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An Olympic Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay Showdown: Russia vs. USA

An Olympic Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay Showdown: Russia vs. USA The United States has been on a tear in the men’s 400 freestyle relay in recent years. After taking gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, the U.S. followed that performance up with gold at both the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. Led by 100 ...

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Who Should Young Swimmers' Role Models Be?

Who Should Young Swimmers' Role Models Be? As age-group swimmers, we often find ourselves looking up to the best in our sport. A great example is Michael Phelps. Many current swimmers grew up watching Phelps win gold medal after gold medal at the Olympic Games and World Championships. Naturally, we ...

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Taking a Step Back From the Recruiting Process

Taking a Step Back From the Recruiting Process The college recruiting process is a turbulent time. For athletes, the choices they make will determine their experience over the next four years. I know this from my own experience with the process, from September 2018 to September 2019. While I juggled...

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How to Thrive at Your First National Level Swim Meet

How to Thrive at Your First National Level Swim Meet You made it. You put in the work, got under the qualifying time, and now you are headed to your first national level meet. While this can be exciting, the meet itself can also be a source of stress. National meets bring with them faster competitio...

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Men’s 1500 Freestyle in Tokyo: Will It Be Another All-European Final?

Men’s 1500 Freestyle in Tokyo: Will It Be Another All-European Final? Something interesting happened in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle final at the 2019 World Championships: All eight finalists were Europeans. In fact, the 10-fastest swimmers out of prelims were all European-based, setting up an unu...

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The Importance of Identity: Does Swimming Define Us?

The Importance of Identity: Does Swimming Define Us? By Hunter Kroll, Swimming World Intern It is easy, as a young swimmer, to form your identity around swimming. It provides us with a place where we can hang out with our friends, have some fun, and get away from everything else for a little while. ...