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The Impact of Airing Olympic Swimming in Primetime

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern “Our school has a swim team?” –A question many swimmers are asked all too often when they talk about their dedication to the sport or an upcoming meet. Swimmers can be regularly overlooked in the realm of sports and athletics, despite the amazing phys...

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Alex Liang Ends Night Two of Stanford Futures with Two Top Finishes

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern Day two of USA Swimming's Future Championships in Stanford, California resulted in many close races and and fast finishes. Alex Liang of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics was the star of the night, earning two top finishes. Maddie Murphy of Crow Canyon Coun...

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Finding Swimspiration in Summer League Coaching

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern With hot summer nights beginning to grow shorter, and July turning into August, many summer league swim teams are starting to partake in their championship meets. While I am no longer a summer league swimmer myself, these past few months marked my fir...

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5 Reasons to Cheer for Olympian Kathleen Baker

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern Kathleen Baker, a 19-year-old from Winston Salem, North Carolina, qualified for her first Olympic team in the 100-meter backstroke this past month in Omaha, Nebraska. While the nation waits to see what the young rookie will achieve in Rio this August,...

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A Thank You to Swim Dads

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern To be successful both in and out of the water, every swimmer needs a strong support system. In order to reach their highest potential, it is vital that swimmers have someone to encourage them and keep them focused even when they want to give up. While...

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6 Types of Swimmers Taking Swim Lessons

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern Summer—a time for kids to return to the local community pool or a friend’s backyard pool for the next three months, and a time for toddlers to experience chlorine for the first time. Swimming lessons, a common summertime activity, offer a break from p...

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Open Letter to Swim Class of 2016

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern Class of 2016, With graduation just around the corner, I have come to realize that so is our last time in the pool together. As you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your life, whether it involves swimming or not, I just want to let you know ho...

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David Farmer's Uphill Journey to the Transplant Games

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern David Farmer is currently preparing to swim in his first Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio this coming June. However, his road to competition took much longer than any other swim meet he has ever trained for. Growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, F...

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The Legacy of A Lane: The Training Partner Bond

By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern Swimming is usually referred to as an “individual” sport, which is ironic due to the notion that most swimmers are rather loud and social people. As a result, it can be very difficult to swim distance sets without being able to talk to someone about t...