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39 Thoughts Swimmers Have During the 200 Butterfly

39 Thoughts All Swimmers Have During the 200 Butterfly By Sophia Chiang, Swimming World College Intern We're pretty sure everyone is terrified of the 200 butterfly. Well, except for Michael Phelps, maybe. But let's just make it clear that Phelps is absolutely the exception and not the rule. Even if ...

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7 Familiar Reasons Why Swimmers Leave the Sport

Swimmers are renowned for their dedication to their sport. We train long hours at ridiculous times and spend all day at meets only to spend a few minutes actually racing in the pool. However, all swimmers reach a point in their careers when they question why they're still doing it. Although many rel...

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Overcoming Obstacles to Make Swimming Accessible to All

Overcoming Obstacles to Make Swimming Accessible to All As all swimmers can attest, our sport poses all sorts of challenges: early mornings, freezing cold water, sets of the utmost difficulty, and even simply finding the time to fit a workout into the day. What many may not realize, however, is that...

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Why Morning Workouts Are the Secret Pride of Swimmers

Why Morning Workouts Are the Secret Pride of Swimmers It’s 5:57 a.m. and yet again, you find yourself standing at the edge of the pool, cap and goggles on, about to take the plunge. You’re cold, not quite willing to dive into an even colder pool and you’re tired; definitely not keen on raising your ...

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Dear Swimming...

Dear Swimming is reposted from two years ago, but remains a timely and heartfelt ode to the sport. Dear Swimming, I remember the first time we met. I was a young, excited swimmer with big clear Speedo goggles, ears sticking out of my cap, and a suit three sizes too big. Not yet knowing how to dive, ...

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6 Ways to Survive Through Swim Practice

6 Ways to Survive Through Swim Practice Surviving a swim practice can get a bit rough. Sometimes, it’s the workout. Sometimes, it’s just not your day. Every swimmer has their own strategies for making it through. Here are six of the most common ways swimmers endure their swim practices... 1. The Clo...

5 Things Coaches Should Know About Recruiting in a Virtual World

5 Things Coaches Should Know About Recruiting in a Virtual World A swarm of butterflies flutters through your stomach and your heart races. You tap on your spiral notebook and scan your checklist one last time. Why are you so nervous? You’ve done your research and more importantly, no one can see yo...

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Tempo and Rhythm: A Swimmer's Secret Weapons

Tempo and Rhythm: A Swimmer's Secret Weapons There are countless combinations of sets and drills that help swimmers enhance their overall training and performance. We can focus on a single aspect of our swim such as pulling, kicking, or breathing. Yet, have you ever thought of focusing on your tempo...

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A Look at Early U.S. Olympic Trials Development

In 2020, we’re missing out on one of the fastest and most exciting meets in the sport of swimming: The U.S. Olympic Trials.  The history of this meet reveals an interesting progression of events as they were included in the Olympics, and gives insight into the history of the sport of swimming.  Look...

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Swimming is One of the Greatest Constants in Life

The human mind can be pretty weird sometimes. As people, we go through waves of highs and lows in life, and our mind is in control of it.  Of course, certain events and situations will trigger it to get out of rhythm. However, our mind is in command of how we react to everything. So it doesn't reall...

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An Honest Sport: 15 Truths About Swimming

15 Truths About Swimming Swimming is a sport like no other. You learn a lot about yourself throughout your years as a swimmer and the sport inherently instills valuable life lessons in you. Even when your time as a competitive swimmer is done, you still continue to learn more about the sport and hav...

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Losing Like An Olympic Champion

Losing Like An Olympic Champion (Matt Grevers) As Swimming World nears the end of eight days of throwbacks to the 2016 Olympic Trials, it seemed an appropriate time to rerun the following piece by former staff writer Annie Grevers. After her husband, Olympic champion Matt Grevers, finished third in ...

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A Vision for NCAA Virtual Championship During COVID-19 Era

Vision for NCAA Virtual Championship During COVID-19 Era By Bob Groseth, Guest Author Berkeley, California, 1:52 p.m. Pacific time, March 22, 2022. Bjorn Carlson can’t even hear himself think as he stands behind Lane 4 for the final event of the final meet of the 2022 NCAA Dual Meet Championships. T...

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Who Are They: Meet 7 Unsung Swim Meet Heroes

Who Are They: Meet 7 Unsung Swim Heroes Not all heroes wear goggles. Making sure a swim meet runs smoothly involves much more work than you may think. While swimmers physically exert themselves and earn recognition at meets, the effort needed to organize and execute the meet is often unheralded. Thi...

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How Open Water Swimming Can Boost Pool Performance

How Open Water Swimming Can Boost Pool Performance As swimming pool availability across the country has been at an all-time low the past few months due to COVID-19 pool closures, swimmers have struggled to find a way to train. However, as summer is getting underway, open water swimming is a pote...