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Nathan Adrian will lead the Cal Bears into battle at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Championships. Coverage begins on page 28.
FeatURes 24 WhY COLLEGE sWIMMING? As any swimmer will tell you, dedicating the training time necessary to perform at meets requires strategic time management and the occasional sacrifice. Splash spoke with college coaches, along with Olympians Nathan Adrian and Allison Schmitt to learn more about the lifechanging benefits and reasons why you should swim in college. sO YOu WANt tO sWIM IN COLLEGE? Thousands of high school swimmers embark upon the college recruitment journey each year. But what should they look for in an academic and athletic program – and what are their prospective coaches looking for in them? 28 2011 NCAA PREVIEW Unlike other sports’ NCAA championships, swimming doesn’t winnow teams through a series of tournaments. Instead, the grand finale of the collegiate season represents a phenomenal mash-up of the elite, most of them resting and shaving for the first time all season. And, as last year proved, with both men and women’s champions going into the final session behind and coming out on top, it’s the team that can perform strongly through all three days that takes the title.
DEPARtMENts 5 mailbag 6 mike gustafson starting blocks 8 swim briefs/sound waves 9 grand prix/justin case 10 technique 12 nutrition 14 strength & conditioning 16 your photo 18 training with 20 athletic foodie 22 keys to success sPECIAL sECtIONs 32 top ten lists - long course meters sWIM KIDs 44 interactive 46 getting to know 48 swim nut zeke 49 on the ipod 50 zone athlete
SPLASH • March/April 2011
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March / April 2011