In many pro sports the ‘contract year’ is a well known phenomenon. Athletes in the last year of their current deal have extra motivation to perform so that their next contract will be a big one.
Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel are making their pro debuts. SwimSwam asked an industry veteran what their financial futures look like. The industry said: “Simone and Caeleb will make $2 to $5 million annually. I believe Katie will be in the $5 million to $10 million range.”
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The Pan Pacific Championships and U.S. National Championships are far and away the most anticipated 2018 summer meets for SwimSwam readers, combining for 90% of votes in our most recent poll.
#4 – Accountability. Swimming taught my kids accountability for their actions.
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Almost two-thirds of respondents said they favored Virginia Tech’s hiring of Sergio Lopez as its new head coach over the hiring of Gary Taylor to take over at Lopez’s former team, Auburn.
More than 40% of SwimSwam voters selected Liu Zige’s 2:01.81 in the 200 fly as the current world record that would last the longest, narrowly edging the men’s 200 free (1:42.00 from Paul Biedermann).
“My story is far too common because of a simple truth: Sexual abuse does not happen in a vacuum. For too long, USA Swimming has been an ideal hunting ground for sexual predators, and Safe Sport done nothing to change that sad fact.”
Nearly 60% of voters predicted that current assistant Sergio Lopez would be the next head coach at Auburn University.
In March at the D1 NCAAs, Caeleb Dressel became the first man to go under 40 seconds in the 100 Free, clocking a sensational 39.90 in the finals. Being the first to break that barrier brought him universal acclaim as ‘the best ever’ – but is he?
More than a quarter of voters selected the 200 free as the most fun event to watch, beating a field of five other events by more than 30 votes.
6 out of 10 voters in our most recent poll agree with Katie Ledecky’s timing to turn pro after two collegiate seasons.
In a shocking runaway of votes, SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly picked Caeleb Dressel’s 17.63 in the 50 free as the most impressive swim of men’s NCAAs. That that swim won the poll isn’t a surprise, but the winning margin might be. More than three-quarters of votes went to Dressel’s 50 – in fact, that event tallied ten times more votes than any of the other four events on the ballot.
In the interest of Safe Sport, USA Swimming should adopt a system of transparency that includes publication of the ‘flagged’ list, the release of all complaints filed to USA Swimming, the publication of all internal communication related to the Safe Sport program and the end of all confidentiality agreements, says swim coach, blogger and outspoken critic of USA Swimming Chris DeSantis.
Only 4.7% of voters believed in Indiana before the meet… but Blake Pieroni helped that number multiply by a factor of 6 after three sessions of men’s NCAAs.