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The COVID-19 Effect: A Look at Some of the Major Meets Lost

The COVID-19 Effect: A Look at Some of the Major Meets Lost By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  As the summer of 2020 ends, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of letting up. Will more swimming be canceled? Seasons hang in limbo as others cautiously start. But while the swimming commun...

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10 Songs of 2020 for Your Pandemic Playlists

10 Songs of 2020 for Your Pandemic Playlist By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  With a new academic year about to begin, some schools are following through with their swim seasons. Naturally, practices are sure to carry some anxiety with them as the pandemic still grips the globe. What...

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Air is Overrated! Breath Control for Sprinters

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  For sprinters, a race can be over in a flash, so quick that it sometimes is counterproductive to take a breath. Yes, that's right, that one thing swimmers of all strokes can't get enough of, consider doing it less. The next best strategy for sprinter...

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Swimmers, Improve Your Cooking Game!

Swimmers, Improve Your Cooking Game! By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  It's understandable that a swimmer may loathe the idea of cooking for him or herself after practice. Or at all for that matter. With muscles aching, skin flaking and smelling of chlorine, who wouldn't want to just...

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An Ode to Cody Miller and His Vlogs

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  Every four years, when swimmers of all ages tune in to watch their Olympic heroes compete, viewers may forget that they're witnessing only one part of those athletes' lives. Certainly, the Olympic Games are a significant part, but their lives go on, ...

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A Mix of 10 Songs to Spice Up Your Pre-Race Playlist

Every swimmer has their own pre-race ritual. You know, those stretches you do in the same order before every race? Or perhaps you recite a meaningful prayer. Or, you might not do anything at all - you're loose and unperturbed by superstitions. Regardless of what you choose to do or not do, it is com...

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Covid-19 Pandemic Heightened by National Lifeguard Crisis

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  Last Summer, pools all around the United States voiced concerns over a lack of lifeguards to run safe and efficient operations. Stretched thin, some pools ended up cutting operating hours, depriving patrons of leisurely time and employees opportuniti...

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2019 Futures Greensboro: Podkoscielny Goes Home With More Gold

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  The Futures Greensboro meet concluded today with one final day of strong competition. The women of the Sarasota Sharks comfortably won the meet with 267 points. The Blue Dolfins finished second with a 235 points. They edged out the women of the Marli...

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2019 Futures Greensboro: Vanburnt, Podkoscielny Fly to the Finish

8/2/19By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  The second day of Futures Greensboro continued to showcase the up-and-coming swimming talent across the country. Though the evening was full of close finishes, a few swimmers were able to set themselves apart from their competition with incredi...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Cleveland: Ohio State Swim Club Strikes Back

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  The ABBA hit "Dancing Queen" resounded through the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium as day two of Speedo Sectionals Cleveland began. The evening saw old records shattered, and unlikely champions emerged. All the while, the Ohio State Swim Club pulled ahea...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Cleveland: Club Wolverine Stands Above the Rest

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  There was no shortage of action on the first day of the 2019 Speedo Sectionals Cleveland. Hosted by Cleveland University, the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium was packed with swimmers looking to prove they belonged on top of the podium. Women's 200 Backst...

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Lifeguard Shortage Raises Safety Concerns in Pools Across the Country

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World College Intern.  As June gives way to July, Americans will continue to find ways to enjoy the scorching summer sun. Many families will turn to their community pools to cool down amidst the heat. But as more and more pools across the country find themselves with fewer...

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Changing It Up: Cross-training in the Off-Season

By Danny Whirlow, Swimming World Intern. The cheers eventually die down. Goggles are packed away, towels rolled up, and buses boarded for the long journey home. Now the off-season begins. You can wake up at a reasonable hour now and reflect on your successes and failures of the past season. However,...