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Go Swimmer’s Year in Review

In the final days of 2012, we want to look back and reflect on what an amazing year this was for the sport of swimming. Multiple Olympic Trials…the London Olympics and Paralympics…the Istanbul SCM World Championships. Go Swim would like to give a standing ovation to all the swimmers, worldwide, who thrilled us in 2012 with displays of jaw-dropping technique and who inspired us with their skill, athleticism, fitness, determination, and sportsmanship.

There were twelve swimmers (and one coach) whom we followed with special attention and pride in 2012. We’ve been lucky enough to work with these swimmers over the years, capturing them at the height of their form and showing what they do…that every swimmer can strive to do. Here’s a wrap-up of how they swam in London and Istanbul. Prelim swims are designated with a “p,” semi-finals with an “s,” and finals with an “f.” They brought home a total of ten Olympics medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze) and four World Championship medals (2 gold, 2 bronze) but, more than that, they honored our sport with their performance. Our favorite coach, Rachel Stratton-Mills, was honored with her first national-team coaching experience in Istanbul.

If you’d like to support these amazing athletes, and look more closely at their technique, pick up a copy of their DVDs or pick up a subscription to www.goswimtv.com, where you can find them all (the professional swimmers).

Congratulations to all, and thanks for inspiring us!
(The athlete’s names are linked to their video collections on the subscription site.)

2012 LONDON OLYMPICS

BRENDAN HANSEN
3-time Olympian for USA
100 Breaststroke     59.93p     59.78s     59.49f      BRONZE
4 X 100 Medley Relay     59.19f     GOLD

ERIC SHANTEAU
2-time Olympian for USA
100 Breaststroke     59.96p     59.96s (10th)
4 X 100 Medley Relay     59.69p     GOLD

CULLEN JONES
2-time Olympian for USA
50 Freestyle     21.95p     21.54s     21.54f     SILVER
100 Freestyle     48.61p     48.60s     (14th)
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     47.60f     SILVER
4 X 100 Medley Relay     48.12p     GOLD

JASON LEZAK
4-time Olympian for USA
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     48.04p     SILVER

KARA LYNN JOYCE
3-time Olympian for USA
50 Freestyle     25.28p     25.15p in 3-way swim-off for 16th     (17th)

JESSICA HARDY
1st-time Olympian for USA
50 Freestyle       24.99p     24.68s     24.62f     (7th)
100 Freestyle     54.09p     53.86s     54.02f     (8th)
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     53.53f     BRONZE
4 X 100 Medley Relay        54.47p     GOLD

LIA NEAL
1st-time Olympian for USA
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     54.15p     53.75f     BRONZE

ROLAND SCHOEMAN
4-time Olympian for South Africa
50 Freestyle     21.92p     21.88s     21.80f     (6th)
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     49.00p     48.27f     (5th)

DOMINIK MEICHTRY
3-time Olympian for Switzerland
100 Freestyle     49.95p
200 Freestyle     1:47.97p     1:48.25s     (15th)
400 Freestyle     3:51.34p
100 Butterfly       53.40p

WU PENG
3-time Olympian for China
200 Butterfly     1:55.88p     1:55.65s     (11th)

BARRY MURPHY
1st-time Olympian for Ireland
100 Breaststroke     1:01.57p
50 Freestyle     22.76p

CARLOS ALMEIDA
1st-time Olympian for Portugal
100 Breaststroke     1:01.40p

2012 ISTANBUL SCM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

LIA NEAL (USA)
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     53.70p (lead swimmer)     52.44f (3rd leg)       GOLD
4 X 100 Medley Relay        53.38p (freestyle leg)     BRONZE

JESSICA HARDY (USA)
50 Breaststroke         29.74p     29.82s     30.01f     5th
100 Breaststroke     1:05.04p     1:05.42s     1:05.08f     5th
100 Freestyle            54.42p     53.41s     53.52f     7th
4 X 100 Freestyle Relay     53.32f     (2nd leg)     GOLD
4 X 100 Medley Relay        1:04.61f     (Breast)     BRONZE

WU PENG (China)
50 Butterfly     22.96p     23.05s     22.78f     5th
100 Butterfly     50.49p     50.77s     (tied for 8th)
4 X 100 Medley Relay     51.25p  (Fly)     50.31f  (Fly)     5th

BARRY MURPHY (Ireland)
50 Butterfly             23.52p     23.39s     13th
50 Breaststroke     26.76p     26.82s     10th