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6 Ways To Improve Your Flip Turn

6 Ways To Improve Your Flip Turn By Annie Grevers How many times have you been told to be quicker on your walls? Not to hesitate before flipping? Get your feet around faster? Probably quite a few times. Turns are not merely a fun accessory in swimming. They're a crucial part of our sport. How many t...

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What 8 Traits Define An Excellent Swim Coach and Caring Mentor?

The Excellent Swim Coach (From the Archive) Swimming is very much a sport of observation. Swimmers observe others' strokes underwater during practice and have a lot of time on deck during meets to watch the coach-swimmer dynamics surrounding us. I had 12 swim coaches in my 18 years of swimming. It's...

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9 Strange Skills Every Swimmer Acquires Over Time

9 Strange Skills Every Swimmer Acquires Over Time The other day I saw a girl in her volleyball uniform and thought, "Huh, I wonder how different life would be if I had picked a different sport." I'd have different friends, a different husband, different skill sets, a different body, and a different ...

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Lessons to Learn When Swimming Seems So Cruel

Lessons to Learn When Swimming Seems So Cruel The 400 IM is a race I only had to swim once to decide it was not my calling. Now when I watch people race it, and love all 16 laps of it, I cannot relate, but I certainly can respect. One such swimmer was shooting for his sectionals cut this past weeken...

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The 3 Types of Swimmer: What Mold Do You Fit?

The 3 Types of Swimmer: What Mold Do You Fit? By Annie Grevers (From the Archive) This may be a narrow view, but in the most simplistic language, there are three types of swimmer: The in-season sensation; the taper talent; and the forever fast phenom. Let's dive into a brief case study of each. 1. T...

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Withering Potential: A Coach's Foe and A Swimmer's Folly

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Any swimmer-turned-coach knows the frustration that comes from watching potential wither. It's torture. Sometimes I wish I could use the machine from the Matrix to inject some of my experiences into my swimmers' brains so they would know I'm not lying to...

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4 Messages for Today's Teenage Swimmer

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer (From the Archive) The teenage years are not necessarily one's most selfless stage in life. Your own swimming career grows ever more important and your swims can begin to dictate how you treat other people. It's not that teenage swimmers are incapable of...

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The Swimmer Knows: 15 Unique Traits and Habits Of the Water World

The Swimmer Knows: 15 Unique Traits and Habits Of the Water World By Allison Peters, Swimming World College Intern Everybody has unique traits that make them tick, but swimmers' quirks are much different from those of your everyday person. Here are 15 swimmer habits that these water-loving, dedicate...

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The Emotional Trials of Olympic Trials, A Reflection

I’ve now been to three Olympic Trials meets as an athlete and two as a spectator. The first two, I only noticed the people who made the team– my heroes. The third I left heartbroken and – as life goes – I started noticing the heartbreaks in every finals heat. Two make the Olympics, six are left hom...

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5 Ways to Transform Your Breaststroke (Featuring Drills)

5 Ways to Transform Your Breaststroke (Featuring Drills) By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer and Lifelong Breaststroker Republished from the Swimming World archive There are many variations of breaststroke: the turtle, the dart, the deep sea diver, the frat boy (arms only), the inch worm, ...

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Losing Like An Olympic Champion

Losing Like An Olympic Champion (Matt Grevers) Originally published on July 1, 2016 By Annie Grevers Like many of you, I'm a Matt Grevers fan. I'm going to make the bold claim that I'm a bigger Matt Grevers fan than you are. Over the past 48 hours, I've read heartfelt tributes to my husband that sen...

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The Rolflex: Your Foam Roller Reinvented

By Annie Grevers, Staff Writer.  Foam rolling. Swimmers have a love-hate relationship with the recovery method. The 18-inch pillar of firm foam, often referred to as "the poor man's massage therapist" is commonly used by athletes to break up tight fascia, or muscle fibers. It can be a highly effecti...

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Wanted: Swimming World College Interns

Swimming World Magazine is seeking another gifted group of writers interested in enhancing their journalism skills and garnering valuable experience to add to their resumes. The Swimming World interns from the summer 2017 season submitted stories bi-weekly and delved into feature writing, race analy...

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Matt Grevers' Saga to Training Camp: When Travel Plans Go Awry

By Annie Grevers, Staff Writer. Swim fans are fascinated by the lives of national teamers, but most fan thoughts revolve around races and what these world-class athletes do for fun. But what about those not-so-fun parts of making the World Championship team this summer? If you’re following any of th...

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Confessions of A Pregnant Swimmer

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer.  Transitioning out of college or professional swimming can be a shock. It takes time to stop feeling guilty about only getting a one-hour workout in when you're used to exerting yourself for two to four hours each day. After getting through that rocky t...

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Coached By A Robot? Fitness Tracking Magic by Chuck Katis

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Chuck Katis has always been a man on a mission…or rather, a man on many missions. His number one goal: better the world. Number two: better himself. But pretty much all of Katis’s endeavors involve self refinement along with world refinement. ...

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6 Types of Team Captain No One Wants

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Some people are considered leaders because they are fast swimmers. Some are considered leaders because of the way they treat others. Some are considered leaders because of their work ethic in practice. Some are vocal leaders. Leadership is a complex cate...

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Log Rolling: From Lumberjack Game to Aspiring Olympic Sport

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer If you were fortunate enough to attend the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska this summer, you may have come across a curious display in the lively Aqua Zone area. A small above ground pool was set up in the center of the massive zone of swi...

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Maya DiRado: The Finish That Broke A Nail and Stunned the World

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Many have pleaded for 23-year-old Maya DiRado to stay in the sport, but today the 4-time Olympic medalist wakes up a retired swimmer. "They've already let me defer for long enough and I think to go out with a high will be the perfect way to end my swimmi...