The latest issue of Swimming World Magazine is now available for download in the Swimming World Vault. The magazine features a full recap and photo gallery of the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, as well as the results and highlights of the high school swimming season in the United States. Here are some of the main stories from the September 2023 issue:
Australia Dominates World Championships with Record-Breaking Performances
Australia was the dominant team of this year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, winning 11 gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals. The Aussies also broke six world records, including two in the relays. Some of the standout performers were:
- Emma McKeon, who won seven gold medals and one silver medal, becoming the most decorated female swimmer in a single edition of the World Championships. She also broke the world record in the 100m freestyle with a time of 51.46 seconds.
- Kaylee McKeown, who won four gold medals and one silver medal, breaking the world records in the 100m and 200m backstroke with times of 57.45 seconds and 2:03.59 minutes, respectively.
- Ariarne Titmus, who won three gold medals and one silver medal, breaking the world record in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:56.69 minutes. She also defeated American rival Katie Ledecky in the 200m and 800m freestyle events.
- Zac Stubblety-Cook, who won two gold medals and one bronze medal, breaking the world record in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:06.28 minutes.
Carmel High School Wins National High School Championships for Seventh Consecutive Year
Carmel High School of Indiana continued its dominance in high school swimming by winning the Swimming World Girls’ National High School Championships for the seventh consecutive year. The Carmel girls scored 422 points, well ahead of runner-up Santa Margarita Catholic High School of California, which scored 262 points. Carmel also won its 36th consecutive state title earlier this year, setting a national record for the longest streak in any sport.
Carmel’s coach Chris Plumb was named the Swimming World Girls’ National High School Coach of the Year for his remarkable achievements. He has been coaching Carmel since 2006 and has led the team to 14 state titles and nine national titles.
Some of the top swimmers from Carmel were:
- Berkley Stallworth, who won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, setting a national high school record in the latter with a time of 51.29 seconds.
- Devon Kitchel, who won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, setting a state record in the former with a time of 1:44.50 minutes.
- Maggie Love, who won the 500-yard freestyle and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley.
- Erin Cummins, who won the 100-yard breaststroke and finished third in the 200-yard individual medley.
Teagan O’Dell and Will Modglin Named High School Swimmers of the Year
After turning in spectacular record-breaking seasons to secure their selection as Swimming World’s Girls’ and Boys’ High School Swimmers of the Year, Santa Margarita’s Teagan O’Dell and Zionsville’s Will Modglin look to continue their superb performances—with O’Dell returning for two more years of high school and Modglin beginning his collegiate career at the University of Texas.
O’Dell, a sophomore from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California, won four individual events at the CIF Southern Section Division I Championships, setting national high school records in three of them: the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.34), the 100-yard backstroke (51.16) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.46). She also anchored her team’s winning 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, helping Santa Margarita finish second in the state and national rankings.
Modglin, a senior from Zionsville Community High School in Indiana, won four events at the Indiana High School State Championships, setting state records in all of them: the 200-yard individual medley (1:43.98), the 100-yard backstroke (45.29), the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.00) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.97). He also broke national high school records in both relays, leading Zionsville to its first state title in boys’ swimming.
O’Dell and Modglin were also named the runners-up for the Swimming World Female and Male High School Swimmers of the Year, respectively, behind Lucy Thomas of St. Joseph’s Academy in Missouri and Scotty Buff of Bolles School in Florida.
Other Stories from the September 2023 Issue
The September 2023 issue of Swimming World Magazine also features:
- A flashback to Missy Franklin’s world record in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games, which remains unbeaten to this day.
- A profile of Ireland’s Dan Wiffen, who qualified for his first Olympics in the 1500m freestyle at the age of 19.
- A look at how the troubled history of water polo explains why the sport is not more popular in the world.
- A technique analysis of the breaststroke outward scull, which helps generate propulsion and balance in the stroke.
- A discussion of the high school/club coach relationships and how they can be balanced for the benefit of the swimmers.
- A special set with NOVA of Virginia’s Nathan Szobota, who won the 200m butterfly at the World Junior Championships.
- A Q&A with coach Emily Melina of Lake Oswego Swim Club in Oregon, who has developed several national-level swimmers.
- A how they train feature with Lake Oswego’s Nick Simons, who qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100m backstroke.
- A dryland training set for the back to school season, designed to improve strength and mobility.
- An up and comer spotlight on Clayton Treharne of Linn-Mar Swim Team in Iowa, who won three events at the Iowa High School State Championships.