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The Promise and Peril of the Olympic Swimming Trials

The Promise and Peril of the Olympic Swimming Trials Every four summers - COVID not withstanding -  the best swimmers in the United States travel to the Olympic Team Trials with hopes of making their childhood dreams come true and punching their ticket to the Olympic Games.  There is a mystique arou...

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Why Swimming Needs to Adapt in the World of NIL

Why Swimming Needs to Adapt in the World of NIL Over the past two years, there has been a lot of discussion in the world of athletics on why college athletes should earn compensation for their name, image and likeness. While undoubtedly any athlete should have the right to compensate under those cat...

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5 Takeaways from the USA Swimming National Championships

The Phillips 66 National Championships that took place last week at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis was one of the fastest meets in USA Swimming history. While Regan Smith was on the cusp of world records and the distance duo of Bobby Finke and Katie Ledecky continued their dominan...

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From Olympian to Coach, Jennifer Brinegar Continues to Leave an Impact

From Olympian to Coach, Jennifer Brinegar Continues to Leave an Impact As swimmers bring in the new year, it is often the time to reflect on the year that was, while getting ready to embark on the journey ahead. Looking back on the past year allows one to reflect on the good times and the bad, while...

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USRPT: How This 'Unconventional' Training Works

USRPT: How This 'Unconventional' Training Works Every athlete trains differently, and no one training regimen is the same for every athlete. This fact is especially true in the world of swimming. Over the course of the swimming's history, training has evolved through advancements in technology and a...

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Led By Claire Curzan, Four Newcomers to Look Out For this NCAA Season

Led By Claire Curzan, Four Newcomers to Look Out For this NCAA Season In the past month, college teams across the country have returned to the pool for their first competitions of the 2022-2023 NCAA season. From NAIA to Division I, thousands of athletes will spend the next five months - in and out o...

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A Look At How NIL Has Impacted College Swimming

A Look At How NIL Has Impacted College Swimming Over the past year, the college athletics landscape has changed drastically. From conference realignment to the transfer portal, there is no doubt that college athletics is evolving. Although conference realignment and the transfer portal have been som...

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The Potential Effects of Conference Realignment on College Swimming

The Potential Effects of Conference Realignment on College Swimming On July 1, 2022, the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), two of the most storied athletic programs in the NCAA, shook the college sports world when they announced they would ...

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A Familiar Home: Why Olympic Trials Returning to Indy Is a Perfect Fit

With the World Championships Trials recently concluded, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next Olympics Trials, scheduled just two short years away. On March 29, USA Swimming & the Indiana Sports Corp. officially announced that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming would be held at Lu...

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A College Swimming Playoff? What About This Approach For the Future?

A College Swimming Playoff? What About This Approach For the Future? With the College Football Playoff Committee releasing their final rankings of the season last month, four teams were identified as the best in the land and given the opportunity to contend for the national championship. It got the ...

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Celebrating Three Historic Indiana High School Girls Swimming Programs

Celebrating Three Historic Indiana High School Girls Swimming Programs In the second of a two-article series, the rich tradition of Indiana high school swimming is examined. We end with the girls’ programs, with the boys’ programs being covered in Part I. With the 2021 Indiana High School Athletic A...