By Christian Hanselmann
Swimming is a unique sport. It has very few similarities with other sports. Swimmers train for hours every day, smell like chlorine all day long, and sacrifice social activities for sleep. And, all of this to improve a time by tenths and even hundredths of seconds.
How do swimmers maintain motivation?
First of all, it is not solely the job of the swim
Commentary by David Rieder
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, March 1. WHAT a meet. The past three days in Greensboro have brought one of the fastest men's ACC meets ever, with meet records falling in seemingly every other event. Individually, Pavel Sankovich has been the star, earning individual wins in the 200 IM, 100 fly, and 100 back with accompanying meet records in all three. Sa
Analysis by Jeff Commings
FEDERAL WAY, Washington, February 25. THE question pretty much every college swimming fan wants answered -- What will Missy Franklin swim in her first collegiate championships? -- might not be officially given until Friday, as Franklin is entered in five events at this week's Pac 12 women's swimming championships.
According to the psych sheets
Guest commentary by Ernie and Mary Anne Ortiz
Swimmers don't have birthdays; they age up. That's what happened to our little swimmer when she had her 11th August birthday. It was a bittersweet moment for her, and for us in a number of ways.
Her perspective was that just as she was finally fast enough in her events to be truly competitive, her birthday put her into a
Commentary by Casey Barrett
As many winter sports flounder, NGBs look to American swimming for answers...
Don't let the medal count fool you. At the Winter Games in Sochi, Team USA finished second in the medal standings, five back from beleaguered host Russia. They won 28 total medals, nine of them gold. It took 255 opportunities to win those 28 medals -- a rather unimpress
Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 10th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.
MENTAL TOUGHNESS IS A HABIT
There is little dispute that mental toughness is a key component of competitive success. Sometimes, however, we make the mistake of assumin
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Guest commentary by Pamela Roberts
ORLANDO, Florida, February
Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the ninth installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.
LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
We have often heard it said, Little things make a big difference, and there is much truth to this statement in sport. Technical ef
Guest commentary by Pamela Roberts
With the Winter Olympics is Sochi, Russia still in full swing, my (and maybe some other people's) attention is diverted to another place this coming weekend, far away from snow and ice, slopes and skating rinks. Starting Thursday, I'll be back in front of my laptop, watching the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando. I'm going to watch the com
Guest commentary by Jim Lutz
A swimmer is getting ready for a big race and I hear them say, I hope I win. I hope I swim fast. I hope I swim a best time. I hope...I hope...I hope...
Know the truth; there is no place for hope if you truly want to achieve success. Hope is your fallback if you have not prepared properly to give you the confidence you need. Hope is removed on a daily