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Is a Proper Warm Up the Key to Fast Swimming?

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Diving into the pool to warm up can be something swimmers dread. The simple thought taking those first strokes of warm up despite your sore, aching muscles can be less than pleasant. But come race day, warming up is the perfect thing to get your mind a...

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5 Inspiring Quotes for Championship Season

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  Quotes can be used as a motivating factor to help inspire many athletes. Some of the world's best athletes can make a significant impact on the lives of those who look up to them. These swimmers have achieved the impossible and know what it's like to ...

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2019 Western Athletic Conference Day 1: Northern Arizona Leads

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. The Western Athletic Conference opened the first day of competition with women's and men's 200 medley relays, men's 1 meter diving, women's and men's 800 freestyle relays, and wrapped up the session with women's 3 meter diving. The championship meet is...

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5 of the Most Recent Memorable Reactions Behind Great Swims

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Championship season is one of the most magical times of the year, cultivating great swims and memorable reactions. It's what each swimmer has been working towards the entire season and is something every swimming fan looks forward to. Nothing is as sat...

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Breaking Down the 3 Coaching Styles: Which Works Best for You?

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Throughout any swimmer's career, they will encounter many different types of coaches with differing coaching styles. A healthy coach-athlete relationship is crucial for success, but this is only possible if the two are able to work well with each other...

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Overcoming Adversity: A Tribute to Nathan Adrian

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Adversity is unavoidable and even affects the lives of our greatest idols. With recent news of Nathan Adrian's testicular cancer diagnosis, many swim fans can't help but imagine America's beloved sprinter no longer competing for USA Swimming. However, ...

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19 New Habits to Improve Your Swimming In 2019

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Forming new habits through New Year's resolutions are the perfect way to hold yourself accountable for your goals throughout each new year. Swimmers can apply these resolutions to their swimming and focus on habits that maybe have slipped from their gr...

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David Marsh's Philosophy on Coaching Female Athletes

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  The coach-athlete relationship is crucial and can affect the performance of a swimmer. To be a great coach, you must be able to establish a great relationship with all of your athletes. This is much more easily said than done. It's easy to assume that...

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What Makes a Pool Fast?

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Only swimmers know and understand the feeling of a fast pool. Something about the feeling can resemble that of euphoria, leaving you feeling as if you possess the swimming capabilities of Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky. Swimmers constantly refer to po...

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Why are Mid-Season Meets so Important?

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  Mid-season invitationals are quickly approaching, and college swimmers throughout the country are gearing up for a chance to finally suit up, taper down and swim fast. These meets allow swimmers to throw down some fast times and give teams a look at w...

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3 Unusual Recovery Methods For Athletes

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  The human body typically requires a couple days of recovery to heal from vigorous exercise, but with technological advances within the world of sports, some unusual techniques are being used to speed up the this process within athletes. These new idea...

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Amy Javens: Not Your Typical Ironman

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  In 2006, Amy Javens competed in her first ever Ironman at 34 years old in Madison, Wis. She didn't expect much but wanted to accomplish a goal she had set for herself: to finish a full Ironman. Little did she know, she would still be involved in the s...

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Which Pre-Race Mentality is Right for You?

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern.  As swimmers get older, their mentality come race time significantly changes. Unlike when we were kids, we have race strategies, the competition, meet cuts, and other external and internal pressures that can often make or break our races. How you menta...

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5 Ways to Make Your Comeback After a Disappointing Season

By Devin Javens, Swimming World College Intern. Nothing is more devastating than wrapping up a disappointing season full of unaccomplished goals. This can leave you feeling as if none of your hard work has paid off, making you less than eager to dive right into the next season. These disappointments...