SW Biweekly – European Union: Has the center of men’s swimming changed?

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, find out how the summer of international long course racing has turned into a new powerhouse of men’s swimming – Europe. The United States and Australia remain the best for women’s swimming. is also presented Caeleb Dresselthe latest to speak about the importance of mental health and self-care; Mallory Comerford and Clarke Burckle announce their engagement; Things to keep in mind when transitioning to a new coach; What is the most difficult race in swimming? ; 11 things that separate the good swimmer from the great swimmer; Triple Olympic relay gold medalist Blake Pieroni announces his retirement; Brooks Failure joins USC as an assistant coach to complete by Lea Maurer Personal; Leanne Smith hopes to show others what they are capable of after her own performance as a seven-time gold medalist at the Para-swimming World Championships; How they train with Sierra Marlins Brady Calkins and Erica Jaffe; and more!

[From left: Kristof Milak (Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto), David Popovici
(Photo Courtesy: LEN), Leon Marchand (Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto)]


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FEATURES

008 CAELEB DRESSEL LAST TO LEAD THE WAY IN RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, SELF-CARE
by David Rieder
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel left the recent world championships midway through the competition before competing in most of his major events. He realized he had to put his own health above his swimming and made the difficult decision to prioritize himself over artificial accomplishments like medal count and records.

010 3 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN TRANSITIONING TO A NEW COACH
by Taylor Padington
In the course of a swimmer’s career, it is inevitable that he will have to change coaches. In this first-person account, the author shares some key principles that are effective in creating the perfect new coach-swimmer bond.

012 WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT RACE IN SWIMMING?
by Kate Santilena
Whether you’re a sprinter, race specialist, or distance swimmer, there always seems to be at least one race that feels the hardest in swimming. Here are some of the top picks.

016 STATUS CHECK: NEW CENTRAL EUROPE OF MEN’S SWIMMING, AMERICANS AT A CROSSROADS
by David Rieder
The busy summer of international long course racing in the year following the Tokyo Olympics has seen a string of new stars take their place among the world’s best. While traditional star nations Australia and the United States remain the best in women’s swimming, most of the emerging talent on the men’s side comes from Europe.

018 MALLORY COMERFORD AND CLARKE BURCKLE ANNOUNCE THEIR ENGAGEMENT
by Dan D’Addona
One of swimming’s most recognized couples, Mallory Comerford and Clarke Burckle, recently announced their engagement, with Comerford posting on Instagram, “Forever & ever.”

020 11 THINGS THAT SEPARATE THE GOOD SWIMMER FROM THE GREAT SWIMMER
by Brittany Oxley
Much of the greatness of swimming is defined by mental toughness and how one tackles adversity. What does it take to become great? He takes his mentality, pushed to its limits. Here are 11 characteristics of great swimmers.

022 THREE-TIME OLYMPIC RELAY GOLD MEDAL BLAKE PIERONI ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT
by Matthew DeGeorge
Blake Pieroni, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and valued member of America’s relay depth, recently announced his retirement via social media. He also won eight gold medals and 12 medals overall at the World Championships (short course and long course). The 26-year-old Indiana University player battled knee injuries last year and recently underwent knee surgery.

023 BROOKS FAIL JOINS USC AS ASSISTANT COACH TO COMPLETE LEA MAURER’S STAFF
by Matthew DeGeorge
Brooks Fail was recently hired as an assistant coach at USC, Lea Maurer’s latest first-team hire as the Trojans’ full-time head coach. Fail is fresh off his NCAA swimming career, an 11-time All-American at the University of Arizona, where he was the school record holder in the 1650 freestyle and 400 IM.

024 SO MUCH MORE
by Matthew DeGeorge
Leanne Smith had a career-defining performance at the recent World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal, where she won seven gold medals. As a para-swimmer, the 34-year-old now hopes to use her pool performances to show others what she is capable of.

027 HASTY HIGH POINTS

028 HOW THEY FORM BRADY CALKINS AND ERICA JAFFE
by Michael J. Stott

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