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Caeleb Dressel is The "Michael Jordan" of Short Course

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern In just three years of collegiate swimming Caeleb Dressel has completely redefined short course sprinting. It is obvious that he has completely redefined the parameters of what we see as fast, when Ryan Held swims an 18.58 50 freestyle and Michael Chadwic...

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The Star Power of These NCAA Swimming Championships is Unprecedented

By Alec Scott Swimming World College Intern The women’s NCAA Division I championships this week feature some of the biggest stars in our sport. I’m only 24 years old, but I can’t remember a year where the meet was so deep and loaded with top-end talent that some of the best swimmers in the country h...

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How Clark Smith Became a Distance Phenom

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern Over the last two years, Clark Smith has established himself as one of the premier distance freestylers in the country, but it didn’t start out that way for the 6-foot-9 University of Texas senior from Colorado. “When I was being recruited, most coaches t...

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Don't Call it a Taper

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern “When people think of the word taper, they think of everything under the sun,” Arizona State Associate Head Coach Ryan Mallam said. Think about it, how many unnecessary superstitions and external factors athletes worry about when “tapering.” Athletes star...

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Leah Smith Is In Elite Company

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern The rise of Katie Ledecky into possibly the most dominant female swimmer of all time has redefined distance swimming. During which time Leah Smith has somewhat quietly become one of the best middle-distance freestylers of all time. Smith’s 4:00.65 400 met...

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Erik Vendt: One Of Swimming's Most Unheralded Stars

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern Erik Vendt is one of the most underrated stars in the history of swimming. Known for his cool demeanor and relentless work ethic, Vendt dominated distance freestlye and the 400 individual medley in the United States during the late 90s and early 2000s. Ve...

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Thank Your Support System

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern. I have been fortunate enough to swim for some great coaches with years of experience in the sport. But even with all of their technical knowledge acquired over a long and successful career, the trait I valued most in all of them was that they believed in...

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How Sam Kendricks Became The Voice Of Swimming

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern In 1983 University of Texas men’s swimming coach Eddie Reese walked up to student assistant Sam Kendricks hours before the biggest dual meet of the college swimming season and said, “Hey Sam, you’re going to announce the meet today.” Legendary Texas all-s...

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Mary T. Meagher Was Way Before Her Time

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern In light of Katie Ledecky’s recent jaw-dropping performances, I decided to write about the last athlete to have that kind of success and swim times that transcend their era in the sport. Mary T. Meagher exuded a level of dominance and untouchable record-b...

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How Adam Peaty Changed Sprint Breaststroke

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern. Adam Peaty burst onto the international swimming scene with a stunning 57.82 world record at the British championships in April 2015. He backed that performance up with world titles in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke at the 2015 World Championships in ...

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Adam Epstein On The Challenges of Starting a College Swimming Program

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern Adam Epstein is a first-time head coach at Keiser University and is learning that there's much more to starting a collegiate program than creating a seasonal plan and giving feedback during practice. “The biggest challenge is just the unknown, there’s no ...

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Why You Should Consider Rotating Less in Backstroke

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern. A recent trend in sprint backstroke has seen more and more top level athletes utilizing a flatter technique. Coaches and athletes are turning to flatter technique to get stroke rates up and increase speed. I asked Arizona State associate head coach Ryan ...

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7 Reasons You Should Get Back Into the Pool As A Masters Swimmer

By Alec Scott, Swimming World College Intern There is nothing quite like swimming. Once you are done racing competitively it can be hard to fill that void. Masters is a great way to get back into it and have some fun along the way. Here are seven reasons to consider making your comeback with your lo...