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2019 Speedo Sectionals Ithaca: Nicholas Vance Crushes Record

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The 2019 Eastern Zone North Speedo Short Course Sectionals took place at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. The meet went into its final session tonight featuring the women’s and men’s 200 back, men’s and women’s 100 free, and men’s and women’s 200 IM, the ...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Phoenix: Kevin Cordes Breaks Record

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The 2019 4 Corners Speedo Sectionals in Phoenix, Arizona took went into its final night of swims today. Friday's events included the women's and men's 400 free relay, men's and women's 200 free, men's and women's 400 IM, and the men's and women's 100 b...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Columbia Day 3: Hayes Picks Up Three More

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The 2019 Region VIII Speedo Spring Sectional meet went into its third day today at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Missouri. The events featured tonight include the women’s and men’s 200 IM, the women’s and men’s 50 free, the women’s and men’s 2...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Columbia Day 2: McCarville Shatters Record

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The 2019 Region VIII Speedo Spring Sectional meet went into its second day today at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Missouri. The events featured tonight include the women's and men's 200 free, the women's and men's 100 breast, the women's and m...

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The Right Time for Water Safety

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. Teaching water safety in the early stages of a human's life is essential, especially with drowning being one of the major accidental causes of death of children. Water safety classes are given to parents and their babies as early as three months old, b...

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2019 Conference USA Championships Day 4: FIU Finishes First

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The last finals session of the 2019 Conference USA Championships featured six events including the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. After four days of serious competition, Florida International University takes fir...

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2019 Conference USA Championships Day 3: FIU Holds Lead

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The third finals session of the 2019 Conference USA Championships featured six events including the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay. Florida International University strengthens their lead, boosting their team score...

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2019 Conference USA Championships Day 2: FIU Takes Lead

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. The second finals session of the 2019 Conference USA Championships featured four events including the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. Florida International University takes the lead with 328.5 points, followed by Rice University in second...

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The Psychology of Swimming: How to Channel Your Emotions

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. You line up behind your lane and shake off the nerves you plan not to take into the water with you. Then, you take a deep breath as you hear the whistle signal that it is time to climb up on the block. Finally, the signal sounds. What do you feel? The ...

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Q&A with Rebecca Soni: A Mentor for Victors

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. Rebecca Soni, retired Olympic champion and former world record holder in the 100 and 200-meter breast, continues to impact the swimming world in significant ways, particularly through creating strong connections between athletes. Currently, Soni mentor...

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3 Movies All Swimmers Should Watch After a Meet

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. After a long meet weekend, the only thing on a swimmer’s mind is rest. The next time you find yourself lounging on the couch for recovery, take the opportunity to jump into a new movie. Aquaman recently came out and opens viewers’ eyes to...

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Overcoming Obstacles: Q&A with Giles Smith

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. Former Arizona Wildcat, Pan American Games champion (2015:100-meter butterfly) and multiple time champion of the Winter Nationals in the 100-yard butterfly, Giles Smith just finished off the 2018 swim year strong. He swept the 100-yard butterfly with a...

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Fueling Plant-Based Performance

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. When it comes to having a plant-based diet as an aquatic athlete, mealtime is not as easy as dumping just any food on your plate. According to the United States Department of Agriculture and Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, swimmers s...

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Picking up Speed: Music's Effect on Swimmers

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. Who can say a swim practice without music isn’t fun? Music has become the hype factor during several swimming competitions, greatly affecting swimmers during warmups and finals. The relationship between the swimmer and the headset during several Olympi...

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Grace Bunke Makes Waves to Fight Cancer

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. [caption id="attachment_336204" align="alignright" width="232"] Photo Courtesy: Vicki Bunke[/caption] In the year 2017, Swim Across America - a charity foundation which raises money for cancer research - gained a swimmer who was passionate about the sp...

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4 Hair Care Must-Knows for Aquatic Athletes

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern. Hitting the chlorinated water nearly every day is not always the healthiest for an aquatic athlete’s hair; however, with a focused hair care routine, you can aim for easier styling. Everyone has their own routine, but here are a couple of tips swimmers...