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Victoria Duran: The Girl With a Dream

Commentary by Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern.  Victoria Duran is an athlete who eats, sleeps, and breathes swimming. She trains nine times or more a week totaling over 20 hours. She comes up with her own dryland sets to do on her own time and is super strict with recovery and nutrition. She is ...

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6 Swim Parent Stereotypes That Can Hinder a Swimmer's Success

By Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern.  Swimmers and coaches alike know that it takes several factors to help a swimmer be successful and achieve their goals. One crucial factor that may be a given but under-addressed is the parental role in a swimmer’s achievement. While the swim parent and coach ...

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What Makes the Western Slope League Feel Like Family?

Commentary by Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern.  The Colorado Western Slope League is a small swim league in Western Colorado that takes its swim community to another level. Gordon Gerson, coach of the Aspen Swim Club, says the Western Slope League is unique because it "covers a lot of square mil...

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The Big Deal About a Swimmer's Nutrition

By Bailey Duran, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming requires massive amounts of energy, whether it’s an elite-level practice or an age group practice. Because of this high energy expenditure, swimmers need to take the right steps to replenish the nutrients lost. According to wellness coordinato...

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The Key to Unlocking Your Speed: A Positive Mindset

By Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern.  We’ve all had that race where we're standing begrudgingly behind the blocks, thinking about how we’d rather be doing anything other than swim this race. To make matters worse, the swimmers to your left and right appear to be geared up and ready to battle. You...

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10 Sure-Fire Ways to Spot a Swim Parent

By Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern. Many people have no problem spotting swimmers from a mile away with these telltale features: a bulky bag, messy bun filled with dead hair (for the girls), dry skin, tired eyes, goggle and cap tan lines, and the wide-eyed fear whenever the word “butterfly” is u...

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17-Year-Old Haley Benjamin Takes On Open Water Nationals

By Bailey Duran, Swimming World College Intern. This past weekend, the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals took place at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz. The meet began Friday, May 4, and went through Sunday, May 6. Many of the swimmers who competed were veterans at open water swimming, but there were ...