The Week That Was: Capturing The Highlights of 2018

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For the final week of 2018, Swimming World has been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the year. In this edition of the week that was, check out some of the biggest headlines that made waves in 2018!

The Week That Was #5 – Top Swimming Photos From 2018


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Check out the photos from this year’s biggest meets, including the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships, and Short Course World Championships, among many others!

The Week That Was #4 – 2018 Newcomer of the Year


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2018’s Newcomer of the Year went to Canadian Taylor Ruck, who ended the year with 8 Commonwealth Games medals, five Pan Pac medals (including a gold over Katie Ledecky in the 200 free), and a crazy amount of potential heading into 2020. Ruck, who is in her freshman year at Stanford under US Olympic Coach Greg Meehan, may just be scratching the surface on what she can accomplish in her career.

The Week That Was #3 – NCAA Performances of the Year: Ella Eastin and Caeleb Dressel


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Relive the amazing performances from NCAA star Ella Eastin in the 400 IM and Caeleb Dressel in, well, everything he seemed to swim this year!

The Week That Was #2 – Top 18 Interviews of 2018


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Catch up on all of the best interviews from this year, including Katie Ledecky post-world record in the 1500 free, Dressel following his 17.63 in the 50-yard freestyle, Kathleen Baker after her first long course world record, Allison Schmitt on her return to swimming, and many more!

The Week That Was #1 – World Record Performance of the Year


Kathleen Baker; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Refresh yourself on Kathleen Baker’s epic long course world record at 2018 U.S. Nationals, where she nearly became the first woman to break 58 seconds in the 100 backstroke!