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Pushing Through Fatigue: Honing Sprint Speed at the Finish

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Everyone knows a Sally Save-up in their program. They drive you absolutely insane. You’ve been grinding all practice long, and by the end of your final set, odds are you are pretty beat. However, the sandbagger in your local pool hangs out in the back...

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Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose: Thinning Out Your Swim T-Shirt Collection

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Whether you are an agegrouper or a newly-minted swammer, chances are you have an excessive amount of swimming T-shirts overloading your closet. It’s the beginning of March and nearly time to begin spring cleaning. This often involves purging your...

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The Four “R’s” of Off-Season

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Many swimmers are currently finishing or have already finished their conference championship meet. Whether the season ended in triumph or tragedy, odds are that you are going through or will be going through a bit of a post-meet slump. It can be ...

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Queens Sweeps Bluegrass Mountain Conference Titles

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. The eighth and final session of the 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in Charlotte featured ten events including the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and the 400 free relay. The Queens men and women secured the conference title f...

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Bluegrass Mountain Conference Day 1 Recap

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. The first session of the 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in Charlotte featured six events including the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, and the 800 free relay. Meet Information Live Stream Day 1 results Women’s 200 Medley Relay Queens Uni...

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3 Ways to Pair Relaxation with Racing

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. With taper season rapidly approaching, there is a significant amount of internal and external pressure placed upon swimmers. Everyone wants to be at peak performance when it matters most. Your teammates and coaches are relying on you to execute your v...

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6 Swimming Firsts

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming is such a multi-faceted sport. You will grow and adapt to challenges faced throughout your swimming career as you develop and advance in your training, but even the top caliber swimmers had to start somewhere. There are a series of ...

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10 Ways to Be the Best Teammate in the New Year

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. The relationships that you build with your teammates throughout your swimming career are paramount to most everything else you accomplish in the pool. The bonds shared between swimmers are hard to put into words. The blood, sweat, and tears poured int...

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Rolling the Dice with Supplements

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Every swimmer is constantly seeking to gain an edge over their competitor. You wake up every morning and grind in the pool, crush it in strength and conditioning, try your best to eat clean and get plenty of sleep. In your quest for growth, your train...

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The Importance Behind Peer Mentorship

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Though many see swimming as an individual sport, training and competition do not exist in a vacuum. While everyone loves to see a best time on the scoreboard or to have the experience of standing on top of the podium, the best memories we have of the ...

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5 Ways to Address and Overcome Age Group Swimming Plateau

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Plateaus. They are one of the most miserable facets of being a competitive swimmer. Everyone experiences them at one point or another, but they are a special kind of pain when you are an age-group swimmer. "I worked so hard this season, but I still ad...

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35 Reasons to be Thankful You're a Swimmer

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. As we officially move closer towards the holiday season, every swimmer knows that the longest and most arduous portion of the swim season is upon us. Conditioning is over, and now the coaches know that they can push you to your absolute limits each da...

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Respect as a Foundational Trait of Swimming

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming is one of the most grueling, time consuming, and wholly demanding sports to exist. Those who begin age group swimming at a young age are quickly instilled with a sense of responsibility and maturity far beyond their peers. No matter how old o...

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6 Races Where Swimmers had to Conquer Insurmountable Odds

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming is not a sport for wishful thinkers, and there are no golden tickets to success. Swimmers are more than aware of how much hard work is required every day to be the best. Easy victories are not the ones that are celebrated or remembered - it’s...

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Q&A with Dave Sheets on Building a Championship Program

By Emily Thirion, Swimming World College Intern. Dave Sheets has been coaching for the past twenty five years, and this season marks the start of his eighteenth year working at Duquesne University. Sheets has faced many challenges throughout his tenure as head coach, ranging from the University cutt...