From its origins as a
newsletter sent to Canadian coaches in the 1970's, SwimNews has
always been the most important and informative place for swimming
news in the world. One of the only remaining independent publishers
in the sport, SwimNews has never shied away from controversy or
criticism. We have always provided insight into and analysis of the
most compelling swimmers, coaches and defining moments. Meet the team below.
In February 1974, Nick Thierry, the founder and editor, originally published the first issue of the magazine as SWIM Canada with articles (written by Nick) covering the Canadian Commonwealth Games Trials. Nick was regarded as the leading authority in swimming and its foremost statistician, having developed the IPS ranking system that is used around the world to measure swimmer's times across events. His database of times and swimmer bios, developed through decades of painstaking data entry, was created by Nick who for almost 40 years went as far as to comb the world's newspapers looking for meet results to enter by hand into his ranking database. A swimmer and a coach, Nick placed swimmers on the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and was head coach of the 1970 Canadian Commonwealth Games team. In 2001, Nick was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for his contributions to the sport.
In 1997, the magazine was renamed SwimNews, shifting from strictly Canadian content to cover the world of swimming. In 1995, SwimNews.com was launched, making it one of the oldest swimming sites on the Internet. Created by Marco Chiesa, Nick's business partner and longtime SwimNews photographer, the site won a number of awards and has been recognised as one of the largest and busiest swimming sites on the web. Marco originally began his photography work with SWIM Canada magazine in 1985 before gradually taking on other aspects of the magazine production, helping lead the magazine to a more modernized all electronic production in 1990 before launching the website.
What many readers of SwimNews.com do not know is that SwimNews magazine was published in print format up to 10 times year with original content not available online. Produced by a team of about a dozen writers, many of whom still write today, the magazine was published up to 10 times a year.
In October 2012, Nick passed away. The last print issue of SwimNews magazine was published in December 2012 by Marco and a team of writers. It was also the first issue published in e-format, available as an iPad App on iTunes.
In December 2013 we re-launched SwimNews magazine in digital format. Over the ensuing months, the website will be upgraded to take on the magazine's format, including Making Waves. Content will also follow the magazine's original style, articles by swimmers and coaches, for swimmers and coaches. To contact us, please send an email to nikkidrydenATswimnews.com
Adam is a Canadian Olympian (2008) who swam the 100 and 200 fly and 4x200 relay in Beijing with a top finish of 5th. He is a two-time NCAA Champion and 19-time All American at the University of Florida. Adam also won three bronze medals at the '07 Pan Ams. Adam grew up in Trenton, Ontario, and now resides in Orlando, FL, where he's an aquatic director at a YMCA. Adam has been a Feature writer for SwimNews since 2006. You can find his musings on film at his website, CinemaHigh.com, or on Twitter @cinemahigh. He lives with his wife, Shirelle and his English Bulldog, Swampy.
is a three-time Canadian Olympian (1992, 1996 and 2000) and is a
five-time Olympic finalist. She won two World Championship titles and 30
National titles during her career. Joanne has been a Feature writer for
SwimNews since 2007 and was the swimming commentator for CTV at the
2012 Olympics and Olympic Trials. She also spent five years as a Health
& Wellness Television Personality & Host with Global Television.
Joanne is Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Head Coach of the
Summerland ORCA Swim Club.
is a Junior at the University of Tennessee where she swims with Matt
Kredich. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Erin is majoring in English with
a concentration in Creative Writing. Erin swims back and “occasional”
breast and was a B Finalist at SECs as a first-year swimmer. She loves
to write and she loves swimming. You can follow Erin @ErinGaeckle.
is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning silver in the 400IM and bronze
in the 200 back at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She also has a gold
(400IM '11) and two bronze medals from three separate World
Championships. Elizabeth is a Senior at the University of Florida where
she swims with Gregg Troy and has won two NCAA titles. Elizabeth became
just the 11th student-athlete in Florida history to be named Academic
All-America of the Year, earning the distinction for the women’s
At-Large team. She was also selected to the 2013 Academic At-Large First
Team. Elizabeth is a communications major and has plans to become a
broadcast journalist. You can follow Elizabeth on twitter @ebeisel34.
is a former University of Florida Gator who, after graduating in 2006,
went to work on Wall Street in New York City. It was there that his
interest in the statistical analysis of swimming began, but it wasn’t
until recently that SwimNews gave him the opportunity to translate his
numbers into words.
While at Florida, Elliot was a National qualifier in butterfly, freestyle, and IM, and also earned Academic All-SEC status every year while majoring in Exercise and Sports Science. After finishing his collegiate career, Elliot joined the swim team for New York Athletic Club where he was a National finalist in 2009.
Elliot just relocated from NYC to Charleston, SC to work for a software company focused on the non-profit sector, and you can find out more information about the statistical analysis work he is doing at TheSwimScout.com, follow him on Twitter @TheSwimScout, or you can reach him at elliotATtheswimscout.com