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How Olympic Medalist Katie McLaughlin Epitomizes Perseverance

How Olympic Medalist Katie McLaughlin Epitomizes Perseverance

January 10, 2022

2020 Olympic medalist and Team Speedo athlete, Katie McLaughlin, epitomizes perseverance. She’s been an elite swimmer since she was 16 years old, a fast rising age group star who earned four medals at the 2013 World Junior Championships. She followed up with strong performances at the 2014 Pan Pacs and 2015 World Championships. Landing at Cal her freshman year, swim-fans expected a clear path onto the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, but a tragic accident during Cal’s winter training camp halted that Olympic dream.

Katie unpacks the injury, her recovery, and her long road back to being a force on Team USA. Katie’s got a swimming-range. She could be a threat on the world-stage in several events, but the 4x200 free relay is where she’s currently the most dangerous. She has delivered 1:55 splits, the second fastest legs on the 4x200 relays, at the 2018 Pan Pacifiic Championships, 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympic Games.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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First Openly Trans NCAA Athlete Schuyler Bailar Gives Insight on Lia Thomas Competing

First Openly Trans NCAA Athlete Schuyler Bailar Gives Insight on Lia Thomas Competing

January 7, 2022

We sat down with Schuyler Bailar, the first openly trans NCAA DI male athlete, to discuss what being a trans athlete, and trans human, means. This has come to the forefront of news lately in the case of Lia Thomas, the trans woman that is currently competing for the University of Penn women's swim team. Bailar describes the importance of biodiversity in sport and how we see a discrepancy in how biodiversity is accepted. Bailar explains that while males with biological advantages are often praised for them, women, especially women in marginalized groups such as black or trans women, are received in the opposite way and see harsh criticism for these biological differences.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Coach Solomon D’Amico, The Mind Behind Lydia Jacoby’s Olympic Swimming Success

Coach Solomon D’Amico, The Mind Behind Lydia Jacoby’s Olympic Swimming Success

January 6, 2022

Solomon D’Amico, co-head coach of Seward TSUNAMI SWIM CLUB, is the mind behind the success of Lydia Jacoby. Lydia has racked up endless awards since her star-turn at the 2020 Olympic Games, including the 2021 Swammy Award for Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year.

Lydia, only 17 years old, won Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke (1:04.95) and silver in the 4x100 medley relay. In addition to his position at TSUNAMI Swim Club, Solomon’s also the head coach of swimming and track and field at the Seward High School. This unique man with an experienced past has served in the U.S. Marine Corps and he’s earned a BS in Kinesiology from Indiana University. In the podcast, Coach Solomon D’Amico talks us through Lydia’s training season, individual practices, and the challenges they overcame during the pandemic.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

How Swimming Phenom Thomas Heilman Broke 13 NAG Records in 11 Days

How Swimming Phenom Thomas Heilman Broke 13 NAG Records in 11 Days

January 4, 2022

Thomas Heilman — the 14 year old swimming phenom out of Virginia’s Cavalier Aquatics under coach Gary Taylor — broke 13 national age group records in 11 days. Thomas accomplished this feat competing at three different meets in 11 days, USA Swimming’s U.S. Open, YOTA Arena Capital Classic, and then Speedo’s Junior Nationals.

In this podcast Thomas unpacks a few of his record swims, his training, and his life throughout the pandemic leading up to this history-making accomplishment.

See all of the SwimSwam reports on his NAG records here.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

SwimSwam Breakdown: Knoxville Cancelled, Sakci World Record, & Project Immortal
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Femke Heemskerk Reflects on Illustrious Career, Post-ISL Retirement

Femke Heemskerk Reflects on Illustrious Career, Post-ISL Retirement

December 30, 2021

We sat down Femke Heemskerk, one of the most decorated swimmers in Dutch history, who recently called it a career after winning the ISL season 3 championship with Energy Standard. Femke shares why she felt that this was the right time for her to step away from the pool, citing a lack of motivation when she was training and realizing she'd never felt that way before. Heemskerk reflects on her achievements in the pool, noting that she felt her absolute best at the 2014 SCM World Championships in Doha (where she took 5 medals in including 100 free gold) and the 2020 LCM European Championships (which took place in 2021) where she also took 100 free gold.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Bob Bowman, Rachel Stratton-Mills Break Down ASU Mid-Season Performances, Fall Training

Bob Bowman, Rachel Stratton-Mills Break Down ASU Mid-Season Performances, Fall Training

December 29, 2021

We sat down with Arizona State head coach Bob Bowman and associate head coach Rachel Stratton-Mills to discuss how the sundevils performed at the NC State Invite and what training has looked like this fall. Bowman goes into detail on the men's team, from the kind of work they've been doing to the exact amount of rest they got for Invite. Stratton-Mills speaks to the women's team, noting what their goals are moving forward into the rest of the season and what the addition of post-grad Olivia Smoliga has brought to her specific 200-below training group.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Zoe Bartel Goes In-Depth on Mid-Season Retirement, Relationship with Swimming

Zoe Bartel Goes In-Depth on Mid-Season Retirement, Relationship with Swimming

December 28, 2021

We sat down with Zoe Bartel, the NCAA champion from Stanford who recently announced a mid-season retirement in what was her senior season on the team. Bartel goes into detail about her relationship with swimming, starting when she was young and actually tried to quit swimming when she was 16. She reveals that skiing was always her true love, but she did eventually come to love aspects of swimming, like the hard work that came with training and her teammates. Bartel explains why this was finally the right time for her to step away from the pool completely and what her future looks like moving forward.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Tennessee Associate Head Coach Ashley Jahn on Weaving Joy into Swimming

Tennessee Associate Head Coach Ashley Jahn on Weaving Joy into Swimming

December 27, 2021

We sat down with Tennessee's associate head coach, Ashley Jahn. Jahn has been with the Vols for a decade now and it shows as she discusses her methodical approach to training. One big thing Jahn hits on that is unique about this season is the energy that the "COVID 5th year" swimmers bring to the pool deck. Jahn explains that getting that extra chance to improve has brought a lot of joy to those athletes, which in turn trickles down to the rest of the team.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

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