 200 and 400 freestyles (1:59.79 and 4:13.21).

Then the following weekend, Webb and teammates Drew Ploof (54.41), Jiarui Xue (54.58) and Evan Witte (54.67) set a national age group record in the boys’ 13-14 400 meter freestyle relay, clocking 3:36.01 at the Minnesota Senior State Meet. Webb anchored the relay in an astoundingly fast 52.35 to better Irvine Novaquatics’ 3:37.47 NAG from 2019.

“Henry is an enjoyable swimmer to coach,” says his coach, Leah Foreman-Keiser. “He is friendly and outgoing, and usually pretty relaxed. He doesn’t take himself super seriously or get himself too tied up in knots unnecessarily, but he loves challenges and competition. He usually has a big smile on his face, but knows when it’s time to get focused and push himself and his teammates.”

In early August, Webb represented Team Minnesota at the Central Zone Championship, where he won the 50, 100 and 200 meter freestyles (24.34pb, 54.01, 1:58.34pb), while also placing second in the 400 free (4:18.23).
Outside of the pool, the Breck School (Golden Valley, Minn.) freshman loves to golf and also enjoys math!

Swimming World: WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU DO IN SWIMMING?
Henry Webb: I love to race. I love when I get the opportunity to swim next to someone faster than me because I can rise to their level and swim better than I could have alone. My favorite races are the ones with strong competition.

SW: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST WORKOUTS/SETS YOU’VE DONE?
HW: The toughest set I have ever done was fifty 50s on the :50. They were all-out, off the blocks. By the end of the set, getting out of the pool became one of the biggest challenges. On a set like that, moving around the deck the whole time, breathing in the pool got really hard, especially for me.

SW: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SWIMMING?
HW: Swimming is a very grueling and repetitive sport, and every swimmer knows it. Everyone gets in the pool knowing it is going to hurt, but they are all up for it. We all come together to individually push through the main set, while also being there to motivate each other and keep everyone accountable.

SW: WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR?
HW: I age-up this seasom out of age group swimming. This means the competition can be up to 18 years old a lot of the time, and I look forward to that competition. I will be going to my first national-level meets and can’t wait to experience that.

SW: WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN SWIMMING…AND WHY?
HW: I look up to the upperclassmen on my high school team, especially the ones who are also on my club team. The high school season allows me to swim alongside them and grow really close to them.

SW: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES?
HW: Outside of swimming, I really enjoy golfing with my brothers, spending time at the lake, and hanging out with friends.v

 


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FEATURES

2020 TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES
by John Lohn, Dan D’Addona, 
Matthew De George and David Rieder

010  |  LIKE NO OTHER
There has never been an Olympics like the one held in Tokyo from July 23 through Aug. 8. Even the Games themselves were known as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games despite the fact that the actual event was held a year later! Yet, once the competition got started—at venues without any spectators—the XXXII Olympiad provided all of the anticipated emotions, surprises, goal fulfillments and more.

014 | MALE PERFORMANCE OF THE MEET: Caeleb Dressel (100 Fly)

014 | FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE MEET: Tatjana Schoenmaker (200 Breast)

015 | BEST WOMEN’S RELAY PERFORMANCE: Australia (400 Freestyle Relay)

016 | BEST MEN’S RELAY PERFORMANCE: USA (400 Medley Relay)

017 | BEST INDIVIDUAL RELAY PERFORMANCE: Adam Peaty (100 Breast/400 Medley Relay)

018 | BIGGEST UPSET/SURPRISE: Ahmed Hafnaoui (400 Free) & Lydia Jacoby (100 Breast)

019 | BREAKOUT PERFORMER: Bobby Finke (800 and 1500 Free)

020 | COUNTRY ON THE RISE: Italy

021 | RESILIENCE AWARD: Sarah Sjostrom (50 Free)

022 | OLYMPIC PHOTO GALLERY

027  |  RETURN TO NO. 1
by David Rieder
After a two-season absence as Swimming World’s girls’ high school national champions, Carmel High School (Ind.) has returned to claim its seventh overall team title since 2011.

029  |  SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE’S GIRLS’ NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS MOCK HEAT SHEET
by Bob Klapthor

031  | MAKING HISTORY
by Dan D’Addona
Carmel High School (Ind.) is the first school in 21 years to have both its girls’ and boys’ swimming teams win Swimming World’s national high school championships in the same year—a feat last accomplished by Bolles (Fla.) in 2000.

033  |  SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE’S BOYS’ NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS MOCK HEAT SHEET
by Bob Klapthor

COACHING

038  |  WHAT COACHES WISH PROSPECTS KNEW ABOUT RECRUITING
by Michael J. Stott
When it comes to college recruiting, swim coaches agree: they’re looking at much more than swimming times. They’re evaluating the whole package: academic, athletic, personal… and more!

041  |  SPECIAL SETS: ERIN GEMMELL—OLYMPIC BLOODLINES
by Michael J. Stott
Bruce Gemmell of Nation’s Capital Swim Club provides an interesting capsule of coaching for his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, as she prepared for her first U.S. Olympic Trials experience and earned a spot on the U.S. Junior team headed for the Berlin and Budapest World Cup stops in October.

043  |  Q&A WITH COACH JEFF JULIAN
by Michael J. Stott

044  |  HOW THEY TRAIN  TRENTON JULIAN
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

037   |  DRYSIDE TRAINING:  GOLD MEDAL WORKOUT (PART 2)
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

047  |  UP & COMERS:  HENRY WEBB
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008  |  A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

040  |  THE OFFICIAL WORD

046  |  HASTY HIGH POINTERS

048  |  GUTTERTALK

049  |  PARTING SHOT

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