The 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year


The 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year

PHOENIX-Swimming World Magazine enters its 11th year of recognizing the Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year. The World Masters Swimmers of the Year balloting process is based on the Nov.1, 2014 release of the FINA Masters world records set during the competition season of Nov.1, 2013 through Oct. 31, 2014. Global standards were set in 160 events, down from 179 the year before.
For voting purposes, only the swimmer ending the competition season with the world record was credited with breaking the record. Also the final ballot only listed those swimmers who broke multiple world records (long course or short course), which totaled 14 women and 19 men.
The 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year:
Women: Noriko Inada USA/JPN (35-39); Sanderina Kruger RSA (65-69); Mieko Nagaoka JPN (100-104); Ellen Renolds USA (50-54); Laura Val USA (60-64); Judy Wilson GBR (70-74)
Men: Rick Collela USA (60-64); Nicolas Granger FRA (45-49); Jack Groselle USA (60-64); David Guthrie USA (50-54); David Radcliff USA (80-84); Darian Townsend USA (25-29). (Story page 24)

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012 Darian Townsend: Captain Amercia
by Annie Grevers
Darian Townsend was a member of South Africa’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay that upset the United States men for Olympic gold at Athens in 2004. Just last summer, he became a U.S. citizen, and the 30-year-old is now viewed as a veteran and a leader for the Red, White and Blue.

016 Event Specialization: What to look for, When to do it
by Michael J Stott

026 2014 Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year
by Jeff Commings, Annie Grevers, Jason Marsteller and Emily Sampl

035 What is a “Master”?
by Jeff Commings
Masters swimmers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are ultra-competitive; others are in it just to stay fit and possibly live longer. Swimming World profiles three different types of Masters swimmers and they all seem to agree on one thing: Masters swimming is a lifelong sport.

010 Lessons With the Legends: Nort Thornton

020 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Butterfly Undulation
by Rod Havriluk

022 Teaching Dolphin Kick
by Bridger Bell
Dolphin kick appears in all four strokes-including starts and turns. The following program can help swimmers of any aptitude learn to execute effectively what may be the fastest movement in competitive swimming: the dolphin kick.

025 Technique: Breathing During Backstroke

042 Q & A With Coach Jason Weber
by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Jenny Hill
by Michael J. Stott

013 Dryside Training: Sprint Freestyle Set
by J.R. Rosania

028 Goldminds: Swimming’s Most Importatnt Lessons (Part 1: #’s 1-15)
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here is a summary of the most important lessons the author has learned in the business of helping swimmers and coaches realize their potential-a personal journey 25 years in the making!

045 Up & Comers

008 A Voice For The Sport

040 Moms at Meets
by Annie Grevers
Swimming World presents a quarterly series that showcases moms and dads of swimmers from around the country.

046 Gutter Talk

048 Parting Shot


  1. Perry Cronje Cadiz

    Well done Sanderina Kruger. (Cape Town masters)

  2. Julie Andrade

    Way to go Dave Dave Nancy Radcliff.

  3. Jody Braden

    Rick Colella a major influence in my career.

  4. Lynn Wells

    Well Done RICK!!! Go are amazing. Thank you for your dedication to USMS and to your athletic journey! You are an Inspiration to us ALL.