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Jeff Commings at 2012 Masters nationals

Commentary by Jeff Commings

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17. THERE are many reasons why very few swimmers have adopted the vegan diet. The top two, from my experience, are the difficulty in keeping the same amount of nutrients in your diet and resisting the strong urge after workout to consume everything in our reach regardless of its source.

To refresh your memories,

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Michael Phelps Bob Bowman

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

In every situation, be it a team or a corporation, I believe that loyalty is the basis on which all foundations are built. Just saying you support the decision of those in charge is not enough to completely display loyalty. I have been fortunate to be part of great teams where everyone had the same purposes for the overall good of the team and no hidden

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Elizabeth Beisel High Five

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

It's amazing what you hear if you listen. Attributed to Yogi Berra

As I was walking the pool deck during warm up, I heard a coach tell a swimmer, No the angle of your hands needs to be about 38 degrees not 43. Really? A swimmer who can truly determine the angle or pitch of their hand with all the other variables going on when he or she is trying

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Peru 1973

Editor's note: The following is a first-person account of a trip made 30 years ago by several members of the USA Swimming national team in a goodwill trip to teach young talent in Peru and Chile in September 1973. Our thanks to Anne Brodell for reliving her story in words and photographs.

By guest contributor Anne Brodell

In September 1973, eight American swimm

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NCAA Baseball

By George Block

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 4. ONE of the side-effects of having Olympic Trials semi-permanently headquartered in Omaha is a growing familiarity with the College World Series. The College World Series (CWS) has been held in Omaha since 1950. After 60 years of playing in Rosenblatt Stadium, and the potential loss of the tournament to Omaha, the NCAA and Omaha reached

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Kevin Cordes

By Christian Hanselmann

We all watched the NCAA Championships last month. We all know about the disqualifications. We know about the records. We know about the intense team races that took place. The speed on display the past two weekends was awe-inspiring.

With all that in mind, I re-watched the meets for the take-home messages from NCAAs. These are more subtle and more i

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Pursley Pep Talks

Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 12th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.

PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE
Pressure--we have all experienced it. Do we welcome it, or do we dread it? The answer to that question will likely have a lot to do with our p

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Auburnfans2014

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Michiganfans

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Cal 200 free relay

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Judge Ruling

By George Block

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 27, 2014 THE biggest news at the NCAA s happened before anyone hit the water today. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University can unionize. Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB Regional Director, found that the players' scholarships constitute compensation for a servic

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Kyle Whitaker

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2013LCNationalsKevin Cordes places first in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke.

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By David Ri

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Missy Franklin

PHOENIX, Arizona, March 23. ONE of the best commentaries on Missy Franklin's decision to go to college was published this weekend shortly after the NCAA Division I Women's Championships came to an end in Minneapolis, Minn.

Casey Barrett, a true friend of Swimming World who is the founder of both the swim-based blog capandgoggles.com as well as the New York-based swim scho

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Kim Brackin

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AUSTIN, Texa

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2013worldsspeedo Missy Franklin

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By David

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Caroline Simmons

Guest commentary by Caroline Simmons

As I was watching the Southeastern Championships, I had the pleasure of sitting next to an old swimming friend. After watching a few of the events, the conversation began to focus on the rules and regulations of swimming. Throughout the years that I have been involved in swimming, I was under the impression that most of the rules and regulations

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Pursley Pep Talks

Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 11th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.

NO EXCUSES
Why is it that most champions will usually accept full responsibility for their unsuccessful performances, while some others will typically play the blame g

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5 Tips

Guest commentary by Susan Woessner, USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport

There are many reasons why a child should participate in sports. Sports teach important life lessons including goal-setting, teamwork and self-confidence, not to mention the great exercise it provides athletes.

Unfortunately, competitive sports can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including ph

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March 2014 Voice for the Sport

PHOENIX, Arizona, March 12, The March issue of Swimming World Magazine is now available for download to Total Access Subscribers!

On page 6 of Swimming World Magazine, A Voice For The Sport <

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Ryan Lochte Turn It Up

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

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2014 ACC Women Trophy

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

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Missy Franklin

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

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Arena Grand Prixview Kids

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

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Sochi Closing Ceremonies

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

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Pursley Pep Talks

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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Ryan Lochte

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Guest commentary by Pamela Roberts

ORLANDO, Florida, February

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Pursley Pep Talks

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

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Ryan Lochte

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

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Venue

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

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Garmin Swim Watch

PHOENIX, Arizona, January 31. SWIMMINGWORLD.TV brings you another episode of SwimOutlet.com Tech Talk devoted to educating consumers on cutting-edge products in aquatics.

Tiffany Elias is joined by Ann Gildenhuys, the Product Manager for Garmin Swim, to discuss Garmin's watch developed for swimmers. Garmin is a leader in their industry when it comes to land training watches. They ha

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Commentary by David Rieder

DURHAM, North Carolina, January 30. YANKEES-Red Sox. Lakers-Celtics. Manning-Brady. Nadal-Federer. Michigan-Ohio State. Phelps-Lochte. All are outstanding rivalries that bring out hoards of fans and cameras that any other regular game or race just wouldn't draw. Some of these rivalries bring bitter feelings, like when Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit

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Jim and Kory Lutz

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

I recently heard an interview with NASCAR driver Jeff Burton. During the interview, Jeff was discussing various aspects of his sport from features of the engine to gain more power and speed to gaining sponsorship. Even though some contracts can be multi-year, often they have clauses that are year-to-year. What have you done for me lately? will dictate a

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2013worldsspeedo Yannick Agnel

Commentary by David Rieder

DURHAM, North Carolina, January 22. ON Friday, the one-time face of American women's swimming took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the just-beginning Arena Grand Prix in Austin.

Now attempting a comeback, Katie Hoff wrote what she called a rant on the tendency to quickly react and judge a swimmer's season and even career based on one swim

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