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4 Groups of People Swimmers Are Thankful For

4 Groups of People Swimmers Are Thankful For By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern (From the Archive) It’s that time of year again. When swimmers start to become excited about a day dedicated to eating, taking a nap, and then eating again. I, for one, am really excited about Thanksg...

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8 Confessions of a Parent Officiating Their Child’s Race

8 Confessions of a Parent Officiating Their Child’s Race By Courtney Bartholomew When I was little I remember my dad telling me he was going to become an official for USA Swimming. I was excited to have him on deck because he would be able to cheer for me and DQ other kids swimming in my races. Howe...

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37 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Putting On A Racing Suit

37 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Putting On A Racing Suit In this time of COVID-19 and swimmers facing different scenarios with their training, we go to the vault for a quick piece that might make you smile or laugh. By Courtney Bartholomew (From Swimming World Archive) It’s time to tell the story of...

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Enjoy the Moment: When I Knew I Was Ready to Retire

by Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Since I retired a little over a week ago, I’ve had a lot of people question my decision. While I am not writing this piece to explain my reasoning on why I chose to retire, I think it’s important that people know I am happy with my decision. My ...

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2016 MAC Championships: Final Day

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Final Results can be found here: MAC Championship Central 1650 Freestyle Senior Jess Powers of Buffalo won her second distance event of the meet. Powers won the event in a 16:24.91, an NCAA B-cut time standard. The second place finisher, Hanna.....

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2016 MAC Championships: Day Three

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Results can be found here: MAC Championship Central 400 IM The Bowling Green sophomore Franziska Wohlert dominated prelims and finals today in the Women’s 400 IM. This morning she took the even in a 4:21.79 and then in finals tonight dropped a.....

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2016 MAC Championships: Day Two

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Results can be found here: MAC Championship Central Day Two of the 2016 MAC Championships featured the 500 Freestyle, the 200 IM, the 50 Freestyle, 1 Meter Diving, and the 200 Free Relay. 500 Freestyle This event was taken by the seniors in ...

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2016 MAC Championships: Night One

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Results can be found here: MAC Championship Central 200 Medley Relay The University of Akron won the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, and set a new MAC record in the process. The team of Madison Myers, Hannah Raspopovich, Sadie...

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2016 MAC Championships: Psych Sheet Preview

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern  This year’s Mid-Atlantic Conference Women’s Swim and Dive Championships will be held in Bowling Green, Ohio from Wednesday, February 24th- Saturday February 27th. The meet is being hosted at BGSU's Cooper Natatorium. The 2015 MAC champions were...

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3 Ways to Mentally Overcome an Injury

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern I still vividly remember the day I injured my back during my freshman year of college. As a team, we were all in the weight room for the first time since our mid-season meet.  I recall picking up the weights bar for a deadlift and feeling intens...

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A Letter to My Swimming Classmates

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern Dear Swimming Classmates, We have completed our final dual meet and season together. Over the course of four years we have competed in four mid-season meets, raced in over 28 dual meets, recorded over 1,500 practices, ran thousands of stadium st...

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3 Reasons Why Your Mental Game is Important

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern During a recent recovery practice, I was social kicking with one of my training partners, Albert Subirats. First, it is important to know that I love recovery days. To me, there is nothing more rewarding after a hard week of practicing to finall...

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3 Benefits of Napping for Swimmers

by Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World Intern Naps may be one of my favorite things-- outside of food, of course. Napping used to be an activity I would only do after a long Saturday morning practice, however, since beginning college, they have become a large part of my daily routine. Ever since I ...

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4 Highlights from My Duel In the Pool Debut

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern When I was little I used to doodle my signature in a million different ways, but I would never forget to write USA underneath. I used to dream of taking photos with my swimming idols and having them sign their autographs. Fast forward to October...

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Media's Portrayal of Body Aesthetics Put Swimmers at Risk

By Courtney Bartholomew, SwimmingWorld College Intern The other day I was beginning to write a piece for Swimming World covering taper tips. However, as I scrolled through my newsfeed on Facebook, I saw that one of my former teammates had posted an article titled “Why We Should Be Paying More Attent...

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UVA and UGA: Touching the Lives of Those Enduring Pediatric Cancer

By Courtney Bartholomew, SwimmingWorld College Intern Collegiate swimmers and divers spend valuable time putting effort into the classroom, the pool, and having a semblance of a social life. With time being so wrapped up in these aspects, it is difficult for a college athlete to see beyond his or he...

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3 Ways Swimmers Are Prepared for the Real World

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern My swimming career is coming to a close. In 160 days, I will no longer be a student-athlete at the University of Virginia. Who knew four years would go by so quickly? I remember sitting in the pool classroom for my first official team meeting an...

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5 Questions for Every College Recruit

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern As my final year of being a college athlete begins and my last recruiting season as a Cavalier winds down, I realize just how lucky I was to find the ideal university for me. Before I committed to the University of Virginia, I took my unofficial...

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3 Ways A Team Can Define en·cour·age·ment

By Courtney Bartholomew, Swimming World College Intern As swimmers, we put countless hours in a pool, following a black line endlessly. We wake up at absurd times, go to class, get homework done, and yet still find the energy to have a social life. This routine is not done alone though. Our teammate...