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A Sit-Down With Chinese National Coach Liu Haitao

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. It is undeniable that Chinese Swimming has seen a tremendous amount of success internationally. This success is led by a large group of young talent, consisting of familiar names such as Xu Jiayu and Fu Yanhui, and one that continues to grow as more swimmers, such...

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Familiar Faces on the Podium in Night 4 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern The last night of competition began with the remaining uncontested distance events. Alexander Nikolaev of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics took first in 8:19, while Noah Vial of Corvallis Aquatic Team took second in 8:20.58. Winner of the men's 1500 freestyle Scott Pek...

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Three-Way Tie Highlights Night 3 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. Jillian Hatch of Clovis Swim Club, who had taken home two third place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly last night, came back tonight to win the 200 fly in a time of 2:17.84 - the only one in the field under 2:18. Sixteen year olds Danielle Nowaski o...

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Distance Events Highlight Night 1 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern.  The first night of Santa Clara Futures proved to be a simple one as only the distance events - the men's 1500 freestyle and the women's 800 freestyle - were contested individually. In the Women's 800 Freestyle Lindsey Soule of CAT-OR took first with a time of 8:5...

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"swimmertexts": 15-Year-Old Rallies the Instagram Swim Community

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern.  "A place where people can reach out for inspiration, or just get a laugh," is how 15-year-old Elizabeth "Betsey" Freiburger describes her Instagram account. Her account, "swimmertexts", recently surged in popularity, reaching almost 14 thousand followers. Freibur...

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Switcheroo in 400 Free at Night 3 of Athens Sectionals

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. Meryn McCann and Shauna Lee were untouchable tonight in the 400 free. Having placed second and first in the 200 freestyle last night, the pair of Bulldogs switched places tonight in the 400 free going 4:15.96 and 4:16.20 respectively. Tennessee commit Sinclair Lar...

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5 Most Heartbreaking Performances of US Nationals

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. Nationals has come and gone, and with it the community has seen the formation of an international roster sporting plenty of rookies ready to represent the United States at the World Championships this summer in Budapest. As with all selection meets, some experienc...

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Georgia Women Take 200 Free in Night 2 of Athens Speedo Sectionals

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. The women's 200 free final was Bulldog territory tonight as 5/8 of tonight's A final swimmers were current Georgia Bulldogs. Shauna Lee, Class of 2019, dominated the race from start to finish as she won in a quick 2:00.57 dropping almost three seconds from her see...

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Tristen Ulett Among Night 1 Winners at 2017 Athens Speedo Sectionals

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern The women's 200 fly was a testament to the growing talent in US swimming. Not only did the three girls all finish within 0.2 seconds of one another, but they were also all under 17. 15 year old Tristen Ulett of Dynamo Swim Club, better known in SCY for being the fi...

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A Letter to my High School Freshman Self

Dear Me, You're about to start your freshman season. This is the beginning of your high school swimming career, and you're brimming with hope. Your head is swimming with dreams of championships and best times, new friends and teammates, and goals to impress the coach glaring at you for stil...

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Q&A With Hopkins Mariners Coach Chuck Elrick

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. Chuck Elrick is the head coach of the Hopkins Mariners Swim Team in New Haven, Connecticut. Despite having little swimming experience (relative to most coaches), Coach Elrick has led both a successful high school and club swimming program for the past 35 years. Ha...

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Erin Earley, Rising to Potential

Commentary by Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. She’s singing off-key and at the top of her lungs to whatever vapid pop song is on the radio, smiling despite the set her coach writes on the board. This infectious, positive attitude that extends to everything she does has made Erin Earley, a senior at...

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Burnout and Frustration: High Schoolers' Perspectives

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. In honor of my impending finals, and the stress and utter sense of hopelessness they will bring, I have decided to dedicate this week's article to the age-old struggle of burnout. It’s not an unfamiliar feeling, burnout - you feel like you’re going nowhe...

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Swim Spotlight: Park Tae-Hwan's 400 Freestyle

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern. Korean distance swimmer Park Tae-Hwan first erupted onto the international scene in 2007, when he won the 400 freestyle in seemingly resounding fashion, winning the event by a little under a second. He would ride this momentum through the following year by winning...