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5 Ways to Calm Your Nerves at Championships

By Andy Ross, Swimming World College Intern There is no swimmer on Earth who has never had nerves before a big meet. And if there is a swimmer who has never gotten nervous, then I want to meet him/her. Nerves are typical at any meet. Championship meets are where the nerves are most prevalent because...

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The Ups and Downs of Being a Coach's Kid

The Ups and Downs of Being a Coach's Kid By Andy Ross (From the Archive) Coach: The person you wish would use the word "recovery" more often. The person you wish you could never see again after a hard practice. The person who you are excited and angry to see at the same time. But what is it like to ...

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Great Races: Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt's WR Duel in 400 IM

Michael Phelps vs. Erik Vendt (400 Individual Medley; 2002 Nationals) Every now and again, Swimming World will offer flashbacks of some great events from the past, including the showdown when Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt both dipped under the world record in the 400 individual medley at the 2002 Un...

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USA Swimming National Age Group Motivational Times For 2021-2024

As action around the country picks up during the fall season with age-group meets and scholastic competition, 18-and-under swimmers will routinely chase performances that track an improvement arc. Being .01 quicker in an event is a move in the right direction. USA Swimming has released its motivatio...

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Passages: Honor Open Water Swimmer Herman Willemse Dies at 87

International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Herman Willemse of the Netherlands passed away July 7, 2021, at the age of 87. Herman Willemse - 2008 Honor Open Water Swimmer Born in Holland, Herman Willemse was always the swimmer to beat, the “rabbit” of the pack and the undisputed world’s greatest mar...

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Italian Swimming Federation Names 36 Athletes to Tokyo Olympic Roster

The Italian Swimming Federation recently named its team for the Olympic Games this year in Tokyo, with a total of 36 athletes set to represent the nation in Japan's capital in less than three weeks. The team is highlighted by 2008 Olympic champ Federica Pellegrini, who is on her fifth and final Olym...