SW Biweekly – Can Team USA Topple Their Legendary 400 Free Relay World Record at Tokyo 2021?

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Caeleb Dressel of Team USA

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about the legendary men’s 400 freestyle relay world record held by Team USA, and find out why everyone is so excited for the event at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Also featured, three new events have been added to Olympic swimming in 2021, and some now feel that 35 events is excessive; Newly retired Jon Urbanchek honored at USA Swimming convention; National champ Emma Weyant is deferring enrollment to Virginia to train for Trials; Wisconsin Swimming & Diving starts a new era in a new facility, The Soderholm Aquatic Center; Find out what happens to your body during a taper and what makes it so effective; Lessons to learn when swimming seems cruel; Which world records are in danger of falling before year’s end; Five helpful ways to maintain focus after bad swims; How They Train with Delta State’s Emmanuel Fava; Greensboro to replace Iowa as host of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Championships; Swimming World’s 2020 Prep School Directory AND Holiday Gift Guide!


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FEATURES

008 ARE THERE TOO MANY EVENTS IN OLYMPIC SWIMMING?
by David Rieder
Three new swimming events have been added to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. If Olympic fans who follow swimming casually every four years believe that 32 events is excessive, what will they have to say about 35?

010 NEWLY RETIRED JON URBANCHEK HONORED AT USA SWIMMING CONVENTION
by Andy Ross
Six-time U.S. Olympic Swimming Team coach Jon Urbanchek, who retired Aug. 31 from both coaching and his role as the USA Swimming National Team Technical Advisor, was named this year’s recipient of the USA Swimming Award during the USA Swimming Virtual Convention in September.

011 NATIONAL CHAMPION EMMA WEYANT DEFERRING ENROLLMENT TO VIRGINIA TO TRAIN FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
by Andy Ross
Emma Weyant, who won the 400 IM in 2019 at U.S. nationals and was ranked sixth in the world that year, would have been a freshman at the University of Virginia this fall. Instead, she is deferring her enrollment to train one more year with the Sarasota Sharks and focus on the U.S. Olympic Trials.

012 WISCONSIN SWIMMING & DIVING STARTS NEW ERA IN NEW FACILITY
by Andy Ross
The University of Wisconsin opened its new aquatic facility, the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center, on Oct. 1. The pool was originally set to be completed in 2019, but construction delays pushed the official opening date to the spring of 2020, which was then affected by COVID-19 closures.

014 WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY DURING TAPER?
by J.P. Mortenson
Swimming World explains the combination of factors that makes tapering so effective. If done properly, a taper should lead to about a 2-3% improvement in performance.

015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

020 LESSONS TO LEARN WHEN SWIMMING SEEMS SO CRUEL
by Annie Grevers
Swimming’s most devastating moments leave us feeling wounded. But as many well-reputed coaches have said, swimming affords us necessary opportunities to succeed, and more importantly, opportunities to fail. Learning how to handle these painful moments with grace and tenacity is what makes swimmers some of the most successful people in life beyond swimming.

022 ARE INDIVIDUAL WORLD RECORDS IN DANGER OF FALLING BEFORE THE YEAR’S END?
by Andy Ross
2020 has been a year unlike any other, with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on opportunities to train and, subsequently, to race. Through the first nine months of the year, 2020 looked like it might be the first year since 1896 in which no swimming world records would be broken…until China took down the mixed medley relay WR, Oct. 1, at the Chinese national championships. Will individual global standards be the next to fall?

026 5 HELPFUL WAYS TO MAINTAIN FOCUS AFTER BAD SWIMS
by Brendan Farrar
Bad performances happen…but they do not determine success or failure. It’s what you do next that matters, so here are five helpful tips to follow when things don’t seem to be going your way.

028 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE UNVEILS SCHEDULE FOR BUDAPEST BUBBLE
by Andy Ross
The International Swimming League announced its schedule for the upcoming season in Budapest, which is set to begin Oct. 16 and run through Nov. 19-20. There will be 10 teams participating this year, up from eight in the inaugural season in 2019.

031 2020 PREP SCHOOL DIRECTORY

038 CAN THE U.S. MEN BREAK THE LEGENDARY 400 FREESTYLE RELAY WORLD RECORD IN TOKYO?
by Jesse Marsh
With the U.S. men having arguably the deepest pool of 100 freestylers in its history, the men’s 400 freestyle relay could be one of the most exciting races at the rescheduled 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Based on their talent, Team USA could break the first men’s relay world record since the super-suit era.

040 HOW THEY TRAIN EMANUEL FAVA
by Michael J. Stott

041 SOURCE: GREENSBORO TO REPLACE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA AS HOST OF 2021 NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

042 PARTING SHOT

 

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