Swimming World

Swimming World is a US-based monthly swimming magazine that was first published in a magazine format as Junior Swimmer in January 1960. It concurrently runs online websites Swimming World Magazine and Swimming World News, (known as SwimInfo prior to 2006). The headquarters is in Phoenix, Arizona.[1]

Swimming World
Swimming World Magazine logo
EditorBob Ingram
CategoriesSport magazine
First issueJanuary 1960
CompanySports Publications International
Based inPhoenix, Arizona


In its earliest form, Junior Swimmer began as a mimeograph/newsletter published by Peter Daland in the summer of 1952. In 1960, Coach Daland passed the responsibility of the project to Albert Schoenfeld due to Daland's greater coaching demands as the swim coach at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The January 1960 issue was the first published in a magazine format, still called Junior Swimmer.[2]

The magazine then went through six title changes over the next 45 years. In May 1961, the magazine changed its main cover title to Jr./Sr. Swimmer.[3]

The publication then combined with Swimming World in June 1961. At that time, Swimming World was still a mimeograph/newsletter, which had been published for the previous 10 years by Robert J. H. Kiphuth. The June 1961 issue of the newly combined operation used a two part title, shown in two lines with different fonts, as Jr./Sr. Swimmer and Swimming World.[4]

The title changed again the following month, settling on a single defined title, all in consistent font, of Junior Swimmer Swimming World for the July 1961 issue.[5]

The title changed again in May 1962, when it became Junior Swimmer and Swimming World, with the words "Junior Swimmer and" shown as an upper line in a much less prominent font, making the words "Swimming World" the visually main name.[6] In the March 1964 issue, the words were switched to Swimming World and Junior Swimmer, with the lower placed "and Junior Swimmer" still shown in a less prominent font on the cover.[7]

This prominent Swimming World, with minor and Junior Swimmer title format continued through the February 2005 issue, with the magazine finally settling on its still-current Swimming World only title for its March 2005 issue, which brought attention to the change by showing only one story on its cover  "The Changing Face of Swimming".[8]


Swimming World has correspondents in Europe and Australia, and keeps track of all major FINA-sanctioned competitions, as well as tabulating extensive records of competitions ranging from junior to masters level swimming. It also provides advice on health related and technique issues for people with an interest in swimming.

Brent Rutemiller is the chief executive officer of Sports Publications International and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine, SWIM Magazine and Swimming Technique Magazine since 2002. Under his tenure, Rutemiller re-branded each media vehicle under one print title, Swimming World Magazine, and then re-launched all three magazines as separate digital downloads. Shortly thereafter, he launched Swimming World Radio and Swimming World TV as online properties. The Morning Swim Show is Swimming World TV's flagship program which streams weekday mornings. In 2015, Rutemiller introduced Swimming World Biweekly as a free digital magazine aggregating the top stories on the Internet every two weeks.

In 2017, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) merged its operations with Swimming World Magazine. The combination provided the International Swimming Hall of Fame with an outreach arm, that Swimming World can provide, to the athletes, coaches and volunteers around the world in aquatics. Brent Rutemiller will become the Chief Executive Officer overseeing the merger.

Website and magazine features

Features of coaches on the website and in the magazine have been highlighted by local (University-level) news for providing a view into the unique paths coaches take to reach their coaching position and the methodologies used by coaches for training and keeping their athletes motivated.[9][10][11]


The magazine produces an annual year-end list of the Swimming World Swimmer of the Year awards, naming winners in various categories.[12] As of 2019, the categories were: African, Male and Female; American, Male and Female; European, Male and Female; Pacific Rim, Male and Female; and, from these eight regional winners, World Female and World Male.[12]

In addition to yearly awards for swimming, Swimming World allocates awards annually to athletes in other aquatics sports such as synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo.[13][14][15]

The magazine also honors the top high school swim teams and swimmers in the United States on an annual summer (end of the high school year) basis,[16] including its awards for Female High School Swimmer of the Year[17] and Male High School Swimmer of the Year.[18]

Notable stories

The following are a selection of notable stories where news agencies reported, referenced, highlighted, or featured Swimming World and its role in the story, and high-profile stories covered by Swimming World itself:


  1. Contact Us. Swimming World. Retrieved December 25, 2015. Archived December 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Junior Swimmer". SwimmingWorld.com. January 1960. Retrieved December 1, 2020. Go bananas ... download every issue back to 1960!
  3. "Jr./Sr. Swimmer". SwimmingWorld.com. May 1961. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  4. "Jr./Sr. Swimmer | Swimming World". SwimmingWorld.com. June 1961. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  5. "Junior Swimmer Swimming World". SwimmingWorld.com. July 1961. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  6. "Junior Swimmer and | Swimming World". SwimmingWorld.com. May 1962. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  7. "Swimming World | and Junior Swimmer". SwimmingWorld.com. March 1964. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  8. "Swimming World". SwimmingWorld.com. March 2005. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  9. "Gallaudet coach Bill Snape featured in Swimming World Magazine". Gallaudet University. September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  10. "CMS and Head Coach Charlie Griffiths Featured in Swimming World magazine". Claremont McKenna College. August 28, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  11. "Coach Rochna featured in Swimming World Magazine". Washington & Jefferson College. October 5, 2020. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  12. Lohn, John; D’Addona, Dan; Lord, Craig; Rieder, David (December 2019). "2019 Swimmers of the Year". Swimming World. p. 20. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  13. "Swimming World Magazine Honors TYR Synchronized Swimmers". TYR. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  14. "Johnson Named Swimming World Magazine Female Water Polo Player of the Year". Princeton University. January 5, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  15. "Ashleigh Johnson Named Swimming World Magazine's Female Water Polo Player Of The Year". USA Water Polo. January 5, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  16. D’Addona, Dan; Rieder, David (August 2019). "The Battle for First". Swimming World. p. 22. Retrieved January 29, 2020. Not only did this year's top high school swimmers turn in impressive performances, but six of the top eight will be returning next season, providing optimism for another year of fast swimming.
  17. D’Addona, Dan (August 2019). "Explosively Fast …and Only a Sophomore". Swimming World. p. 16. Retrieved January 29, 2020. Torri Huske of Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., is... Swimming World's Female High School Swimmer of the Year.
  18. Rieder, David (August 2019). "The Battle for First". Swimming World. p. 18. Retrieved January 29, 2020. Swimmers Carson Foster and Luca Urlando: both are... Swimming World's Male High School Co-Swimmers of the Year.
  19. D'Addona, Dan (July 19, 2021). "Olympic Gold Medalist Kathleen Baker Announces Engagement". Swimming World. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  20. D'Addona, Dan (September 1, 2021). "Olympic Gold Medalists Pernille Blume, Florent Manaudou Announce Engagement". Swimming World. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  21. Lord, Craig (November 30, 2019). "Meghan Haila Posts Picture Of Happy Moment Caeleb Dressel Popped The Question". Swimming World. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  22. De George, Matthew (December 15, 2020). "Townley Haas, Megan Meseck Announce Engagement". Swimming World. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  23. De George, Matthew (October 31, 2021). "Federica Pellegrini, Matteo Guinta Announce Engagement". Swimming World. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  24. "Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Ferry Weertman Ringing in New Year With Wedding Plans". Swimming World. December 29, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  25. Ross, Andy (December 2, 2020). "1500 Worlds Medalists Florian Wellbrock & Sarah Kohler Announce Engagement". Swimming World. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  26. Ress, Justine (December 24, 2015). "13 Things You Never Knew About American Record Holder Cody Miller". Swimming World. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  27. Barker, Sean (June 13, 2021). "Ridgefield swimmer Kieran Smith qualifies for Olympics in 400 freestyle". Connecticut Post. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  28. Sridhar, Shrivathsa; Rutherford, Peter (July 13, 2021). "Swimming-FINA weigh up sanctions on Uzbek federation over 'manipulated' results". Reuters. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
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