The Year Of Dressel, Sjostrom, Ledecky & Peaty: Swim 2017 In The Rearview Mirror

The star turns of the 2017 World Championships (clockwise from left): Caeleb Dressel, Adam Peaty, Sarah Sjostrom and Katie Ledecky - all images by Patrick B. Kraemer

The long-course season is all but over for 2017. A good time for we here at SwimVortex to take a break from daily updates for a few weeks as we carry out long-term work that requires singular focus. If there is major news that draws the eye, we’ll be on it, of course, but as swimmers return from their summer breaks and the heavy work of September gets underway, now is a good season to make some changes and build some layers on the foundations we laid when SwimVortex went live in 2013 with a tribute to the late Nick Thierry and all his invaluable work of decades. We mark the moment with a package of reflections on a fast and furious 2017 season with reminders of the Hungarian rhapsodies of the four top swimmers of Budapest 2017 world titles – Dressel, Ledecky, Sjostrom and Peaty; an invitation for readers to send in their picks for the SwimVortex Readers’ Choice Awards; a couple of best-relay picks; consideration of swimming’s future and the birth of the World Swimming Association Constitution; and reminders of some of the issues and crisis points in swimming – a few significant items outlined astutely by Cate Campbell – that have tipped the argument from ‘reform’ to ‘replace’ FINA, including doping and the politics of universality and the Olympic model of autonomy that often appears to come without responsibility and falls well shy of serving athletes first.

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The long-course season is all but over for 2017. A good time for we here at SwimVortex to take a break from daily updates for a few weeks as we carry out long-term work that requires singular focus. If there is major news that draws the eye, we’ll be on it, of course, but as swimmers return from their summer breaks and the heavy work of September gets underway, now is a good season to make some changes and build some layers on the foundations we laid when SwimVortex went live in 2013 with a tribute to the late Nick Thierry and all his invaluable work of decades. We mark the moment with a package of reflections on a fast and furious 2017 season with reminders of the Hungarian rhapsodies of the four top swimmers of Budapest 2017 world titles – Dressel, Ledecky, Sjostrom and Peaty; an invitation for readers to send in their picks for the SwimVortex Readers’ Choice Awards; a couple of best-relay picks; consideration of swimming’s future and the birth of the World Swimming Association Constitution; and reminders of some of the issues and crisis points in swimming – a few significant items outlined astutely by Cate Campbell – that have tipped the argument from ‘reform’ to ‘replace’ FINA, including doping and the politics of universality and the Olympic model of autonomy that often appears to come without responsibility and falls well shy of serving athletes first.

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Richard Ortiz

I am calling it here. By the end of next summer, Caeleb Dressel owns the 100 fly, 50 free and 100 free world records.

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